Baloncesto Málaga

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Unicaja
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Leagues Liga ACB
EuroCup
Founded 1992
History Unicaja Mayoral
(1992–1993)
Unicaja Polti
(1993–1994)
Unicaja
(1994–present)
Arena Palacio de Deportes José María Martín Carpena
Arena Capacity 11,300[1]
Location Málaga, Andalusia
Team colors Forest Green, White, Purple and Lime
                   
President Eduardo García López
Head coach Joan Plaza
Ownership Unicaja
Championships 1 Spanish Championship
1 Spanish Cup
1 EuroCup
1 Korać Cup
Retired numbers 1 (5)
Website unicajabaloncesto.com
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away

Baloncesto Málaga, S.A.D.,[2] more commonly referred as Unicaja, is a Spanish professional basketball team that is based in Málaga, Andalusia. The team plays in the Liga ACB and the EuroCup.

History[edit]

Unicaja was founded in 1992, as a merger of the two ACB teams in the city of Málaga, CB Caja de Ronda and CB Maristas. Over the years, the club has featured players like: Nacho Rodríguez, Berni Rodríguez, Carlos Cabezas, Jorge Garbajosa, Marcus Brown, Sergei Babkov, Michael Ansley, Louis Bullock, and Kenny Miller, as well as numerous other well-known players. The club won its first title, when it won the European-wide third tier level FIBA Korać Cup in the 2000–01 season. They then won the Spanish King's Cup title in 2005. The next year, in the 2005–06 season, Unicaja won its first-ever Spanish League championship.

The club finished its best years to date, by qualifying for the 2007 EuroLeague Final Four, where it was defeated in the semifinals by CSKA Moscow, and thus finished in third place in the EuroLeague. In October 2007, Unicaja faced the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies in a friendly match, and they defeated the Grizzlies, by a score of 102–99. That was one of the 17 times that an NBA team has lost to a foreign club. Pau Gasol and Juan Carlos Navarro, two of the greatest Spanish basketball players of all time, played for Memphis in that historical game.[3]

Málaga participated in the European-wide top-tier level league, the EuroLeague, for 15 consecutive seasons (2001–02 season to 2015–16 season). However, in the summer of 2016, it lost its EuroLeague A-licence, when a new EuroLeague format was formed. Therefore, in the 2016–17 season, Unicaja participated in the second tier level EuroCup. The club immediately won the EuroCup title, in its first season in the league, after winning over Valencia Basket in the league's Finals.[4]

Home arenas[edit]

ACB 2011–12 game between Unicaja and Real Madrid, at Martín Carpena.

Since 1999, Unicaja Málaga has played its home games at the Palacio de Deportes José María Martín Carpena arena. The arena originally seated 9,743 spectators for basketball games, and was expanded in the year 2010, to a current seating capacity of 11,300 people for basketball games.[5]

Players[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

Balncesto Málaga retired numbers
Nat. Player Position Tenure Ceremony date
5 Spain Berni Rodríguez SG 1998–2012 26 June 2012[6]

Current roster[edit]

Unicaja roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
F 23 United States Brooks, Jeff 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 27 – (1989-06-12)12 June 1989
PG 9 Spain Díaz, Alberto 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 22 – (1994-04-23)23 April 1994
SF 11 Spain Díez, Dani 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 24 – (1993-04-07)7 April 1993
G 8 United States Fogg, Kyle 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 27 – (1990-01-27)27 January 1990
G 20 Croatia Lafayette, Oliver 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 32 – (1984-05-06)6 May 1984
C 44 Serbia Musli, Dejan 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 119 kg (262 lb) 26 – (1991-01-03)3 January 1991
G 16 Serbia Nedović, Nemanja 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 25 – (1991-06-16)16 June 1991
C 2 Democratic Republic of the Congo Okouo, Viny 2.14 m (7 ft 0 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 20 – (1997-04-10)10 April 1997
C 92 Slovenia Omić, Alen 2.16 m (7 ft 1 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 24 – (1992-05-06)6 May 1992
SG 15 United States Smith, Jamar 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 30 – (1987-04-07)7 April 1987
SF 43 Spain Suárez, Carlos 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 106 kg (234 lb) 30 – (1986-05-23)23 May 1986
G/F 21 Poland Waczyński, Adam 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 96 kg (212 lb) 27 – (1989-10-15)15 October 1989
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: January 31, 2017

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Dejan Musli Alen Omić Viny Okouo
PF Jeff Brooks Carlos Suárez
SF Adam Waczyński Dani Díez
SG Nemanja Nedović Jamar Smith
PG Kyle Fogg Alberto Díaz Oliver Lafayette

Head coaches[edit]

  • Alfonso Queipo de Llano 1977–79, 1985–86
  • José María Martín Urbano 1979–80, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1990–92
  • Damián Caneda 1980–81
  • Ramón Guardiola 1981–82
  • Moncho Monsalve 1982–84
  • Ignacio Pinedo 1984–85
  • Arturo Ortega 1986–87
  • Zoran Slavnić 1987–88
  • Mario Pesquera 1988–90
  • Javier Imbroda 1992–98
  • Pedro Ramírez 1998–99
  • Božidar Maljković 1999–03
  • Paco Alonso 2003
  • Chechu Mulero 2003
  • Sergio Scariolo 2003–08
  • Aito Garcia Reneses 2008–2011
  • Chus Mateo 2011–12
  • Luis Casimiro 2012
  • Jasmin Repeša 2012–13
  • Joan Plaza 2013–present

Season by season[edit]

CB Caja de Ronda[edit]

Season Tier Division Pos. Postseason RS PO Copa del Rey Other cups European competitions
1978–79 2 1ª División B 10 6–16
1979–80 2 1ª División B 9 13–17
1980–81 2 1ª División B 1 Promoted 19–2–5
1981–82 1 1ª División 10 10–1–15 Round of 16
1982–83 1 1ª División 12 6–20 Quarterfinalist
1983–84 1 Liga ACB 10 Round of 16 14–14 0–2
1984–85 1 Liga ACB 14 Relegated 11–17 2–2
1985–86 2 1ª División B 4 Finalist 16–12 2–3
1986–87 2 1ª División B 1 Promoted 14–8 10–2
1987–88 1 Liga ACB 14 1–27 2–3 Copa Príncipe R16
1988–89 1 Liga ACB 5 Quarterfinalist 23–13 0–2 Quarterfinalist
1989–90 1 Liga ACB 5 Quarterfinalist 21–15 0–2 Round of 16 3 Korać Cup R1 1–1
1990–91 1 Liga ACB 10 Round of 16 15–19 4–2 Third round 3 Korać Cup R1 0–2
1991–92 1 Liga ACB 14 Round of 16 13–21 3–2 Second round

CB Maristas[edit]

Season Tier Division Pos. Postseason RS PO Copa del Rey
1981–82 3 2ª División 1 Promotion playoffs
1982–83 3 2ª División 2 Promotion playoffs
1983–84 3 2ª División 2 Promoted 3–2
1984–85 2 1ª División B 15 Relegated 6–20
1985–86 3 2ª División 2 Promoted
1986–87 2 1ª División B 18 12–22
1987–88 2 1ª División B 4 Promoted 26–10 7–3
1988–89 1 Liga ACB 15 22–14 0–3 First round
1989–90 1 Liga ACB 13 17–19 1–3 Round of 16
1990–91 1 Liga ACB 14 Round of 16 16–18 2–4 Second round
1991–92 1 Liga ACB 15 Round of 16 12–22 3–0 First round

Unicaja[edit]

Season Tier Division Pos. Postseason RS PO Copa del Rey Other cups European competitions
1992–93 1 Liga ACB 6 Round of 16 19–12 0–2 First round
1993–94 1 Liga ACB 12 Round of 16 12–16 1–2 Quarterfinalist
1994–95 1 Liga ACB 2 Runner-up 25–13 7–3 First round
1995–96 1 Liga ACB 6 Quarterfinalist 26–12 1–2 Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague GS 8–8
1996–97 1 Liga ACB 7 Quarterfinalist 19–15 3–2 3 Korać Cup QF 9–3
1997–98 1 Liga ACB 8 Quarterfinalist 20–14 0–3 3 Korać Cup R16 7–3
1998–99 1 Liga ACB 9 18–16 Quarterfinalist 3 Korać Cup GS 2–4
1999–00 1 Liga ACB 8 Quarterfinalist 19–15 3–2 Quarterfinalist 3 Korać Cup RU 11–5
2000–01 1 Liga ACB 4 Semifinalist 27–7 3–4 Quarterfinalist 3 Korać Cup C 14–2
2001–02 1 Liga ACB 2 Runner-up 27–7 6–3 Semifinalist 1 Euroleague RS 6–8
2002–03 1 Liga ACB 3 Semifinalist 24–10 5–5 Semifinalist 1 Euroleague T16 8–12
2003–04 1 Liga ACB 4 Semifinalist 20–14 3–5 1 Euroleague RS 4–10
2004–05 1 Liga ACB 3 Semifinalist 23–11 4–5 Champion Supercopa 3rd 1 Euroleague RS 6–8
2005–06 1 Liga ACB 1 Champion 26–8 9–2 Semifinalist Supercopa 4th 1 Euroleague T16 15–5
2006–07 1 Liga ACB 8 Quarterfinalist 17–17 0–3 Quarterfinalist Supercopa RU 1 Euroleague 3rd 14–11
2007–08 1 Liga ACB 4 Semifinalist 17–17 2–2 Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague T16 13–7
2008–09 1 Liga ACB 3 Semifinalist 24–8 3–3 Runner-up 1 Euroleague T16 10–6
2009–10 1 Liga ACB 4 Semifinalist 19–15 2–3 1 Euroleague T16 9–7
2010–11 1 Liga ACB 8 Quarterfinalist 19–15 0–2 1 Euroleague T16 6–10
2011–12 1 Liga ACB 9 17–17 Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague T16 4–12
2012–13 1 Liga ACB 9 18–16 1 Euroleague T16 15–9
2013–14 1 Liga ACB 4 Semifinalist 23–11 3–4 Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague T16 11–13
2014–15 1 Liga ACB 3 Semifinalist 25–9 4–4 Semifinalist 1 Euroleague T16 8–16
2015–16 1 Liga ACB 6 Quarterfinalist 20–14 0–2 Supercopa RU 1 Euroleague T16 11–13
2016–17 1 Liga ACB Quarterfinalist 2 EuroCup C 13–9

Honours and awards[edit]

Honours[edit]

National:

International:

Individual awards[edit]

EuroCup Finals MVP

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.
  • United States Ralph Sampson

Reserve team[edit]

Baloncesto Málaga B is the reserve team of Unicaja, basketball based in Málaga.

As of 2007, Baloncesto Málaga has an agreement with CB Axarquía, for them to play as the club's main farm team, while Baloncesto Málaga B, which plays also under the name Unicaja, is the club's third team.

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier Division Pos. Postseason Cup Competitions RS PO Cup Tot
1993–94 2 1ª División 27 10–20 2–4 12–24
1993–94 2 1ª División 28 12–18 12–18
1994–95 2 Liga EBA 7 14–12 14–12
1995–96 2 Liga EBA 10 Relegation playoffs
1996–97 3 Liga EBA 1 Round of 16 Copa EBA semifinalist 0–1
1997–98 3 Liga EBA 2 Semifinalist 21–5
1998–99 3 Liga EBA 1 Quarterfinalist Copa EBA semifinalist 22–8 0–1 0–1 22–10
1999–00 3 Liga EBA 5 17–9 17–9
2000–01 4 Liga EBA 5 20–10 20–10
2001–02 4 Liga EBA 3 22–12 22–12
2002–03 4 Liga EBA 2 Round of 16 22–8 0–2 22–10
2003–04 4 Liga EBA 8 15–15 15–15
2004–05 4 Liga EBA 12 13–17 13–17
2005–06 4 Liga EBA 14 Relegated 10–20 10–20
2006–07 5 1ª División 3 Promoted 18–4 4–2 22–6
2007–08 5 Liga EBA 7 14–14 14–14
2008–09 5 Liga EBA 7 13–11 13–11
2009–10 4 Liga EBA 12 12–18 12–18
2010–11 4 Liga EBA 9 8–14 8–14
2011–12 5 1ª División 2 SemifinalistA 17–5 1–1 18–6
2012–13 5 1ª División 1 PromotedChampion 12–2 5–0 17–2
2013–14 4 Liga EBA 5 13–11 13–11
2014–15 4 Liga EBA 9 10–16 10–16
  • ^A The club did not play the promotion semifinals.

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