BC Nizhny Novgorod

BC Nizhny Novgorod (Russian: БК «Нижний Новгород»), commonly known as simply Nizhny Novgorod, is a Russian professional basketball club from the city of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. The team participates in the VTB United League and FIBA Europe Cup.

Nizhny Novgorod
Nizhny Novgorod logo
LeaguesVTB United League
Russian Basketball Cup
Champions League
Founded2000; 21 years ago (2000)
HistoryNBA Nizhny Novgorod
BC Nizhny Novgorod
ArenaCEC Nagorny
LocationNizhny Novgorod, Russia
Team colorsBlack, White
Head coachZoran Lukić


Basketball club Nizhny Novgorod is the only professional men's basketball team in Nizhny Novgorod and the region. It was founded in 2000 on the basis of the team of the Volzhsky Engineer-Pedagogical Institute (VIPI). It played in the Russian Third Division. Alexander Khairetdinov became the general director, main coach and doctor. In the 2001–02 season the club was named Nizhegorodsky Basketball Academy, or NBA.

Since then it had changed several names: NBA (2001–2002), NBA-Seti-NN (2002–2004), NBA-Telma (2004–2006). After the 2005–06 season the team entered the Superleague B and was called NBA-Nizhny Novgorod.

Two seasons in the Superleague B were quite successful for NBA-NN, with the 5th and the 6th places. In 2008–09 the team had all the chances to become one of the three medallists in the Russian championship, but due to many injuries in the end of the season it did not happen, and the team finished only the 7th.

In October 2008 there were changes in the management. The new Minister for Investment Policies of Nizhny Novgorod region, Olympic champion Dmitri Svatkovskiy became the President of the club. Sergei Panov – the twelve times champion of Russia, Euroleague champion, silver medallist of the World and European championships – became the general manager. Serbian coach Zoran Lukic was appointed head coach. With Alexander Khairetdinov remaining general director.

Before the season 2009–10 the management worked hard on the players selection ending with the entire changes to the team roster. Experienced professionals such as Nikolay Sukhorukov, Dmitry Dogadin, Evgeny Chernyavsky, Alexander Pustogvar, as well as young, but perspective players: Alexander Pushkon, Ivan Shamov, Andrey Voron were invited to join the team. Universiade 2009 silver medallist Dmitry Golovin and ex-member of the youth CSKA team Dmitry Kulagin were also offered contracts. Aleksander Zaykin and Oleg Baranov from the previous roster remained in the club. Ex-Nizhny Novgorod captain Lev Zorin took an administrative post in the club. Beside this the club changed its name to BC Nizhny Novgorod (BCNN).

By the end of the 2010 season the team took the best result since its foundation – the first place in the Superleague B which respectively granted them the right to play in the elite division of the Russian basketball. The goal for that season of both the management and the Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region Valery Shantsev was accomplished.

During the 2010–11 season BCNN was among those clubs who had founded the new Russian Professional Basketball League. Also the team played in the EuroChallenge in 2010–11, not having much success though getting new international cup experience. In the Cup of Russia 2010–11 season, for the first time in its history BCNN took part in the Final of the Four winning silver medals with Artem Yakovenko and Dmitry Kulagin named among best players of the tournament.

During its first year in the Russian basketball elite division, Nizhny Novgorod took the final fifth place in the Russian championship while Head coach Zoran Lukic became The Coach of the Year in BEKO Professional basketball league. In the 2011–12 season the team failed to enter the play-off of the Russian championship, finishing the season at #9. Though at the same time the team managed to improve its result in the EuroChallenge, playing in its last 16 series. It also debuted in the VTB United League playing it up to 1/8 final.

In the 2013–14 season Nizhny Novgorod reached the Finals of the VTB United League, in which it lost 0–3 to CSKA Moscow. Therefore, the team qualified for the 2014–15 EuroLeague regular season. The team, led by Rochestie and Parakhouski, reached the Top 16 over the likes of UNICS and Sassari. In 2015, Israeli NBA player Gal Mekel played for the team.


Total titles: 2

Domestic competitionEdit

European competitionEdit

Other competitionsEdit

  • Nesterov Cup
    • Winner (1): 2014
  • Godella, Spain Invitational Game
    • Winner (1): 2014


Before the start of the 2016–17 season, Nizhny Novgorod changed its primary logo.[1]

Season by seasonEdit

Season Tier League Pos. Russian Cup European competitions
2000–01 3 Higher League 16th
2001–02 3 Higher League 4th
2002–03 3 Higher League 3rd First round
2003–04 3 Higher League 9th Round of 64
2004–05 3 Higher League 6th First round
2005–06 3 Higher League 3rd First round
2006–07 2 Superliga B 5th Round of 16
2007–08 2 Superliga B 6th Round of 16
2008–09 2 Superliga B 7th Round of 32
2009–10 2 Superliga B 1st Round of 16
2010–11 1 PBL 5th Runner-up 3 EuroChallenge RS
2011–12 1 PBL 9th Quarterfinalist 3 EuroChallenge L16
VTB United R16
2012–13 1 PBL 8th Quarterfinalist
VTB United QF
2013–14 1 VTB United RU 2 Eurocup SF
2014–15 1 VTB United 4th 1 Euroleague T16
2015–16 1 VTB United 7th 2 Eurocup QF
2016–17 1 VTB United 9th 2 EuroCup T16
2017–18 1 VTB United 7th Runner-up 3 Champions League QR2
4 FIBA Europe Cup QF
2018–19 1 VTB United 8th Runner-up 3 Champions League QF


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

BC Nizhny Novgorod roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PF 5   Gankevich, Alexander 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 101 kg (223 lb) 26 – (1995-08-05)5 August 1995
SF 8   Astapkovich, Anton 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 27 – (1994-01-29)29 January 1994
SF 9   Platonov, Ilya 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 23 – (1998-07-31)31 July 1998
PF 10   Chadov, Aleksandr 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 99 kg (218 lb) 19 – (2001-11-20)20 November 2001
C 15   Gontar, Stepan 2.12 m (6 ft 11 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 19 – (2002-04-02)2 April 2002
PG 19   Strebkov, Ivan 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 30 – (1991-07-27)27 July 1991
PF 21   Toporov, Sergey 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 31 – (1989-10-15)15 October 1989
PG 24   Gerasimov, Timofei 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 24 – (1997-05-15)15 May 1997
G/F 30   Belenitskii, Mikhail 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 97 kg (214 lb) 19 – (2002-09-12)12 September 2002
C 31   Gavrilovic, Alex 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 107 kg (236 lb) 29 – (1991-11-25)25 November 1991
C 34   Sorokin, Ilya 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 20 – (2001-07-29)29 July 2001
SG 44   Baburin, Evgeny (C) 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 34 – (1987-07-04)4 July 1987
PG   Khvostov, Dmitry 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 31 – (1989-10-21)21 October 1989
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  •   Alexey Zhukov
  •   Sergey Kozin
Strength & conditioning coach(es)
  •   Dmitry Vasilyev
  •   Sergei Izmailov
  •   Ivan Kuznetsov
  •   Alexander Medvedev

  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: July 7, 2021

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Alex Gavrilovic Alexander Gankevich Stepan Gontar Ilya Sorokin
PF Sergey Toropov
SF Anton Astapkovich Aleksandr Chadov Ilya Platonov
SG Evgeny Baburin Mikhail Belenitskii
PG Ivan Strebkov Lazeric Jones Timofei Gerasimov


  1. ^ "BC Nizhny Novgorod presents new corporate identity". Archived from the original on 2016-09-16. Retrieved 2016-09-05.

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