Baloncesto Málaga

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Unicaja
Unicaja logo
Leagues Liga ACB
EuroLeague
Founded 1992; 25 years ago (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, Spain
Team colors Forest Green, White, Purple and Lime
                   
President Eduardo García López
Head coach Joan Plaza
Team captain Carlos Suárez
Ownership Unicaja
Championships 1 Spanish Championship
1 Spanish Cup
1 EuroCup
1 Korać Cup
Retired numbers 1 (5)
Website unicajabaloncesto.com
Uniforms


Baloncesto Málaga, S.A.D.,[2] for sponsorship reasons named Unicaja, is a Spanish professional basketball team that is based in Málaga, Spain. The team plays in the Liga ACB and the EuroLeague. The team is sponsored by the Spanish bank Unicaja.

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 2015, it lost its EuroLeague A-licence. 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]

Logos[edit]

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]

Unicaja retired numbers
Nat. Player Position Tenure Ceremony date
5 Spain Berni Rodríguez SG 1998–2012 26 June 2012[6]
21 May 2017[7][8]

Current roster[edit]

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

Unicaja roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PF 40 United States Augustine, James 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 108 kg (238 lb) 33 – (1984-02-27)27 February 1984
F 23 United States Brooks, Jeff 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 28 – (1989-06-12)12 June 1989
PG 9 Spain Díaz, Alberto 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 23 – (1994-04-23)23 April 1994
F 11 Spain Díez, Dani 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 24 – (1993-04-07)7 April 1993
PG 3 United States McCallum Jr., Ray 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 26 – (1991-06-12)12 June 1991
G/F 12 Serbia Milosavljević, Dragan 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 28 – (1989-05-11)11 May 1989
G 16 Serbia Nedović, Nemanja 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 26 – (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
G 10 Finland Salin, Sasu 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 26 – (1991-06-11)11 June 1991
C 17 Georgia (country) Shermadini, Giorgi 2.16 m (7 ft 1 in) 120 kg (265 lb) 28 – (1989-04-02)2 April 1989
PG 6 United Kingdom Soluade, Morayo 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 22 – (1995-07-12)12 July 1995
SF 43 Spain Suárez, Carlos (C) 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 106 kg (234 lb) 31 – (1986-05-23)23 May 1986
G/F 21 Poland Waczyński, Adam 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 96 kg (212 lb) 28 – (1989-10-15)15 October 1989
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: October 28, 2017

On loan[edit]

Unicaja players out on loan
Nat. Player Position Team On loan until
Democratic Republic of the Congo Romaric Belemene F Spain Unión Financiera Baloncesto Oviedo June 2018
Romania Cristian Uta C Spain Ciudad de Valladolid June 2018

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Inactive
C James Augustine Giorgi Shermadini Viny Okouo
PF Jeff Brooks Carlos Suárez
SF Adam Waczyński Dani Díez Dragan Milosavljević
SG Nemanja Nedović Sasu Salin
PG Alberto Díaz Ray McCallum Jr. Morayo Soluade

Source: ACB
Colours: Blue = homegrown player; Red = non-FIBA Europe player

Notable players[edit]

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

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. W–L Copa del Rey Other cups European competitions
1978–79 2 1ª División B 10th 6–16
1979–80 2 1ª División B 9th 13–17
1980–81 2 1ª División B 1st 19–2–5
1981–82 1 1ª División 10th 10–1–15 Round of 16
1982–83 1 1ª División 12th 6–20 Quarterfinalist
1983–84 1 Liga ACB 10th 14–16
1984–85 1 Liga ACB 14th 13–19
1985–86 2 1ª División B 4th 18–15
1986–87 2 1ª División B 1st 24–10
1987–88 1 Liga ACB 14th 3–30 Copa Príncipe R16
1988–89 1 Liga ACB 5th 23–15 Quarterfinalist
1989–90 1 Liga ACB 5th 21–17 Round of 16 3 Korać Cup R1 1–1
1990–91 1 Liga ACB 10th 19–21 Third round 3 Korać Cup R1 0–2
1991–92 1 Liga ACB 14th 16–23 Second round

CB Maristas[edit]

Season Tier Division Pos. W–L Copa del Rey
1981–82 3 2ª División 1st
1982–83 3 2ª División 2nd
1983–84 3 2ª División 2nd
1984–85 2 1ª División B 15th 6–20
1985–86 3 2ª División 2nd
1986–87 2 1ª División B 18th 12–22
1987–88 2 1ª División B 4th 33–13
1988–89 1 Liga ACB 15th 22–17 First round
1989–90 1 Liga ACB 13th 18–22 Round of 16
1990–91 1 Liga ACB 14th 18–22 Second round
1991–92 1 Liga ACB 15th 15–22 First round

Unicaja[edit]

Season Tier Division Pos. W–L Copa del Rey Other cups European competitions
1992–93 1 Liga ACB 6th 19–14 First round
1993–94 1 Liga ACB 12th 13–18 Quarterfinalist
1994–95 1 Liga ACB 2nd 32–16 First round
1995–96 1 Liga ACB 6th 27–14 Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague GS 8–8
1996–97 1 Liga ACB 7th 22–17 3 Korać Cup QF 9–3
1997–98 1 Liga ACB 8th 20–17 3 Korać Cup R16 7–3
1998–99 1 Liga ACB 9th 18–16 Quarterfinalist 3 Korać Cup GS 2–4
1999–00 1 Liga ACB 8th 22–17 Quarterfinalist 3 Korać Cup RU 11–5
2000–01 1 Liga ACB 4th 30–11 Quarterfinalist 3 Korać Cup C 14–2
2001–02 1 Liga ACB 2nd 33–10 Semifinalist 1 Euroleague RS 6–8
2002–03 1 Liga ACB 3rd 29–15 Semifinalist 1 Euroleague T16 8–12
2003–04 1 Liga ACB 4th 23–19 1 Euroleague RS 4–10
2004–05 1 Liga ACB 3rd 27–16 Champion Supercopa 3rd 1 Euroleague RS 6–8
2005–06 1 Liga ACB 1st 35–10 Semifinalist Supercopa 4th 1 Euroleague T16 15–5
2006–07 1 Liga ACB 8th 17–20 Quarterfinalist Supercopa RU 1 Euroleague 3rd 14–11
2007–08 1 Liga ACB 4th 19–19 Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague T16 13–7
2008–09 1 Liga ACB 3rd 27–11 Runner-up 1 Euroleague T16 10–6
2009–10 1 Liga ACB 4th 21–18 1 Euroleague T16 9–7
2010–11 1 Liga ACB 8th 19–17 1 Euroleague T16 6–10
2011–12 1 Liga ACB 9th 17–17 Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague T16 4–12
2012–13 1 Liga ACB 9th 18–16 1 Euroleague T16 15–9
2013–14 1 Liga ACB 4th 26–15 Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague T16 11–13
2014–15 1 Liga ACB 3rd 29–13 Semifinalist 1 Euroleague T16 8–16
2015–16 1 Liga ACB 6th 20–16 Supercopa RU 1 Euroleague T16 11–13
2016–17 1 Liga ACB 4th 24–14 Quarterfinalist 2 EuroCup C 13–9
2017–18 1 Liga ACB Supercopa SF 1 EuroLeague

Honours and awards[edit]

Honours[edit]

National:

  • Liga ACB (Spanish League): (1)
  • Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup): (1)
  • 2nd division championships: (2)
    • 1ª División B: 1981, 1987
  • Andalusia Cup: (12)
    • 1996, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

International:

Individual awards[edit]

EuroCup Finals MVP

Reserve team[edit]

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

From 2007 to 2016, Baloncesto Málaga had 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, was the club's third team until the end of this contract.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palacio de Deportes, datos de interés (in Spanish).
  2. ^ Unicaja info
  3. ^ Unicaja defeats Memphis Grizzlies in NBA Euroleague Live 2007 Interbasket. 9 October 2007
  4. ^ "7DAYS EuroCup Finals, Game 3: Unicaja Malaga is the champion!". Eurocupbasketball.com. 5 April 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  5. ^ Palacio de Deportes, datos de interés (in Spanish).
  6. ^ "El Unicaja retira el dorsal 5 en honor a Berni Rodríguez". www.acb.com (in Spanish). 26 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "El dorsal "5" del Unicaja, para siempre en el Carpena en homenaje a Berni". www.acb.com (in Spanish). 19 May 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "El 5 del "Eterno Capitán", para siempre en el Carpena". www.acb.com (in Spanish). 22 May 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 

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