Rockets (basketball club)

Rockets is a German professional basketball team. It is originally based in Gotha, Germany but plays its home games in Erfurt. The Rockets are the first team of the BiG Gotha basketball club.

BiG Rockets Gotha
BiG Rockets Gotha logo
FoundedJuly 2, 1998; 22 years ago (1998-07-02)
ArenaTurnhalle KGS Gotha
Capacity500
LocationGotha, Germany
Team colorsBlue, White
   
PresidentAndy Dittmar
Head coachKemal Velishaev
Championships1 ProB
Websitewww.big-gotha.de

In 2017, Rockets promoted to the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL), the German first tier. Following its debut season in the BBL, the professional team of Rockets was dissolved.[1] Since 2018-19 season the team plays in the 2. Regional League under the name BiG Rockets Gotha.

HistoryEdit

 
Oettinger Rockets home game in 2017

The Oettinger Rockets were found as the first team of the club Gotha e.V. which was founded on July 2, 1998. The team started in the Bezirksliga and promoted to the fourth tier 1.Regionliga in 2005.

In the 2009–10 season, the Rockets were promoted to the national third level, the ProB.[2] In the 2011–12 season, Gotha was crowned ProB champions and the team was promoted to the second tier level ProA.[3]

Since the 2016–17 season, the Rockets play in the Messe Erfurt, which has a capacity of 3,236 people.[4] On May 3, 2017, the team earned promotion to the Basketball Bundesliga by beating Niners Chemnitz in the semi-finals of the ProA to claim a promotion spot.[5][6]

Rockets Gotha started the 2017–18 season as "Oettinger Rockets", named after its main sponsor Oettinger Brauerei. However, from January 2018 the main sponsor left and the club would be simply known as "Rockets".[7] In its debut season in the BBL, Rockets ended in the 17th place and relegated back to the ProA. In July 2018, the organization announced that it was not able to play in the professional ProA league.[1]

The same year the second team of Rockets managed to win the 1. Regional League South-East and promote to the ProB. Due to loss of the main sponsor Oettinger Brauerei the team decided to sell their ProB licence to Basketball Löwen Erfurt and continue to compete in the 2. Regional League under the name of BiG (Basketball in Gotha) Rockets Gotha.

HonoursEdit

Winners: 2011–12

PlayersEdit

Notable playersEdit

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

Criteria

To appear in this section a player must have either:

  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
  • Played at least one official NBA match at any time.

Current rosterEdit

BiG Rockets Gotha roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
PG 4   Kraus, Fidelius 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 17 – (2004-01-16)16 January 2004
G 5   Osei, Miles 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 19 – (2002-03-31)31 March 2002
PG 5   Deubner, Franz
PF 6   Schiller, Lorenz 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 21 – (2000-04-05)5 April 2000
F 6   Lenz, William Valentin 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 17 – (2004-02-20)20 February 2004
F/C 7   Enders, Jonas
C 8   Keßler, Simon
F 9   Pleta, Dominykas 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 16 – (2004-10-06)6 October 2004
SF 10   Hüller, Magnus 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 19 – (2002-01-07)7 January 2002
PF 12   Franklin, Robert 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 40 – (1981-01-20)20 January 1981
F 13   Rösler, Tom 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 17 – (2003-11-22)22 November 2003
PF 13   Lechler, Adrian 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 18 – (2002-07-01)1 July 2002
C 14   Jäschke, Maximilian
PG 15   Arpasi, Moritz 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 17 – (2004-03-24)24 March 2004
SG 17   Kancír, Peter
SG 47   Wolter, Nils
Head coach
  •   Kemal Velishaev
Assistant coach(es)
  •   Jannek Fritzschek

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Development player
  •   Injured

Updated: 4 October 2020

Head coachesEdit

Period Coach
2003–2007   Peter Krautwald
2007–2009   Alexander Uth
2009–12/2009   Dainius Pleta
12/2009–2010   Mike Smith
2010–2011   Alexander Chartschenkow
2011–11/2012   Marko Simić
12/2012–2013   Christoph Nicol
2013–2017   Chris Ensminger
2017–2018   Ivan Pavić
2018–10/2019   Valentino Lott
10/2019–11/2019   Ronny Schönau/Peter Krautwald
11/2019–03/2020   Iria Uxía Romarís Durán
09/2020   Kemal Velishaev

Season by seasonEdit

Season Tier League Pos.
2010–11 3 ProB 9th
2011–12 3 ProB 1st
2012–13 2 ProA 14th
2013–14 2 ProA 7th
2014–15 2 ProA 4th
2015–16 2 ProA 3rd
2016–17 2 ProA 2nd
2017–18 1 BBL 17th
2018-19 5 2. Regional League 7th
2019-20 5 2. Regional League 8th

Source: Eurobasket.com

Sponsorship namesEdit

 
The logo of the Oettinger Rockets

Due to sponsorship reasons, the team has been known as:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b [1]
  2. ^ Peter Sack. "BiG - Basketball in Gotha: Rockets starten in der Pro B Süd" (in German). Retrieved 2017-03-07. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Peter Sack. "BiG - Basketball in Gotha: Rockets weiter in der ProB" (in German). Retrieved 2017-03-07. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Peter Sack. "BiG - Basketball in Gotha: Rockets spielen nächste Saison in der Messe Erfurt". www.big-gotha.de. Retrieved 2016-12-11. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Unfassbare Aufholjagd: Rockets siegen und steigen in die Bundesliga auf". 2017-05-03.
  6. ^ "Oettinger Rockets zweiter Aufsteiger in die easyCredit BBL". zweite-basketball-bundesliga.de. 2017-05-03. Retrieved 2017-05-04. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Thüringer Bundesliga-Basketballer gehen letztmals als "Oettinger Rockets" auf Korbjagd" (in German). Thueringer-allgemeine.de. 30 December 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2018.

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