The Cazoo Baskonia in Vitoria, one of the best basketball showcases in the world

The Cazoo Baskoniathe Vitoria basketball team, has managed to be a leading actor of the basketball scene Europe and the world in the last 20 years.

This team has Josean Querejeta at the head, a pioneer businessman in Europe in the sports field, and players who have become leading figures in this sport have passed through him.

Specifically, along the track Buesa Sand José Manuel Calderón, the Spanish basketball point guard, who in the 2004-2005 season headed to Toronto to become the Raptors’ starter, after four spectacular seasons with the team from Vitoria, has paraded.

In this sense, Calderón would also be part of the golden generation of spanish basketballwhich would achieve successes such as the 2006 World Cup in Japan and the Cazoo Baskonia -formerly TAU Vitoria- was represented by six players, being the ACB team with the most participants in the tournament.

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In that World Cup that ended up in the hands of Spain, the backbone of the Argentine team, one of the most powerful in the championship, was made up of two Baskonia mainstays of that time: pivot Luis Scola and Pablo Prigioni.

Furthermore, although Andres Nocioni, another of those selected by Argentina for Japan, was no longer at Baskonia in 2006, the four seasons as a forward in Vitoria earned him his move to the Chicago Bulls in 2004. Likewise, another of the players who participated in that world cup was Tiago Splitter, who headed to San Antonio for the Spurs.

The Cazoo Baskonia has also led to the success of many other players over the last two decades such as the Lithuanian Arvydas Macijauskas, famous for his extremely high shooting percentage (around 50%), who left Baskonia in 2005 to sign for the New Orleans Hornets. Also, the Estonian power forward Davis Bertanswho signed in 2014 with the team from Vitoria and in 2016 he went to the NBA , to the Spurs. To these players is added Simone Fontecchiosigned by the Utah Jazz a few weeks ago.

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In addition, the European teams also look at the Cazoo Baskonia as the Fenerbahcewhich in recent years has signed up to three former players, as well as the CSKA Moscow and Greek Panatinaikhoswho have also opted for Baskonia players.

For its part, Real Madrid and Barca, two of Baskonia’s greatest rivals in the ACB League and also in the Euroleague, have also taken notice of the team from Vitoria and this is proven by the cases of Fabien Causeur, Adam Henga and Thomas Heurtel.

In this way, the Cazoo Baskonia has become one of the best scouts of world basketball players.

The Cazoo Baskoniathe Vitoria basketball team, has managed to be a leading actor of the basketball scene Europe and the world in the last 20 years.


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