Liga Nacional de Básquet
|Organising body||Asociación de Clubes|
by León Najnudel
|Number of teams||20|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||La Liga Argentina|
|Current champions||San Lorenzo (2018–19)|
|Most championships||Atenas |
|Most appearances||Leonardo Gutiérrez (1,106) |
|All-time top scorer||Héctor Campana (17,359) |
|TV partners||TyC 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. 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.
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". 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).
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, 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.
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)
List of finals
Source: LNB website.
Titles by club
|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|
|Estudiantes (O)||1999–00, 2000–01|
|Gimnasia y Esgrima (CR)||2005–06|
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).
|9||Atenas||Marcelo Milanesio||PG||1987–1988, 1991–1992,
|14||Estudiantes (BB)||Beto Cabrera||PG||1961–1984||2004|||
|4||Quilmes (MdP)||Eduardo Dominé||SG||1990, 1991–2001||2009|||
|11||Atenas||Diego Osella||C||1988–1992, 1993–2001, 2003–2010||2011|||
|11||Quimsa||Miguel Cortijo||PG||(None) [note 1]||?|||
|8||Peñarol (MDP)||Tato Rodríguez||PG||1994–1998, 1999–2003, 2004–2011||2011|||
|10||Estudiantes (BB)||Juan Espil||SG/SF||1988–1992, 2010–2012||2013|||
|8||Quilmes (MdP)||Guillermo García Oyaga||1970s–80s ||2013|||
|7||Quilmes (MdP)||Esteban De la Fuente||SG/SF||1991–93, 1995–97, 2004–05||2013|||
|7||Atenas||Bruno Lábaque||PG||1994–2003, 2006–09, 2010–17||2017|||
|5||Estudiantes (BB)||Hernán Jasen||SF||1996–99, 2012–18||2018|||
- 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.
- Liga Nacional: los datos y récords históricos on Basquet Plus, 5 Dec 2018
- Leonardo Gutiérrez es el tercer goleador histórico de la Liga Nacional on TyC, 23 Mar 2016
- 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.
- Resolución de 1983 para el Campeonato Argentino de Clubes
- REGLAMENTO PARA LA ETAPA DE TRANSICION COMPETENCIA AÑO 1984
- "Se cumplen 30 años del primer partido oficial de la LNB", Basquet Plus, 26 Apr 2015
- Bahía Blanca Basket, con identidad propia
- "Historial de Campeones de la Liga" (in Spanish). LNB official website. Retrieved 2010-09-27.
- "Peñarol de Mar del Plata retiró la camiseta de 'Tato' Rodríguez", La Voz, 2011-11-23
- Milanesio y Campana homenajeados con el retiro de las míticas "9" y "5" Pick and Roll website, 2005-11-05
- Dorsales retirados que marcaron historia by Mariano Blanco, Diario Epoca, 11 May 2015
- "La 14 inmortal" Pick and Roll site, 2004-10-04 (Archive)
- Ordenanza Nº 14604, declarando "Sitio de Interés Cultural e Histórico" al Estadio Osvaldo Casanova 2008-01-08
- Atenas retira la camiseta de Héctor "Pichi" Campana, Infobae, 2005-07-12
- Atenas retiró el 11 de Diego Osella, Gualeguaychú a Diario webpage
- Atenas retirará la camiseta 11 en homenaje a Diego Osella Archived 2012-04-01 at the Wayback Machine, La Mañana de Cordoba website
- Atenas retira la camiseta 11 de Osella, Día a Día Deportes
- "Peñarol retiró la camiseta de 'Tato' Rodríguez", La Voz del Interior, 2011-11-24
- "La camiseta de Tato dijo hasta siempre", Pickandroll.com.ar, 2011-11-24 (Archive)
- "Espil tuvo su merecido homenaje en Bahía", Clarín, 23 February 2013
- "Espil vivió su noche soñada" at CanchaLlena.com, 22 February 2013
- Se retiró Lábaque con una derrota frente a Instituto, LNB website, 12 May 2017
- Se suma Jasen on Bahía Plus, 2 Sep 2018