Košarkaški klub Mega Basket (Serbian Cyrillic: Кошаркашки клуб Мега Баскет), currently known as Mega Bemax due to sponsorship reasons, is a men's professional basketball club based in Belgrade, Serbia. The club is a founding member and shareholder of the Adriatic Basketball Association.[1]

Mega Bemax
Mega Bemax logo
LeaguesKLS
Adriatic League
FoundedDecember 23, 1998; 21 years ago (1998-12-23)
HistoryKK Avala Ada
1998–2005
KK Mega Basket
2005–present
ArenaRanko Žeravica Hall
Capacity5,000
LocationBelgrade, Serbia
Team colorsPink and Light Yellow
         
PresidentVelimir Mihailović
General managerGoran Ćakić
Head coachDejan Milojević
Affiliation(s)OKK Beograd
(2018–present)
Championships1 National Cup
Websitebcmegabasket.net

In addition to Belgrade, the club also played its home games in Kruševac (2012–13 season), Smederevo (2013–14 season), and Sremska Mitrovica (2014–2019). The club participates in the KLS and the ABA League. Since 2004, it has been controlled by Serbian sports agent Miško Ražnatović and his BeoBasket sports agency.

HistoryEdit

The Avala Ada era (1998–2004)Edit

KK Avala Ada was established on 23 December 1998 by a group of basketball enthusiasts, all employed at the Avala Ada packaging factory. The club played in the lower ranks, functioning as part of the Avala Ada sports society that was formed at the same time. In the summer of 1999, the club won the Belgrade Local League (the summer league), thus qualifying for the Serbian Second League (4th-tier competition in the FR Yugoslavia basketball system). Playing the 1999–2000 season in the Second League, the club set an ambitious goal of gaining promotion on its first try and succeeded.

The 2000–01 season was played in the Serbian First League, finishing third and barely missing the promotion. The following 2001–02 season, Avala Ada finished third again. In the 2002-03 season, the club again missed promotion based on the league standing but managed to qualify to federal First B League through playoffs in Novi Bečej, beating KK Vrbas and KK Zeta. Playing its first season, 2003–04, in the federal rank in the First B League (Serbian group), Avala Ada finished third thus missing promotion to the top league. Before the start of the 2004–05 season, the most significant development in the club's short history occurred - it was taken over by the BeoBasket Sports Agency led by Miško Ražnatović.

The Mega Basket era (2005–present)Edit

At the end of the 2004–05 season, the club has qualified for the highest competition level in the country. In December 2005, the club changed its name to KK Mega Basket. At the same time, the club signed a sponsorship agreement with the Ishrana bakery company based in Smederevo, and in the period from 2005 to 2007, the club officially was named Mega Ishrana. Later, also due to sponsorship reasons, the club was called Mega Aqua Monta in the 2007–08 season, and Mega Hypo Leasing in the 2008–09 season.

In August 2009, before the start of the 2009–10 season, another Belgrade-based club KK Vizura merged into KK Mega Hypo Leasing, and the club was renamed KK Mega Vizura. In 2016, Mega Leks won its first trophy ever when it beat KK Partizan 86–80 in the Serbian Cup Final.[2]

On June 14, 2018, the club signed a contract on sports and technical cooperation with OKK Beograd.[3][4] On August 11, 2018, the club played against the University of Kentucky men's basketball team.

Sponsorship namingEdit

The club has had several denominations through the years due to its sponsorship:

  • Mega Ishrana (2005–2007)
  • Mega Aqua Monta (2007–2008)
  • Mega Hypo Leasing (2008–2009)
  • Mega Vizura (2009–2014)
  • Mega Leks (2014–2017)
  • Mega Bemax (2017–present)

Home arenasEdit

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

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

Mega Bemax roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
F 1   Mišković, Nikola 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) 101 kg (223 lb) 21 – (1999-01-25)25 January 1999
G 3   Perry, Kendrick 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 27 – (1992-12-23)23 December 1992
G/F 5   Atić, Edin (C) 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 23 – (1997-01-19)19 January 1997
G/F 6   Marjanović, Andrija 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 21 – (1999-01-14)14 January 1999
G 7   Ašćerić, Luka 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 23 – (1997-01-10)10 January 1997
C 11   Simonović, Marko (L) 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 20 – (1999-10-15)15 October 1999
G 12   Nenadić, Nemanja (L) 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 26 – (1994-01-02)2 January 1994
F 13   Cerovina, Luka 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 19 – (2000-04-08)8 April 2000
F 15   Brekić, Marko (TW) 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 18 – (2001-11-08)8 November 2001
F/C 20   Macura, Jurij 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 103 kg (227 lb) 20 – (1999-12-23)23 December 1999
PF 21   Tanasković, Nikola 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 22 – (1997-10-21)21 October 1997
PF 30   Langović, Aleksandar (TW) 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 18 – (2001-02-19)19 February 2001
C 65   Stanić, Filip 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 118 kg (260 lb) 22 – (1998-01-14)14 January 1998
SG 77   Mesiček, Blaž 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 22 – (1997-06-12)12 June 1997
SG ––   Paunić, Ivan 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 33 – (1987-01-27)27 January 1987
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Team manager

Legend

Updated: February 14, 2020

Players with multiple nationalitiesEdit

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Marko Simonović Filip Stanić Jurij Macura
PF Nikola Mišković Nikola Tanasković Aleksandar Langović
SF Edin Atić Andrija Marjanović
SG Blaž Mesiček Nemanja Nenadić Luka Cerovina
PG Kendrick Perry Luka Ašćerić

Players in the NBA draftEdit

* Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game and All-NBA Team
# Denotes player who has never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game
Position Player Year Round Pick Drafted by
C   Milovan Raković# 2007 2nd round 60th Dallas Mavericks, traded to Chicago Bulls
C   Nikola Jokić* 2014 2nd round 41st Denver Nuggets
PG   Vasilije Micić# 2014 2nd round 52nd Philadelphia 76ers
SG   Nemanja Dangubić# 2014 2nd round 54th Philadelphia 76ers, traded to Brooklyn Nets
G/F   Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot 2016 1st round 24th Philadelphia 76ers
C   Ivica Zubac 2016 2nd round 32nd Los Angeles Lakers
G/F   Rade Zagorac# 2016 2nd round 35th Boston Celtics, traded to Memphis Grizzlies
SF   Vlatko Čančar 2017 2nd round 49th Denver Nuggets
PG   Ognjen Jaramaz# 2017 2nd round 58th New York Knicks
PF/C   Alpha Kaba# 2017 2nd round 60th Atlanta Hawks
C   Goga Bitadze 2019 1st round 18th Indiana Pacers

CoachesEdit

Avala Ada
Mega Basket

Season-by-seasonEdit

Season Tier Division Pos. Postseason W–L National Cup Regional competitions European competitions
2006–07 1 BLS First→Super 6 16–20 Quarterfinalist
2007–08 1 BLS First League 5 12–10
2008–09 1 BLS First League 5 15–11 Balkan League 3rd 6–6
2009–10 1 BLS First League 8 13–13
2010–11 1 BLS First→Super 8 18–22 Quarterfinalist
2011–12 1 BLS First→Super 6 22–18 Quarterfinalist
2012–13 1 BLS First→Super 3 Semifinalist 30–13 Semifinalist
2013–14 1 BLS Super League 3 Semifinalist 9–7 Runners-up ABA League 8 12–14
2014–15 1 BLS Super League 4 Semifinalist 7–9 Runners-up ABA League 10 11–15
2015–16 1 BLS Super League 2 Semifinalist 4–4 Winners ABA League 2nd 19–12
2016–17 1 BLS Super League 4 Semifinalist 9–7 Semifinalist ABA League 6 11–15 Champions League 7th 4–10
2017–18 1 BLS Super League 3 Quarterfinals 8–6 Semifinalist ABA 1st League 9 8–14
2018–19 1 BLS Super League 2 Semifinalist 7–5 Semifinalist ABA 1st League 5 10–12

ManagementEdit

Current officeholders are:

Trophies and awardsEdit

TrophiesEdit

Individual awardsEdit

Notable playersEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Company registration info: ABA LIGA j.t.d." aba-liga.com. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  2. ^ ISTORIJSKI KUP KORAĆA ZA MEGU! (in Serbian)
  3. ^ "Mega i OKK Beograd potpisali ugovor o saradnji". b92.net. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  4. ^ "POTPISANA SARADNJA Megini talenti u OKK Beogradu". sport.blic.rs. Retrieved 27 July 2018.

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