s.Oliver Würzburg

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s.Oliver Würzburg
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Leagues Basketball Bundesliga
Founded 2007; 10 years ago (2007)
History SCH Würzburg Baskets
s. Oliver Baskets
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Arena s.Oliver Arena
Arena Capacity 3,140
Location Würzburg, Germany
Team colors Black, Red
President Steffen Liebler
Head coach Dirk Bauermann
Website soliver-wuerzburg.de
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s.Oliver Würzburg (formerly known as s.Oliver Baskets) is a German professional basketball club located in Würzburg, Germany. After one year of absence from the Basketball Bundesliga, the club has returned to first division German basketball for the 2015-16 season.

It was founded in 2007 with the aim to substitute the original club of the city, who was known as DJK Würzburg, which stood for "Deutsche Jugendkraft" (German youth power), and was affiliated to the DJK-Sportverband (Sport Association), which is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church in Germany. The club has gained fame through its basketball department, in which NBA player Dirk Nowitzki got his start.


The old DJK Würzburg[edit]

The DJK Sport Association was founded on September 16, 1920 in Würzburg. Due to the geographic location of its home office, the DJK soon founded a local club in Würzburg. However, the different athletic departments found themselves divided among various Catholic clubs. During the Third Reich, all DJK affiliates were banned by the government. After World War II, the DJK consolidated all of its local departments into DJK Würzburg. Today the club has over 3000 members, including a variety of non-Catholic members.

The club's top women's handball team played in the Handball-Bundesliga Frauen, the top flight of women's handball in Germany, from 1976 to 1985, during the 1987–88 season and from 1993 to 1995.

The club's basketball department gained fame in the 1990s as both the men's and women's teams qualified for the top German Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) division. The women's team played many years in the first and second divisions and was crowned German Champion in 1993. In 1989, the men's team made the jump into the second division. In 1997, featuring Dirk Nowitzki in the line-up, DJK Würzburg claimed the 2nd Division South title, qualifying for the Basketball Bundesliga. In 2001, DJK spun off its men's basketball team into a private corporate entity, now known as the Würzburg Baskets, to capitalize on their growth as a professional basketball team. DJK Würzburg has produced numerous players who have gone on to have success in the BBL, with the senior men's German national basketball team and, for Nowitzki, the NBA.

In 2005, the club resigned its spot in the BBL and the club stopped competing.

The actual club[edit]

In 2007, American businessman Jochen Bähr acquired a license in the Regional league for a new team in Würzburg with the aim to reach the Pro A in few seasons.

In 2011, the Würzburg Baskets, now by the name of s.Oliver Baskets (after their new sponsor s.Oliver), gained promotion from the PRO A (German Second Division), and moved up to the Basketball Bundesliga (German First Division). In its first season back in the first division, in 2011-12, the team reached the German League semifinals, after beating Alba Berlin by 3–1 in the quarterfinal series of the playoffs. In 2012–13 the actual club played in Europe for the first time, in the second tier Eurocup.[1] In 2013–14 they relegated from the BBL. They immediately promoted back to the first tier in the 2014–15 season. The 2015-16 season was finished on rank 8, thus qualifying for the playoffs for the second time after 2012. In quarterfinals the team was eliminated by future league champion Brose Baskets, losing every game with at least a 35-point margin.

On July 15, 2016 the team changed their name from "s.Oliver Baskets" to "s.Oliver Würzburg" to strengthen the identification of team and city. Additionally the sponsoring contract with s.Oliver was extended through 2019.[2]


Season by season[edit]

Season Tier League Pos. Postseason European competitions
2007–08 4 RegionalLiga 3
2008–09 4 RegionalLiga 1 Promoted
2009–10 3 ProB 3 Promoted
2010–11 2 ProA 2 Promoted
2011–12 1 Bundesliga 4 Semifinalist
2012–13 1 Bundesliga 9 2 Eurocup Regular Season
2013–14 1 Bundesliga 17 Relegated
2014–15 2 ProA 2 Promoted
2015–16 1 Bundesliga 8 Quarterfinalist

Current roster[edit]

s.Oliver Würzburg roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
F 1 United States Cobbins, Michael 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 24 – (1992-08-09)9 August 1992
F 6 Germany Ugrai, Max 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 103 kg (227 lb) 21 – (1995-07-28)28 July 1995
G 7 United States Shakur, Mustafa Injured 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 32 – (1984-08-18)18 August 1984
SG 9 Germany Stuckey, Maurice 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 81 kg (179 lb) 26 – (1990-05-30)30 May 1990
F 10 Germany Betz, Sebastian 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 31 – (1985-06-12)12 June 1985
PF 11 Croatia Lončar, Krešimir 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 115 kg (254 lb) 34 – (1983-02-12)12 February 1983
PG 13 United States Odum, Jake 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 26 – (1991-02-11)11 February 1991
SF 15 United States Ulmer, Lamonte 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 30 – (1986-09-17)17 September 1986
F/C 21 United States Lane, Brendan 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 26 – (1990-11-19)19 November 1990
PF 31 Germany Voigtmann, Georg 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 22 – (1994-10-09)9 October 1994
PF 33 United States Powell, Marshawn 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 106 kg (234 lb) 27 – (1990-01-05)5 January 1990
F 34 Germany Hoffmann, Felix 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 28 – (1989-01-19)19 January 1989
SF 42 Germany Wank, Lukas 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 20 – (1997-01-19)19 January 1997
G 44 United States Sanford, Vincent 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 26 – (1990-12-05)5 December 1990
Head coach

Germany Dirk Bauermann

Assistant coach(es)

Germany Stephan Völkel

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 3 March 2017

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

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Brendan Lane Georg Voigtmann
PF Marshawn Powell Krešimir Lončar Michael Cobbins
SF Lamonte Ulmer Max Ugrai Sebastian Betz Felix Hoffmann
SG Maurice Stuckey Vincent Sanford
PG Jake Odum Mustafa Shakur


Numerous Bavarian amateur titles Women's German Basketball Champions: 1993 Men's 2nd Division South Basketball Champions: 1997

Notable players[edit]

To appear in this section a player must have either:
  • Played at least two seasons for the club
  • 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 or one NBA game at any time.
  • Germany Dirk Nowitzki 4 seasons: '94–'98
  • Germany Robert Garrett 6 seasons: '96–'02
  • Germany Demond Greene 5 seasons: '97–'02
  • Germany Maximilian Kleber 5 seasons: '09-'14
  • Nigeria Olumide Oyedeji 2 seasons: '98-'00

Notable coaches[edit]

2nd team[edit]

Würzburg's second team plays in the ProB, the German third division.

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

TG s.Oliver Würzburg roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name
G 4 United States Vincent Sanford
PG 5 Germany Marvin Heckel
PG 6 Germany Jakob Jessberger
SF 6 Germany Max Ugrai
SG 7 Germany Oliver Erb
PG 8 Germany Christian Hoffmann
G/F 9 Germany Sebastian Rauch
PG 10 Germany Lennard Larysz
G/F 11 Germany Tim Leonhardt
C 12 Germany Christoph Hackenesch
G 14 United States Marcellus Barksdale
G/F 17 Germany Lukas Wank
PF 24 Germany Tobias Weigl
C 34 Germany Georg Voigtmann
Head coach

Germany Peter Guenschel

Assistant coach(es)

Germany Christian Graf

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 23 December 2016

Fan culture[edit]


For many years, the fan-base of Würzburg has been connected, in a friendly way, with the supporters of the Baskets Bonn. [3]


Within the Basketball Bundesliga, the city closest to Würzburg is Bamberg. Hence, between the Baskets Würzburg and the Baskets Bamberg, there has been an intense rivalry.[4] Traditionally, the rivalry has been dominated by Bamberg because of its superior finances.


  1. ^ s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg - Welcome to Eurocup, eurocupbasketball.com Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  2. ^ Aus den s.Oliver Baskets wird s.Oliver Würzburg, s.Oliver Würzburg Retrieved 18 July 2016
  3. ^ Baskets: Doppelspieltag am vorletzten Wochenende der Hauptrunde, WÜRZBURG erleben, 22 April 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2017 (German)
  4. ^ Vorschau: Brose Baskets (1) – s.Oliver Baskets (8), Simon Walter, Freddy Löblein (BASKETBALL.DE), 6 May 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2017 (German)

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