Heroes Den Bosch

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Heroes Den Bosch
Heroes Den Bosch logo.png
Leagues BNXT League
FIBA Europe Cup
Founded18 October 1952;69 years ago (1952-10-18)
Arena Maaspoort
Location 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Team colorsRed, White, Blue
PresidentBob van Oosterhout
General manager Stefan Wessels
Head coach Erik Braal
OwnershipBob van Oosterhout
2021–22 position BNXT League, 5th of 21
Championships17 Dutch Championships
7 Dutch Cups
3 Dutch Supercups
1 Ricoh Cup
1 Haarlem Basketball Week
Retired numbers4 (5, 9, 12, 12)
Website heroesdenbosch.com

Heroes Den Bosch is a Dutch professional basketball club based in 's-Hertogenbosch. [1] The club plays in the BNXT League since 2021 and in the top basketball division in the Netherlands since 1972. Founded as EBBC in 1951, the club had several sponsored names the following decades.


Den Bosch has won a record seventeen Dutch championships, seven Dutch Cup and two Dutch Supercup titles. The team has also been a regular at European competitions, most recently the FIBA Europe Cup. Heroes plays their home games at the Maaspoort, which has a capacity of approximately 2,700 people. [2]


On 18 October 1952, Eerste Bossche Basketball Club (EBBC) was founded by Cees Vossen, Tom van der Leur, Hans van Oorschot and Frans van de Wiel. In 1962, Den Bosch played in the top division Eredivisie for the first time, but not very successful. Subsequently the team was relegated again. In 1979, EBBC won its first title. In 1980, the team became Nashua Den Bosch after its new main sponsor. Its increased budget led to six consecutive Dutch titles between 1982 and 1987.

Nashua Den Bosch in the 1980s

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Star player Mike Reddick shooting the ball in a Nashua Den Bosch game

In December 1979, Nashua signed as the club's new main sponsor. [3] In the next 10 years, Nashua won 9 national championships and was close to the European top clubs. Star players such as Tom Barker, Dan Cramer, Mitchell Plaat, David Lawrence, Henk Pieterse, Paul Thompson and Mike Reddick played for Nashua in this decade.

Den Bosch changed its home arena to the newly built Maaspoort, increasing its home capacity from 1,200 to 3,500. Nashua played in the 1979 FIBA Intercontinental Cup.

EiffelTowers (2005–2013)

Decades later, in June 2005, Den Bosch merged with EiffelTowers Nijmegen to form EiffelTowers Den Bosch. Following the merger the club had one of the largest budgets in the Netherlands, and with that they were able to attract high-quality players. In their first season they had immediate success by winning the Dutch League title. The year after that (2006–07) EiffelTowers The Bosch would win the title again after a clean sweep against the Matrixx Magixx, after losing only four games in the regular season. The two following years, Den Bosch reached the finals, but lost twice to Amsterdam.

In 2012, EiffelTowers won its fifteenth Dutch championship, after beating ZZ Leiden 1–4 in a best-of-seven-series.

SPM Shoeters (2013–2016)

Nashua presenting five new players in 1987 Atlantis - Nashua Den Bosch 01.jpg
Nashua presenting five new players in 1987

After 13 years playing as the EiffelTowers, in 2013, the club changed its name to SPM Shoeters as a reference to its new main sponsor SPM Shoes and Boots, a shoe producer based in Waalwijk. [4] Along with the name change the club changed the team colors to black, after playing in red since 2000.

In the 2014–15 season, Shoeters won its sixteenth DBL championship after Donar was beaten 4–1 in the Finals. The team also performed excellently in the EuroChallenge that season, reaching the Top 16. Star of the season for Den Bosch was Brandyn Curry, who was named DBL Playoffs MVP.

After the 2015–16 season, it was revealed that Shoeters was dealing with serious financial problems which had the team on the edge of bankruptcy. [5]

New Heroes (2016–2019)

In October 2016, the team was bought by Triple Double BV, a sports marketing enterprise. Owner of the company Bob van Oosterhout took over the club which was no longer in danger of dissolution. On 6 November 2016, Den Bosch found a new main sponsor and subsequently was named New Heroes Basketball after signing a three-year deal with the local online training platform New Heroes. [6] In its first season as New Heroes, the club finished fourth in the DBL and was swept by Donar in the semi-finals.

In the 2017–18 season, Croatian coach Silvano Poropat signed a two-year contract. [7] Under Poropat, Heroes finished fourth once again but was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Rotterdam Basketbal. Following the disappointing season, Poropat and Heroes parted ways.

On 31 May 2018, Kees Akerboom Jr. announced his retirement at age 34. [8] Akerboom, who played 11 seasons for the club, had his jersey number 12 retired. [9]

For the 2018–19 season, Ivica Skelin was appointed as head coach. This season, New Heroes played in the FIBA Europe Cup after a European absence of 3 years. In Group D, Heroes had a 3–3 record and finished in third place. In the DBL playoffs, Den Bosch was once again eliminated in the semifinals, this time by Landstede.

Heroes Den Bosch (2019–present)

On 21 August 2019, the club announced it was changing its name to Heroes Den Bosch and it is not planning to change the club name anymore. [10] In June, Heroes signed Jean-Marc Jaumin as its new head coach. [11]

On 15 June 2021, Heroes signed three-time DBL champion Erik Braal as head coach. [12] In the 2021–22 season, the DBL merged with the PBL into the BNXT League, in which the national leagues of Belgium and the Netherlands are combined. On 29 May 2022, Heroes ended a 7-year drought when it won its seventeenth national championship, beating ZZ Leiden in the finals series 3–2.

Sponsorship names

Due to sponsorship reasons, Heroes Den Bosch has known a lot of names over the years:


Heroes Den Bosch logos
SPM Shoeters logo.png New Heroes DB logo.png Heroes Den Bosch logo.png

Home arenas

Interior view of the Maaspoort during a Heroes game in 2022 Heroes Den Bosch vs Donar 2022 4.jpg
Interior view of the Maaspoort during a Heroes game in 2022

After many successful seasons by Nashua Den Bosch in the 1980s, a true basketball hall was built with the Maaspoort. The arena was opened on 3 September 1982 with a game against the NBA All-Stars. [14]



Dutch National Champions (record) [15]

Dutch Cup (record) [15]

Dutch SuperCup [16]

Ricoh Cup [17]


FIBA Saporta Cup [17]


FIBA Intercontinental Cup [17]


Haarlem Basketball Week [17]

All-time records

Kees Akerboom, Jr. holds the record for most games played Kees Akerboom.jpg
Kees Akerboom, Jr. holds the record for most games played


Retired numbers

Retired numbers hanging in the Maaspoort Heroes Den Bosch vs Donar 2022 3.jpg
Retired numbers hanging in the Maaspoort
Heroes Den Bosch retired numbers
NoPlayerPositionTenureRetirement date
5 Jan Dekker G 1976–1983
9 Jos Kuipers PF/C 1981–1984, 1986–19999 December 2021 [19]
12 Kees Akerboom Sr. G 1975–1986
12 Kees Akerboom Jr. SG 2001–2004, 2006–201823 September 2018 [9]

Current roster

Heroes Den Bosch roster
F 1 Flag of the United States.svg Thomas, Donte 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)26 – (1996-05-06)6 May 1996
G 2 Flag of the Netherlands.svg van Vliet, Boy 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)28 – (1994-07-13)13 July 1994
PF 3 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Grantsaan, Lagio 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)25 – (1997-09-23)23 September 1997
PG 4 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Naar, Emmett 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)28 – (1994-07-03)3 July 1994
PF 6 Flag of Latvia.svg Kohs, Verners 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)25 – (1997-05-21)21 May 1997
SF 8 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Vianen, Sam  (DP)1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)20 – (2002-03-12)12 March 2002
SF 10 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Helfrich, Keime 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)25 – (1997-09-05)5 September 1997
G 11 Flag of the United States.svg Webster, Kobe 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)23 – (1999-03-31)31 March 1999
C 21 Flag of the Netherlands.svg van der Mars, Thomas 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)31 – (1990-11-15)15 November 1990
F/C 24 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Rijkers, Florian 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in)17 – (2005-08-30)30 August 2005
SG 25 Flag of Norway.svg Ndow, Chris-Ebou 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)28 – (1993-12-10)10 December 1993
SG 31 Flag of the United States.svg Price, Austin 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)27 – (1995-09-15)15 September 1995
C 33 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Kok, Jito 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)28 – (1994-03-23)23 March 1994
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Flag of the Netherlands.svg Mike de Kraker
Strength & conditioning coach(es)
  • Flag of the Netherlands.svg Rik Van Waes

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Development player
  • (I) Import player
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured

Updated: September 22, 2022

Depth chart

Pos.Starting 5Bench 1Bench 2
C Thomas van der MarsMike Carlson
PF Morgan StilmaFlorian Rijkers
SF Shane HamminkClay Mounce
SG Austin PriceKeime Helfrich
PG Edon MaxhuniBoy van VlietSam Vianen

Notable players

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA-sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.


To appear in this section a player must have either:

  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
  • Played at least one official NBA match at any time.

Season by season

SeasonTierLeaguePos. Dutch Cup European competitions
1996–971 DBL 1st2 Saporta Cup RS
1997–981 DBL 4th2 Saporta Cup RS
1998–991 DBL 4th
1999–001 DBL 5thWinner
2000–011 DBL 3rd
2001–021 DBL 6thWinner
2002–031 DBL 5th
2003–041 DBL 2nd
2004–051 DBL 5th
EiffelTowers Den Bosch
2005–061 DBL 1stEighthfinalist4 EuroCup Challenge T16
2006–071 DBL 1stEighthfinalist2 ULEB Cup RS
2007–081 DBL 2ndWinner2 ULEB Cup RS
2008–091 DBL 2ndWinner3 EuroChallenge T16
2009–10 1 DBL 5thQuarterfinalist3 EuroChallenge RS
2010–11 1 DBL 3rdSemifinalist
2011–12 1 DBL 1stQuarterfinalist
2012–13 1 DBL 3rd Winner
SPM Shoeters
2013–14 1 DBL 2nd Semifinalist 3 EuroChallenge RS
2014–15 1 DBL 1stRunners-up3 EuroChallenge T16
2015–16 1 DBL 4thChampions
Heroes Den Bosch
2016–17 1 DBL 4thEighthfinalist
2017–18 1 DBL 5th Semifinalist
2018–19 1 DBL 4th Quarterfinalist 4 FIBA Europe Cup RS
2019–20 1 DBL 3rd [lower-alpha 1] Fourth round
2020–21 1 DBL 2nd Quarterfinalist 4 FIBA Europe Cup R16
2021–22 1 BNXT League
Runners-up 4 FIBA Europe Cup RS
  1. The 2019–20 season was cancelled prematurely in March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. No playoffs were played and no champions were named.

European record

SeasonCompetitionRoundClubHome [A] Away [A] Agg [A]
2013–14 EuroChallenge Regular season Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Antwerp Giants 83–7672–773rd in Group A
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Flag of France.svg JDA Dijon 66–7064–83
Flag of Estonia.svg Rakvere Tarvas 78–7170–57
2014–15 EuroChallenge Regular season Flag of Italy.svg Brindisi 71–6962–762nd in Group
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Flag of Germany.svg Ulm 87–7682–91
Flag of Sweden.svg Södertälje Kings 115–108 (OT)72–88
Second round Flag of Russia.svg Avtodor 107–108 (OT)85–894th in Group K
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Flag of Germany.svg Skyliners Frankfurt 92–94 (OT)70–75
Flag of Estonia.svg Tartu University 78–7764–71
2018–19 FIBA Europe Cup Second qualifying round Flag of Bulgaria.svg Balkan 76–8668–66144–152 [B]
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Regular season Flag of Russia.svg Avtodor 93–9779–893rd place in Group
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Flag of Israel.svg Ironi Nes Ziona 102–8785–91
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg JIP Pardubice 91–5868–64
2020–21 FIBA Europe Cup Regular season Flag of Russia.svg Parma 63–85 (N)2nd place in Group F
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Flag of the Netherlands.svg Donar 99–98 (OT, N)
Flag of Belarus.svg Borisfen DNP
Round of 16 Flag of Poland.svg Stal Ostrów Wielkopolski 83–92 (N)
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2021–22 FIBA Europe Cup Regular season Flag of Portugal.svg Benfica 76–7878–733rd in Group C
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Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Opava 87–8288–72
Flag of Russia.svg Parma 75–9252–67
  1. ^ a b c
    Heroes Den Bosch points are listed first.
  2. ^ a b c d
    Despite losing, Heroes qualified for the regular season as "Lucky Loser".

List of head coaches

Bill Sheridan Flag of the United States.svg United States1976 – 1977
Ton Boot Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands1978 – 1980Dutch Basketball League
Bill Sheridan Flag of the United States.svg United States1980 – 1982Dutch Basketball League
Ton Boot Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands1982 – 1985Dutch Basketball League
Charis Saideris Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands1989
Toon van Helfteren Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands1997 – 1998
Toon van Helfteren Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands2001 – 2005
Randy Wiel Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands2005 – 2009Dutch Basketball League, 2× NBB Cup
Don Beck Flag of the United States.svg United States2009 – 2010
Maarten van Gent (interim)Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands1 April 2010 – 1 July 2010
Raoul Korner Flag of Austria.svg Austria2010 – 2013Dutch Basketball League, 1× NBB Cup
Sam Jones Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands2013 – 2016Dutch Basketball League, 1× NBB Cup, 1× Supercup
Sander van der Holst Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands2016 – 2017
Silvano Poropat Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia2017 – August 2018
Ivica Skelin Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia3 September 2018 – 22 June 2019
Jean-Marc Jaumin Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium23 June 2019 – 31 May 2021
Erik Braal Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands15 June 2021 – presentDutch champion

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Coordinates: 51°43′21.64″N5°18′55.87″E / 51.7226778°N 5.3155194°E / 51.7226778; 5.3155194