Baloncesto Superior Nacional

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Baloncesto Superior Nacional De Puerto Rico
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Baloncesto Superior Nacional De Puerto Rico
Sport Basketball
Founded 1929
Commissioner Carlos J. Beltran
Motto "¡Pura Pasión!" (Pure Passion!)
Inaugural season 1930
No. of teams 10
Country Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
Continent FIBA Americas (Americas)
Most recent champion(s) Leones de Ponce
Most titles Vaqueros de Bayamón & Atléticos de San Germán (14 titles)
TV partner(s) WAPA 2 Deportes, DirecTV
Official website http://www.bsnpr.com/

The Baloncesto Superior Nacional or BSN (lit. "National Superior Basketball") is a professional men's basketball league in Puerto Rico. Currently contested by 10 teams, it has nevertheless had presence in several cities of Puerto Rico. The league was established in 1929 and has produced players that have distinguished themselves in the NBA, Euroleague, and other tournaments throughout the world. Among them, NBA players José Ortiz, Daniel Santiago, Carlos Arroyo and José Juan Barea started their careers playing for BSN teams. Also, the majority of the players that participate in the Puerto Rico men's national basketball team are products of the BSN.

For the 2014 season, which begins in March, each team will play 36 games in a single table format. The regular season is followed by Playoffs series with the best 8 teams. The season concludes with the finals, where two teams compete in a best of seven games format.

History[edit]

The league began in 1930, and is noted for having had several head coaches who went on to achieve international recognition later in their careers. Among these are Basketball Hall of Fame members Tex Winter and Red Holzman, who coached the Leones de Ponce in the 1960s, and Phil Jackson, who coached the Piratas de Quebradillas in the late 1980s. Others notable coaches who have worked for BSN teams include Lou Rossini, Del Harris, P.J. Carlessimo, Bernie Bickerstaff and Herb Brown.

During the 1980s, notable players followed in the footsteps of players such as Juan "Pachin" Vicens (Named Greatest Basketball Player in the World at the Basketball World Championship, held in Santiago, Chile, 1959) and Butch Lee, the first Puerto Rican and BSN player to enter the NBA. Among those are Mario 'Quijote' Morales, Raymond Dalmau, Jose 'Piculin' Ortiz, Ramón Rivas, Jerome Mincy, Georgie Torres, Angelo Cruz, Angel Santiago, the late Federico 'Fico' Lopez and Rubén Rodríguez showcased their talents to all of Puerto Rico's TV viewers and game goers.

Competition Format[edit]

Regular Season[edit]

The BSN tournament is played under the regular FIBA basketball rules. The teams regularly play a total of two games amongs them. For the 2014, the regular season will extend to 36 games. Of the 10 participating teams, the top 8 move on to the postseason.

Postseason[edit]

2014 Season Participating Teams[edit]

The current league organization features 10 teams in a single division.

Indios de Canóvanas Coliseo Carlis Miguel Mangual Canóvanas. PR

Gallitos de Isabela Tiburones de Aguadilla Santeros de Aguada Titanes de Morovis Polluelos de Aibonito Cariduros de Fajardo Mets de Guaynabo Gigantes de Carolina Toritos de Cayey

League records[edit]

Rubén Rodríguez established most of the early long-standing record in the BSN. He broke both the single-season points record with 810 in 1978 and the most career points record with 11,549. The current holder of the career mark is Georgie Torres, who broke ir before retiring in 2001 with 15,863 points in 679 games, playing his entire career after the establishment of the three-point line.[2] Rodríguez also holds the mark for most rebounds in a career with 6, 178. He also held the single-season rebound record with 380 in 1978, which stood until Lee Benson broke it in 2008. Rodríguez also established an early single-game points record in 1973 with 52. In 1989, Pablo Alicea of the Gigantes de Carolina established a record for most assists in one game with 25.[3] The record stood for over two decades until May 1, 2012, when Jonathan García of the Caciques de Humacao broke it recording 33 assists against the Brujos de Guayama. García's mark is an unofficial world record pending the approval of Guinness World Records, since there is no higher number recorded in any amateur or professional international league or in FIBA competition.[4] During this game, the Caciques also established the team points record for a single game with 130 and for most scored during a single (10-minute) quarter with 46. The Vaqueros de Bayamón hosted the game with most assistance in the league, with 17,621 fans attending a home game against Río Piedras on September 8, 1969. This bested the previous top of 16,564 in a game between Ponce and Santurce. The Vaqueros also hold the record for most consecutive championships, winning five from 1971-75.

Championships[edit]

Complete list of BSN Champions

Number of championships won by teams[edit]

Teams Finals Championships Runners-up Years won Years runners-up
Atléticos de San Germán 25 14 11 1932, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942,
1942-1943,1947, 1948, 1949, 1950,
1985, 1991, 1994, 1997
1931, 1933, 1936*, 1938*, 1940,
1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1965,
1986
Vaqueros de Bayamón 21 14 7 1933, 1935, 1967, 1969, 1971,
1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1981,
1988, 1995, 1996, 2009
1930, 1934, 1970, 2001, 2002,
2005, 2010
Leones de Ponce 24 13 10 1952, 1954, 1960, 1961, 1964,
1965, 1966, 1990, 1992, 1993,
2002, 2004, 2014
1949, 1958, 1963, 1967, 1989,
1995, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2013
Cangrejeros de Santurce 14 8 6 1962, 1968, 1998, 1999, 2000,
2001, 2003, 2007
1942, 1942-1943, 1951, 1952, 1964,
2006
Cardenales de Río Piedras 15 6 9 1946, 1955, 1956, 1957,1963,
1976
1941, 1947, 1959, 1960, 1962,
1968, 1969, 1971, 1977
Piratas de Quebradillas 16 5 11 1970, 1977, 1978, 1979, 2013 1937, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976,
1980, 1982, 1999, 2000, 2009,
2011
Capitalinos de San Juan 9 5 4 1930, 1931, 1940, 1945, 1958 1943, 1944, 1950, 1974
Capitanes de Arecibo 14 5 9 1959, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011 1932, 1946, 1948, 1961, 1966,
1992, 2007, 2012, 2014
Mets de Guaynabo 9 3 6 1980, 1982, 1989 1978, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1990,
1993
Vega Baja 4 2 2 1934, 1937 1935, 1939
Indios de Canóvanas 3 2 1 1983, 1984 1988
University of Puerto Rico 3 2 1 1944, 1951 1945
Polluelos de Aibonito 2 1 1 1986 1987
Club Náutico San Juan 1 1 0 1936 -
Criollos de Caguas 1 1 0 2006
Indios de Mayagüez 1 1 0 2012 -
Titanes de Morovis 1 1 0 1987
Gigantes de Carolina 3 0 3 1979, 1997, 2008
Brujos de Guayama 2 0 2 1991, 1994
Gallitos de Isabela 1 0 1 1984
Maratonistas de Coamo 1 0 1 2004
  • *These titles are from Farmacia Martin team that was unified with the Atléticos de San Germán

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League all-time Leaders[edit]

^ Active BSN player

Points[edit]

Rank Player Pos Years FGM 3PM FTM points GP PPG
1 George Torres SG/F 1975-2001 5,888 989 3,908 15,863 679 23.4
2 Mario Morales G/F 1975-1998 6,291 617 2,094 15,293 675 22.7
3 Mario Butler C 1980-2008 4,895 79 2,388 12,252 779 15.7
4 Rolando Frazer C 1980-2001 5,068 41 1,919 12,096 603 20.1
5 Raymond Dalmau F/C 1966-1985 4,738 53 2,041 11,592 537 21.6
6 Rubén Rodríguez F/C 1969-1991 4,616 522 1,795 11,549 631 18.3
7 Roberto Ríos SG/F 1978-2000 4,174 1,055 1,909 11,312 681 16.6
8 Angel Santiago F 1973-1996 4,895 79 2,388 12,252 779 15.7
9 José Quiñonez F 1976-1995 4,232 57 2,491 11,012 579 19.0
10 James Carter PG 1987-2006 3,555 507 2,531 10,148 543 18.7

Rebounds[edit]

Rank Player Pos Years Reb GP RPG
1 Mario Butler C 1980-2008 8,236 779 10.6
2 Rubén Rodríguez F/C 1969-1991 6,178 631 9.8
3 Rolando Frazer C 1980-2001 6,153 603 10.2
4 Raymond Dalmau F/C 1966-1985 5,673 537 10.6
5 Mario Morales G/F 1975-1998 5,665 675 8.4
6 José Ortíz C 1980-2006 5,314 505 10.5
7 Carlos Bermúdez F 1970-1984 4,884 422 11.6
8 Edgar León F/C 1981-2001 4,837 493 9.8
9 Teófilo Cruz C 1957-1982 4,672 584 8
10 Angel Santiago F 1973-1996 4,447 617 7.2

Assists[edit]

Rank Player Position(s) Years Total AST GP APG
1 James Carter PG 1987-2006 3,025 543 5.6
2 Pablo Alicea PG 1987-2006 2,762 503 5.5
3 Javier Antonio Colón PG 1987-2008 2,748 555 5.0
5 Federico López PG 1981-1997 2,440 446 5.5
4 Christian Dalmau PG/SG 1992–2003-,2008-Pres 2,623 555 4.7
6 Roberto Ríos SG/F 1978-2000 2,315 681 3.4
7 Raymond Dalmau F/C 1966-1985 2,302 537 5.1
9 Bobby Joe Hatton PG 1994-2012 2,235 489 4.6
10 George Torres SG/F 1975-2001 2,203 679 3.2
8 Wilfredo Pagan PG 1992–Present 2,257 597 3.9

Last Updated May 10, 2013

-SINGLE GAME RECORD Assist- Jonathan Garcia 33

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