2015–16 Lega Basket Serie A

The 2015–16 Lega Basket Serie A, known for sponsorship reasons as the Serie A BEKO, was the 94th season of the Lega Basket Serie A, the highest professional basketball league in Italy.

Lega Basket Serie A
Season2015–16
Teams16
Games played240 (Regular season)
24–41 (Playoffs)
Dates4 October 2015 - June 2016
TVRAI, Sky Italia
Final positions
Top seedEA7 Emporio Armani Milano
ChampionsEA7 Emporio Armani Milano
(27th title)
Runners-upGrissin Bon Reggio Emilia
SemifinalistsUmana Reyer Venezia
Sidigas Avellino
RelegatedObiettivo Lavoro Bologna
Awards
MVPUnited States James Nunnally
Finals MVPUnited States Rakim Sanders
Statistical leaders
Index Rating United States Austin Daye 22.4
Points United States Austin Daye 21.3
Rebounds United States Dario Hunt 9.9
Assists United States Peyton Siva 6.5
Records
Biggest home winMilano 87–50 Sassari
(2 January 2016)
Biggest away winBrindisi 53–79 Reggio Emilia
(13 December 2015)
Highest scoringBologna 115–109 Brindisi
(24 January 2016)
Highest attendance12,683
Milano 94–90 Torino
(6 March 2016)
Average attendance3,967[1]
All statistics correct as of 13 June 2016.

The regular season started on 4 October 2015 and finished on 4 May 2015, with the playoffs starting on 7 May (dependent on an Italian club qualifying for the 2016 Euroleague Final Four) and finished between 13 and 16 June depending on results.[2]

Banco di Sardegna Sassari was the defending champion.

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano won their 27th title by beating Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia in game 6 of the finals.

TeamsEdit

Number of teams by regionEdit

Number of teams Region Team(s)
4   Lombardy Acqua Vitasnella Cantù, EA7 Emporio Armani Milano, Openjobmetis Varese and Vanoli Cremona
2   Emilia-Romagna Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia and Obiettivo Lavoro Bologna
  Campania Pasta Reggia Caserta and Sidigas Avellino
1   Apulia Enel Brindisi
  Marche Consultinvest Pesaro
  Piedmont Manital Torino
  Sardinia Banco di Sardegna Sassari
  Sicily Betaland Capo d'Orlando
  Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol Dolomiti Energia Trento
  Tuscany Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia
  Veneto Umana Reyer Venezia

Venues and locationsEdit

Lega Basket Serie A 2015–16 – Club Locations
Team Home city Arena Capacity 2014–15 season
Acqua Vitasnella Cantù Cantù Mapooro Arena 3,910 Quarterfinals 2015–16 playoffs
Banco di Sardegna Sassari Sassari PalaSerradimigni 5,000 Serie A Champions
Betaland Capo d'Orlando Capo d'Orlando PalaFantozzi 3,613 14th in Serie A
Consultinvest Pesaro Pesaro Adriatic Arena 6,119 15th in Serie A
Dolomiti Energia Trento Trento PalaTrento 4,360 Quarterfinals 2015–16 playoffs
EA7 Emporio Armani Milano Milan Mediolanum Forum 12,700 Semifinals 2015–16 playoffs
Enel Brindisi Brindisi PalaPentassuglia 3,534 Quarterfinals 2015–16 playoffs
Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia Pistoia PallaCarrara 4,000 9th in Serie A
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia Reggio Emilia PalaBigi 3,800 Runners-up 2015–16 playoffs
Manital Torino Turin PalaRuffini 4,500 Serie A2 playoffs winner
Obiettivo Lavoro Bologna Bologna Unipol Arena 8,400 Quarterfinals 2015–16 playoffs
Openjobmetis Varese Varese PalaWhirlpool 5,300 11th in Serie A
Pasta Reggia Caserta [a] Caserta PalaMaggiò 6,387 16th in Serie A
Sidigas Avellino Avellino PalaDelMauro 5,300 13th in Serie A
Umana Reyer Venezia Mestre Taliercio 3,509 Semifinals 2015–16 playoffs
Vanoli Cremona Cremona PalaRadi 3,527 12th in Serie A
Pasta Reggia Caserta took the place of Acea Roma which has renounced to the 2015–16 Serie A.

Personnel and sponsorshipEdit

Team Chairman Head Coach Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Acqua Vitasnella Cantù   Dmitry Gerasimenko   Sergei Bazarevich Macron Acqua Vitasnella
Banco di Sardegna Sassari   Stefano Sardara   Federico Pasquini Eyesportwear Banco di Sardegna
Betaland Capo d'Orlando   Roberto Enzo Sindoni   Gennaro Di Carlo Legea Betaland
Consultinvest Pesaro   Ario Costa   Riccardo Paolini Erreà Consultinvest
Dolomiti Energia Trento   Luigi Longhi   Maurizio Buscaglia Spalding Dolomiti Energia
EA7 Emporio Armani Milano   Livio Proli   Jasmin Repeša Armani EA7 Emporio Armani
Enel Brindisi   Fernando Marino   Piero Bucchi Bitre Sport Enel
Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia   Roberto Maltinti   Vincenzo Esposito Erreà Giorgio Tesi Group
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia   Maria Licia Ferrarini   Massimiliano Menetti Sportika Grissin Bon
Manital Torino   Antonio Forni   Francesco Vitucci Spalding Manital
Obiettivo Lavoro Bologna   Alberto Bucci   Giorgio Valli Macron Obiettivo Lavoro
Openjobmetis Varese   Stefano Coppa   Paolo Moretti Spalding Openjobmetis
Pasta Reggia Caserta   Nicola Cecere   Sandro Dell'Agnello Pasta Reggia
Sidigas Avellino   Giuseppe Sampietro   Stefano Sacripanti Joma Sidigas
Umana Reyer Venezia   Federico Casarin   Walter De Raffaele Erreà Umana
Vanoli Cremona   Aldo Vanoli   Cesare Pancotto Erreà Vanoli Ferramenta

Managerial ChangesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced with Date of appointment
Acqua Vitasnella Cantù   Stefano Sacripanti Resigned 6 June 2015 Pre-season   Fabio Corbani 11 June 2015
Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia   Paolo Moretti End of contract 13 June 2015   Vincenzo Esposito 22 July 2015
Pasta Reggia Caserta   Vincenzo Esposito End of contract 21 June 2015   Sandro Dell'Agnello 23 June 2015
Openjobmetis Varese   Attilio Caja End of contract 24 June 2015   Paolo Moretti 25 June 2015
EA7 Emporio Armani Milano   Luca Banchi Resigned 25 June 2015   Jasmin Repeša 6 July 2015
Sidigas Avellino   Francesco Vitucci Resigned 1 July 2015   Stefano Sacripanti 2 July 2015
Banco di Sardegna Sassari   Romeo Sacchetti Sacked 21 November 2015 6th (4–3)   Marco Calvani 24 November 2015
Manital Torino   Luca Bechi Sacked 14 December 2015 16th (2–9)   Francesco Vitucci 18 December 2015
Acqua Vitasnella Cantù   Fabio Corbani Sacked 18 December 2015 11th (4–7)   Sergei Bazarevich 18 December 2015
Betaland Capo d'Orlando   Giulio Graccioli Sacked 28 December 2015 15th (4–10)   Gennaro Di Carlo 30 December 2015
Umana Reyer Venezia   Carlo Recalcati Sacked 14 February 2016 9th (10–10)   Walter De Raffaele 14 February 2016
Banco di Sardegna Sassari   Marco Calvani Sacked 7 March 2016 9th (11–11)   Federico Pasquini 7 March 2016

Changes from 2014–15Edit

The season saw historic public broadcaster RAI (one match every week) joined by Sky Italia (two matches every week) in broadcasting the league's games for television, after an agreement with Lega Basket covering the 2015–16 and 2016–17 seasons.[4]

RulesEdit

The season consists of a home-and-away schedule of 30 games, followed by an eight-team playoff round. The Quarterfinals are best-of-five, while the semifinals and finals series are best-of-seven. The last placed club is relegated, and is replaced by the winner of the playoffs of the second-level Serie A2 Basket.

Each team is allowed either five or seven foreign players under two formulas:

  1. 5 foreigners from countries outside the European Union
  2. 3 foreigners from countries outside the E.U., 4 foreigners from E.U. countries (also including those from countries signatory of the Cotonou Agreement)

In early September 2015, nine squads had chosen the 5+5 formula and seven the 3+4+5.[5][6]

Regular seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PR Pts Qualification or relegation
1 EA7 Emporio Armani Milano 30 22 8 2452 2205 1.112 44 Qualification to playoffs
2 Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia 30 21 9 2424 2263 1.071 42
3 Sidigas Avellino 30 20 10 2389 2307 1.036 40
4 Vanoli Cremona 30 19 11 2258 2213 1.020 38
5 Umana Reyer Venezia 30 16 14 2320 2230 1.040 32
6 Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia 30 16 14 2311 2320 0.996 32
7 Banco di Sardegna Sassari 30 16 14 2509 2439 1.029 32
8 Dolomiti Energia Trento 30 15 15 2292 2274 1.008 30
9 Openjobmetis Varese 30 14 16 2252 2344 0.961 28
10 Enel Brindisi 30 13 17 2320 2351 0.987 26
11 Acqua Vitasnella Cantù 30 12 18 2422 2405 1.007 24
12 Consultinvest Pesaro 30 12 18 2282 2355 0.969 24
13 Betaland Capo d'Orlando 30 11 19 2058 2205 0.933 22
14 Pasta Reggia Caserta 30 11 19 2171 2288 0.949 22
15 Manital Torino 30 11 19 2261 2401 0.942 22
16 Obiettivo Lavoro Bologna 30 11 19 2239 2360 0.949 22 Relegation to Serie A2
Updated to match(es) played on 04 May 2016. Source: Legabasket

CalendarEdit

Day one
04-10-15 17-01-16
97-90 Sassari-Cremona 73-72
80-73 Trento-Milano 79-83
69-65 Bologna-Venezia 69-73
85-78 Pistoia-Brindisi 71-67
51-58 Varese-Caserta 77-70
77-73 Avellino-Pesaro 88-82
73-65 Capo d'Orlando-Cantù 56-84
72-96 Torino-Reggio Emilia 72-77
Day four
25-10-15 07-02-16
73-51 Venezia-Cremona 73-74
71-81 Brindisi-Trento 92-89
80-70 Cantù-Torino 72-79
76-70 Pistoia-Avellino 76-84
70-86 Varese-Sassari 69-91
68-62 Capo d'Orlando-Reggio Emilia 66-75
68-63 Pesaro-Bologna 75-79
70-80 Caserta-Milano 86-91
Day seven
15-11-15 06-03-16
87-83 Venezia-Reggio Emilia 96-98
89-63 Trento-Varese 82-96
84-82 Cantù-Avellino 77-81
92-87 Bologna-Sassari 91-85
93-84 Pistoia-Caserta 94-88
65-69 Capo d'Orlando-Cremona 73-74
75-70 Pesaro-Brindisi 76-81
85-83 Torino-Milano 90-94
Day ten
06-12-15 26-03-16
73-88 Sassari-Trento 81-93
74-72 Reggio Emilia-Milano 80-84
95-103 Venezia-Cantù 76-72
81-93 Varese-Avellino 71-89
73-63 Cremona-Bologna 66-73
74-77 Capo d'Orlando-Brindisi 70-69
87-88 Torino-Pistoia 80-70
73-69 Caserta-Pesaro 72-71
Day thirteen
23-12-15 17-04-16
94-70 Sassari-Reggio Emilia 102-98
74-63 Trento-Capo d'Orlando 82-81
72-69 Brindisi-Torino 75-83
85-77 Bologna-Cantù 73-89
70-68 Pistoia-Venezia 68-74
87-82 Varese-Cremona 79-70
62-70 Avellino-Caserta 92-87
69-66 Pesaro-Milano 78-82
Day two
11-10-15 24-01-16
87-68 Reggio Emilia-Avellino 67-75
90-62 Milano-Varese 86-64
77-76 Venezia-Capo d'Orlando 53-55
81-54 Brindisi-Bologna 109-115
75-86 Cantù-Sassari 86-78
76-83 Cremona-Trento 78-71
73-74 Pesaro-Pistoia 75-77
63-65 Caserta-Torino 87-83
Day five
01-11-15 14-02-16
70-82 Sassari-Venezia 74-70
83-66 Reggio Emilia-Pesaro 80-90
89-71 Milano-Pistoia 85-80
100-103 Cantù-Brindisi 68-86
85-90 Bologna-Caserta 65-69
79-66 Avellino-Trento 80-68
62-66 Capo d'Orlando-Varese 82-81
80-93 Torino-Cremona 50-66
Day eight
22-11-15 13-03-16
106-80 Sassari-Pesaro 65-86
69-65 Reggio Emilia-Trento 90-84
87-65 Milano-Venezia 85-81
82-75 Varese-Bologna 67-76
83-81 Avellino-Brindisi 89-82
82-66 Cremona-Pistoia 79-72
69-71 Torino-Capo d'Orlando 73-86
71-73 Caserta-Cantù 69-92
Day eleven
13-12-15 03-04-16
84-57 Milano-Capo d'Orlando 71-78
80-66 Trento-Bologna 75-68
53-79 Brindisi-Reggio Emilia 59-76
74-82 Cantù-Cremona 85-95
67-65 Pistoia-Varese 78-91
86-79 Avellino-Torino 74-78
82-75 Pesaro-Venezia 100-96
70-86 Caserta-Sassari 75-87
Day fourteen
27-12-15 24-04-16
80-75 Sassari-Pistoia 68-77
86-69 Reggio Emilia-Varese 69-77
77-66 Venezia-Trento 67-62
90-65 Cantù-Pesaro 90-96
76-91 Cremona-Milano 77-81
55-73 Capo d'Orlando-Avellino 69-85
75-70 Torino-Bologna 54-73
80-75 Caserta-Brindisi 55-73
Day three
18-10-15 31-01-16
78-92 Sassari-Brindisi 82-88
97-92 Reggio Emilia-Cantù 74-70
54-74 Trento-Pistoia 69-64
64-76 Bologna-Capo d'Orlando 62-89
88-81 Varese-Pesaro 71-76
60-83 Avellino-Milano 81-80
69-60 Cremona-Caserta 64-73
62-84 Torino-Venezia 57-73
Day six
08-11-15 28-02-16
87-72 Milano-Bologna 101-85
81-74 Trento-Pesaro 72-79
89-84 Brindisi-Venezia 75-97
95-89 Pistoia-Cantù 74-82
92-78 Varese-Torino 84-72
88-90 Avellino-Sassari 95-94
68-61 Cremona-Reggio Emilia 77-86
78-66 Caserta-Capo d'Orlando 59-65
Day nine
29-11-15 20-03-16
65-58 Venezia-Caserta 80-73
93-85 Trento-Torino 69-71
80-74 Brindisi-Varese 69-80
71-78 Cantù-Milano 65-72
81-66 Bologna-Avellino 74-82
77-80 Pistoia-Reggio Emilia 71-94
52-77 Capo d'Orlando-Sassari 63-92
74-86 Pesaro-Cremona 72-77
Day twelve
20-12-15 10-04-16
87-62 Reggio Emilia-Caserta 87-82
77-72 Milano-Brindisi 50-64
84-58 Venezia-Varese 68-79
87-77 Cantù-Trento 75-79
76-72 Bologna-Pistoia 76-88
64-58 Cremona-Avellino 70-84
69-72 Capo d'Orlando-Pesaro 65-70
86-83 Torino-Sassari 98-112
Day fifteen
03-01-16 04-05-16
87-50 Milano-Sassari 80-83
71-66 Trento-Caserta 70-73
76-81 Brindisi-Cremona 61-76
67-77 Bologna-Reggio Emilia 78-82
103-75 Pistoia-Capo d'Orlando 65-58
79-66 Varese-Cantù 79-89
88-76 Avellino-Venezia 77-86
69-76 Pesaro-Torino 66-83

Statistical leadersEdit

As of 04 May 2016.[7]

PlayoffsEdit

The Serie A playoffs quarterfinals are best-of-five, while the semifinals and finals series are best-of-seven.

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
         
1 EA7 Emporio Armani Milano 3
8 Dolomiti Energia Trento 0
1 EA7 Emporio Armani Milano 4
5 Umana Reyer Venezia 2
4 Vanoli Cremona 1
5 Umana Reyer Venezia 3
1 EA7 Emporio Armani Milano 4
2 Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia 2
3 Sidigas Avellino 3
6 Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia 0
3 Sidigas Avellino 3
2 Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia 4
2 Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia 3
7 Banco di Sardegna Sassari 0

Serie A clubs in European competitionsEdit

Team Competition Progress
Banco di Sardegna Sassari Eurocup Round of 32
EA7 Emporio Armani Milano EuroLeague Quarterfinals
Dolomiti Energia Trento Eurocup Semifinals
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia Eurocup Round of 32
Umana Reyer Venezia Eurocup Round of 32
Enel Brindisi Eurocup Regular Season
Acqua Vitasnella Cantù FIBA Europe Cup Round of 32
Openjobmetis Varese FIBA Europe Cup Final

SupercupEdit

The 2015 Italian Supercup was the 21st edition of the super cup tournament in Italian basketball. It opened the season on 26 and 27 September 2015. Qualified for the tournament were league winners and cup winners Banco di Sardegna Sassari, cup finalists EA7 Emporio Armani Milano and league finalist Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia and Umana Reyer Venezia. These four teams competed for the title in Turin's PalaRuffini.[8][9] Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia went on to win its first Supercoppa ever beating EA7 Emporio Armani Milano.

All Star GameEdit

The league's All Star Game was contested on 10 January 2016 at PalaTrento in the city of Trento. The two teams were Dolomiti Energia Team and Cavit Team, for sponsorship reasons. The Cavit Team's head coach was the American Dan Peterson. The event was organized in a match between the two All Star teams, the three-point contest and the slam dunk contest. All teams' players had been voted by the Serie A supporters. Cavit Team won the game 154–148. Alex Kirk was named MVP of the 2016 Serie A All Star Game.

CupEdit

The 48th edition of the Italian Cup, knows as the Beko Final Eight for sponsorship reasons, was contested between 19 and 21 February 2016 in Milan at the Mediolanum Forum.[2] Eight teams qualified for the Final Eight were the best ranked teams at the end of the first stage of the 2015–16 Serie A. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano won their 5th Italian Cup since over 20 years.

AwardsEdit

As of 04 May 2016.[10]

Most Valuable PlayerEdit

Pos. Name Team Votes
SF   James Nunnally Sidigas Avellino 90
PF   Davide Pascolo Dolomiti Energia Trento 41
SG   Krunoslav Simon EA7 Emporio Armani Milano 38

Best Player Under 22Edit

Pos. Name Team Votes
SG   Diego Flaccadori Dolomiti Energia Trento 187
SF   Simone Fontecchio Obiettivo Lavoro Bologna 83
PG   Tommaso Laquintana Betaland Capo d'Orlando 75

Best CoachEdit

Pos. Name Team Votes
1.   Cesare Pancotto Vanoli Cremona 146
2.   Stefano Sacripanti Sidigas Avellino 134
3.   Maurizio Buscaglia Dolomiti Energia Trento 49

Best ExecutiveEdit

Pos. Name Team Votes
1.   Nicola Alberani Sidigas Avellino 122
2.   Andrea Conti Vanoli Cremona 84
3.   Salvatore Trainotti Dolomiti Energia Trento 65

Finals MVPEdit

Pos. Player Team
G/F   Rakim Sanders EA7 Emporio Armani Milano

Source: [11]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Relegated in 2014–15 but reprieved after Acea Roma renounced its position in the league.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Quasi 4 mila spettatori nella regular season: è il dato di affluenza più alto dal 1997-98" [Almost 4000 spectators in the regular season: it is the highest number turnout since 1997-98 season]. LegaBasket.it (in Italian). 13 May 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Serie A Beko 2015-16: diramato il calendario" [Serie A Beko 2015-16: the calendar is announced]. LegaBasket.it (in Italian). 29 July 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  3. ^ Canfora, Mario (16 July 2015). "Basket, Serie A: Roma si retrocede in A-2. Caserta ripescata" [Basketball, Serie A: Roma relegates itself to A-2. Caserta retaken]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Rome. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Basket in tv: a Rai e Sky i diritti tv delle prossime due stagioni" [Basketball on television: the tv rights for the next season for Rai and Sky]. Serie A (in Italian). 3 August 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  5. ^ Varriale, Maurizio (24 February 2015). "Anche il basket ha il "problema" stranieri. Petrucci: "Scendere almeno al 50%"" [Basketball also has the "foreigner" issue. Petrucci: "Take it down to at least 50"]. it.IBtimes.com (in Italian). Archived from the original on 6 September 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  6. ^ Rocca, Massimo (2 September 2015). "Basket, il bilancio: Serie A sempre più americana. Dyson disoccupato tricolore" [Basketball, report: Serie A even more American. Dyson an unemployed champion]. Gazzetta.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Statistiche - individuali" [Statistics - individual]. LegaBasket.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Beko Supercoppa 2015: si riparte da Dinamo - Reggio Emilia" [Beko Supercup 2015: starting again from Dinamo - Reggio Emilia]. DinamoBasket.com (in Italian). 15 July 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  9. ^ "La Beko Supercoppa 2015 a Torino" [The Beko Supercup 2015 in Turin]. LegaBasket.it (in Italian). 8 May 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  10. ^ "I premi della 'regular season' a Nunnally, Pancotto, Alberani e Flaccadori" [Regular Season's Awards goes to Nunnally, Pancotto, Alberani and Flaccadori]. Lega Basket Serie A (in Italian). 5 May 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Scudetto e titolo di MVP: il bis di Rakim Sanders che migliora tutte le sue cifre" [Second MVP award won by Rakim Sanders who improved all his statistics]. Lega Basket Serie A (in Italian). 14 June 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.

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