Liga Nacional de Básquet

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Liga Nacional de Básquet
LNB Argentina Logo.svg
Organising bodyAsociación de Clubes
de Básquetbol
Founded1985; 34 years ago (1985)
by León Najnudel
Number of teams20
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toLa Liga Argentina
Current championsSan Lorenzo (2018–19)
Most championshipsAtenas
(9 titles)
Most appearancesLeonardo Gutiérrez (1,106) [1]
All-time top scorerHéctor Campana (17,359) [1][2]
PresidentFabián Borro
TV partnersTyC Sports

The Liga Nacional de Básquet (abbreviated LNB, and literally in English, "National Basketball League"), also commonly referred to as "La Liga de Básquet" ("The Basketball League"), is the top-tier level of the Argentine basketball league system. The league is under the auspices of the Basketball Clubs' Association (in Spanish: Asociación de Clubes de Básquetbol). The LNB's predecessor league is the now defunct Campeonato Argentino de Clubes, which was organized by the Argentine Basketball Federation.

The league was created through the efforts of basketball coach León Najnudel, and sports journalist Osvaldo Orcasitas, in the 1980s, to make Argentine men's club basketball more competitive, through the merging of the many existing local leagues.[3] It is designed like the NBA, with a regular season, all-star game, and playoffs. However, unlike the NBA, the LNB has a promotion and relegation system, with the La Liga Argentina (LLA), the league level that is immediately below the LNB.

A tribute to Najnudel's vision, is the string of successes of the senior men's Argentine national basketball team, culminating with the team's Summer Olympic Games gold medal won at the 2004 Summer Olympics, and the international careers of many players who started in the league.



León Najnudel with the ball in the first LNB game ever: Argentino de Firmat v. San Lorenzo (in red uniform), 26 April 1985

Before the league was established, the regular tournament was Campeonato Argentino de Clubes where teams from all the provinces took part. The league had a regional format and playoffs.

For the 1984 edition there was 64 teams. The association decided to retire 10 teams, moving them to "Primera Nacional A".[4] Of those teams, 4 were from city of Buenos Aires, and the provinces of Buenos Aires, Córdoba and Santa Fe were represented by 2 teams each.

As a result, a number of 54 teams played the Argentino de clubes. At the end of the tournament, the six best placed team would promote to Primera A, and the rest of the clubs would be relegated to Primera B (second division).[5]

First seasons[edit]

Ferro C. Oeste, the first champion of the LNB

The first edition of Liga Nacional was played within 1985, with 16 teams participating although Independiente de Tucumán abandoned the championship for economic reasons. The first game was played on April 26, 1985,[6] when San Lorenzo de Almagro faced Argentino de Firmat at Estadio Obras Sanitarias.

Ferro Carril Oeste was the first LNB champion after defeating Atenas de Córdoba in 3 games. The next season (1986), Ferro Carril Oeste won its second consecutive title, beating Olimpo de Bahía Blanca in 5 games (3-1 on aggregate). The Verdolaga played its third consecutive final series in 1987, but was finally defeated by Atenas, that won the first of 9 titles, being the most winning LNB team to date.

In 1988 Atenas won a second championship beating River Plate and the next year Ferro won another title, being the only title won by León Najnudel as coach.

Competition format[edit]

Following a system similar to the European basketball leagues, the Liga Nacional features promotion and relegation. Contested by 20 teams, the top division is divided in two stages: the first one consists of a double round-robin competition, with standings decided by a points system. At the end of the season, teams placed 1st to 16th advance to the playoffs, while the last 2 teams play a series to avoid relegation.

The playoffs stage is divided in four parts, where winning teams qualify to the next stage while defeated teams retire from the tournament. The successive stages are quarter finals, semi-finals and the finals. Quarter and semi-finals are played in a 2-2-1 format (best-of-five) while finals are played in a 2-2-1-1-1 format, which rounds are best-of-seven series.

Current teams (2018–19 season)[edit]

Club City Province Seasons Arena Capacity
Argentino Junín Buenos Aires 10 El Fortín de las Morochas
Atenas Córdoba Córdoba 34 Carlos Cerutti
Bahía Básquet [note 1] Bahía Blanca Buenos Aires 30 Osvaldo Casanova
Boca Juniors Buenos Aires Buenos Aires 29 Luis Conde
Ciclista Olímpico La Banda Santiago del Estero 13 Vicente Rosales
Comunicaciones Villa Mercedes San Luis 1 Estadio Comunicaciones
Estudiantes Concordia Entre Ríos 8 Gigante Verde
Ferro Carril Oeste Buenos Aires Buenos Aires 24 Estadio Héctor Etchart
Gimnasia y Esgrima Comodoro Rivadavia Chubut 29 Socios Fundadores
Hispano Americano Rio Gallegos Santa Cruz 2 Boxing Club
Instituto Córdoba Córdoba 7 Angel Sandrin
Libertad Sunchales Santa Fe 19 Hogar de Tigres
Obras Sanitarias Buenos Aires Buenos Aires 21 Estadio Obras (Templo del Rock)
Peñarol Mar del Plata Buenos Aires 31 Islas Malvinas
Quilmes Mar del Plata Buenos Aires 24 Once Unidos
Quimsa Santiago del Estero Santiago del Estero 8 Estadio Ciudad
Regatas Corrientes Corrientes 14 José Jorge Contte
San Lorenzo Buenos Aires Buenos Aires 4 Polideportivo Roberto Pando
San Martín Corrientes Corrientes 6 Raúl A. Ortiz
La Unión Formosa Formosa 10 Cincuentenario


List of finals[edit]

Season Champion Runner-Up Result Winning Coach
Ferro Carril Oeste Atenas 2–1 Luis Martínez
Ferro Carril Oeste Olimpo 3–1 Luis Martínez
Atenas Ferro Carril Oeste 3–1 Walter Garrone
Atenas River Plate 3–0 Walter Garrone
Ferro Carril Oeste Atenas 3–2 León Najnudel
Atenas Cañadense 3–0 Walter Garrone
GEPU Estudiantes (BB) 4–2 Daniel Rodríguez
Atenas GEPU 4–1 Rubén Magnano
GEPU Atenas 4–2 Orlando Ferratto
Peñarol (MDP) Independiente (GP) 4–1 Nestor García
Independiente (GP) Olimpia (VT) 4–1 Mario Guzmán
Olimpia (VT) Atenas 4–3 Horacio Seguí
Boca Juniors Independiente (GP) 4–1 Julio Lamas
Atenas Boca Juniors 4–0 Rubén Magnano
Atenas Independiente (GP) 4–3 Rubén Magnano
Estudiantes (O) Atenas 4–3 Sergio Hernández
Estudiantes (O) Libertad 4–1 Sergio Hernández
Atenas Estudiantes (O) 4–1 Horacio Seguí
Atenas Boca Juniors 4–2 Oscar Sánchez
Boca Juniors Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP) 4–2 Sergio Hernández
Ben Hur Boca Juniors 4–1 Julio Lamas
Gimnasia y Esgrima (CR) Libertad 4–2 Fernando Duró
Boca Juniors Peñarol 4–2 Gabriel Piccato
Libertad Quimsa 4–0 Julio Lamas
Atenas Peñarol 4–2 Rubén Magnano
Peñarol (MDP) Atenas 4–1 Sergio Hernández
Peñarol (MDP) Atenas 4–1 Sergio Hernández
Peñarol (MDP) Obras Sanitarias 4–2 Sergio Hernández
Regatas (C) Lanús 4–0 Nicolás Casalánguida
Peñarol (MDP) Regatas 4–2 Fernando Rivero
Quimsa Gimnasia y Esgrima (CR) 4–2 Silvio Santander
San Lorenzo La Unión 4–0 Julio Lamas
San Lorenzo Regatas 4–1 Julio Lamas
San Lorenzo San Martín (C) 4–2 Gonzalo García
San Lorenzo Instituto 4–3 Gonzalo García

Source: LNB website.[8]

Titles by club[edit]

Club Titles Years won
Atenas 9 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991–92, 1997–98, 1998–99,
2001–02, 2002–03, 2008–09
Peñarol 5 1993–94, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14
San Lorenzo 4 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19
Boca Juniors
1996–97, 2003–04, 2006–07
Ferro Carril Oeste 1985, 1986, 1989
1990–91, 1992–93
Estudiantes (O) 1999–00, 2000–01
Olimpia 1995–96
Ben Hur 2004–05
Gimnasia y Esgrima (CR) 2005–06
Libertad 2007–08
Regatas Corrientes 2012–13
Quimsa 2014–15


These are the yearly individual awards are given by the league as a recognition to the most valuable player (in both, regular season and finals) and the top scorer. Leonardo Gutiérrez was chosen finals MVP a record of 4 times, while Joe Bunn is the most times top scorer (5 seasons).

Statistical leaders[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

As of September 2019, 12 players have their jerseys retired. Atenas was the team which started this practice (in 2002, with legendary Marcelo Milanesio's #9).[9][10][11]

Club Player Pos. Tenure Num.
9 Atenas Argentina Marcelo Milanesio PG 1987–1988, 1991–1992,
1996–2000, 2002–2004
2002 [10]
14 Estudiantes (BB) Argentina Beto Cabrera PG 1961–1984 2004 [12][13]
5 Atenas Argentina Héctor Campana SG 1982–2002 2005 [10][14]
4 Quilmes (MdP) Argentina Eduardo Dominé SG 1990, 1991–2001 2009 [11]
11 Atenas Argentina Diego Osella C 1988–1992, 1993–2001, 2003–2010 2011 [15][16][17]
11 Quimsa Argentina Miguel Cortijo PG (None) [note 1] ? [11]
8 Peñarol (MDP) Argentina Tato Rodríguez PG 1994–1998, 1999–2003, 2004–2011 2011 [18][19]
10 Estudiantes (BB) Argentina Juan Espil SG/SF 1988–1992, 2010–2012 2013 [20][21]
8 Quilmes (MdP) Argentina Guillermo García Oyaga 1970s–80s [11] 2013 [11]
7 Quilmes (MdP) Argentina Esteban De la Fuente SG/SF 1991–93, 1995–97, 2004–05 2013 [11]
7 Atenas Argentina Bruno Lábaque PG 1994–2003, 2006–09, 2010–17 2017 [22]
5 Estudiantes (BB) Argentina Hernán Jasen SF 1996–99, 2012–18 2018 [23]
  1. ^ Although Cortijo never played for the club, the #11 jersey was retired honoring him as a native of Santiago del Estero, where Quimsa is located in.


  1. ^ a b Liga Nacional: los datos y récords históricos on Basquet Plus, 5 Dec 2018
  2. ^ Leonardo Gutiérrez es el tercer goleador histórico de la Liga Nacional on TyC, 23 Mar 2016
  3. ^ Matías Ron Ares (2010-03-14). "LNB: la historia de su origen" (in Spanish). In Deportes. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2010-10-19.
  4. ^ Resolución de 1983 para el Campeonato Argentino de Clubes
  6. ^ "Se cumplen 30 años del primer partido oficial de la LNB", Basquet Plus, 26 Apr 2015
  7. ^ Bahía Blanca Basket, con identidad propia
  8. ^ "Historial de Campeones de la Liga" (in Spanish). LNB official website. Retrieved 2010-09-27.
  9. ^ "Peñarol de Mar del Plata retiró la camiseta de 'Tato' Rodríguez", La Voz, 2011-11-23
  10. ^ a b c Milanesio y Campana homenajeados con el retiro de las míticas "9" y "5" Pick and Roll website, 2005-11-05
  11. ^ a b c d e f Dorsales retirados que marcaron historia by Mariano Blanco, Diario Epoca, 11 May 2015
  12. ^ "La 14 inmortal" Pick and Roll site, 2004-10-04 (Archive)
  13. ^ Ordenanza Nº 14604, declarando "Sitio de Interés Cultural e Histórico" al Estadio Osvaldo Casanova 2008-01-08
  14. ^ Atenas retira la camiseta de Héctor "Pichi" Campana, Infobae, 2005-07-12
  15. ^ Atenas retiró el 11 de Diego Osella, Gualeguaychú a Diario webpage
  16. ^ Atenas retirará la camiseta 11 en homenaje a Diego Osella Archived 2012-04-01 at the Wayback Machine, La Mañana de Cordoba website
  17. ^ Atenas retira la camiseta 11 de Osella, Día a Día Deportes
  18. ^ "Peñarol retiró la camiseta de 'Tato' Rodríguez", La Voz del Interior, 2011-11-24
  19. ^ "La camiseta de Tato dijo hasta siempre",, 2011-11-24 (Archive)
  20. ^ "Espil tuvo su merecido homenaje en Bahía", Clarín, 23 February 2013
  21. ^ "Espil vivió su noche soñada" at, 22 February 2013
  22. ^ Se retiró Lábaque con una derrota frente a Instituto, LNB website, 12 May 2017
  23. ^ Se suma Jasen on Bahía Plus, 2 Sep 2018

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