Riesen Ludwigsburg (English: Giants Ludwigsburg), for sponsorship reasons MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg, is a professional basketball club that is based in Ludwigsburg, Germany. The club currently plays in the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL), the first tier of basketball in Germany.
|MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg|
SpVgg 07 Ludwigsburg
BSG Basket Ludwigsburg
|Team colors||Yellow, Dark Grey|
|Main sponsor||Mieschke Hofmann und Partner|
|Head coach||Josh King|
|Retired numbers||1 (4)|
Founded in 1960 as DJK Ludwigsburg, the club has been a regular in the BBL since the 1986–87 season, when the team promoted from the second division 2. Basketball Bundesliga. Between the period 1970–2012, the team was also known as SpVgg 07 Ludwigsburg and BSG Basket, before changing its name due to the end of the sponsorship agreement with EnBW.
The team was founded in 1960 as the basketball section of the multi-sports club DJK Ludwigsburg. In the 1979–80 season, the team promoted for the first time to the highest tier, the Basketball Bundesliga. From 1970 until 1987, the club was known as SpVgg 07, as it was part of the multi-sports club SpVgg Ludwigsburg. In 1987, the team separated from SpVgg and was renamed BSG Basket Ludwigsburg.
In the 2016–17 season, Ludwigsburg participated in the inaugural Basketball Champions League (BCL) season, where they was eliminated by one point on aggregate in the quarter-finals by Banvit. The campaign marked Ludwigsburg's best European performance in history, as it was the first time the team reached the knock-out phase of a European competition. In the 2017–18 season, Ludwigsburg set a new European club record when it advanced to the Final Four of the Champions League, after defeating Oldenburg and Bayreuth in the 16th round and quarter-finals. This was the first time ever the club qualified for the final stage of a European tournament. Ludwigsburg lost in the semi-final to Monaco, 65–87. In the third place game, the team lost 74–85 to UCAM Murcia as it finished in the fourth place.
The 2019–20 season was altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a final tournament behind closed doors in Munich, Luwdigsburg reached its first German finals ever. In the finals, it lost to Alba Berlin on aggregate in two games.
Partly due to sponsorship reasons, the team has known various names in its history:
- DJK Ludwigsburg (1960–1970)
- SpVgg 07 Ludwigsburg (1970–1987)
- BG Ludwigsburg (1987)
- BSG Basket Ludwigsburg (1987–2012)
- EnBW Ludwigsburg (2012)
- Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg (2012–2014)
- MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg (2014–present)
Season by seasonEdit
|Season||Tier||League||Pos.||German Cup||European competitions|
|1989–90||1||Bundesliga||7th||3 Korać Cup||R1|
|1990–91||1||Bundesliga||7th||3 Korać Cup||R2|
|1991–92||1||Bundesliga||1st||3 Korać Cup||R3|
|1992–93||1||Bundesliga||3rd||3 Korać Cup||R32|
|1993–94||1||Bundesliga||5th||3 Korać Cup||R1|
|2007–08||1||Bundesliga||13th||Runner-up||2 ULEB Cup||RS|
|2016–17||1||Bundesliga||8th||Semi-finalist||3 Champions League||QF|
|2017–18||1||Bundesliga||3rd||Qualifying round||3 Champions League||4th|
|2018–19||1||Bundesliga||10th||Round of 16||3 Champions League||RS|
|2019–20||1||Bundesliga||2nd||Round of 16|
|2021–22||1||Bundesliga||4th||Round of 16||3 Champions League||3rd|
|2022–23||1||Bundesliga||3 Champions League||PI|
|Riesen Ludwigsburg retired numbers|
|4||David McCray||PG||2007–2012, 2015–2019|
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA-sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
|MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg roster|
Updated: January 15, 2023
- Set a club record or won an individual award as a professional player.
- Played at least one official international match for his senior national team at any time.
- Karim Jallow
- Konstantin Konga
- Jens Kujawa
- Goran Kalamiza
- Takumi Ishizaki
- Siim-Sander Vene
- Andrius Giedraitis
- Donatas Zavackas
- Povilas Čukinas
- Matthew Bryan-Amaning
- Mark Montgomery
- Mike King
- Walter Palmer
- Jerry Green
- Jon Brockman
- Coby Karl
- D. J. Kennedy
- Marcos Knight
- Royce O'Neale
- Mustafa Shakur
- Jaleen Smith
- Michael Stockton
- "MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg". Retrieved 5 April 2018.
RIESEN refers to the German word for Giants)
- "Sears leads MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg to Final Four with Leg 2 win in Bayreuth". Chamionsleague.basketball. 4 April 2018. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
- "easyCredit – David McCray beendet seine Karriere". easycredit-bbl.de. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
- "MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg". Eurobasket.com. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
- Official website (in German)