Baloncesto Superior Nacional

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Baloncesto Superior Nacional
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2017 BSN season
Baloncesto Superior Nacional.png
Baloncesto Superior Nacional logo
Formerly Liga Puertorriqueña de Baloncesto
Sport Basketball
Founded 1929
Inaugural season 1930
President Fernando Quiñones Bodega
Motto ¡Pura Pasión!
No. of teams 10
Country  Puerto Rico
Continent FIBA Americas (Americas)
Most recent
champion(s)
Capitanes de Arecibo (6th title)
Most titles Leones de Ponce
Atléticos de San Germán
Vaqueros de Bayamón
(14 titles each)
TV partner(s) WAPA 2 Deportes
DirecTV
Level on pyramid 1st tier
Relegation to None
International cup(s) FIBA Americas League
Official website Official website

The Baloncesto Superior Nacional is the first tier level professional men's basketball league in Puerto Rico. It was founded in 1929 and is organized by the Puerto Rican Basketball Federation.

The Baloncesto Superior Nacional, which is played under FIBA rules, currently consists of 10 teams, of which the most successful have been Leones de Ponce, Atléticos de San Germán and Vaqueros de Bayamón with 14 titles each. The league has produced players that have distinguished themselves in the NBA, ACB, EuroLeague, and other tournaments throughout the world. Among them, NBA players Butch Lee, José Ortiz, Ramón Rivas, Daniel Santiago, Carlos Arroyo and José Juan Barea started their careers playing for BSN teams.

History[edit]

The league began in 1930, and is noted for having had several head coaches who went on to achieve international recognition later in their careers. Among those are Basketball Hall of Fame members Tex Winter and Red Holzman, who coached the Leones de Ponce in the 1960s, and Phil Jackson, who coached the Piratas de Quebradillas and Gallitos de Isabela in the late 1980s. Others notable coaches who have worked for BSN teams include Gene Bartow, Lou Rossini, Del Harris, P.J. Carlesimo, Bernie Bickerstaff and Herb Brown.

During the 1980s, notable players followed in the footsteps of players such as Juan "Pachin" Vicens (Named Greatest Basketball Player in the World at the Basketball World Championship, held in Santiago, Chile, 1959) and Butch Lee, the first Puerto Rican and BSN player to enter the NBA. Among those are Mario 'Quijote' Morales, Raymond Dalmau, Jose 'Piculin' Ortiz, Ramón Rivas, Jerome Mincy, Georgie Torres, Angelo Cruz, Angel Santiago, the late Federico 'Fico' Lopez and Rubén Rodríguez showcased their talents to all of Puerto Rico's TV viewers and game goers.

On October 8, 2015, the BSN team owners selected Fernando Quiñones Bodea to succeed Carlos J. Beltrán as president of the league.[1][2]

Competition format[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The BSN tournament is played under the regular FIBA basketball rules. The teams regularly play a total of four games amongs them. For the 2017, the regular season will extend to 36 games. Of the 10 participating teams, the top 8 move on to the postseason.

Postseason[edit]

Current teams[edit]

Team Home city Arena Capacity
Cariduros de Fajardo Fajardo, Puerto Rico Tomas Dones Coliseum
6,000
Leones de Ponce Ponce, Puerto Rico Juan Pachín Vicéns Auditorium
8,000
Atléticos de San Germán San Germán, Puerto Rico Arquelio Torres Ramírez Coliseum
5,000
Vaqueros de Bayamón Bayamón, Puerto Rico Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum
9,000
Santeros de Aguada Aguada, Puerto Rico Ismael Delgado Coliseum
7,500
Piratas de Quebradillas Quebradillas, Puerto Rico Raymond Dalmau Coliseum
5,500
Capitanes de Arecibo Arecibo, Puerto Rico Manuel Iguina Coliseum
12,000
Indios de Mayagüez Mayagüez, Puerto Rico Palacio de Recreación y Deportes
5,500
Brujos de Guayama Guayama, Puerto Rico Dr. Roque Nido Stella Coliseum
3,500
Caciques de Humacao Humacao, Puerto Rico Humacao Arena
8,000

Defunct teams[edit]

AibonitoFlag.jpg Aibonito Polluelos de Aibonito (1977-2001) Played their home games at Cancha Marron Aponte

Aguada flag.png Aguada Conquistadores de Aguada

Aguadilla flag.jpg Aguadilla Tiburones de Aguadilla

Flag of Cabo Rojo.svg Cabo Rojo Taínos de Cabo Rojo (1989-1993) Played their home games at Rebekah Colberg Cabrera Coliseum

Caguas ban.jpg Caguas Criollos de Caguas (1976-2009) Played their home games at Héctor Solá Besares Coliseum

Flag of Canovanas.jpg Canóvanas Indios de Canóvanas Played their home games at Coliseo Carlos Miguel Mangual

Flag of Carolina.jpg Carolina Gigantes de Carolina (1971-2009) Played their home games at the Guillermo Angulo Coliseum

Flag puertorico cayey.jpg Cayey Toritos de Cayey (2002-2004) Played their home games at the Cayey Municipal Coliseum

Flag of San Juan.jpg Santurce Cangrejeros de Santurce (1998-2017) Played their home games at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum

Flag of Isabela.svg Isabela Gallitos de Isabela (1969-2011) Played their home games at the José "Buga" Abreu Coliseum

MorovisFlag.jpg Morovis Titanes de Morovis (1977-2006) Played their home games in the José Pepe Huyke Coliseum

Flag of Villalba.svg Villalba Avancinos de Villalba (1996-1998) Played their home games at the José Ibem Marrero Coliseum

Flag of Manatí.svg Manati Atenienses de Manatí (2014-2017) Played their home games at the Juan Cruz Abreu Coliseum

League records[edit]

Rubén Rodríguez established most of the early long-standing record in the BSN. He broke both the single-season points record with 810 in 1978 and the most career points record with 11,549. The current holder of the career mark is Georgie Torres, who broke it before retiring in 2001 with 15,863 points in 679 games, playing his entire career after the establishment of the three-point line.[3] Rodríguez also holds the mark for most rebounds in a career with 6,178. He also held the single-season rebound record with 380 in 1978, which stood until Lee Benson broke it in 2008. Rodríguez also established an early single-game points record in 1973 with 52. Currently, Neftalí Rivera holds the record for most points in a game in the Baloncesto Superior Nacional when he scored 79 points on May 22nd, 1974. In that game he achieve the record by making 34 field goals(all of them 2-pointers as the 3-pointers where not adopted back then) and 11 free throws.[4] In 1989, Pablo Alicea of the Gigantes de Carolina established a record for most assists in one game with 25.[5] The record stood for over two decades until May 1, 2012, when Jonathan García of the Caciques de Humacao broke it recording 33 assists against the Brujos de Guayama. García's mark is an unofficial world record pending the approval of Guinness World Records, since there is no higher number recorded in any amateur or professional international league or in FIBA competition.[6] During this game, the Caciques also established the team points record for a single game with 130 and for most scored during a single (10-minute) quarter with 46. The Vaqueros de Bayamón hosted the game with most assistance in the league, with 17,621 fans attending a home game against Río Piedras on September 8, 1969. This bested the previous top of 16,564 in a game between Ponce and Santurce. The Vaqueros also hold the record for most consecutive championships, winning five from 1971-75.

Championships[edit]

Number of championships won by teams[edit]

Teams Finals Championships Runners-up Years won Years runners-up
Atléticos de San Germán 25 14 11 1932, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942,
1942-1943,1947, 1948, 1949, 1950,
1985, 1991, 1994, 1997
1931, 1933, 1936*, 1938*, 1940,
1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1965,
1986
Leones de Ponce 24 14 10 1952, 1954, 1960, 1961, 1964,
1965, 1966, 1990, 1992, 1993,
2002, 2004, 2014, 2015
1949, 1958, 1963, 1967, 1989,
1995, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2013
Vaqueros de Bayamón 22 14 8 1933, 1935, 1967, 1969, 1971,
1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1981,
1988, 1995, 1996, 2009
1930, 1934, 1970, 2001, 2002,
2005, 2010, 2016
Cangrejeros de Santurce 14 8 6 1962, 1968, 1998, 1999, 2000,
2001, 2003, 2007
1942, 1942-1943, 1951, 1952, 1964,
2006
Capitanes de Arecibo 16 6 10 1959, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2016 1932, 1946, 1948, 1961, 1966,
1992, 2007, 2012, 2014, 2015
Cardenales de Río Piedras 15 6 9 1946, 1955, 1956, 1957,1963,
1976
1941, 1947, 1959, 1960, 1962,
1968, 1969, 1971, 1977
Piratas de Quebradillas 16 5 11 1970, 1977, 1978, 1979, 2013 1937, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976,
1980, 1982, 1999, 2000, 2009,
2011
Capitalinos de San Juan 9 5 4 1930, 1931, 1940, 1945, 1958 1943, 1944, 1950, 1974
Mets de Guaynabo 9 3 6 1980, 1982, 1989 1978, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1990,
1993
Vega Baja 4 2 2 1934, 1937 1935, 1939
Indios de Canóvanas 3 2 1 1983, 1984 1988
University of Puerto Rico 3 2 1 1944, 1951 1945
Polluelos de Aibonito 2 1 1 1986 1987
Club Náutico San Juan 1 1 0 1936 -
Criollos de Caguas 1 1 0 2006
Indios de Mayagüez 1 1 0 2012 -
Titanes de Morovis 1 1 0 1987
Gigantes de Carolina 3 0 3 1979, 1997, 2008
Brujos de Guayama 2 0 2 1991, 1994
Gallitos de Isabela 1 0 1 1984
Maratonistas de Coamo 1 0 1 2004
  • *These titles are from Farmacia Martin team that was merged with the Atléticos de San Germán

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BSN statistical leaders[edit]

^ Active player
* Inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame

BSN all-time scoring leaders[edit]

Rank Player Position(s) Total points Games
played
Points
per game

average
1 Puerto Rico Torres, GeorgieGeorgie Torres SG 15,863 679 23.4
2 Puerto Rico Morales, MarioMario Morales SF 15,293 675 22.7
3 Panama Butler, MarioMario Butler C 12,252 779 15.7
4 Panama Rolando Frazer C 12,096 603 20.1
5 Puerto Rico Dalmau, RaymondRaymond Dalmau PG 11,592 537 21.6
6 Puerto Rico Rodríguez, RubénRubén Rodríguez PF 11,549 631 18.3
7 Puerto Rico Roberto Ríos PG 11,312 681 16.6
8 Puerto Rico Ángel Santiago SF 11,287 617 18.3
9 Puerto Rico José Quiñonez 11,012 579 19
10 Puerto Rico Dalmau, ChristianChristian Dalmau PG 10,363 605 17.1

BSN all-time rebounding leaders[edit]

Rank Player Pos Years Reb GP RPG
1 Mario Butler C 1980-2008 8,236 779 10.6
2 Rubén Rodríguez F/C 1969-1991 6,178 631 9.8
3 Rolando Frazer C 1980-2001 6,153 603 10.2
4 Raymond Dalmau F/C 1966-1985 5,673 537 10.6
5 Mario Morales G/F 1975-1998 5,665 675 8.4
6 José Ortíz C 1980-2006 5,314 505 10.5
7 Carlos Bermúdez F 1970-1984 4,884 422 11.6
8 Edgar León F/C 1981-2001 4,837 493 9.8
9 Teófilo Cruz* C 1957-1982 4,672 584 8
10 Angel Santiago F 1973-1996 4,447 617 7.2

BSN all-time assists leaders[edit]

Rank Player Position(s) Years Total AST GP APG
1 James Carter PG 1987-2006 3,025 543 5.6
2 Pablo Alicea PG 1987-2006 2,762 503 5.5
3 Christian Dalmau^ PG/SG 1992–2003, 2008–present 2,752 577 4.8
4 Javier Antonio Colón PG 1987-2008 2,748 555 5.0
5 Federico López PG 1981-1997 2,440 446 5.5
6 Roberto Ríos SG/F 1978-2000 2,315 681 3.4
7 Raymond Dalmau F/C 1966-1985 2,302 537 5.1
8 Wilfredo Pagan^ Point guard 1992–Present 2,291 619 3.7
9 Bobby Joe Hatton PG 1994-2012 2,235 489 4.6
10 George Torres SG/F 1975-2001 2,203 679 3.2

Last Updated July 9, 2015

-SINGLE GAME RECORD Assist- Jonathan Garcia 33

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