BC Nizhny Novgorod

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Nizhny Novgorod
Nizhny Novgorod logo
LeaguesVTB United League
Russian Basketball Cup
Basketball Champions League
Founded2000; 19 years ago (2000)
HistoryNBA Nizhny Novgorod
BC Nizhny Novgorod
ArenaCEC Nagorny
LocationNizhny Novgorod, Russia
Team colorsBlack, White, Silver
PresidentDmitri Svatkovskiy
General managerSergei Panov
Head coachZoran Lukić

BC Nizhny Novgorod (Russian: БК «Нижний Новгород»), commonly known as simply Nizhny Novgorod, is a Russian professional basketball club from the city of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. The team participates in the VTB United League and FIBA Europe Cup.


Basketball club Nizhny Novgorod 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 2001–02 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 2005–06 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 2009–10 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 the 2010–11 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 2011–12 season 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 season 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.


Total titles: 0

Domestic competition[edit]

European competition[edit]


Before the start of the 2016–17 season, Nizhny Novgorod changed its primary logo.[1]

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier League Pos. Russian Cup European competitions
2000–01 3 Higher League 16th
2001–02 3 Higher League 4th
2002–03 3 Higher League 3rd First round
2003–04 3 Higher League 9th Round of 64
2004–05 3 Higher League 6th First round
2005–06 3 Higher League 3rd First round
2006–07 2 Superliga B 5th Round of 16
2007–08 2 Superliga B 6th Round of 16
2008–09 2 Superliga B 7th Round of 32
2009–10 2 Superliga B 1st Round of 16
2010–11 1 PBL 5th Runner-up 3 EuroChallenge RS
2011–12 1 PBL 9th Quarterfinalist 3 EuroChallenge L16
VTB United R16
2012–13 1 PBL 8th Quarterfinalist
VTB United QF
2013–14 1 VTB United RU 2 Eurocup SF
2014–15 1 VTB United 4th 1 Euroleague T16
2015–16 1 VTB United 7th 2 Eurocup QF
2016–17 1 VTB United 9th 2 EuroCup T16
2017–18 1 VTB United 7th Runner-up 3 Champions League QR2
4 FIBA Europe Cup QF
2018–19 1 VTB United 8th Runner-up 3 Champions League QF


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. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PF 0 United States Odom, Rod Injured 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 27 – (1991-09-23)23 September 1991
SG 3 Russia Grigoryev, Maksim 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 29 – (1990-04-25)25 April 1990
SG 4 Russia Komolov, Artem 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 26 – (1993-06-01)1 June 1993
SF 8 Russia Astapkovich, Anton 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 25 – (1994-01-29)29 January 1994
F 12 Russia Zhbanov, Georgy 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 21 – (1997-10-10)10 October 1997
F/C 18 Montenegro Dragičević, Vladimir 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 33 – (1986-05-30)30 May 1986
PG 19 Russia Strebkov, Ivan 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 28 – (1991-07-27)27 July 1991
PF 21 Russia Toropov, Sergey 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 29 – (1989-10-15)15 October 1989
PG 24 Russia Gerasimov, Timofei 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 22 – (1997-05-15)15 May 1997
G 35 Sweden Czerapowicz, Chris 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 27 – (1991-09-15)15 September 1991
SG 44 Russia Baburin, Evgeny (C) 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 32 – (1987-07-04)4 July 1987
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Strength & conditioning coach(es)
  • Russia Dmitry Vasilyev
  • Russia Sergei Izmailov
  • Russia Ivan Kuznetsov
  • Russia Alexander Medvedev

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 13 March 2019

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Ilya Popov
PF Dmitrii Uzinskiy Sergey Toropov
SF Anton Astapkovich Georgy Zhbanov Kirill Osminin
SG Artem Komolov Maksim Grigoryev
PG Ivan Strebkov


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