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The Liga ACB (Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto) is the premier professional basketball league in Spainmarker. It was founded in 1956 with the name of Liga Nacional, changing its name to the current one in 1983. The league is rated as one of the three "A" level European domestic leagues in the ULEB League Rankings system.

The ACB league, which is played under FIBA rules, currently consists of 18 teams, including Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Estudiantes, Joventut Badalona, Caja Laboral Baskonia, Valencia Basket and Unicaja Málaga.

Famous basketball players who have played in the league include: Juan Antonio Corbalan, Arvydas Sabonis, Pau Gasol, José Manuel Calderón, Raúl López, Ralph Sampson, Fernando Martín, Fernando Romay, Andrés Nocioni, Fran Vázquez, Jordi Villacampa, Andre Turner, Dražen Petrović, Juan Antonio San Epifanio (Epi), Alberto Herreros, Roberto Dueñas, Sasha Djordjevic, Sarunas Jasikevicius, Juan Carlos Navarro, Velimir Perasović, Rafa Jofresa, Dejan Bodiroga, Joan Creus, Walter Berry, Carlos Arroyo, Anderson Varejão, Kenny Simpson, Joe Arlauckas, Walter Herrmann, Luis Scola, Rudy Fernandez, Marc Gasol, Jorge Garbajosa, Sergio Rodríguez, Ricky Rubio, Chris Thomas, Scott Padgett and many others.

Other Competitions





Liga championship rules

Each team has to play all the other teams in its division twice, one at home and one away. This means that in Liga ACB the regular league ends after all teams play 34 matches.

Like many other leagues in continental Europe, the Liga ACB takes a winter break once each team has played half of its scheduled matches. One feature of the league that may be unusual to North American observers is that the two halves of the season are played in the same order—that is, the order of each team's first-half fixtures is repeated in the second half of the season. This is normal in Spanish sports; it is also used by La Liga in association football.

At the end of the league, the eight best teams start a play-off, playing the regular season champion with the 8th and so on. There are three rounds with five matches on each, and the winner of the final round is the champion of the ACB. This is similar to the NBA playoffs, but shorter.

Spanish championship (1957-1983)

Year Team Year Team
1957 Real Madrid 1971 Real Madrid
1958 Real Madrid 1972 Real Madrid
1959 FC Barcelona 1973 Real Madrid
1960 Real Madrid 1974 Real Madrid
1961 Real Madrid 1975 Real Madrid
1962 Real Madrid 1976 Real Madrid
1963 Real Madrid 1977 Real Madrid
1964 Real Madrid 1978 Joventut
1965 Real Madrid 1979 Real Madrid
1966 Real Madrid 1980 Real Madrid
1967 Joventut 1981 FC Barcelona
1968 Real Madrid 1982 Real Madrid
1969 Real Madrid 1983 FC Barcelona
1970 Real Madrid


Titles

Team Championships
Real Madrid 22
FC Barcelona 3
Joventut Badalona 2


ACB Finals (1983- )



Season Champion Runner-up Result Finals MVP Champion's Coach
1983-84 Real Madrid FC Barcelona 2-1 N/A Lolo Sainz
1984-85 Real Madrid Joventut Badalona 2-1 N/A Lolo Sainz
1985-86 Real Madrid FC Barcelona 2-0 N/A Lolo Sainz
1986-87 FC Barcelona Joventut Badalona 3-1 N/A Aíto García Reneses
1987-88 FC Barcelona Real Madrid 3-2 N/A Aíto García Reneses
1988-89 FC Barcelona Real Madrid 3-2 N/A Aíto García Reneses
1989-90 FC Barcelona Joventut Badalona 3-0 N/A Aíto García Reneses
1990-91 Joventut Badalona FC Barcelona 3-1 Corny Thompson Lolo Sainz
1991-92 Joventut Badalona Real Madrid 3-2 Mike Smith Lolo Sainz
1992-93 Real Madrid Joventut Badalona 3-2 Arvydas Sabonis Clifford Luyk
1993-94 Real Madrid FC Barcelona 3-0 Arvydas Sabonis Clifford Luyk
1994-95 FC Barcelona Unicaja Málaga 3-2 Michael Ansley Aíto García Reneses
1995-96 FC Barcelona Caja San Fernando 3-0 Xavi Fernández Aíto García Reneses
1996-97 FC Barcelona Real Madrid 3-2 Roberto Dueñas Aíto García Reneses
1997-98 TDK Manresa Baskonia 3-1 Joan Creus Luis Casimiro
1998-99 FC Barcelona Caja San Fernando 3-0 Derrick Alston Aíto García Reneses
1999-00 Real Madrid FC Barcelona 3-2 Alberto Angulo Sergio Scariolo
2000-01 FC Barcelona Real Madrid 3-0 Pau Gasol Aíto García Reneses
2001-02 Baskonia Unicaja Málaga 3-0 Elmer Bennett Duško Ivanović
2002-03 FC Barcelona Pamesa Valencia 3-0 Šarūnas Jasikevičius Svetislav Pešić
2003-04 FC Barcelona Adecco Estudiantes 3-2 Dejan Bodiroga Svetislav Pešić
2004-05 Real Madrid Baskonia 3-2 Louis Bullock Božidar Maljković
2005-06 Unicaja Málaga Baskonia 3-0 Jorge Garbajosa Sergio Scariolo
2006-07 Real Madrid FC Barcelona 3-1 Felipe Reyes Joan Plaza
2007-08 Baskonia FC Barcelona 3-0 Pete Mickeal Neven Spahija
2008-09 FC Barcelona Baskonia 3-1 Juan Carlos Navarro Xavier Pascual


Final Appearances

Num Team W L
19 FC Barcelona 12 7
13 Real Madrid 8 5
6 Baskonia 2 4
5 Joventut Badalona 2 3
3 Unicaja Málaga 1 2
2 Caja San Fernando 0 2
1 TDK Manresa 1 0
1 Pamesa Valencia 0 1
1 Adecco Estudiantes 0 1


Total League Championships (Liga Nacional + ACB)

Team Championships
Real Madrid 30
FC Barcelona 15
Joventut Badalona 4
Baskonia 2
TDK Manresa 1
Unicaja Málaga 1


Final Standings



# Teams GP W L PF PA Diff
1 Baskonia 32 28 4 2865 2464 +401
2 Regal Barcelona 32 26 6 2601 2278 +323
3 Unicaja 32 24 8 2668 2325 +343
4 Real Madrid 32 23 9 2690 2528 +162
5 DKV Joventut 32 22 10 2647 2525 +122
6 Kalise Gran Canaria 32 20 12 2566 2487 +79
7 Pamesa Valencia 32 16 16 2452 2416 +36
8 iurbentia Bilbao 32 15 17 2451 2492 -41
9 Alta Gestión Fuenlabrada 32 15 17 2669 2639 +30
10 Ricoh Manresa 32 14 18 2382 2503 -121
11 CB Granada 32 12 20 2369 2516 -147
12 Bruesa GBC 32 11 21 2448 2589 -141
13 MMT Estudiantes 32 11 21 2473 2586 -113
14 Cajasol 32 10 22 2429 2641 -212
15 CB Murcia 32 9 23 2347 2636 -289
16 ViveMenorca 32 8 24 2281 2481 -200
17 CAI Zaragoza 32 8 24 2383 2615 -232


Playoffs Direct relegation


Teams 2009/10 season



Promoted to League ACB



Relegated to League LEB



Awards



ACB records

  • Most Points in a Game
*54 by Epi, FC Barcelona vs. Joventut Massana on February 18, 1984


  • Most Field Goals Made in a Game
*25 by Essie Hollis, Arabatxo Baskonia at OAR Ferrol on February 5, 1984


  • Most Three Point Field Goals Made in a Game
*11 by Oscar Schmidt, Fórum Valladolid at CB Murcia on March 19, 1994


  • Most Free Throws Made in a Game
*29 by Jeff Lamp, Granada at Fórum Filatélico Valladolid on December 21, 1991


  • Most Rebounds in a Game
*29 by Clarence Kea, Juver Murcia vs. Dyc Breogán on December 21, 1991


  • Most Assists in a Game
*18 by Joaquim Costa, Valvi Girona vs. Puleva Baloncesto Granada on November 9, 1990


  • Most Steals in a Game
*13 by Lance Berwald, BBV Villalba at Caja Guipúzcoa on March 11, 1989


  • Most Blocks in a Game
*12 by Fran Vázquez, FC Barcelona at Grupo Capitol Valladolid on January 7, 2007


  • Most Points in a Game
*147 - FC Barcelona on January 31, 1987


  • Fewest Points in a Game
*40 - Fórum Valladolid on October 4, 2001


  • Largest Margin of Victory in a Game
*55 - FC Barcelona defeated Breogán Caixa Galicia 82-137 on April 12, 1986
*55 - Real Madrid defeated Clesa Ferrol 116-61 on October 5, 1985


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