ANDThe cinema has the Oscars, music the Grammys, international sports the Laureus and basketball has the awards of the Spanish Basketball Gala, project of the FEB and BRAND, which this year will experience its second edition.

After the parenthesis of last year due to the covid, they return the awards for the best in basketball Spanish that will be delivered at the II Gala on July 13 and will be attended by the two teams, the male and the female, shortly before starting your Olympic adventure in Tokyo.

The jury, chaired by Jorge Garbajosa (FEB president) and Juan Ignacio Gallardo (Marca director), was also composed of Jose Manuel Franco (CSD president), Santos Moraga (FEB), Elisa aguilar (FEB), Gem Nuns (Brand), Jorge Quiroga (Brand), Antonio Martin (ACB president), Carmen Muguruza (Association of Women’s Clubs), Alfonso Reyes (ABP president), Lucila Easter (AJUB president), Daniel Hierrezuelo (President AEBA) and Joan Maria Gavaldá (AEEB president). José Manuel Franco and Antonio Martín could not attend the telematic meeting, delegating to Juan Fernandez Y Jose Miguel Calleja.

In some cases the decision was unanimous, in others one or two votes chose the winner and there was one case, that of the Special Prize, in which a prize was agreed upon for each candidacy. These are the best of basketball in 2020-21:

BEST NATIONAL PLAYER

Xabi López-Aróstegui (Joventut Badalona)

A member of the best quintet in the Endesa League, the youth squad from La Penya has averaged 13.1 points, being the most valued national player in the competition. It has stopped being a promise to become a reality. He led Penya to the Playoffs for the title and ended his season with the call for the national team by Sergio Scariolo.

Finalists

  • Darío Brizuela (Unicaja)
  • Jonathan Barreiro (Casademont Zaragoza)
  • Nikola Mirotic (FC Barcelona)

BEST NATIONAL PLAYER

Cristina Ouviña (Valencia Basket)

The national MVP of the LFEndesa has returned to Spain through the big door, winning the FIBA ??Eurocup title for her team, Valencia Basket, in addition to playing in the League and Cup finals. She also signed a superb Eurobasket with Spain in Valencia.

Finalists

  • Raquel Carrera (Valencia Basket)
  • Maite Cazorla (Perfumerías Avenida)
  • Laura Quevedo (Movistar Students)

BEST NATIONAL PLAYER IN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

Sergio Rodríguez (AX Armani Exchange Milan, Italy Euroleague)

The Canarian player succeeds Marc Gasol with a brilliant season in Italy, the second in a row at the Milan club. Participant in the Final Four of the Euroleague and Cup champion. He will play the Tokyo Games with Spain.

Finalists

  • Ricky Rubio (Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA)
  • Juancho Hernangómez (Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA)
  • Santi Aldama (Loyola Maryland, NCAA

BEST NATIONAL PLAYER IN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

Alba Torrens (UMMC Ekaterimburg, Euroleague champion)

The most successful player in Spanish basketball won her sixth Euroleague, the fourth with the Russian Ekaterimburg, equaling a legend like Diana Taurasi. He shone in the best team in the world, a true Dream Team in which Alba is an important piece.

Finalists

  • Helena Pueyo (Arizona University: first Spanish to play in an NCAA final)
  • Alba Torrens (UMMC Ekaterimburg, Euroleague champion)
  • Astou Ndour (Hatay, Turkey) 4 Angela Salvadores (Besiktas Istanbul)

YOUNG PLAYER WITH GREATEST SCREENING

Usman Garuba (Real Madrid)

The word projection should have a photo of Garuba to define it. He won many minutes in the Real Madrid rotation and starred in three sublime Euroleague matches against Anadolu Efes in the quarterfinals. He was called up for the first time with the national team and won the awards for Best Young Player of the Euroleague and the Endesa League.

Finalists

  • Joel Parra (Joventut Badalona)
  • Santi Aldama (Loyola Maryland, NCAA)
  • Jaime Pradilla (Valencia Basket)

YOUNG PLAYER WITH GREATEST SCREENING

Raquel Carrera (Valencia Basket)

The young international center of Valencia Basket has been the great sensation of the season, being a vital piece in the achievement of the FIBA ??Eurocup and debuting in the first international tournament with the women’s team, with which she starred in a great Eurobasket. His two free throws to one tenth that gave Valencia the European title are one of the moments of the year in world basketball.

LEGEND AWARD

Lolo sainz

A life dedicated to basketball, first as a player from 1959, and later as a coach. A total of 38 titles, 16 as a player, 22 as a coach and two medals with the national team. Basketball would not be understood in our country without the figure of Lolo Sáinz, loved and admired in equal parts.

Fyalists

  • First Olympic Selection1960
  • Victory over USSR 80-76 Eurobasket 1973

SPECIAL PRIZE

Laia Palau

Second player in history to participate in 10 Eurobasket, equaling Uliana Semenova, and surpassing her in the number of matches played in continental tournaments.

Pau Gasol

His return to Spanish basketball 20 years after his departure to the NBA completely marked the season in European basketball. It was one of the big news of the year.

Via Marca.com