Liga Nacional de Básquet

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Liga Nacional de Básquet (LNB)
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2013–14 Liga Nacional de Básquet (LNB)
Liga nac basket logo.png
Sport Basketball
President Eduardo Bazzi
Inaugural season 26 April 1985; 30 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 (2014–15 season)[edit]

Team City Seasons in LNB Arena Capacity
Asociación Atlética Quimsa Santiago del Estero 8 Estadio Ciudad 5200
Asociación Deportiva Atenas Córdoba 30 Polideportivo Carlos Cerutti 3730
Centro Juventud Sionista Paraná 8 Estadio Moisés Flesler 2150
Club Atlético Argentino Junín 6 El Fortín de las Morochas 1465
Club Atlético Boca Juniors Buenos Aires 25 Microestadio Luis Conde 2000
Club Atlético Lanús Lanús 6 Microestadio Antonio Rotili 4000
Club Atlético Peñarol Mar del Plata 27 Polideportivo Islas Malvinas 8000
Club Atlético Quilmes Mar del Plata 20 Estadio Once Unidos 3000
Club Ciclista Juninensa Junín 2 Estadio Raúl "Chuni" Merlo 2100
Club Ciclista Olímpico La Banda 9 Estadio Vicente Rosales 3964
Club de Regatas Corrientes Corrientes 10 Estadio José Jorge Contte 4000
Club Deportivo Libertad Sunchales 16 El Hogar de los Tigres 4000
Club Estudiantes Concordia Concordia 4 El Gigante Verde 1610
Club Obras Sanitarias de la Nación Buenos Aires 17 Estadio Obras Sanitarias 3000
Club San Martín de Corrientes Corrientes 1 Estadio Raúl Argentino Ortiz 2500
La Unión de Formosa Formosa 6 Estadio Cincuentenario 4500
Gimnasia Indalo Comodoro Rivadavia 25 Estadio Socios Fundadores 2276
Weber Bahía Bahía Blanca 26 Estadio Osvaldo Casanova 3950

Title holders[edit]

Finals[edit]

Source: LNB website.[3]

Season Champion Runner-Up Result League MVP Finals MVP Winning Coach
1985 Ferro Carril Oeste Atenas 2–1 (not chosen) Sebastián Uranga (Ferro Carril Oeste) Luis Martínez
1986 Ferro Carril Oeste Olimpo 3–1 (not chosen) Michael Schlegel (Ferro Carril Oeste) Luis Martínez
1987 Atenas Ferro Carril Oeste 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 Carril Oeste Atenas 3–2 Héctor Campana (River Plate) James Thomas (Ferro Carril Oeste) León Najnudel
1990 Atenas Cañadense 3–0 Héctor Campana (River Plate) Marcelo Milanesio (Atenas) Walter Garrone
1990–91 Gimnasia y Esgrima PU Estudiantes de Bahía Blanca 4–2 Héctor Campana (Gimnasia y Esgrima PU) Héctor Campana (Gimnasia y Esgrima PU) Daniel Rodríguez
1991–92 Atenas Gimnasia y Esgrima PU 4–1 Marcelo Milanesio (Atenas) Héctor Campana (Atenas) Rubén Magnano
1992–93 Gimnasia y Esgrima PU Atenas 4–2 Juan Espil (Gimnasia y Esgrima PU) Juan Espil (Gimnasia y Esgrima PU) Orlando Ferratto
1993–94 Peñarol MdP Independiente 4–1 Marcelo Milanesio (Atenas) Esteban de la Fuente (Peñarol MdP) Néstor García
1994–95 Independiente Olimpia 4–1 Hernán Montenegro (Gimnasia y Esgrima CR) Esteban de la Fuente (Independiente) Mario Guzmán
1995–96 Olimpia Atenas 4–3 Michael Wilson (Olimpia) Jorge Racca (Olimpia) Horacio Seguí
1996–97 Boca Juniors Independiente 4–1 Jorge Racca (Olimpia) 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 4–3 Héctor Campana (Atenas) Diego Osella (Atenas) Rubén Magnano
1999–00 Estudiantes Atenas 4–3 Rubén Wolkowyski (Estudiantes) Rubén Wolkowyski (Estudiantes) Sergio Hernández
2000–01 Estudiantes Libertad 4–1 Wálter Herrmann (Atenas) Byron Wilson (Estudiantes) Sergio Hernández
2001–02 Atenas Estudiantes 4–1 Daniel Farabello (Quilmes) 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 La Plata 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 MdP 4–2 Gabriel Mikulas (Peñarol MdP) 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 MdP 4–2 David Jackson (Peñarol MdP) Andre Laws (Atenas) Rubén Magnano
2009–10 Peñarol MdP Atenas 4–1 Leonardo Gutiérrez (Peñarol MdP) Leonardo Gutiérrez (Peñarol MdP) Sergio Hernández
2010–11 Peñarol MdP Atenas 4–1 J.P. Gutiérrez (Obras Sanitarias) Leonardo Gutiérrez (Peñarol MdP) Sergio Hernández
2011–12 Peñarol MdP Obras Sanitarias 4–2 J.P. Gutiérrez (Obras Sanitarias) Facundo Campazzo (Peñarol MdP) Sergio Hernández
2012–13 Regatas Corrientes Lanús 4-0 Paolo Quinteros (Regatas Corrientes) Paolo Quinteros (Regatas Corrientes) Nicolás Casalánguida
2013–14 Peñarol MdP Regatas Corrientes 4-2 Walter Herrmann (Atenas) Facundo Campazzo (Peñarol MdP) Fernando Rivero

Titles by club[edit]

Titles Club Years
9 Verde con diagonale Bianco.svg Atenas 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991-92, 1997-98, 1998-99, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2008–09
5 Azzurro e Bianco.svg Peñarol MdP 1993-94, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2013–14
3 600px Blu e Giallo (Bordato) con stelle Gialle.png Boca Juniors 1996-97, 2003-04, 2006-07
600px Verde e Bianco.png Ferro Carril Oeste 1985, 1986, 1989
2 600px Azzurro Bianco e Nero.png Gimnasia y Esgrima PU 1990-91, 1992-93
600px Nero e Bianco (Strisce).png Estudiantes 1999-00, 2000-01
1 600px Rosso e Bianco (Diagonale) con CSI.PNG Independiente 1994-95
600px Nero e Rosso (Strisce diagonali).png Olimpia 1995-96
600px Blu con striscia Bianca.png Ben Hur 2004-05
600px Bianco con diagonale Verde.png Gimnasia y Esgrima CR 2005-06
600px Nero e Giallo (Strisce).png Libertad 2007-08
600px Celeste e Bianco.png Regatas Corrientes 2012-13

Top scorers[edit]

Source: LNB website.[4]

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