KK Mega Basket

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Mega Bemax
Mega Bemax logo
Leagues KLS
Adriatic League
Founded December 23, 1998; 19 years ago (1998-12-23)
History KK Avala Ada
1998–2005
KK Mega Basket
2005–present
Arena Mega Factory[1]
Pinki Sports Hall
Location HQ: Belgrade, Serbia
A: Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia
Team colors Pink and Dark Blue
         
President Velimir Mihailović
Head coach Dejan Milojević
Championships 1 National Cup
Website bcmegabasket.net
Uniforms

Košarkaški klub Mega Basket (Serbian Cyrillic: Кошаркашки клуб Мега Баскет), currently known as Mega Bemax due to sponsorship reasons, is a men's professional basketball team based in Belgrade though playing its home games in Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia ever since the start of the 2014–15 season as the Adriatic League doesn't allow more than two clubs from any city.

In addition to Belgrade and Sremska Mitrovica, the club also played its home games in Kruševac (2012–13 season) and Smederevo (2013–14 season). The club participates in the KLS and ABA League. Since 2004, it has been controlled by Serbian sports agent Miško Ražnatović and his BeoBasket sports agency.

History[edit]

KK Avala Ada was established on 23 December 1998 by a group of basketball enthusiasts, all employed at Avala Ada packaging factory. The club played in the lower ranks, functioning as part of Avala Ada sports society that was formed at the same time.

In the summer of 1999, the club won the City of Belgrade regional league (the summer league), thus qualifying for the Serbian Second League (fourth-tier competition in the FR Yugoslavia basketball pyramid). Playing the 1999–2000 season in the Second League, the club set an ambitious goal of gaining promotion on its first try and succeeded.

The 2000–01 season was played in the Serbian First League, finishing third and barely missing the promotion. The following 2001–02 season, Avala Ada finished third again. In the 2002-03, the club again missed promotion based on the league standing, but managed to qualify to federal First B League through playoffs in Novi Bečej, beating KK Vrbas and KK Zeta.

Playing its first season, 2003–04, in the federal rank in First B League (Serbian group), Avala Ada finished third thus missing promotion to top league.

Before the start of 2004–05, the most significant development in club's short history occurred - it was taken over by BeoBasket sports agency led by Miško Ražnatović. After that, at the end of the 2004–05 season, they have qualified for the highest competition level in the country. In December 2005, the club changed its name to KK Mega Basket. At the same time the club signed sponsorship agreement with bakery company Ishrana a.d. from Smederevo, and in the period from 2005 to 2007, the club officially named Mega Ishrana. Later, also for sponsorship reasons, the club was called Mega Aqua Monta in the 2007–08 season, and Mega Hypo Leasing in the 2008–09 season.

In August 2009, before the start of the 2009–10 season, another city club called KK Vizura merged into KK Mega Hypo Leasing, and the club was renamed KK Mega Vizura. In 2016, Mega Leks won its first trophy ever when it beat KK Partizan 86–80 in the Serbian Cup Final.[2]

On June 14, 2018, the club signed a contract on sports and technical cooperation with OKK Beograd.[3][4]

On August 11th, 2018, the club played the University of Kentucky Wildcats Men's College Basketball Team.

Logos[edit]

Evolution of the Logo
2009–2014 2014–2015 2015–2016 2016–2017 2017–2018 2018–present
Megavizura2009.jpg KK Mega Vizura Logo 2014.jpg KK Mega Leks logo.png KK Mega Leks logo PinkYellow.png Mega-bemax-logo.png Mega-bemax-logo2018.png

Sponsorship naming[edit]

The club has had several denominations through the years due to its sponsorship:

  • Mega Ishrana (2005–2007)
  • Mega Aqua Monta (2007–2008)
  • Mega Hypo Leasing (2008–2009)
  • Mega Vizura (2009–2014)
  • Mega Leks (2014–2017)
  • Mega Bemax (2017–present)

Arena[edit]

Vizura Sports Center is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in the New Belgrade municipality and it has a capacity of 1,500 seats.

During 2013–14 season, Mega Vizura hosted their ABA League matches in Sports Hall Smederevo, and for the 2014–15 season they relocated to Sports Hall Pinki in Sremska Mitrovica.

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

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

Mega Bemax roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
SG 1 Germany Mushidi, Kostja 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 20 – (1998-06-18)18 June 1998
SG 3 Serbia Janjić, Dejan 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 22 – (1995-11-14)14 November 1995
G/F 5 Serbia Marjanović, Andrija 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 19 – (1999-01-14)14 January 1999
PG 6 Serbia Ratkovica, Branislav 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 33 – (1985-06-27)27 June 1985
G 7 Austria Ašćerić, Luka 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 21 – (1997-01-10)10 January 1997
G 9 Montenegro Čarapić, Ognjen 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 75 kg (165 lb) 20 – (1998-09-01)1 September 1998
C 11 Georgia (country) Bitadze, Goga 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 111 kg (245 lb) 19 – (1999-07-20)20 July 1999
C 15 Serbia Koprivica, Miloš 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 23 – (1995-03-24)24 March 1995
SG 20 France Mokoka, Adam 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 20 – (1998-07-18)18 July 1998
F 25 Serbia Mišković, Nikola 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 19 – (1999-01-25)25 January 1999
F 34 Serbia Cerovina, Luka 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 18 – (2000-04-08)8 April 2000
PF 42 Serbia Fundić, Stefan 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 108 kg (238 lb) 24 – (1994-06-30)30 June 1994
F/C 65 Germany Stanić, Filip 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 115 kg (254 lb) 20 – (1998-01-14)14 January 1998
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Strength & conditioning coach(es)
  • Serbia Marko Sekulić
Physiotherapist(s)
  • Serbia Miloš Savić
Team manager

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: July 27, 2018

Players with multiple nationalities[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Goga Bitadze Filip Stanić Miloš Koprivica
PF Nikola Mišković Stefan Fundić
SF Andrija Marjanović Luka Ašćerić
SG Kostja Mushidi Adam Mokoka Dejan Janjić Luka Cerovina
PG Branislav Ratkovica Ognjen Čarapić

Squad changes for the 2018–19 season[edit]

Players in the NBA draft[edit]

# Denotes player who never played in the NBA regular season or playoffs
Position Player Year Round Pick Drafted by
C Serbia Milovan Raković# 2007 2nd round 60th Dallas Mavericks, traded to Chicago Bulls
C Serbia Nikola Jokić 2014 2nd round 41st Denver Nuggets
PG Serbia Vasilije Micić# 2014 2nd round 52nd Philadelphia 76ers
SG Serbia Nemanja Dangubić# 2014 2nd round 54th Philadelphia 76ers, traded to San Antonio Spurs
G/F France Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot 2016 1st round 24th Philadelphia 76ers
C Croatia Ivica Zubac 2016 2nd round 32nd Los Angeles Lakers
G/F Serbia Rade Zagorac# 2016 2nd round 35th Boston Celtics, traded to Memphis Grizzlies
SF Slovenia Vlatko Čančar# 2017 2nd round 49th Denver Nuggets
PG Serbia Ognjen Jaramaz# 2017 2nd round 58th New York Knicks
PF/C France Alpha Kaba# 2017 2nd round 60th Atlanta Hawks

Coaches[edit]

Avala Ada
Mega Basket

Trophies and awards[edit]

Trophies[edit]

Individual awards[edit]

Notable players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MEGA FACTORY FOR MEGA FUTURE". bcmegabasket.net. Retrieved 25 June 2018. 
  2. ^ ISTORIJSKI KUP KORAĆA ZA MEGU! (in Serbian)
  3. ^ "Mega i OKK Beograd potpisali ugovor o saradnji". b92.net. Retrieved 27 July 2018. 
  4. ^ "POTPISANA SARADNJA Megini talenti u OKK Beogradu". sport.blic.rs. Retrieved 27 July 2018. 

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