BC Nizhny Novgorod

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Nizhny Novgorod
Nizhny Novgorod logo
Leagues VTB United League
Founded 2000
History NBA Nizhny Novgorod
BC Nizhny Novgorod
Arena Trade Union Sport Palace
(capacity: 5,600)
Location Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Team colors Black, White
President Dmitri Svatkovskiy
Head coach Vacant
Website nn-basket.ru
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BC Nizhny Novgorod (Russian: БК Нижний Новгород) is a Russian professional basketball club from the city of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. The team participates in the VTB United League and Euroleague.


Basketball club Nizhny Novgord is the only professional men's basketball team in Nizhny Novgorod and the region. It was founded in 2000 on the basis of the team of the Volzhsky Engineer-Pedagogical Institute (VIPI). It played in the Russian Third Division. Alexander Khairetdinov became the general director, main coach and doctor. In the 2001/2002 season the club was named Nizhegorodsky Basketball Academy, or NBA.

Since then it had changed several names: NBA (2001-2002), NBA-Seti-NN (2002-2004), NBA-Telma (2004-2006). After the 2005/2006 season the team entered the Superleague B and was called NBA-Nizhny Novgorod.

Two seasons in the Superleague B were quite successful for NBA-NN, with the 5th and the 6th places. In 2008/09 the team had all the chances to become one of the three medallists in the Russian championship, but due to many injuries in the end of the season it did not happen, and the team finished only the 7th.

In October 2008 there were changes in the management. The new Minister for Investment Policies of Nizhny Novgorod region, Olympic champion Dmitri Svatkovskiy became the President of the club. Sergei Panov – the twelve times champion of Russia, Euroleague champion, silver medallist of the World and European championships – became the General Manager. Serbian coach Zoran Lukic was appointed Head Coach. With Alexander Khairetdinov remaining General director.

Before the season 2009/2010 the management worked hard on the players selection ending with the entire changes to the team roster. Experienced professionals such as Nikolay Sukhorukov, Dmitry Dogadin, Evgeny Chernyavsky, Alexander Pustogvar, as well as young, but perspective players: Alexander Pushkon, Ivan Shamov, Andrey Voron were invited to join the team. Universiade 2009 silver medallist Dmitry Golovin and ex-member of the youth CSKA team Dmitry Kulagin were also offered contracts. Aleksander Zaykin and Oleg Baranov from the previous roster remained in the club. Ex-Nizhny Novgorod captain Lev Zorin took an administrative post in the club. Beside this the club changed its name to BC Nizhny Novgorod (BCNN).

By the end of the 2010 season the team took the best result since its foundation – the first place in the Superleague B which respectively granted them the right to play in the elite division of the Russian basketball. The goal for that season of both the management and the Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region Valery Shantsev was accomplished.

During 2010-2011 season BCNN was among those clubs who had founded the new Russian Professional Basketball League. Also the team played in the EuroChallenge in 2010–11, not having much success though getting new international cup experience. In the Cup of Russia 2010–11 season, for the first time in its history BCNN took part in the Final of the Four winning silver medals with Artem Yakovenko and Dmitry Kulagin named among best players of the tournament.

During its first year in the Russian basketball elite division Nizhny Novgorod took the final fifth place in the Russian championship while Head coach Zoran Lukic became The Coach of the Year in BEKO Professional basketball league. In the 2011-2012 the team failed to enter the play-off of the Russian championship, finishing the season at #9. Though at the same time the team managed to improve its result in the Eurochallenge, playing in its last 16 series. It also debuted in the VTB United League playing it up to 1/8 final.

In the 2013–14 Nizhny Novgorod reached the Finals of the VTB United League, in which it lost 0–3 to CSKA Moscow. Therefore, the team qualified for the 2014–15 Euroleague regular season. The team, led by Rochestie and Parakhouski, reached the Top 16 over the likes of UNICS and Sassari.

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier League Pos. Postseason Russian Cup European competitions
2000–01 3 Higher League 16
2001–02 3 Higher League 4
2002–03 3 Higher League 3 First round
2003–04 3 Higher League 9 Round of 64
2004–05 3 Higher League 6 First round
2005–06 3 Higher League 3 Promoted First round
2006–07 2 Superliga B 5 Round of 16
2007–08 2 Superliga B 6 Round of 16
2008–09 2 Superliga B 7 Round of 32
2009–10 2 Superliga B 1 Promoted Round of 16
2010–11 1 PBL 8 Fifth position Runner-up 3 EuroChallenge RS
2011–12 1 PBL 9 Quarterfinalist 3 EuroChallenge L16
VTB United 4 Round of 16
2012–13 1 PBL 8 Quarterfinalist
VTB United 5 Quarterfinalist
2013–14 1 VTB United 4 Runner–up 2 Eurocup SF
2014–15 1 VTB United 5 Semifinalist 1 Euroleague T16


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

BC Nizhny Novgorod roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G 4 Russia Baburin, Evgeni 70001900000000000001.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 700195000000000000095 kg (209 lb) 28 – (1987-07-04)4 July 1987
SF 7 Russia Viktorov, Ivan 70001960000000000001.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 700189000000000000089 kg (196 lb) 19 – (1995-11-01)1 November 1995
PG 8 Israel Mekel, Gal 70001910000000000001.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 700187000000000000087 kg (192 lb) 27 – (1988-03-04)4 March 1988
C 9 Belarus Parakhouski, Artsiom 70002110000000000002.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 7002122000000000000122 kg (269 lb) 27 – (1987-10-06)6 October 1987
SF 10 Russia Ivlev, Vladimir 70002069999999999992.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 700190000000000000090 kg (198 lb) 25 – (1990-02-28)28 February 1990
F 11 Russia Antonov, Semyon 70002020000000000002.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 7002104000000000000104 kg (229 lb) 26 – (1989-07-18)18 July 1989
PG 13 Russia Khvostov, Dmitry 70001910000000000001.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 700178000000000000078 kg (172 lb) 25 – (1989-08-21)21 August 1989
C 20 Russia Popov, Ilya 70002080000000000002.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 7002108000000000000108 kg (238 lb) 20 – (1995-05-04)4 May 1995
PG 23 Russia Savelyev, Ivan 70001900000000000001.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 700190000000000000090 kg (198 lb) 28 – (1987-07-14)14 July 1987
PF Austria Mahalbašić, Rašid 70002110000000000002.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 7002100000000000000100 kg (220 lb) 24 – (1990-11-07)7 November 1990
Head coach
  • Vacant
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 10 June 2015

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Rašid Mahalbašić Kaspars Berzins Maxim Krivosheev
PF Semyon Antonov Vladimir Ivlev Iliya Popov
SF Victor Rudd Rihards Kuksiks Dmitry Golovin Ivan Viktorov
SG Evgeni Baburin
PG Eric Maynor Ivan Strebkov Ivan Savelyev

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