Baloncesto Malaga
Unicaja
Unicaja logo
Leagues Liga ACB
EuroLeague
Founded 1992; 25 years ago (1992)
History Unicaja Mayoral
(1992-1993)
Unicaja Polti
(1993-1994)
Unicaja
(1994-present)
Arena Palacio de Deportes José María Martín Carpena
Arena Capacity 11,300[1]
Location Málaga, Spain
Team colors Forest Green, White, Purple and Lime
                   
President Eduardo García López
Head coach Joan Plaza
Team captain Carlos Suárez
Ownership Unicaja
Championships 1 Spanish Championship
1 Spanish Cup
1 EuroCup
1 Kora? Cup
Retired numbers 1 (5)
Website unicajabaloncesto.com
Uniforms

Baloncesto Málaga, S.A.D.,[2] for sponsorship reasons named Unicaja, is a Spanish professional basketball team that is based in Málaga, Spain. The team plays in the Liga ACB and the EuroLeague. The team is sponsored by the Spanish bank Unicaja.

History

Unicaja was founded in 1992, as a merger of the two ACB teams in the city of Málaga, CB Caja de Ronda and CB Maristas. Over the years, the club has featured players like: Nacho Rodríguez, Berni Rodríguez, Carlos Cabezas, Jorge Garbajosa, Marcus Brown, Sergei Babkov, Michael Ansley, Louis Bullock, and Kenny Miller, as well as numerous other well-known players. The club won its first title, when it won the European-wide third tier level FIBA Kora? Cup in the 2000-01 season. They then won the Spanish King's Cup title in 2005. The next year, in the 2005-06 season, Unicaja won its first-ever Spanish League championship.

The club finished its best years to date, by qualifying for the 2007 EuroLeague Final Four, where it was defeated in the semifinals by CSKA Moscow, and thus finished in third place in the EuroLeague. In October 2007, Unicaja faced the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies in a friendly match, and they defeated the Grizzlies, by a score of 102-99. That was one of the 17 times that an NBA team has lost to a foreign club. Pau Gasol and Juan Carlos Navarro, two of the greatest Spanish basketball players of all time, played for Memphis in that historical game.[3]

Málaga participated in the European-wide top-tier level league, the EuroLeague, for 15 consecutive seasons (2001-02 season to 2015-16 season). However, in the summer of 2015, it lost its EuroLeague A-licence. Therefore, in the 2016-17 season, Unicaja participated in the second tier level EuroCup. The club immediately won the EuroCup title, in its first season in the league, after winning over Valencia Basket in the league's Finals.[4]

Logos

Home arenas

ACB 2011-12 game between Unicaja and Real Madrid, at Martín Carpena.

Since 1999, Unicaja Málaga has played its home games at the Palacio de Deportes José María Martín Carpena arena. The arena originally seated 9,743 spectators for basketball games, and was expanded in the year 2010, to a current seating capacity of 11,300 people for basketball games.[5]

Players

Retired numbers

Unicaja retired numbers
Nat. Player Position Tenure Ceremony date
5 Spain Berni Rodríguez SG 1998-2012 26 June 2012[6]
21 May 2017[7][8]

Current roster

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

On loan

Unicaja players out on loan
Nat. Player Position Team On loan until
Democratic Republic of the Congo Romaric Belemene F Spain Unión Financiera Baloncesto Oviedo June 2018
Romania Cristian Uta C Spain Ciudad de Valladolid June 2018

Depth chart

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Inactive
C James Augustine Giorgi Shermadini Viny Okouo Dejan Musli
PF Jeff Brooks Carlos Suárez
SF Sasu Salin Dani Díez Dragan Milosavljevi?
SG Nemanja Nedovi? Adam Waczy?ski
PG Alberto Díaz Ray McCallum Jr. Morayo Soluade

Source: ACB
Colours: Blue = homegrown player; Red = non-FIBA Europe player

Notable players

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

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 Slavni? 1987-88
  • Mario Pesquera 1988-90
  • Javier Imbroda 1992-98
  • Pedro Ramírez 1998-99
  • Bo?idar Maljkovi? 1999-03
  • Paco Alonso 2003
  • Chechu Mulero 2003
  • Sergio Scariolo 2003-08
  • Aito Garcia Reneses 2008-2011
  • Chus Mateo 2011-12
  • Luis Casimiro 2012
  • Jasmin Repe?a 2012-13
  • Joan Plaza 2013-present

Season by season

CB Caja de Ronda

Season Tier Division Pos. W-L Copa del Rey Other cups European competitions
1978-79 2 1ª División B 10th 6-16
1979-80 2 1ª División B 9th 13-17
1980-81 2 1ª División B 1st 19-2-5
1981-82 1 1ª División 10th 10-1-15 Round of 16
1982-83 1 1ª División 12th 6-20 Quarterfinalist
1983-84 1 Liga ACB 10th 14-16
1984-85 1 Liga ACB 14th 13-19
1985-86 2 1ª División B 4th 18-15
1986-87 2 1ª División B 1st 24-10
1987-88 1 Liga ACB 14th 3-30 Copa Príncipe R16
1988-89 1 Liga ACB 5th 23-15 Quarterfinalist
1989-90 1 Liga ACB 5th 21-17 Round of 16 3 Kora? Cup R1 1-1
1990-91 1 Liga ACB 10th 19-21 Third round 3 Kora? Cup R1 0-2
1991-92 1 Liga ACB 14th 16-23 Second round

CB Maristas

Season Tier Division Pos. W-L Copa del Rey
1981-82 3 2ª División 1st
1982-83 3 2ª División 2nd
1983-84 3 2ª División 2nd
1984-85 2 1ª División B 15th 6-20
1985-86 3 2ª División 2nd
1986-87 2 1ª División B 18th 12-22
1987-88 2 1ª División B 4th 33-13
1988-89 1 Liga ACB 15th 22-17 First round
1989-90 1 Liga ACB 13th 18-22 Round of 16
1990-91 1 Liga ACB 14th 18-22 Second round
1991-92 1 Liga ACB 15th 15-22 First round

Unicaja

Season Tier Division Pos. W-L Copa del Rey Other cups European competitions
1992-93 1 Liga ACB 6th 19-14 First round
1993-94 1 Liga ACB 12th 13-18 Quarterfinalist
1994-95 1 Liga ACB 2nd 32-16 First round
1995-96 1 Liga ACB 6th 27-14 Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague GS 8-8
1996-97 1 Liga ACB 7th 22-17 3 Kora? Cup QF 9-3
1997-98 1 Liga ACB 8th 20-17 3 Kora? Cup R16 7-3
1998-99 1 Liga ACB 9th 18-16 Quarterfinalist 3 Kora? Cup GS 2-4
1999-00 1 Liga ACB 8th 22-17 Quarterfinalist 3 Kora? Cup RU 11-5
2000-01 1 Liga ACB 4th 30-11 Quarterfinalist 3 Kora? Cup C 14-2
2001-02 1 Liga ACB 2nd 33-10 Semifinalist 1 Euroleague RS 6-8
2002-03 1 Liga ACB 3rd 29-15 Semifinalist 1 Euroleague T16 8-12
2003-04 1 Liga ACB 4th 23-19 1 Euroleague RS 4-10
2004-05 1 Liga ACB 3rd 27-16 Champion Supercopa 3rd 1 Euroleague RS 6-8
2005-06 1 Liga ACB 1st 35-10 Semifinalist Supercopa 4th 1 Euroleague T16 15-5
2006-07 1 Liga ACB 8th 17-20 Quarterfinalist Supercopa RU 1 Euroleague 3rd 14-11
2007-08 1 Liga ACB 4th 19-19 Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague T16 13-7
2008-09 1 Liga ACB 3rd 27-11 Runner-up 1 Euroleague T16 10-6
2009-10 1 Liga ACB 4th 21-18 1 Euroleague T16 9-7
2010-11 1 Liga ACB 8th 19-17 1 Euroleague T16 6-10
2011-12 1 Liga ACB 9th 17-17 Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague T16 4-12
2012-13 1 Liga ACB 9th 18-16 1 Euroleague T16 15-9
2013-14 1 Liga ACB 4th 26-15 Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague T16 11-13
2014-15 1 Liga ACB 3rd 29-13 Semifinalist 1 Euroleague T16 8-16
2015-16 1 Liga ACB 6th 20-16 Supercopa RU 1 Euroleague T16 11-13
2016-17 1 Liga ACB 4th 24-14 Quarterfinalist 2 EuroCup C 13-9
2017-18 1 Liga ACB Supercopa SF 1 EuroLeague

Honours and awards

Honours

National:

  • Liga ACB (Spanish League): (1)
  • Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup): (1)
  • 2nd division championships: (2)
    • 1ª División B: 1981, 1987
  • Andalusia Cup: (12)
    • 1996, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

International:

Individual awards

EuroCup Finals MVP

Reserve team

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

From 2007 to 2016, Baloncesto Málaga had an agreement with CB Axarquía, for them to play as the club's main farm team, while Baloncesto Málaga B, which plays also under the name Unicaja, was the club's third team until the end of this contract.

References

External links


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