Liga Nacional de Básquet

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Liga Nacional de Básquet (LNB)
Current season, competition or edition:
2013–14 Liga Nacional de Básquet (LNB)
Liga nac basket logo.png
Sport Basketball
President Eduardo Bazzi
Inaugural season 26 April 1985; 29 years ago (1985-04-26)
No. of teams 16
Country Argentina
Most recent champion(s) Peñarol
Most titles Atenas
(9 titles)
TV partner(s) TyC Sports
Related competitions Torneo Súper 8
Founder León Najnudel
Level on pyramid 1st Tier - (Argentina)
Relegation to Torneo Nacional de Ascenso (TNA)
Official website lnb.com.ar

The Liga Nacional de Básquet (abbreviated LNB, and literally in English "National Basketball League") is the top level of the Argentine basketball league system. The league is controlled by the Basketball Clubs' Association (in Spanish: Asociación de Clubes de Básquetbol). The LNB's predecessor is the defunct Campeonato Argentino de Clubes, organized by the Argentine Basketball Federation.

The league was created through the efforts of coach León Najnudel and sports journalist Osvaldo Orcasitas in the 1980s to make Argentine basketball more competitive through the merging of the many existing local leagues.[1] It is designed like the NBA, with regular season, all-star game, and playoffs. However, unlike the NBA, the LNB has promotion and relegation with the Torneo Nacional de Ascenso (TNA), the league immediately below.

A tribute to Najnudel's vision is the string of successes of the Argentine national basketball team, culminating with the team's Olympic gold medal won at the 2004 Summer Olympics, and the international careers of many players who started in the league.

Competition format[edit]

Following a system similar to the European basketball leagues, there are two leves of competition: the Liga A (first division) and the Torneo Nacional de Ascenso (National Promotion Tournament in Spanish) or TNA (second division). Both tournaments feature promotions and relegations and are organized by the Clubs Association of Argentina. On the 2011–12 season a third level of competition was inaugurated, the Torneo Federal de Básquetbol,[2] which encompasses a wide array of teams from all over the country and is organized by the Argentine Basketball Federation. An additional short tournament between the top seven teams in the first division and a wild card takes place before the start of the regular season.

Liga A[edit]

The top tier of the league consists of 16 teams, which are later divided into two Divisions, North and South, according to their geographical location. The regular season is divided in two stages: the first stage consists of a double round-robin between teams on the same Division only, with standings decided by a points system. On the second stage, each team carries over 50% of the points obtained in the first stage and a new double round-robin starts, this time between all 16 teams. After the regular season ends, the standings determine different outcomes which are as follows:

  • 1st–4th place – Advances directly to the Championship Playoffs, with the top team earning home court advantage for the entire Playoffs series.
  • 5th–12th place – Compete in four separate head to head best-of-five series to define 5th through 8th seeds for the Championship Playoffs.
  • 13th–16th place – Compete in two separate head to head best-of-five series where the loser from each series is relegated to the Torneo Nacional de Ascenso.

The Championship Playoffs follow a tournament format, where each team plays against the opponent in a best-of-five series in the quarterfinals and semifinals, and a best-of-seven series in the finals.

Torneo Nacional de Ascenso[edit]

The TNA consists of 21 teams, which are divided into two Divisions, North and South, with 10 teams going to the North Division and 11 teams going to the South Division. The competition format is similar to the Liga A, with a regular season divided in two stages. On the first stage, teams from the same division compete in a double round-robin format, with standings determined by a points system. After the first phase each team carries over 50% of the points obtained to the second stage. On the second stage, each division is split into two groups as follows: the top five teams from the North Division (TNA1 North), the top six teams from the South Division (TNA1 South), and the remaining teams from the North and South groups (TNA2 North and TNA2 South, respectively). Each group then competes in a separate double round-robin.

Current teams (2012–13 season)[edit]

Liga A - Primera División[edit]

Team City Province/Area Arena Head coach
North Division
Atenas Córdoba Córdoba Carlos Cerutti
Orfeo Superdomo
Néstor García
Ciclista Olímpico La Banda Santiago del Estero Vicente Rosales Fernando Duró
Juventud Sionista Paraná Entre Ríos Moisés Flesler Sebastián Svetliza
La Unión Formosa Formosa Estadio Cincuentenario Gonzalo García
Libertad Sunchales Santa Fe Hogar de los Tigres Fabio Demti
Quimsa Santiago del Estero Santiago del Estero Ciudad de Sgo. del Estero Carlos Romano
Regatas Corrientes Corrientes José Conte Nicolás Casalanguida
Unión Progresista Villa Ángela Chaco Unión Progresista Jorge Lobera
South Division
9 de Julio Río Tercero Córdoba José Albert Sebastián González
Argentino Junín Buenos Aires El Fortín de las Morochas Adrián Capelli
Boca Juniors La Boca Buenos Aires Luis Conde Oscar Sánchez
Gimnasia y Esgrima (CR) Comodoro Rivadavia Chubut Socios Fundadores Miguel Volcan
Lanús Lanús Greater Buenos Aires Antonio Rotili Silvio Santander
Obras Sanitarias Núñez Buenos Aires Estadio Obras Sanitarias Gabriel Piccato
Peñarol Mar del Plata Buenos Aires Polideportivo Islas Malvinas Sergio Hernández
Estudiantes (BB) Bahía Blanca Buenos Aires Osvaldo Casanova José Luis Pisani

List of champions[edit]

Finals[edit]

Source: LNB website.[3]

Season Champion Runner-Up Result League MVP Finals MVP Winning Coach
1985 Ferro Atenas 2–1 (not chosen) Sebastián Uranga (Ferro) Luis Martínez
1986 Ferro Olimpo 3–1 (not chosen) Michael Schlegel (Ferro) Luis Martínez
1987 Atenas Ferro 3–1 Germán Filloy (Atenas) Héctor Campana (Atenas) Walter Garrone
1988 Atenas River Plate 3–0 (not chosen) Carlos Cerutti (Atenas) Walter Garrone
1989 Ferro Atenas 3–2 Héctor Campana (River Plate) James Thomas (Ferro) León Najnudel
1990 Atenas Sport Club (C) 3–0 Héctor Campana (River Plate) Marcelo Milanesio (Atenas) Walter Garrone
1990–91 GEPU Estudiantes (BB) 4–2 Héctor Campana (GEPU) Héctor Campana (GEPU) Daniel Rodríguez
1991–92 Atenas GEPU 4–1 Marcelo Milanesio (Atenas) Héctor Campana (Atenas) Rubén Magnano
1992–93 GEPU Atenas 4–2 Juan Espil (GEPU) Juan Espil (GEPU) Orlando Ferratto
1993–94 Peñarol Independiente (GP) 4–1 Marcelo Milanesio (Atenas) Esteban de la Fuente (Peñarol) Néstor García
1994–95 Independiente (GP) Olimpia (VT) 4–1 Hernán Montenegro (Gimnasia (CR)) Esteban de la Fuente (Independiente (GP)) Mario Guzmán
1995–96 Olimpia (VT) Atenas 4–3 Michael Wilson (Olimpia (VT)) Jorge Racca (Olimpia (VT)) Horacio Seguí
1996–97 Boca Juniors Independiente (GP) 4–1 Jorge Racca (Olimpia (VT)) Byron Wilson (Boca Juniors) Julio Lamas
1997–98 Atenas Boca Juniors 4–0 Fabricio Oberto (Atenas) Fabricio Oberto (Atenas) Rubén Magnano
1998–99 Atenas Independiente (GP) 4–3 Héctor Campana (Atenas) Diego Osella (Atenas) Rubén Magnano
1999–00 Estudiantes (O) Atenas 4–3 Rubén Wolkowyski (Estudiantes (O)) Rubén Wolkowyski (Estudiantes (O)) Sergio Hernández
2000–01 Estudiantes (O) Libertad 4–1 Wálter Herrmann (Atenas) Byron Wilson (Estudiantes (O)) Sergio Hernández
2001–02 Atenas Estudiantes (O) 4–1 Daniel Farabello (Quilmes (MDP)) Wálter Herrmann (Atenas) Horacio Seguí
2002–03 Atenas Boca Juniors 4–2 Bruno Lábaque (Atenas) Diego Lo Grippo (Atenas) Oscar Sánchez
2003–04 Boca Juniors Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP) 4–2 Leonardo Gutiérrez (Obras Sanitarias) Byron Wilson (Boca Juniors) Sergio Hernández
2004–05 Ben Hur Boca Juniors 4–1 Leonardo Gutiérrez (Ben Hur) Leonardo Gutiérrez (Ben Hur) Julio Lamas
2005–06 Gimnasia y Esgrima (CR) Libertad 4–2 Leonardo Gutiérrez (Ben Hur) Gabriel Cocha (Gimnasia y Esgrima (CR)) Fernando Duró
2006–07 Boca Juniors Peñarol 4–2 Gabriel Mikulas (Peñarol) Leonardo Gutiérrez (Boca Juniors) Gabriel Piccato
2007–08 Libertad Quimsa 4–0 Leonardo Gutiérrez (Boca Juniors) Laron Profit (Libertad) Julio Lamas
2008–09 Atenas Peñarol 4–2 David Jackson (Peñarol) Andre Laws (Atenas) Rubén Magnano
2009–10 Peñarol Atenas 4–1 Leonardo Gutiérrez (Peñarol) Leonardo Gutiérrez (Peñarol) Sergio Hernández
2010–11 Peñarol Atenas 4–1 J.P. Gutiérrez (Obras Sanitarias) Leonardo Gutiérrez (Peñarol) Sergio Hernández
2011–12 Peñarol Obras Sanitarias 4–2 J.P. Gutiérrez (Obras Sanitarias) Facundo Campazzo (Peñarol) Sergio Hernández
2012–13 Regatas Lanús 4-0 Paolo Quinteros (Regatas) Paolo Quinteros (Regatas) Nicolás Casalánguida
2013–14 Peñarol Regatas 4-2 Walter Herrmann (Atenas) Facundo Campazzo (Peñarol) Fernando Rivero

Championships by club[edit]

Club Titles Seasons won
Atenas 9 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991-92, 1997-98, 1998-99, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2008–09
Peñarol (MdP) 5 1993-94, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2013–14
Boca Juniors 3 1996-97, 2003-04, 2006-07
Ferro Carril Oeste 3 1985, 1986, 1989
Estudiantes (O) 2 1999-00, 2000-01
GEPU 2 1990-91, 1992-93
Independiente (GP) 1 1990-91
Libertad (S) 1 2007-08
Olimpia (VT) 1 1995–96
Gimnasia y Esgrima (CR) 1 2005–06
Ben Hur 1 2004–05
Regatas 1 2012-13

Top scorers[edit]

Source: LNB website.[4]

Season Player Nationality Team Points Average Played
1985 Wilfredo Ruiz  Uruguay Estudiantes (BB) 1117 32.9 34
1986 Wilfredo Ruiz  Uruguay Estudiantes (BB) 1008 31.5 32
1987 Wilfredo Ruiz  Uruguay Estudiantes (BB) 913 30.4 30
1988 Luis González  Argentina Atlético Echagüe 896 28.9 31
1989 Héctor Campana  Argentina River Plate 1041 29.7 35
1990 Héctor Campana  Argentina River Plate 1148 44.2 26
1990–91 Héctor Campana  Argentina G.E.P.U. 1448 31.5 46
1991–92 Héctor Campana  Argentina Atenas 1360 27.8 49
1992–93 Juan Espil  Argentina G.E.P.U. 1672 28.8 58
1993–94 Andrew Moten  United States Gimnasia y Esgrima (CR) 896 29.9 30
1994–95 Juan Espil  Argentina Atenas 1470 28.8 51
1995–96 Juan Espil  Argentina Atenas 1782 31.3 57
1996–97 Charlie Burke  United States Pico F.C. 1088 29.4 37
1997–98 Corey Allen  United States Pico F.C. 1415 28.9 49
1998–99 John Eubanks  United States Estudiantes (O) 1060 25.9 41
1999–00 John Eubanks  United States Estudiantes (O) 1514 27.5 55
2000–01 Joseph Bunn  United States Peñarol (MdP) 1208 25.2 48
2001–02 Joseph Bunn  United States Atenas 625 26.0 24
2002–03 Joshua Pittman  United States Quilmes (MdP) 626 26.1 24
2003–04 Joseph Bunn  United States Peñarol (MdP) 1209 32.7 37
2004–05 Paolo Quinteros  Argentina Boca Juniors 1232 22.4 55
2005–06 Joseph Bunn  United States Peñarol (MdP) 1371 28.6 48
2006–07 Clarence Robinson  United States Quilmes (MdP) 981 20.4 48
2007–08 Leonardo Gutiérrez  Argentina Boca Juniors 993 20.7 48
2008–09 Edward Nelson  United States Estudiantes (BB) 946 20.1 47
2009–10 David Jackson  United States La Unión 927 18.9 49
2010–11 Joseph Bunn  United States Argentino de Junín 882 19.6 45
2011–12 Joseph Troy Smith  United States Club La Unión 745 17.3 43
2012-13 Darren Phillip  United States Unión Progresista 823 18.3 45
2013-14 Walter Baxley  United States Quilmes Mar del Plata 983 19.3 51

Retired numbers[edit]

There are six numbers retired in the LNB to date. Atenas was the team which started this practise (in 2002, with the legendary Marcelo Milanesio's #9), being Peñarol de Mar del Plata the most recent case of retiring a jersey, with the #8 worn by "Tato" Rodríguez.[5][6]

Club Player Pos. Tenure Num.
Retirement
Refs
5 Atenas Argentina Héctor Campana SG 1982-2002 2005 [6][7]
9 Atenas Argentina Marcelo Milanesio PG 1987-88, 1991–92, 1996-2000, 2002-04 2002 [6]
10 Estudiantes (BB) Argentina Juan Espil SG 1988-92, 2010-12 2013 [8]
11 Atenas Argentina Diego Osella C 1988-92, 1993-2001, 2003-10 2011 [9][10][11]
14 Estudiantes (BB) Argentina Alberto Cabrera PG 1961-84 2004 [12][13]
11 Quimsa Argentina Miguel Cortijo PG (None) 1 [5]
4 Quilmes (MdP) Argentina Eduardo Dómine SG 1990, 1991-2001 [5]

1 Although Cortijo never played for the club, the #11 jersey was retired honoring him as a native of Santiago del Estero, where Quimsa is located in.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matías Ron Ares (2010-03-14). "LNB: la historia de su origen" (in Spanish). In Deportes. Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
  2. ^ Torneo Federal de Básquetbol, Official site.(Spanish)
  3. ^ "Historial de Campeones de la Liga" (in Spanish). LNB official website. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  4. ^ "Líderes de Torneos" (in Spanish). LNB official website. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  5. ^ a b c "Peñarol de Mar del Plata retiró la camiseta de 'Tato' Rodríguez", Télam, 2011-11-23
  6. ^ a b c Milanesio y Campana homenajeados con el retiro de las míticas "9" y "5" Pick and Roll website, 2005-11-05
  7. ^ Atenas retira la camiseta de Héctor "Pichi" Campana, Infobae, 2005-07-12
  8. ^ "Espil vivió su noche soñada" at CanchaLlena.com, 22 February 2013
  9. ^ Atenas retiró el 11 de Diego Osella, Gualeguaychú a Diario webpage
  10. ^ Atenas retirará la camiseta 11 en homenaje a Diego Osella, La Mañana de Cordoba website
  11. ^ Atenas retira la camiseta 11 de Osella, Día a Día Deportes
  12. ^ "La 14 inmortal" Pick and Roll site, 2004-10-04
  13. ^ Ordenanza Nº 14604, declarando "Sitio de Interés Cultural e Histórico" al Estadio Osvaldo Casanova 2008-01-08

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