BC Astana

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BC Astana
BC Astana logo
LeaguesKazakhstan Championship
VTB United League
FIBA Asia Champions Cup
Founded2011; 10 years ago (2011)
HistoryBC Astana
(2011–present)
ArenaSaryarka Velodrome
(capacity: 10,000)
Zhekpe-zhek
(capacity: 5,000)
LocationNur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
Team colorsBlack, blue
   
PresidentValeri Tikhonenko
Head coachEmil Rajković
Championships8 Domestic Titles
9 Domestic Cups
Websitepbcastana.kz/en

Astana Basketball Club (Kazakh: Astana Basketbol Kluby), commonly referred to as BC Astana, is a Kazakh professional basketball club that is based in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

Founded in 2011, it has competed in the Kazakhstan Basketball Championship and the VTB United League since, obtaining a slew of domestic titles in the process.

History[edit]

BC Astana was created in March 2011, with the aim of competing in the VTB United League. Valery Tikhonenko was chosen as the team's general director. There were doubts expressed by other clubs in the VTB United League, about whether or not the club would be a good addition to the competition, due to the lack of basketball tradition in Kazakhstan; but the side answered all the admission requirements, including their budget, stadium (a revamped Saryarka Velodrome) and the proximity of hotels, and an international airport. The side received the totality of its funding from the Samruk-Kazyna sovereign wealth fund.[1][2]

They would sign a number of Kazakhstani players from successful side Astana Tigers, also recruiting their head coach, Vitaly Strebkov, to serve as the team's assistant coach.[3][4]

In their first season in the VTB United regional league, the team from Kazakhstan won 7 games out of 16 during 2011–12 regular season, including games against strong sides, such as Žalgiris and the defending title holders, Khimki, nearly reaching the playoffs.[5] They had more success on the domestic front, winning the Kazakhstani national domestic league championship, and the Kazakhstani Cup.

The team became a part of the Astana Presidential Club multi-sports club, when it was formed in December 2012.

Arenas[edit]

BC Astana vs. BC Azovmash, VTB United League regular season game in 2014, at Saryarka Velodrome.

BC Astana plays its home basketball games at the Saryarka Velodrome, which has a seating capacity of 10,000 people for basketball games. There is also a possibility to play games at newly built (2019) martial arts palace Zhekpe-zhek with capacity of 5000 people in the stands.

Logos[edit]

Roster[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

BC Astana roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
F 4 Latvia Siliņš, Ojārs 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 27 – (1993-07-20)20 July 1993
G 5 United States Hill, Jeremiah 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 77 kg (170 lb) 25 – (1995-09-04)4 September 1995
C 6 Kazakhstan Pan, Robert 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 110 kg (243 lb) 26 – (1995-04-18)18 April 1995
F 7 Kazakhstan Bazhin, Nikolay 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 30 – (1990-12-09)9 December 1990
G 9 Kazakhstan Shcherbak, Vadim 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 27 – (1993-05-24)24 May 1993
PG 10 Kazakhstan Murzagaliyev, Rustam 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 28 – (1992-05-24)24 May 1992
C 11 Kazakhstan Ponomarev, Anton 2.12 m (6 ft 11 in) 120 kg (265 lb) 32 – (1988-10-31)31 October 1988
PG 17 United States Thompson, Michael 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 32 – (1989-02-09)9 February 1989
SG 20 Kazakhstan Litvinenko, Andrey 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 24 – (1997-01-28)28 January 1997
F 22 Kazakhstan Maidekin, Askar 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 99 kg (218 lb) 23 – (1997-05-28)28 May 1997
C 23 United States Buckner, Eric 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 101 kg (223 lb) 30 – (1990-04-28)28 April 1990
F 24 Kazakhstan Gavrilov, Dmitriy 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 34 – (1986-11-27)27 November 1986
SF 25 Kazakhstan Marchuk, Maxim 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 27 – (1994-01-17)17 January 1994
F 47 Kazakhstan Aitkali, Ruslan 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 96 kg (212 lb) 23 – (1997-12-19)19 December 1997
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Serbia Marko Veličković
  • North Macedonia Sasho Todorovski
  • Kazakhstan Yevgeni Isakov
Team manager
  • Kazakhstan Rustem Mukanov

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: February 17, 2021

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Eric Buckner Dmitriy Gavrilov Askar Maidekin
PF Ojārs Siliņš Robert Pan Anton Ponomarev
SF Nikolay Bazhin Maxim Marchuk Ruslan Aitkali
SG Vadim Shcherbak Jeremiah Hill Andrey Litvinenko
PG Michael Thompson Rustam Murzagaliyev

Squad changes for the 2020–21 season[edit]

Season by season[edit]

Season Domestic competitions Kazakhstani Cup Regional competitions Continental competitions
Tier League Pos. Postseason League Pos. Result Tier League Result
2011–12 1 KBC 1 Champion Winner (x2)
VTB
7
N/A DNP
2012–13 1 KBC 1 Champion Winner
VTB
5
1R
DNP
2013–14 1 KBC 1 Champion Winner
VTB
5
1R
DNP
2014–15 1 KBC 1 Champion DNP
VTB
8
QF
3
FIBA EuroChallenge
T16
2015–16 1 KBC 2 Runners-up DNP
VTB
15
N/A
3
FIBA Europe Cup
RS
2016–17 1 KBC 1 Champion Winner
VTB
8
QF
DNP
2017–18 1 KBC 1 Champion Winner
VTB
10
N/A FIBA Asia Champions Cup
Bronze
2018–19 1 KBC 1 Champion Winner
VTB
6
QF
DNP
2019–20 1 KBC 1 Champion DNP
VTB
9
N/A DNP
2020–21 1 KBC Winner
VTB
FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Championships[edit]

Kazakhstan Basketball Championship:

  • 8x Champion: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Kazakhstan Basketball Cup:

  • 9x Winner: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

FIBA Asia Champions Cup:

  • Bronze: 2017

Head coaches[edit]

Notable Players[edit]

To appear in this section a player must have either:

- Set a club record or won an individual award as a professional player.
- Played at least one official international match for his senior national team.

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "A brand of our country is well-known all around the world". BC Astana. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Report on the use of property, BC Astana for the year 2012". BC Astana. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Valery Tikhonenko: The goal of "Astana" - is return big basketball to Kazakhstan". VTB United League. 13 June 2011. Archived from the original on 26 June 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  4. ^ Ibraev, Serik (6 April 2011). "Новые "Тигры"" Русский [New Tigers]. Sports.kz (in Russian). Np.kz. Retrieved 26 June 2015 – via Sports.kz.
  5. ^ "Valeriy Tikhonenko: We are ready to bring multiple surprises in the upcoming season". VTB United League. 3 September 2012. Archived from the original on 29 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015.

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