Serie A2 Basket
|Formerly||Serie A2 Basket
DNA Gold Basket
Serie A2 Basket
|No. of teams||32 (16 gold group+16 silver group)|
|Continent||FIBA Europe (Europe)|
|Related competitions||Italian Basketball Cup
Italian Basketball Supercup
Italian Legadue Cup
|Level on pyramid||2nd Tier (Italy)|
|Promotion to||Lega Basket Serie A|
|Relegation to||Serie B Basket|
|Official website||legapallacanestro.com (Italian)|
Serie A2 Basket (English: A2 Basket Series), is the second-tier division of professional club basketball in Italy. Prior to the 2001–02 season, it was previously called Serie A2, and from the 2001–02 to 2012–13 season, it was known as Legadue Basket. Serie A2 Basket is the league level that is one tier below the top-level of Italian professional club basketball, the Lega Basket Serie A. The league is organized by the Lega Nazionale Pallacanestro (LNP) and is regulated by the FIP (Italian Basketball Federation).
Prior to 2001, the 2nd-tier Italian basketball league was known as Serie A2. In 2001, the 2nd-tier Italian basketball league changed, and was operated under a different set of rules from the 1st-tier Italian basketball league, with different access criteria, and import player rules. The 2nd-tier Italian basketball league then became known as Legadue Basket.
In 2013, Legadue Basket was then replaced by the new version of the Italian second division basketball league called, Divisione Nazionale A Gold Basket, or DNA Gold Basket. In 2014, the league was then renamed again to Serie A2 Basket after the merge of divisions Gold (better) and Silver.
League system and format
Serie A2 Basket regular season is composed by 32 teams divided into two groups of 16 teams called Gold and Silver. The eight best teams of the A2 Gold and the four top teams of the A2 Silver play the promotion playoffs.
The four first qualified teams of A2 Gold will join directly in the quarterfinals stage while the other 12 teams will play previously the round of 16.
The last qualified of the A2 Silver will be relegated directly to Serie B Basket will the two last qualified teams of A2 Gold will join a relegation playoff against the 14th and 15 qualified teams of A2 Silver. The two losers will be relegated also to Serie B.
The first 4 teams in the Serie A2 Basket standings at the end of first leg compete in a final four system at the Coppa Italia di Legadue, the second-tier national cup of Italian basketball, in a weekend at the end of February.
Serie A2 Basket teams are required to follow a rule of prevalence of Italian players in roster composition, which imposes to line up at least six Italian-trained players (which played a minimum number of years in Italian youth series), up to one Italian naturalized player, up to one EU player, and up to two non-EU players.
2014–15 teams (only Gold group)
|Season||Champions||Other team promoted|
|2001–02||Pastificio di Nola Napoli||-|
|2002–03||Sanic Teramo||Pallacanestro Messina|
|2003–04||Bipop Reggio Emilia||Sicc Cucine Jesi|
|2004–05||Upea Capo d'Orlando||Caffè Maxim Bologna|
|2005–06||Eurorida Scafati||Premiata Montegranaro|
|2006–07||Sebastiani Rieti||Scavolini Pesaro|
|2007–08||Carife Ferrara||Pepsi Caserta|
|2008–09||Pallacanestro Varese||Vanoli Soresina|
|2009–10||Enel Brindisi||Dinamo Sassari|
|2010–11||A.S. Junior Pallacanestro Casale||Reyer Venezia|
|2011–12||Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia||Enel Brindisi|
|2012–13||Pistoia Basket 2000||-|
|2013–14||Aquila Basket Trento||-|
Appearances (through the 2011–12 season)
- Nuova Pallacanestro Pavia quit the series after selling entitlement to participate to Scaligera Basket Verona in 2010–11.
- Aurora Basket Jesi was relegated in 2009–10, but readmitted in the series after strike off of Nuova Sebastiani Napoli from Serie A due to financial and ethical rules violation.
- Andrea Costa Imola also underwent relegation three times, and in all 3 cases was readmitted in the series: in 2004–05 after bankruptcy of Pallacanestro Messina, in 2007–08 after bankruptcy of Viola Reggio Calabria and in 2009–10 after bankruptcy of Basket Livorno.
- Novara underwent relegation three times, but was readmitted in the series for 2 times: in 2003–04 after bankruptcy of Virtus Bologna from Serie A and in 2007–08 after moving entitlement to participate in the series from Castelletto Ticino.
- A.S. Junior Pallacanestro Casale was relegated in 2005–06, but readmitted in the series after bankruptcy of Roseto Basket from Serie A.
- Fabriano Basket was relegated in 2004–05, but readmitted in the series after bankruptcy of Victoria Libertas Pesaro, later in 2008–09 it quit the series after moving entitlement to participate to Roseto.
- Progresso Castelmaggiore quit the series after selling entitlement to participate to Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna in 2004–05.
- Basket Draghi Castelletto Ticino quit the series after moving entitlement to participate to Novara in 2007–08.
- Basket Livorno quit the series due to bankruptcy in 2009–10, thus never being relegated.
- Centro sportivo Borgomanero quit the series after moving entitlement to participate to Novara in 2002–03, thus never being relegated.
- Viola Reggio Calabria quit the series due to bankruptcy in 2007–08, thus never being relegated.
- Nuova Pallacanestro Vigevano quit the series due to bankruptcy in 2010–11, thus never being relegated.
- Basket Rimini Crabs quit the series due to bankruptcy in 2011–12, thus never being relegated.
- Pallalcesto Amatori Udine quit the series due to bankruptcy in 2011–12, thus never being relegated.
- Unione Cestistica Casalpusterlengo quit the series in 2011–12 after deciding to enroll for the new development league (DNA) in order to have possibility to come back to its traditional home court of Codogno, too small for LegaDue standard, and to follow its tradition of young players development.
- Basket Club Ferrara quit the series after moving entitlement to participate to Biancoblù Basket Bologna, new-founded club with the aim of giving new life to historical Fortitudo Bologna, in 2011–12, thus never being relegated.
- Scaligera Basket Verona was relegated in 2010–11, but readmitted in the series after bankruptcy of Basket Rimini Crabs.
|2003–04||Fabrizio Frates||Pallacanestro Reggiana|
|2004–05||Giovanni Perdichizzi||Orlandina Basket|
|2005–06||Luca Dalmonte||Basket Club Ferrara|
|2006–07||Giampiero Ticchi||Basket Rimini Crabs|
|2007–08||Sandro Dell'Agnello||Basket Livorno|
|2008-09||Andrea Trinchieri||Veroli Basket|
|2009–10||Luigi Garelli||Nuova Pallacanestro Vigevano|
|2010–11||Giulio Griccioli||Scafati Basket|
|2011–12||Massimiliano Menetti||Pallacanestro Reggiana|
|2012–13||Alberto Martelossi||Basket Brescia Leonessa|
|2013–14||Maurizio Buscaglia||Aquila Basket Trento|
|2009–10||Omar Thomas||New Basket Brindisi|
|2010–11||Ricky Hickman||Junior Casale|
|2011–12||Dwight Hardy||Pistoia Basket|
|2012–13||Casper Ware||Junior Casale|
|2013–14||Davide Pascolo||Aquila Basket Trento|
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- Italian Basketball League
- Italian Cup
- Italian Supercup
- Italian Legadue Cup
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