Baloncesto Superior Nacional

The Baloncesto Superior Nacional, abbreviated as BSN, is the first-tier-level professional men's basketball league in Puerto Rico. It was founded in 1929 and is organized by the Puerto Rican Basketball Federation.

Baloncesto Superior Nacional
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Founded1929; 91 years ago (1929)
First season1930 (as LPB)
Country Puerto Rico
ConfederationFIBA Americas
Number of teams10
Level on pyramid1
International cup(s)Champions League
Current championsSanteros de Aguada
(1st title)
Most championshipsTie: Atléticos de San Germán,
Leones de Ponce, and
Vaqueros de Bayamón
(14 titles each team)
All-time top scorerGeorgie Torres (15,863)
TV partnersWAPA 2 Deportes
DirecTV Puerto Rico
Websitewww.bsnpr.com
2020 Baloncesto Superior Nacional

The Baloncesto Superior Nacional, which is played under FIBA rules, currently consists of 8 teams, of which the most successful have been Leones de Ponce, Atléticos de San Germán and Vaqueros de Bayamón with 14 titles each. The league has produced players that have distinguished themselves in the NBA, EuroLeague, Spain's ACB, and other tournaments throughout the world. Among them, NBA players Butch Lee, José Ortiz, Ramón Rivas, Daniel Santiago, Carlos Arroyo and José Juan Barea started their careers playing for BSN teams.

HistoryEdit

The league began in 1930, and is noted for having had several head coaches who went on to achieve international recognition later in their careers. Among those are Basketball Hall of Fame members Tex Winter and Red Holzman, who coached the Leones de Ponce in the 1960s, and Phil Jackson, who coached the Piratas de Quebradillas and Gallitos de Isabela in the late 1980s. Others notable coaches who have worked for BSN teams include Gene Bartow, Lou Rossini, Del Harris, P. J. Carlesimo, Bernie Bickerstaff and Herb Brown.

During the 1980s, notable players followed in the footsteps of players such as Juan "Pachin" Vicens (1959 Santiago Chile FIBA World Championship's All-Tournament Team) and Butch Lee, the first Puerto Rican and BSN player to enter the NBA. Among those are: Mario 'Quijote' Morales, Raymond Dalmau, Jose 'Piculin' Ortiz, Ramón Rivas, Jerome Mincy, Georgie Torres, Angelo Cruz, Angel Santiago, the late Federico 'Fico' Lopez, Rolando Frazer, Mario Butler, and Rubén Rodríguez, who showcased their talents to all of Puerto Rico's TV viewers and game goers.

On October 8, 2015, the BSN team owners selected Fernando Quiñones Bodea to succeed Carlos J. Beltrán as president of the league.[1][2]

Competition formatEdit

Regular seasonEdit

The BSN tournament is played under the regular FIBA basketball rules. The teams regularly play a total of four games amongst them. For the 2017, the regular season will extend to 36 games. Of the 10 participating teams, the top 8 move on to the postseason.

PostseasonEdit

Current teamsEdit

Location of teams in 2019 BSN season
Team Home city Arena Capacity
Cariduros de Fajardo Fajardo, Puerto Rico Tomas Dones Coliseum
6,000
Leones de Ponce Ponce, Puerto Rico Juan Pachín Vicéns Auditorium
8,000
Atléticos de San Germán San Germán, Puerto Rico Arquelio Torres Ramírez Coliseum
5,000
Vaqueros de Bayamón Bayamón, Puerto Rico Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum
9,000
Santeros de Aguada Aguada, Puerto Rico Ismael Delgado Coliseum
7,500
Piratas de Quebradillas Quebradillas, Puerto Rico Raymond Dalmau Coliseum
5,500
Capitanes de Arecibo Arecibo, Puerto Rico Manuel Iguina Coliseum
12,000
Indios de Mayagüez Mayagüez, Puerto Rico Palacio de Recreación y Deportes
5,500
Brujos de Guayama Guayama, Puerto Rico Dr. Roque Nido Stella Coliseum
3,500

Defunct teamsEdit

  Aibonito Polluelos de Aibonito (1977–2001) Played their home games at Cancha Marron Aponte

  Aguada Conquistadores de Aguada

  Aguadilla Tiburones de Aguadilla (1970s–1998) Played their home games at the Luis T. Diaz Coliseum

  Cabo Rojo Taínos de Cabo Rojo (1989–1993) Played their home games at Rebekah Colberg Cabrera Coliseum

  Caguas Criollos de Caguas (1976–2009) Played their home games at Héctor Solá Besares Coliseum

  Canóvanas Indios de Canóvanas Played their home games at Coliseo Carlos Miguel Mangual

  Carolina Gigantes de Carolina (1971–2009) Played their home games at the Guillermo Angulo Coliseum

  Cayey Toritos de Cayey (2002–2004) Played their home games at the Cayey Municipal Coliseum

  Isabela Gallitos de Isabela Played their home games at the Jose Abreu Coliseum

  Santurce Cangrejeros de Santurce (1998–2017) Played their home games at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum

  Humacao Caciques de Humacao (2005–2017) Played their home games at the Humacao Arena

  Morovis Titanes de Morovis (1977–2006) Played their home games in the José Pepe Huyke Coliseum

  Villalba Avancinos de Villalba (1996–1998) Played their home games at the José Ibem Marrero Coliseum

  Manati Atenienses de Manatí (2014–2017) Played their home games at the Juan Cruz Abreu Coliseum

League recordsEdit

Rubén Rodríguez established most of the early long-standing records in the BSN. He broke both the single-season points record with 810 in 1978 and the highest career points record with 11,549. The current holder of the career mark is Georgie Torres, who broke it before retiring in 2001 with 15,863 points in 679 games, playing his entire career after the establishment of the three-point line.[3] Rodríguez also holds the mark for most rebounds in a career with 6,178. He also held the single-season rebound record with 380 in 1978, which stood until Lee Benson broke it in 2008. Currently, Neftalí Rivera holds the record for most points in a game in the Baloncesto Superior Nacional when he scored 79 points on May 22, 1974. In that game he achieve the record by making 34 field goals (all of them 2-pointers as 3-pointers were not adopted back then) and 11 free throws.[4] In 1989, Pablo Alicea of the Gigantes de Carolina established a record for most assists in one game with 25.[5] The record stood for over two decades until May 1, 2012, when Jonathan García of the Caciques de Humacao broke it recording 33 assists against the Brujos de Guayama. García's mark is an unofficial world record pending the approval of Guinness World Records, since there is no higher number recorded in any amateur or professional international league or in FIBA competition.[6] During this game, the Caciques also established the team points record for a single game with 130 and for most scored during a single (10-minute) quarter with 46. The Vaqueros de Bayamón hosted the game with highest attendance in the league, with 17,621 fans attending a home game against Río Piedras on September 8, 1969. This bested the previous top of 16,564 in a game between Ponce and Santurce. The Vaqueros also hold the record for most consecutive championships, winning five from 1971 to 1975.

ChampionshipsEdit

Number of championships won by teamsEdit

Teams Finals Championships Runners-up Years won Years runners-up
Atléticos de San Germán 25 14 11 1932, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942,
1942-1943, 1947, 1948, 1949,
1950, 1985, 1991, 1994, 1997
1931, 1933, 1936*, 1938*, 1940,
1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1965,
1986
Leones de Ponce 25 14 11 1952, 1954, 1960, 1961, 1964,
1965, 1966, 1990, 1992, 1993,
2002, 2004, 2014, 2015
1949, 1958, 1963, 1967, 1989,
1995, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2013, 2019
Vaqueros de Bayamón 23 14 9 1933, 1935, 1967, 1969, 1971,
1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1981,
1988, 1995, 1996, 2009
1930, 1934, 1970, 2001, 2002,
2005, 2010, 2016, 2018
Cangrejeros de Santurce 14 8 6 1962, 1968, 1998, 1999, 2000,
2001, 2003, 2007
1942, 1942-1943, 1951, 1952,
1964, 2006
Capitanes de Arecibo 17 7 10 1959, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2016, 2018 1932, 1946, 1948, 1961, 1966,
1992, 2007, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017
Cardenales de Río Piedras 15 6 9 1946, 1955, 1956, 1957,1963,
1976
1941, 1947, 1959, 1960, 1962,
1968, 1969, 1971, 1977
Piratas de Quebradillas 17 6 11 1970, 1977, 1978, 1979, 2013, 2017 1937, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976,
1980, 1982, 1999, 2000, 2009,
2011
Capitalinos de San Juan 9 5 4 1930, 1931, 1940, 1945, 1958 1943, 1944, 1950, 1974
Mets de Guaynabo 9 3 6 1980, 1982, 1989 1978, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1990,
1993
Vega Baja 4 2 2 1934, 1937 1935, 1939
Indios de Canóvanas 3 2 1 1983, 1984 1988
University of Puerto Rico 3 2 1 1944, 1951 1945
Polluelos de Aibonito 2 1 1 1986 1987
Club Náutico San Juan 1 1 0 1936
Criollos de Caguas 1 1 0 2006
Indios de Mayagüez 1 1 0 2012
Titanes de Morovis 1 1 0 1987
Gigantes de Carolina 3 0 3 1979, 1997, 2008
Brujos de Guayama 2 0 2 1991, 1994
Gallitos de Isabela 1 0 1 1984
Maratonistas de Coamo 1 0 1 2004
Santeros de Aguada 1 1 0 2019
  • *These titles are from Farmacia Martin, a team that later merged with the Atléticos de San Germán

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BSN awardsEdit

BSN statistical leadersEdit

^ Active player
* Inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame

BSN all-time scoring leadersEdit

Rank Player Position(s) Nationality Years Total points Games
played
Points
per game

average
1
Georgie Torres
SG
  Puerto Rico 1975–2001
15,863
679
23.4
2
Mario Morales
SF
  Puerto Rico 1975–1998
15,293
675
22.7
3
Mario Butler
C
  Panama 1980–2008
12,252
779
15.7
4
Rolando Frazer
C
  Panama 1980–2001
12,096
603
20.1
5
Raymond Dalmau
PG
  Puerto Rico 1966–1985
11,592
537
21.6
6
Rubén Rodríguez
PF
  Puerto Rico 1969–1991
11,549
631
18.3
7
Roberto Ríos
PG
  Puerto Rico 1978–2000
11,312
681
16.6
8
Ángel Santiago
SF
  Puerto Rico 1973–1996
11,287
617
18.3
9
José Quiñonez
PF
  Puerto Rico ??–??
11,012
579
19
10
Christian Dalmau
PG
  Puerto Rico 1992–2003, 2009–2017
10,363
605
17.1

Note: Christian Dalmau has been updated to show that he retired in 2017 - but his stats (and all stats in this section) are from 2015.

BSN all-time rebounding leadersEdit

Rank Player Pos Years Reb GP RPG
1
Mario Butler
C
1980–2008 8,236 779 10.6
2
Rubén Rodríguez
F/C
1969–1991 6,178 631 9.8
3
Rolando Frazer
C
1980–2001 6,153 603 10.2
4
Raymond Dalmau
F/C
1966–1985 5,673 537 10.6
5
Mario Morales
G/F
1975–1998 5,665 675 8.4
6
José Ortíz
C
1980–2006 5,314 505 10.5
7
Carlos Bermúdez
F
1970–1984 4,884 422 11.6
8
Edgar de León
F/C
1981–2001 4,837 493 9.8
9
Teófilo Cruz*
C
1957–1982 4,672 584 8
10
Angel Santiago
F
1973–1996 4,447 617 7.2

BSN all-time assists leadersEdit

Rank Player Position(s) Years Total AST GP APG
1
James Carter
PG
1987–2006 3,025 543 5.6
2
Pablo Alicea
PG
1987–2006 2,762 503 5.5
3
Christian Dalmau
PG/SG
1992–2003, 2009–2017 2,752 577 4.8
4
Javier Antonio Colón
PG
1987–2008 2,748 555 5.0
5
Federico López
PG
1981–1997 2,440 446 5.5
6
Roberto Ríos
G/F
1978–2000 2,315 681 3.4
7
Raymond Dalmau
F/C
1966–1985 2,302 537 5.1
8
Wilfredo Pagan^
PG
1992–Present 2,291 619 3.7
9
Bobby Joe Hatton
PG
1994–2012 2,235 489 4.6
10
George Torres
G/F
1975–2001 2,203 679 3.2

Note: Christian Dalmau has been updated to show that he retired in 2017 - but his stats (and all stats in this section) are from 2015.

BSN all-time block leadersEdit

Rank Player Position(s) Nationality Total blocks Games
played
Blocks
per game
average
1
Kleon Penn
C
  Puerto Rico
  British Virgin Islands
645
300
2
Jeffrion Aubry
C
  Puerto Rico
642
3
Peter John Ramos
C
  Puerto Rico
527
4
Carmelo Lee
SF
  Puerto Rico
414
5
JaJa Richards
C
  United States Virgin Islands
314

Last Updated July 9, 2015

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "BSN tiene nuevo presidente". El Nuevo Dia. 9 October 2015.
  2. ^ NotiCel (9 October 2015). "BSN tiene un nuevo presidente". NOTICEL.
  3. ^ "ADENDI". www.adendi.com.
  4. ^ "40 años de la increíble gesta de Neftalí Rivera". El Nuevo Día. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 June 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Jonathan García: nuevo rey de asistencias". Primera Hora. 3 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Estadísticas : Campeonatos - Baloncesto Superior Nacional Puerto Rico". bsnpr.com.

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