Saski Baskonia

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Baskonia
2016–17 Saski Baskonia season
Baskonia logo
Leagues Liga ACB
EuroLeague
Founded 26 December 1959; 57 years ago (1959-12-26)
(3 December 1952; 64 years ago (1952-12-03))[1]
History
Arena Fernando Buesa Arena
Arena Capacity 15,504
Location Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Team colors Red, Blue, White, Green
                   
President José Antonio Querejeta
Head coach Pablo Prigioni
Team captain Ádám Hanga
Championships 3 Spanish Championships
6 Spanish Cups
4 Spanish Supercups
1 Saporta Cup
Website baskonia.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
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Club Deportivo Saski-Baskonia, S.A.D.,[2] commonly known as Saski Baskonia (pronounced [s̺as̺ki bas̺konia]) or simply as Baskonia, is a professional basketball team that is based in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. The team plays in the Liga ACB and the EuroLeague. It plays their home games at Fernando Buesa Arena.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1959[3] as the basketball section of Club Deportivo Vasconia. It first played at Spain's highest level in 1971, and emerged as a major force in Spanish basketball in the 1990s. Most recently, Baskonia advanced to the EuroLeague Final Four in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2016, losing to Maccabi Tel Aviv in the 2005 final, and 2006 semifinals, to Panathinaikos in the 2007 semifinals, and to CSKA Moscow in the 2008 semifinals.

Through outstanding scouting and shrewd management, Baskonia has built a squad that has been to four straight EuroLeague Final Fours and now is looking to take the last step to becoming a EuroLeague champion. Baskonia's first trophy of any kind came in 1995, the Spanish King's Cup, when Pablo Laso and Velimir Perasović led the team to an historical win. The club was already making noise internationally too, reaching the Saporta Cup final in both 1994 and 1995.

When it hosted the same title game in 1996, Baskonia pleased its many fans by downing PAOK behind 31 points from Ramón Rivas. Baskonia made its first Spanish Championship playoff final in 1998 and added a second Spanish King's Cup title in 1999.

Fernando Buesa Arena (formerly known as Araba Arena), home of Baskonia since 1991

They then found quick success in the newly reborn EuroLeague. With a deep roster featuring Elmer Bennett, Saulius Štombergas, Victor Alexander, Fabricio Oberto and a young Luis Scola, Baskonia reached the 2001 Euroleague Finals, before losing to Kinder Bologna in the fifth and final game on the road. With winning momentum and the additions of Dejan Tomašević and Andrés Nocioni, Baskonia celebrated the next season with another Spanish King's Cup trophy and its first Spanish League title ever. Trophy lifting became a habit now. Baskonia snatched two more Spanish King's Cups, in 2004 and 2006, as Luis Scola and Pablo Prigioni played decisive roles, and success followed the team in the EuroLeague. Baskonia's arrival to its first EuroLeague Final Four in 2005 couldn’t have been louder, as the team upset favored host CSKA Moscow in the semifinals, but couldn’t overcome defending champ Maccabi in the title game.

Back home, Baskonia again reached the Spanish League finals, only to lose in dramatic fashion. Baskonia returned to the EuroLeague Final Four in 2006, but once again Maccabi stood in its way, this time in the semifinal. The team also made it to the Spanish League finals, but was swept there.

The next season, Baskonia won its EuroLeague regular season and Top 16 groups before sweeping Olympiacos in the Quarterfinal Playoffs, as Scola became the Euroleague Basketball's top all-time scorer at that time. Nonetheless, eventual champion Panathinaikos downed Baskonia in the semifinals and once home again in Spain, Baskonia lost in the playoff semifinals. Coming so close, but walking away without any trophies is sure to make Baskonia as hungry as ever going forward.

In 2016, Baskonia reached ten years later to the Final Four but was defeated in the overtime of the semifinals by Fenerbahçe.[4]

Sponsorship naming[edit]

The club was often referred to for years as TAU Cerámica, a Spanish brand name of ceramics manufacturer TAULELL, which name sponsored the club from 1987–2009. Originally, TAULELL used another of its brand names, Taugrés, as the name of the team, before changing the name to TAU Cerámica in 1997.[5] TAU, Taugrés and TAU Vitoria were also frequently used to refer to the team. Baskonia, Saski Baskonia, and Saski Baskonia, S.A.D. refer to the name of the actual sports club itself. In 2009, the Spanish credit union Caja Laboral became the new name sponsor of the club[6] and increased the amount of money that the name sponsor contributes to the sports club's budget. In 2016, Laboral Kutxa end its sponsorship naming to Baskonia.[7]

Baskonia has received diverse sponsorship names along the years:[8][9]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Baskonia roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G 10 France Beaubois, Rodrigue 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 29 – (1988-02-24)24 February 1988
G/F 11 Slovenia Blažič, Jaka 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 96 kg (212 lb) 26 – (1990-06-30)30 June 1990
SF 34 United States Budinger, Chase 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 29 – (1988-05-22)22 May 1988
C 12 Spain Diop, Ilimane 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 22 – (1995-04-04)4 April 1995
G/F 8 Hungary Hanga, Ádám (C) 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 28 – (1989-04-12)12 April 1989
PG 15 Argentina Laprovíttola, Nicolás 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 27 – (1990-01-31)31 January 1990
PG 0 United States Larkin, Shane 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 79 kg (174 lb) 24 – (1992-10-02)2 October 1992
PG 55 Brazil Luz, Rafa Injured 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 25 – (1992-02-11)11 February 1992
C France Poirier, Vincent 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 23 – (1993-10-17)17 October 1993
G/F 9 Lithuania Sedekerskis, Tadas 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 96 kg (212 lb) 19 – (1998-01-17)17 January 1998
F 23 Georgia (country) Shengelia, Tornike 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 109 kg (240 lb) 25 – (1991-10-05)5 October 1991
F/C 14 France Tillie, Kim 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 28 – (1988-07-15)15 July 1988
SF 6 Latvia Timma, Jānis 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 24 – (1992-07-02)2 July 1992
C 7 Germany Voigtmann, Johannes 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 115 kg (254 lb) 24 – (1992-09-30)30 September 1992
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Spain David Gil

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: June 22, 2017

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Johannes Voigtmann Vincent Poirier Ilimane Diop
PF Tornike Shengelia Kim Tillie
SF Ádám Hanga Jānis Timma Chase Budinger Tadas Sedekerskis
SG Jaka Blažič Rodrigue Beaubois
PG Shane Larkin Nicolás Laprovíttola Rafa Luz Injured

Head coaches[edit]

  • Spain Iñaki Iriarte 1981–1983
  • Spain Juan Antonio Ortiz de Pinedo 1983
  • Spain Txema Capetillo 1983–1984
  • Spain Xabier Añúa 1984–1985
  • Spain Pepe Laso 1985–1987
  • Spain Manu Moreno 1987–1989
  • Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željko Pavličević 1989–1990
  • United States Herb Brown 1990–1992
  • Spain Iñaki Iriarte 1992–1993

Logos[edit]

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier Division Pos. W–L Copa del Rey Other cups European competitions
1959 Foundation of Club Deportivo Vasconia
1959–60 4 Provincial 2nd
1960–61 4 Provincial 2nd
1961–62 4 Provincial 1st
1962–63 4 Provincial 2nd
1963–64 4 Provincial 1st
1964–65 4 Provincial 2nd
1965–66 4 Provincial 1st
1966–67 4 Provincial 2nd
1967–68 4 Provincial 1st
1968–69 4 Provincial 1st
1969–70 3 3ª División 1st
1970–71 2 2ª División 2nd 20–4
1971–72 2 2ª División 1st 21–3
1972–73 1 1ª División 10th 12–18 Semifinalist
1973–74 1 1ª División 8th 12–16
1974–75 1 1ª División 8th 8–14 Quarterfinalist
1975–76 1 1ª División 8th 14–18
1976–77 1 1ª División 10th 8–14 First Round
1977–78 1 1ª División 10th 7–1–14 First Round
1978–79 1 1ª División 8th 9–13 Semifinalist
1979–80 1 1ª División 11th 5–2–15 Round of 16
1980–81 1 1ª División 14th 6–20 Round of 16
1981–82 2 1ª División B 2nd 19–1–6
1982–83 1 1ª División 13th 3–3–20 Round of 16
1983–84 1 Liga ACB 9th 9–22 Round of 16
1984–85 1 Liga ACB 10th 8–22 Copa Asociación C
1985–86 1 Liga ACB 9th 16–14 Copa Príncipe QF 3 Korać Cup R2 0–1–1
1986–87 1 Liga ACB 8th 15–18 Copa Príncipe R16
1987–88 1 Liga ACB 8th 19–14 Copa Príncipe R16
1988 Converting in Saski-Baskonia S.A.D.
1988–89 1 Liga ACB 7th 21–17 Round of 16
1989–90 1 Liga ACB 7th 23–15 Quarterfinalist
1990–91 1 Liga ACB 4th 26–16 Quarterfinalist
1991–92 1 Liga ACB 4th 30–15 Quarterfinalist 3 Korać Cup QF 6–6
1992–93 1 Liga ACB 11th 19–14 Third position 3 Korać Cup GS 6–4
1993–94 1 Liga ACB 11th 17–15 Runner-up 2 European Cup RU 11–4
1994–95 1 Liga ACB 5th 24–17 Champion 2 European Cup RU 12–3
1995–96 1 Liga ACB 8th 22–19 2 European Cup C 13–1–3
1996–97 1 Liga ACB 5th 21–17 3 Korać Cup R16 8–2
1997–98 1 Liga ACB 2nd 34–10 Quarterfinalist 3 Korać Cup R32 5–3
1998–99 1 Liga ACB 5th 25–13 Champion 1 Euroleague GS 4–6
1999–00 1 Liga ACB 4th 25–18 Quarterfinalist 2 Saporta Cup R16 9–5
2000–01 1 Liga ACB 3rd 32–11 Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague RU 15–7
2001–02 1 Liga ACB 1st 33–12 Champion 1 Euroleague T16 13–7
2002–03 1 Liga ACB 6th 20–19 Runner-up 1 Euroleague T16 11–9
2003–04 1 Liga ACB 3rd 32–10 Champion 1 Euroleague T16 13–7
2004–05 1 Liga ACB 2nd 36–11 Semifinalist Supercopa 4th 1 Euroleague RU 13–11
2005–06 1 Liga ACB 2nd 31–13 Champion Supercopa C 1 Euroleague 3rd 18–7
2006–07 1 Liga ACB 3rd 31–11 Semifinalist Supercopa C 1 Euroleague 4th 20–4
2007–08 1 Liga ACB 1st 29–13 Runner-up Supercopa C 1 Euroleague 4th 16–9
2008–09 1 Liga ACB 2nd 33–8 Champion Supercopa C 1 Euroleague QF 14–7
2009–10 1 Liga ACB 1st 35–9 Semifinalist Supercopa SF 1 Euroleague QF 11–9
2010–11 1 Liga ACB 4th 25–14 Semifinalist Supercopa SF 1 Euroleague QF 10–10
2011–12 1 Liga ACB 3rd 27–14 Semifinalist Supercopa RU 1 Euroleague RS 5–5
2012–13 1 Liga ACB 5th 26–11 Semifinalist 1 Euroleague QF 13–15
2013–14 1 Liga ACB 6th 19–17 Quarterfinalist Supercopa SF 1 Euroleague T16 11–13
2014–15 1 Liga ACB 6th 20–17 Supercopa SF 1 Euroleague T16 11–13
2015–16 1 Liga ACB 4th 27–14 Semifinalist 1 Euroleague 4th 18–11
2016–17 1 Liga ACB 3rd 26–13 Semifinalist Supercopa SF 1 EuroLeague QF 17–16
2017–18 1 Liga ACB 1 EuroLeague

Honours[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

Spanish Championship

Spanish Cup

Spanish Supercup

Association Cup

  • Winners (1): 1985

2nd Division

  • Winners (1): 1971–72

Basque Cup

  • Winners (2): 2011, 2012

European competitions[edit]

EuroLeague

FIBA Saporta Cup

Individual awards[edit]

All-EuroLeague First Team

All-EuroLeague Second Team

All-ACB First Team

All-ACB Second Team

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.

Matches against NBA teams[edit]

14 October 2010
Memphis Grizzlies United States 110–105 Spain Caja Laboral
16 October 2010
San Antonio Spurs United States 108–85 Spain Caja Laboral

Fundación 5+11[edit]

Fundación 5+11 is the reserve team of Baskonia. Formerly called Fundación Baskonia, its current name becomes from the agreement between the club and Deportivo Alavés, the main football club in Vitoria. It currently plays in Primera División, fifth tier of Spanish basketball.

In the 2000–01 season, it played in Liga EBA with Tiago Splitter as its most important player.

Players[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Brazil PF Daniel Bordignon (on loan to Bahía Basket)
Latvia F Rinalds Mālmanis (on loan to Valmiera)
Slovenia SF Jurij Macura
Serbia PF Filip Petrušev
Latvia PG Artūrs Kurucs
No. Position Player
Georgia (country) SG Luka Bulashvili (on loan to Ourense)
Argentina PG Luca Vildoza (on loan to Quilmes)
Estonia SF Sander Raieste
Georgia (country) PF Nika Darbaidze (on loan to UCAM Murcia B)
Czech Republic SF Ondřej Hanzlík

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier Division Pos. W–L
2000–01 4 Liga EBA 15th 9–21
2001–05 5 1ª División
2005–06 5 1ª División 13th 20–10
2006–07 5 1ª División 3rd 20–6
2007–08 6 1ª División 6th 13–15
2008–09 6 1ª División 4th 20–8
2009–10 5 1ª División 15th 15–13
2010–11 5 1ª División 7th 16–12
2011–12 5 1ª División 7th 13–15
2012–13 5 1ª División 16th 2–28
2013–14 5 1ª División 9th 13–15
2014–15 5 1ª División 1st[10] 22–4
2015–16 5 1ª División 3rd 18–10
2016–17 5 1ª División 1st 23–3

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Lo que se olvidó en Vasconia". Proyecto 75ers. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Relación de SAD — Portal del Consejo Superior de Deportes" (in Spanish). Consejo Superior de Deportes. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "History – Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz". Euroleague Basketball. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "Bogdanovic’s late heroics put Fenerbahce in final". Euroleague. 13 May 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Taulell S.A. y Saski Baskonia S.A.D. han decidido de mutuo acuerdo dar por terminada la relación de patrocinio del equipo de baloncesto TAU Cerámica" (in Spanish). baskonia.com. 23 July 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Caja Laboral, nuevo Patrocinador Principal del Baskonia" (in Spanish). baskonia.com. 24 July 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Laboral Kutxa and Saski Baskonia end their main sponsorhip agreement". baskonia.com. 6 September 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "Los patrocinadores del Baskonia a lo largo de la historia del club (1969-2016)" (in Spanish). baskonistas.com. 6 September 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "De Embutidos Celedón a Laboral Kutxa" (in Spanish). elcorreo.com. 7 September 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  10. ^ They could not promote to the league.

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