Saski Baskonia

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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria logo
Leagues Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Spanish League
Founded 1959
History Club Deportivo Vasconia
(1959–1976)
Club Deportivo Basconia
(1976–1988)
Saski-Baskonia S.A.D.
(1988–present)
Arena Fernando Buesa Arena
Arena Capacity (capacity: 15,504)
Location Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country
Team colors Maroon, Dark Blue
              
Main sponsor Laboral Kutxa
President José Antonio Querejeta
Head coach Ibon Navarro
Championships 3 Spanish Championships
6 Spanish Cups
4 Spanish Supercups
1 Saporta Cup
Website baskonia.com
Uniforms
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Away jersey
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Saski-Baskonia S.A.D., known as Laboral Kutxa Vitoria (in Turkish Airlines Euroleague) and Laboral Kutxa Baskonia (in Spanish League) for sponsorship reasons, is a Spanish professional basketball club from the Basque city of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. The club's name sponsor is the Basque bank Laboral Kutxa.

Well-known players who have played with the club have included Velimir Perasović, José Calderón, Arvydas Macijauskas, Andrés Nocioni, Fabricio Oberto, Pablo Prigioni, Igor Rakočević, Luis Scola, Goran Dragić, Tiago Splitter, Mirza Teletović, Colton Iverson, Thomas Heurtel.

Sponsorship naming[edit]

Sponsor logo from the TAU era (1986–2009)
Sponsor logo from the Caja Laboral era (2009–2013)

Outside of Spain, the club was often referred to for years as TAU Cerámica Baskonia, a Spanish brand name of ceramics manufacturer TAULELL, which name sponsored the club from 1986–2009. Originally, TAULELL used another of its brand names, Taugres, as the name of the team, before changing the name to TAU Cerámica Baskonia in 1997.[1] TAU, Baskonia and TAU Baskonia were also frequently used to refer to the team. Baskonia, Saski Baskonia, and Saski Baskonia, S.A.D. refer to the name of the actual sports club itself. In 2009, the Spanish bank Caja Laboral became the new name sponsor of the club[2][3] and increased the amount of money that the name sponsor contributes to the sports club's budget.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1959[4] as the basketball section of Club Deportivo Vasconia. It first played at Spain's highest level in 1971, and emerged as a major force in Spanish basketball in the 1990s. Most recently, Baskonia advanced to the Euroleague Final Four in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, losing to Maccabi Tel Aviv in the 2005 final and 2006 semifinals, to Panathinaikos in the 2007 semifinals, and to CSKA Moscow in the 2008 semifinals.

Through outstanding scouting and shrewd management, Baskonia has built a squad that has been to four straight Final Fours and now is looking to take the last step to becoming a Euroleague champion. Baskonia's first trophy of any kind came in 1995, the Spanish King's Cup, when Pablo Laso and Velimir Perasović led the team to an historical win. The club was already making noise internationally too, reaching the Saporta Cup final in both 1994 and 1995.

When it hosted the same title game in 1996, Baskonia pleased its many fans by downing PAOK behind 31 points from Ramón Rivas. Baskonia made its first Spanish Championship playoff final in 1998 and added a second Spanish King's Cup title in 1999.

Fernando Buesa Arena (formerly known as Araba Arena), home of Baskonia since 1991

They then found quick success in the newborn Euroleague. With a deep roster featuring Elmer Bennett, Saulius Štombergas, Victor Alexander, Fabricio Oberto and a young Luis Scola, Baskonia reached the 2001 Euroleague Finals before losing to Kinder Bologna in the fifth and final game on the road. With winning momentum and the additions of Dejan Tomašević and Andrés Nocioni, Baskonia celebrated the next season with another Spanish King's Cup trophy and its first Spanish League title ever. Trophy lifting became a habit now. Baskonia snatched two more Spanish King's Cups, in 2004 and 2006, as Luis Scola and Pablo Prigioni played decisive roles, and success followed the team in the Euroleague. Baskonia's arrival to its first Final Four in 2005 couldn’t have been louder, as the team upset favored host CSKA Moscow in the semifinals, but couldn’t overcome defending champ Maccabi in the title game.

Back home, Baskonia again reached the Spanish League finals, only to lose in dramatic fashion. Baskonia returned to theFinal Four in 2006 but once again Maccabi stood in its way, this time in the semifinal. The team also made it to the Spanish League finals, but was swept there.

Fernando Buesa Arena at night

The next season, Baskonia won its Euroleague regular season and Top 16 groups before sweeping Olympiacos in the Quarterfinal Playoffs as Scola became the Euroleague's top all-time scorer (counting games played since the year 2000 only). Nonetheless, eventual champion Panathinaikos downed Baskonia in the semifinals and once home again in Spain, Baskonia lost in the playoff semifinals. Coming so close, but walking away without any trophies is sure to make Baskonia as hungry as ever going forward.

With a solid track record for building some of the most competitive teams in the world, it is safe to say that Baskonia is always a top candidate for Euroleague greatness.

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
C 15 Slovenia Begić, Mirza 70002210000000000002.21 m (7 ft 3 in) 7002120000000000000120 kg (265 lb) 29 – (1985-07-09)July 9, 1985
F 42 Latvia Bertāns, Dāvis 70002080000000000002.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 700195000000000000095 kg (209 lb) 22 – (1992-11-12)November 12, 1992
SG 5 France Causeur, Fabien 70001930000000000001.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 700190000000000000090 kg (198 lb) 27 – (1987-06-16)June 16, 1987
C 12 Senegal Diop, Ilimane 70002110000000000002.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 700198000000000000098 kg (216 lb) 19 – (1995-04-04)April 4, 1995
PF 10 Senegal Diop, Mamadou 70002040000000000002.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 700195000000000000095 kg (209 lb) 21 – (1993-02-14)February 14, 1993
C 11 United States Hamilton, Lamont Injured 70002080000000000002.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 7002115000000000000115 kg (254 lb) 30 – (1984-02-14)February 14, 1984
PG 22 France Heurtel, Thomas 70001890000000000001.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 700190500000000000090.5 kg (200 lb) 25 – (1989-04-10)April 10, 1989
C 4 United States Iverson, Colton 70002130000000000002.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 7002116000000000000116 kg (256 lb) 25 – (1989-06-29)June 29, 1989
PG 3 United States James, Mike 70001850000000000001.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 700184000000000000084 kg (185 lb) 24 – (1990-08-18)August 18, 1990
SF 19 Spain San Emeterio, Fernando (C) 70001990000000000001.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 7002105400000000000105.4 kg (232 lb) 30 – (1984-01-01)January 1, 1984
PF 7 Georgia (country) Shengelia, Tornike 70002060000000000002.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 7002109000000000000109 kg (240 lb) 23 – (1991-10-05)October 5, 1991
PF 14 France Tillie, Kim 70002110000000000002.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 7002105000000000000105 kg (231 lb) 26 – (1988-07-15)July 15, 1988
SG 18 Slovenia Vujačić, Sasha 70002009999999999992.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 700193000000000000093 kg (205 lb) 30 – (1984-03-08)March 8, 1984
Head coach
  • Spain Ibon Navarro
Assistant coach(es)
  • Spain José Ramón Cuspinera
  • Spain David Gil

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: December 12, 2014

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Colton Iverson Mirza Begić Ilimane Diop
PF Tornike Shengelia Kim Tillie Lamont Hamilton
SF Dāvis Bertāns Fernando San Emeterio Mamadou Diop
SG Fabien Causeur Sasha Vujačić
PG Thomas Heurtel Mike James

Out on loan[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Further information: Category:Saski Baskonia coaches

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier Division Pos. Postseason RS PO Copa del Rey Other cups European Competitions
1969–70 3 3ª División 1 Promoted
1970–71 2 2ª División 2 16–4 4–0
1971–72 2 2ª División 1 PromotedChampion 19–3 2–0
1972–73 1 1ª División 10 12–18 Semifinalist
1973–74 1 1ª División 8 12–16
1974–75 1 1ª División 8 8–14 Quarterfinalist
1975–76 1 1ª División 8 Relegation group 8–14 6–4
1976–77 1 1ª División 10 8–14 First Round
1977–78 1 1ª División 10 7–1–14 First Round
1978–79 1 1ª División 8 9–13 Semifinalist
1979–80 1 1ª División 11 5–2–15 Round of 16
1980–81 1 1ª División 14 Relegated 6–20 Round of 16
1981–82 2 1ª División B 2 Promoted 19–1–6
1982–83 1 1ª División 13 3–3–20 Round of 16
1983–84 1 Liga ACB 9 Round of 16 7–21 2–1 Round of 16
1984–85 1 Liga ACB 10 Round of 16 8–20 0–2 Copa Asociación C
1985–86 1 Liga ACB 9 Round of 16 16–12 0–2 Copa Príncipe QF 3 Korać Cup R2 0–1–1
1986–87 1 Liga ACB 8 Quarterfinalist 13–15 2–3 Copa Príncipe R16
1987–88 1 Liga ACB 8 Quarterfinalist 16–12 3–2 Copa Príncipe R16
1988–89 1 Liga ACB 7 Quarterfinalist 21–15 0–2 Round of 16
1989–90 1 Liga ACB 7 Quarterfinalist 23–13 0–2 Quarterfinalist
1990–91 1 Liga ACB 4 Semifinalist 21–13 5–3 Quarterfinalist
1991–92 1 Liga ACB 4 Semifinalist 24–10 6–5 Quarterfinalist 3 Korać Cup QF 6–6
1992–93 1 Liga ACB 11 Round of 16 17–14 2–0 Semifinalist 3 Korać Cup GS 6–4
1993–94 1 Liga ACB 11 Round of 16 16–12 1–3 Runner-up 2 European Cup RU 11–4
1994–95 1 Liga ACB 5 Quarterfinalist 23–15 1–2 Champion 2 European Cup RU 12–3
1995–96 1 Liga ACB 8 Quarterfinalist 21–17 1–2 2 European Cup C 13–1–3
1996–97 1 Liga ACB 5 Quarterfinalist 20–14 1–3 3 Korać Cup R16 8–2
1997–98 1 Liga ACB 2 Runner-up 27–7 7–3 Quarterfinalist 3 Korać Cup R32 5–3
1998–99 1 Liga ACB 5 Quarterfinalist 24–10 1–3 Champion 1 Euroleague GS 4–6
1999–00 1 Liga ACB 4 Semifinalist 21–13 4–5 Quarterfinalist 2 Saporta Cup R16 9–5
2000–01 1 Liga ACB 3 Semifinalist 27–7 5–4 Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague RU 15–7
2001–02 1 Liga ACB 1 Champion 24–10 9–2 Champion 1 Euroleague T16 13–7
2002–03 1 Liga ACB 6 Quarterfinalist 18–16 2–3 Runner-up 1 Euroleague T16 11–9
2003–04 1 Liga ACB 3 Semifinalist 28–6 4–4 Champion 1 Euroleague T16 13–7
2004–05 1 Liga ACB 2 Runner-up 28–6 8–5 Semifinalist Supercopa 4th 1 Euroleague RU 13–11
2005–06 1 Liga ACB 2 Runner-up 25–9 6–4 Champion Supercopa C 1 Euroleague 3rd 18–7
2006–07 1 Liga ACB 3 Semifinalist 26–8 5–3 Semifinalist Supercopa C 1 Euroleague 4th 20–4
2007–08 1 Liga ACB 1 Champion 22–12 7–1 Runner-up Supercopa C 1 Euroleague 4th 16–9
2008–09 1 Liga ACB 2 Runner-up 28–4 5–4 Champion Supercopa C 1 Euroleague QF 14–7
2009–10 1 Liga ACB 1 Champion 27–7 8–2 Semifinalist Supercopa SF 1 Euroleague QF 11–9
2010–11 1 Liga ACB 4 Semifinalist 23–11 2–3 Semifinalist Supercopa SF 1 Euroleague QF 10–10
2011–12 1 Liga ACB 3 Semifinalist 23–11 4–3 Semifinalist Supercopa RU 1 Euroleague RS 5–5
2012–13 1 Liga ACB 5 Quarterfinalist 25–9 1–2 Semifinalist 1 Euroleague QF 13–15
2013–14 1 Liga ACB 6 Quarterfinalist 19–15 0–2 Quarterfinalist Supercopa SF 1 Euroleague T16 11–13
2014–15 1 Liga ACB Supercopa SF 1 Euroleague

Honours[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

Spanish League

Spanish Cup

Spanish Supercup

Copa Asociación

  • Winners (1): 1985

Spanish League 2

  • Winners (1): 1971-72

Basque Cup

  • Winners (2): 2011, 2012

European competitions[edit]

Euroleague

FIBA Saporta Cup

Individual awards[edit]

Notable players[edit]

To appear in this section a player must have either:
  • Played at least one season for the club.
  • 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.
  • To perform very successfully during period in the club or at later/previous stages of his career.

Matches against NBA teams[edit]

14 October 2010
Memphis Grizzlies United States 110–105 Spain Caja Laboral
16 October 2010
San Antonio Spurs United States 108–85 Spain Caja Laboral

Notes and references[edit]

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