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Baloncesto Málaga

Unicaja
Leagues Liga ACB
Euroleague
Founded 1992
History Caja de Ronda
(1977–1992)
Unicaja Mayoral
(1992–1993)
Unicaja Polti
(1993–1994)
Unicaja
(1994–present)
Arena Palacio de Deportes José María Martín Carpena
Arena Capacity 11,000
Location Málaga, Andalusia
Team colors Forest Green, White, Purple and Lime
                   
President Eduardo García López
Head coach Joan Plaza
Ownership Unicaja
Championships 1 Spanish Championship
1 Spanish Cup
1 Korać Cup
Retired numbers (5) Berni Rodríguez
Website unicajabaloncesto.com
Uniforms
Home jersey
Team colours
Home
Away jersey
Team colours
Away

Baloncesto Málaga, S.A.D.,[1] more commonly referred to by its ownership name of Unicaja, is a Spanish professional basketball team based in Málaga, Andalusia. The team plays in the Liga ACB and the Euroleague.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Home arenas 2
  • Players 3
    • Current roster 3.1
    • Depth chart 3.2
  • Head coaches 4
  • Season by season 5
    • CB Caja de Ronda 5.1
    • CB Maristas 5.2
    • Unicaja 5.3
  • Honours and awards 6
    • Honours 6.1
    • Individual awards 6.2
  • Notable players 7
  • Reserve team 8
    • Season by season 8.1
  • References 9
  • External links 10

History

Unicaja was founded in 1992 as a merger of the two ACB teams in the city:

  • CB Caja de Ronda
  • CB Maristas

The club won its first title, the Korać Cup in 2001. They then won the Spanish King's Cup championship in 2005. The next year in 2006, Unicaja won its first-ever Spanish Championship. It finished its best years in 2007 qualifying for the Euroleague Final Four, where it was defeated in the semifinals by Panathinaikos.

In October 2007, Unicaja faced the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies in a friendly match, defeating them 102–99. This is one of the few times an NBA team has lost to an overseas club. The Grizzlies' team contained Pau Gasol and Juan Carlos Navarro, two of the greatest Spanish basketball players.[2]

The club has over the years featured players like Marcus Brown, Sergei Babkov, Michael Ansley, Louis Bullock, Kenny Miller, and others. In 2007, Unicaja finished in third place in the Euroleague competition, marking the club's best ever Euroleague season to that point.

Home arenas

Players

Current roster

Depth chart

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Fran Vázquez Richard Hendrix
PF Will Thomas Carlos Suárez Germán Gabriel
SF Mindaugas Kuzminskas Dani Díez
SG Edwin Jackson Jamar Smith
PG Nemanja Nedović Stefan Marković Alberto Díaz

Head coaches

  • 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

Season by season

CB Caja de Ronda

Season Tier Division Pos. Postseason RS PO Copa del Rey Other cups European competitions
1978–79 2 1ª División B 10 6–16
1979–80 2 1ª División B 9 13–17
1980–81 2 1ª División B 1 Promoted 19–2–5
1981–82 1 1ª División 10 10–1–15 Round of 16
1982–83 1 1ª División 12 6–20 Quarterfinalist
1983–84 1 Liga ACB 10 Round of 16 14–14 0–2
1984–85 1 Liga ACB 14 Relegated 11–17 2–2
1985–86 2 1ª División B 4 Finalist 16–12 2–3
1986–87 2 1ª División B 1 Promoted 14–8 10–2
1987–88 1 Liga ACB 14 1–27 2–3 Copa Príncipe R16
1988–89 1 Liga ACB 5 Quarterfinalist 23–13 0–2 Quarterfinalist
1989–90 1 Liga ACB 5 Quarterfinalist 21–15 0–2 Round of 16 3 Korać Cup R1 1–1
1990–91 1 Liga ACB 10 Round of 16 15–19 4–2 Third round 3 Korać Cup R1 0–2
1991–92 1 Liga ACB 14 Round of 16 13–21 3–2 Second round

CB Maristas

Season Tier Division Pos. Postseason RS PO Copa del Rey
1981–82 3 2ª División 1 Promotion playoffs
1982–83 3 2ª División 2 Promotion playoffs
1983–84 3 2ª División 2 Promoted 3–2
1984–85 2 1ª División B 15 Relegated 6–20
1985–86 3 2ª División 2 Promoted
1986–87 2 1ª División B 18 12–22
1987–88 2 1ª División B 4 Promoted 26–10 7–3
1988–89 1 Liga ACB 15 22–14 0–3 First round
1989–90 1 Liga ACB 13 17–19 1–3 Round of 16
1990–91 1 Liga ACB 14 Round of 16 16–18 2–4 Second round
1991–92 1 Liga ACB 15 Round of 16 12–22 3–0 First round

Unicaja

Season Tier Division Pos. Postseason RS PO Copa del Rey Other cups European competitions
1992–93 1 Liga ACB 6 Round of 16 19–12 0–2 First round
1993–94 1 Liga ACB 12 Round of 16 12–16 1–2 Quarterfinalist
1994–95 1 Liga ACB 2 Runner-up 25–13 7–3 First round
1995–96 1 Liga ACB 6 Quarterfinalist 26–12 1–2 Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague GS 8–8
1996–97 1 Liga ACB 7 Quarterfinalist 19–15 3–2 3 Korać Cup QF 9–3
1997–98 1 Liga ACB 8 Quarterfinalist 20–14 0–3 3 Korać Cup R16 7–3
1998–99 1 Liga ACB 9 18–16 Quarterfinalist 3 Korać Cup GS 2–4
1999–00 1 Liga ACB 8 Quarterfinalist 19–15 3–2 Quarterfinalist 3 Korać Cup RU 11–5
2000–01 1 Liga ACB 4 Semifinalist 27–7 3–4 Quarterfinalist 3 Korać Cup C 14–2
2001–02 1 Liga ACB 2 Runner-up 27–7 6–3 Semifinalist 1 Euroleague RS 6–8
2002–03 1 Liga ACB 3 Semifinalist 24–10 5–5 Semifinalist 1 Euroleague T16 8–12
2003–04 1 Liga ACB 4 Semifinalist 20–14 3–5 1 Euroleague RS 4–10
2004–05 1 Liga ACB 3 Semifinalist 23–11 4–5 Champion Supercopa 3rd 1 Euroleague RS 6–8
2005–06 1 Liga ACB 1 Champion 26–8 9–2 Semifinalist Supercopa 4th 1 Euroleague T16 15–5
2006–07 1 Liga ACB 8 Quarterfinalist 17–17 0–3 Quarterfinalist Supercopa RU 1 Euroleague 3rd 14–11
2007–08 1 Liga ACB 4 Semifinalist 17–17 2–2 Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague T16 13–7
2008–09 1 Liga ACB 3 Semifinalist 24–8 3–3 Runner-up 1 Euroleague T16 10–6
2009–10 1 Liga ACB 4 Semifinalist 19–15 2–3 1 Euroleague T16 9–7
2010–11 1 Liga ACB 8 Quarterfinalist 19–15 0–2 1 Euroleague T16 6–10
2011–12 1 Liga ACB 9 17–17 Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague T16 4–12
2012–13 1 Liga ACB 9 18–16 1 Euroleague T16 15–9
2013–14 1 Liga ACB 4 Semifinalist 23–11 3–4 Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague T16 11–13
2014–15 1 Liga ACB 3 Semifinalist 25–9 4–4 Semifinalist 1 Euroleague T16 8–16
2015–16 1 Liga ACB Supercopa RU 1 Euroleague

Honours and awards

Honours

National:

International:

Individual awards

ACB Finals MVP

Spanish Cup MVP

  • Jorge Garbajosa – 2005

ACB Slam Dunk Champion

ACB Three Point Shootout Champion

  • Paco Vázquez – 2001

All-ACB Team

All-Euroleague Second Team

  • Jorge Garbajosa – 2006

Notable players

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.

Reserve team

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

As from 2007, Baloncesto Málaga has an agreement with CB Axarquía to play as farm team, Baloncesto Málaga B, which plays also as Unicaja is the third team of Unicaja.

Season by season

Season Tier Division Pos. Postseason Cup Competitions RS PO Cup Tot
1993–94 2 1ª División 27 10–20 2–4 12–24
1993–94 2 1ª División 28 12–18 12–18
1994–95 2 Liga EBA 7 14–12 14–12
1995–96 2 Liga EBA 10 Relegation playoffs
1996–97 3 Liga EBA 1 Round of 16 Copa EBA semifinalist 0–1
1997–98 3 Liga EBA 2 Semifinalist 21–5
1998–99 3 Liga EBA 1 Quarterfinalist Copa EBA semifinalist 22–8 0–1 0–1 22–10
1999–00 3 Liga EBA 5 17–9 17–9
2000–01 4 Liga EBA 5 20–10 20–10
2001–02 4 Liga EBA 3 22–12 22–12
2002–03 4 Liga EBA 2 Round of 16 22–8 0–2 22–10
2003–04 4 Liga EBA 8 15–15 15–15
2004–05 4 Liga EBA 12 13–17 13–17
2005–06 4 Liga EBA 14 Relegated 10–20 10–20
2006–07 5 1ª División 3 Promoted 18–4 4–2 22–6
2007–08 5 Liga EBA 7 14–14 14–14
2008–09 5 Liga EBA 7 13–11 13–11
2009–10 4 Liga EBA 12 12–18 12–18
2010–11 4 Liga EBA 9 8–14 8–14
2011–12 5 1ª División 2 Semifinalist 17–5 1–1 18–6
2012–13 5 1ª División 1 PromotedChampion 12–2 5–0 17–2
2013–14 4 Liga EBA 5 13–11 13–11
2014–15 4 Liga EBA 9 10–16 10–16
  • ^A The club did not play the promotion semifinals.

References

  1. ^ Unicaja info
  2. ^ Unicaja defeats Memphis Grizzlies in NBA Euroleague Live 2007 Interbasket. 9 October 2007

External links

  • Official Website (Spanish)
  • Baloncesto Málaga at ACB.com (Spanish)
  • Baloncesto Málaga at Euroleague.net
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