After the forced suspension last year due to sanitary restrictions, this Tuesday July 13 the second edition of the Spanish Basketball Gala, the project of the FEB and the newspaper Marca that rewards the protagonists of our most outstanding basketball of the season. In total there will be eight players who will receive their award, in addition to a coach, the historical Lolo sainz, who has been awarded the Legend award. The event can be followed live through Marca.com.
The Gala will be held in the Gardens of the Duque de Pastrana Complex in the Spanish capital, which already hosted the first edition, in 2019, on the same day that it marks the 20th anniversary of the proclamation of the World Champion Junior Team.
The winners of this edition 2021 are:
Xabi López-Arostegui (Best National Player). For being the most valued national player in the Endesa League, included in the best quintet of the season.
Cristina Ouviña (Best National Player). Due to her status as National MVP of LF Endesa on her return to Spain, as well as Eurocup champion and League and Cup finalist with Valencia Basket.
Sergio Rodríguez (Best National Player in international competition). For his brilliant season in Italy in the ranks of AX Armani Milan, with whom he has been proclaimed Cup champion and has played in the ‘final four’ of the Euroleague.
Alba Torrens (Best National Player in international competition). For her sixth Euroleague title, won with the UMMC Ekaterimburg, which has equaled the historical record of Diana Taurasi.
Usman Garuba (Young Player with the greatest projection). For being considered the Best Young Player in the Endesa League and the Euroleague, which has earned him his first call-up as an absolute international.
Raquel Carrera (Young Player with the greatest projection). For his excellent season in Valencia Basket and his decisive role in winning the FIBA ??Eurocup title, as well as his debut as a senior international in a major championship (Eurobasket).
Lolo Sainz (Legend award). For his life dedicated to Spanish basketball, as a player and coach, translated into a total of 38 titles (16 as a player, 22 as a coach) and 2 medals with the National Team.
Laia Palau and Pau Gasol (Special award). The captain of the Women’s National Team, for having become the second player in history to participate in 10 editions of the Eurobasket, in which she has surpassed the legendary Uliana Semenova in matches played. And Pau, for his successful return to Spanish basketball 20 years after his departure to the NBA and the National Team four years after his last presence in the team.
The jury of these Awards, designated by the FEB and Marca for this second edition of the Gala, have been formed Jorge Garbajosa (president of the FEB), Juan Ignacio Gallardo (Brand director), Jose Manuel Franco (president of the CSD), Santos Moraga (FEB), Elisa aguilar (FEB), Gem Nuns (Brand), Jorge Quiroga (Brand), Antonio Martin (president of the ACB), Carmen Muguruza (Association of Women’s Clubs), Alfonso Reyes (president of the ABP), Lucila Easter (president of the AJUB), Daniel Hierrezuelo (President of the AEBA) and Joan Maria Gavaldà (President of the AEEB).
In addition, as in the first edition, the two best plays of the season are awarded by vote of the users of Marca.com, who have chosen the ‘coast to coast’ of Usman Garuba with Real Madrid in the final playoff game of the Endesa League against FC Barcelona at the Palau Blaugrana, and the two free throws of Rachel Carrera with which Valencia Basket was proclaimed champion of the FIBA ??Eurocup.