The 2016–17 VTB United League was the 8th complete season of the VTB United League. It is also the fourth season that the league functions as the Russian domestic first tier level. CSKA Moscow was the defending champion and successfully defended its title. This season, 13 teams participated in the league after four sides from the previous year left.[1]

VTB United League
Competition details
Season 2016–17
Teams 13
Dates 2 October 2016 – 23 April 2017 (Regular season)
1 May – 13 June 2017 (Playoffs)
Final positions
Champions Russia CSKA Moscow (8th title)
Runners-up Russia Khimki
Awards
MVP Russia Alexey Shved
Playoffs MVP France Nando de Colo
Statistical leaders
Index Rating United States Nick Minnerath
20.6
Points United States Nick Minnerath
23.3
Rebounds United States Virgin Islands Frank Elegar
9.0
Assists Spain Quino Colom
8.4
Records
Highest attendance 7,316
Parma 55–116 CSKA Moscow
(13 April 2017)
Lowest attendance 250
Astana 76–92 CSKA Moscow
(8 October 2016)

Contents

TeamsEdit

VITA Tbilisi, Bisons Loimaa, ČEZ Nymburk left the league, after participating in the 2015–16 season. Parma Perm from the Russian Basketball Super League joined the league.[1]

On August 30, 2016, the league announced that BC Krasny Oktyabr would not play in the league, because the host arena of the team was not approved to support events.[2]

Because of these changes, the number of teams was reduced to 13.

Venues and locationsEdit

Locations of teams in the 2016–17 VTB United League
Team Home City Arena Capacity
  Astana Astana Saryarka Velodrome 10,000
  Avtodor Saratov Saratov Kristall Ice Sports Palace 6,100
  CSKA Moscow Moscow Universal Sports Hall CSKA 5,500
  Enisey Krasnoyarsk Arena Sever 4,100
  Kalev/Cramo Tallinn Saku Suurhall Arena 7,000
  Khimki Khimki Basketball Center 4,000[3]
  Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar Basket-Hall 7,500
  Nizhny Novgorod Nizhny Novgorod Trade Union Sport Palace 5,600
  Parma Perm Universal Sports Palace Molot 7,000
  Tsmoki Minsk Minsk Minsk Arena 15,000
  UNICS Kazan Basket Hall Arena 7,500
  VEF Rīga Rīga Arēna Rīga 12,500
  Zenit Saint Petersburg Saint Petersburg Yubileyni Arena 7,044
Notes
Team makes its debut in the VTB United League.
The defending champions, winners of the 2015–16 VTB United League.

Regular seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD PCT Qualification
1   CSKA Moscow 24 22 2 2274 1782 +492 .917 Advance to Playoffs
2   Zenit Saint Petersburg 24 21 3 2187 1930 +257 .875
3   Khimki 24 19 5 2108 1895 +213 .792
4   Lokomotiv Kuban 24 19 5 1959 1688 +271 .792
5   UNICS 24 15 9 2136 2021 +115 .625
6   Enisey 24 13 11 1974 2041 −67 .542
7   VEF Rīga 24 11 13 1857 1961 −104 .458
8   Astana 24 9 15 1806 1930 −124 .375
9   Nizhny Novgorod 24 8 16 2051 2173 −122 .333
10   Avtodor Saratov 24 8 16 2073 2184 −111 .333
11   Kalev/Cramo 24 5 19 1876 2109 −233 .208
12   Tsmoki Minsk 24 5 19 1757 1987 −230 .208
13   Parma 24 1 23 1840 2197 −357 .042

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AST AVT CSK ENI KAL KHI LOK NIZ PAR TSM UNI VEF ZEN
Astana 83–78 76–92 98–97 72–78 87–90 51–71 93–84 88–73 84–67 68–84 66–64 82–105
Avtodor Saratov 78–79 103–104 94–87 90–63 109–118 79–88 95–92 110–99 88–81 77–84 96–84 90–96
CSKA Moscow 81–63 95–80 85–63 100–68 95–79 83–77 105–78 98–74 109–74 92–88 82–51 105–56
Enisey 88–78 97–92 84–97 99–90 64–104 85–86 99–93 87–82 88–70 75–66 88–71 75–100
Kalev/Cramo 84–67 86–94 68–87 82–91 77–84 64–95 87–91 85–79 79–70 86–110 74–82 95–98
Khimki 83–66 102–70 70–92 72–64 81–57 73–65 90–84 92–66 80–72 87–70 73–76 66–74
Lokomotiv Kuban 67–59 79–61 83–74 66–68 86–75 84–89 88–75 86–61 81–72 75–64 107–64 80–83
Nizhny Novgorod 76–72 110–68 65–101 80–93 102–81 90–93 66–93 115–94 102–95 98–112 74–81 93–97
Parma 65–82 97–101 55–116 79–81 72–86 83–87 71–84 75–84 61–67 98–105 74–81 86–119
Tsmoki-Minsk 70–80 89–83 63–100 78–86 88–81 73–77 63–87 77–52 62–71 87–85 69–72 58–71
UNICS 83–78 95–83 91–105 100–56 104–91 73–98 77–83 104–81 89–73 98–71 89–84 84–109
VEF Rīga 73–62 87–76 83–99 84–81 78–66 90–104 69–80 73–78 91–80 88–85 82–86 73–82
Zenit Saint Petersburg 99–72 89–78 90–77 94–78 89–73 114–110 62–68 101–88 101–72 84–56 84–95 90–76
Source: VTB United League
Colours: Blue = home team win; Red = away team win.

PlayoffsEdit

All series were played in a best-of-five play-off series, which were played in a 2-2-1 format. The Playoffs started on May 1 and ended on June 13.[4]

Quarterfinals
1–12 May
Semifinals
25 May–4 June
Finals
8–13 June
         
1   CSKA Moscow 3
8   Astana 0
1   CSKA Moscow 3
4   Lokomotiv Kuban 0
4   Lokomotiv Kuban 3
5   UNICS 1
1   CSKA Moscow 3
3   Khimki 0
2   Zenit Saint Petersburg 3
7   VEF Rīga 0
2   Zenit Saint Petersburg 2
3   Khimki 3
3   Khimki 3
6   Enisey 0

QuarterfinalsEdit

Team 1 Series Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg 4th leg 5th leg
CSKA Moscow   3–0   Astana 77–54 94–74 91–73 0 0
Lokomotiv Kuban   3–1   UNICS 62–71 92–76 83–71 84–79 0
Zenit Saint Petersburg   3–0   VEF Rīga 93–81 79–74 92–51 0 0
Khimki   3–0   Enisey 91–84 109–81 89–68 0 0

SemifinalsEdit

Team 1 Series Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg 4th leg 5th leg
CSKA Moscow   3–0   Lokomotiv Kuban 101–95 84–71 74–66 0 0
Zenit Saint Petersburg   2–3   Khimki 99–95 92–89 73–97 71–73 84–90

FinalsEdit

Team 1 Series Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg 4th leg 5th leg
CSKA Moscow   3–0   Khimki 94–88 99–79 95–72 0 0

Final standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Qualification or relegation
1 CSKA Moscow[a] (C) 33 31 2 3083 2454 +629 Qualification to EuroLeague
2 Khimki 35 25 10 3080 2835 +245
3 Zenit Saint Petersburg 31 26 5 2870 2580 +290 Qualification to EuroCup
4 Lokomotiv Kuban 31 22 9 2512 2244 +268
5 UNICS 28 16 12 2433 2342 +91
6 Enisey 27 13 14 2207 2330 −123 Qualification to Champions League
7 VEF Rīga 27 11 16 2063 2225 −162
8 Astana 27 9 18 2007 2192 −185
9 Nizhny Novgorod 24 8 16 2051 2173 −122 Qualification to Champions League
10 Avtodor Saratov 24 8 16 2073 2184 −111
11 Kalev/Cramo 24 5 19 1876 2109 −233
12 Tsmoki-Minsk 24 5 19 1757 1987 −230
13 Parma 24 1 23 1840 2197 −357 Qualification to Europe Cup qualifying rounds
Source: VTB United League
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ CSKA Moscow was already qualified for the 2018–19 EuroLeague, as the team holds a 10-year license contract with the league.

All-Star GameEdit

The VTB League's inaugural All-Star Game was held this season on February 11, 2017.[5] The game was played at the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi, Russia. The game was played in a Russia Stars vs. the World Stars format. The Russian Stars won the game against the World Stars, by a score of 131:121.[6] Andrey Vorontsevich was named the MVP of the game.[7] Jānis Timma won the All-Star Game's slam dunk contest,[8] and Sergey Karasev won the 3-Point Contest.[9]

AwardsEdit

StatisticsEdit

Statistical leadersEdit

Category Player Team Average
Efficiency   Nick Minnerath   Avtodor Saratov
20.6
Points   Nick Minnerath   Avtodor Saratov
23.3
Rebounds   Frank Elegar   Enisey
9.0
Assists   Quino Colom   UNICS
8.4
Steals   Dijon Thompson   Nizhny Novgorod
2.8
Blocks   Mickell Gladness   Kalev/Cramo
1.5
Turnovers   Demonte Harper   Zenit Saint Petersburg
3.4
2P%   Artsiom Parakhouski   UNICS
.732
3P%   Petr Gubanov   Nizhny Novgorod
.562
FT%   Sergey Karasev   Zenit Saint Petersburg
.923

Source: VTB United League

Individual game highsEdit

Keith Langford set a new all-time scoring record for the VTB United League by scoring 42 points on October 31.[24]

Category Player Team Statistic
Efficiency   Keith Langford   UNICS
47
Points   Keith Langford   UNICS
42
Rebounds   Frank Elegar   Enisey
19
Assists   Stefan Marković   Zenit Saint Petersburg
17
Steals   DeAndre Kane   Nizhny Novgorod
8
Blocks   Artsiom Parakhouski   UNICS
5
Three pointers   Jānis Blūms   VEF Rīga
8
Turnovers   Demonte Harper   Zenit Saint Petersburg
8

Source: VTB United League

Attendance dataEdit

Attendances include playoff games:

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1   Parma 61,390 7,316 3,920 5,116 n/a
2   Lokomotiv Kuban 65,312 7,139 2,161 4,354 +31.2%
3   Zenit Saint Petersburg 61,105 5,690 1,700 3,594 +22.5%
4   Avtodor 31,800 4,000 1,800 2,650 −17.5%
5   Khimki 37,730 3,500 1,400 2,219 +10.6%
6   CSKA 39,337 4,500 700 2,185 −14.4%
7   Enisey 21,200 2,700 900 1,631 −8.3%
8   UNICS 20,282 3,200 950 1,449 −27.7%
9   Kalev 13,585 3,700 500 1,132 +18.7%
10   Tsmoki-Minsk 13,270 2,005 730 1,106 −17.7%
11   VEF 10,500 2,000 400 808 +20.6%
12   Nizhny Novgorod 9,126 1,300 500 761 −33.7%
13   Astana 9,055 1,315 250 697 −36.0%
League total 393,692 7,316 250 2,187 +31.0%

Source: VTB League

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "VTB League: format and clubs approved for 2016-17 season". Sportando.com. 16 July 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  2. ^ "BC Krasny Oktyabr Will Not Compete In 2016-17 VTB United League Season". VTB United League. 30 August 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-09-04. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  3. ^ Home arena: Sportscomplex BCMO Capacity: 4000 spectators.
  4. ^ Playoff Schedule Released
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-10. Retrieved 2016-08-11.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Russia Stars 131 - 121 World Stars.
  7. ^ Russian Stars beat World Stars in VTB League All Star game.
  8. ^ Janis Timma is the VTB All-Star game slam dunk champion.
  9. ^ Sergey Karasev wins the VTB All-Star game three-point contest.
  10. ^ "Nick Minnerath Wins Scoring Title". Vtb-league.com. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  11. ^ Ivan Ukhov Wins Young Player Of The Year
  12. ^ "Nikita Kurbanov Wins Defensive Player Of The Year". Vtb-league.com. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Suleiman Braimoh Wins Sixth Man Of The Year". Vtb-league.com. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  14. ^ "Dimitris Itoudis Named Coach Of The Year". Vtb-league.com. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  15. ^ "Alexey Shved Wins Regular Season MVP". Vtb-league.com. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  16. ^ "CSKA Sweeps To Title!". Vtb-league.com. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  17. ^ "Keith Langford named October MVP". VTB-League.com.
  18. ^ "Alexey Shved Wins November MVP". VTB-League.com.
  19. ^ "Andrei Zubkov Wins December MVP". Vtb-league.com. Retrieved 2017-04-01.
  20. ^ "Sergey Karasev Wins January MVP". Vtb-league.com. Retrieved 2017-04-01.
  21. ^ "Alexey Shved Wins February MVP". VTB-League.com.
  22. ^ "Stefan Markovic Wins March MVP". Vtb-league.com. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  23. ^ "Kevin Jones Wins April MVP". Vtb-league.com. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  24. ^ Keith Langford scores 42 points, sets new VTB League record in Unics Kazan win

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