bj league

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Bj league
Bj-league presaason game 080923.jpg
A BJ league preseason game
Sport Basketball
Founded 2005
No. of teams 19
Country  Japan
Most recent champion(s) Ryukyu Golden Kings
TV partner(s) BS Fuji, Gaora
Official website bj-league.com

The bj League (Basketball Japan League) is a professional basketball league in Japan that began on November 5, 2005. The ten-team league is divided into two conferences, the Eastern Conference, and the Western Conference. It had its inaugural All-Star game in 2006. One of its major sponsors is Spalding.

The Basketball Japan League operates on the American sports franchise system. Alongside the BJ there is a Japan Basketball League, composed of company and otherwise-affiliated clubs, with promotion and relegation between its two divisions but not between BJ and JBL-1. This organization is similar to the Rugby Super League in England and is also shown in the British Basketball League (which includes clubs from both England and Scotland).

In June 2012, the Japan Basketball Association announced to establish a National Basketball League (NBL) as the topflight professional league in Japan. The 2012–13 season becomes the last JBL season as JBL teams will join the NBL alongside an undetermined number of teams from the bj league.

Teams[edit]

Eastern Conference

Western Conference

Defunct teams

Expansion[edit]

The bj-league plans on expanding to 24 teams by the 2014-15 season, the 10th anniversary of the league creation.

Several organizations are vying for expansion. Those in the running for expansion are from:

The league is also considering creation of specific leagues for youth, women, and people with disabilities.

Playoff champions[edit]

Season Champions Runners-up
2005–06 Osaka Evessa Niigata Albirex BB
2006–07 Osaka Evessa Takamatsu Five Arrows
2007–08 Osaka Evessa Tokyo Apache
2008–09 Ryukyu Golden Kings Tokyo Apache
2009–10 Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix Osaka Evessa
2010–11 Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix Ryukyu Golden Kings
2011–12 Ryukyu Golden Kings Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix

All-star game[edit]

Season Date Arena Host City Result MVP (Team)
2006-07 January 27, 2007 Ginowan Municipal Gymnasium Ginowan City, Okinawa Prefecture EAST 126-97 WEST Jerod Ward (Toyama Grouses)
2007-08 December 29, 2007 Toki Messe Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture EAST 121-94 WEST Kosuke Naoto (Niigata Albirex BB)
2008-09 January 25, 2009 B-Con Plaza Beppu, Ōita Prefecture EAST 117-96 WEST Bobby St. Preux (Sendai 89ERS)
2009-10 January 31, 2010 Sekisui Heim Super Arena Rifu, Miyagi Prefecture WEST 105–102 EAST Michael Parker (Rizing Fukuoka)
2010-11 January 23, 2011 Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium Osaka, Osaka Prefecture WEST 110–109 EAST Michael Parker (Rizing Fukuoka)

Awards[edit]

Season MVP[edit]

Season Recipient Team
2005–06 Lynn Washington Osaka Evessa
2006–07 David Palmer Osaka Evessa
2007–08 Lynn Washington Osaka Evessa
2008–09 Jeff Newton Ryukyu Golden Kings
2009–10 Wendell White Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix
2010–11 Jeffrey Parmer Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix
2011–12 Justin Burrell[1] Yokohama B-Corsairs

Best 5[edit]

Season Guard Forward Center
2005-06 Matt Lottich
(Osaka Evessa)
Yukinori Suzuki
(Oita Heat Devils)
Michael Jackson
(Sendai 89ERS)
William Pippen
(Tokyo Apache)
Nick Davis
(Niigata Albirex BB)
2006-07 Kouhei Aoki
(Tokyo Apache)
Rasheed Sparks
(Takamatsu Five Arrows)
Lynn Washington
(Osaka Evessa)
Andy Ellis
(Oita Heat Devils)
Nick Davis
(Niigata Albirex BB)
2007-08 Mikey Marshall
(Osaka Evessa)
Naoto Takushi
(Ryukyu Golden Kings)
Reggie Warren
(Takamatsu Five Arrows)
Andy Ellis
(Oita Heat Devils)
Patrick Whearty
(Sendai 89ERS)
2008-09 Michael Gardener
(Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix)
Naoto Takushi
(Ryukyu Golden Kings)
Bobby St. Preux
(Sendai 89ERS)
Lynn Washington
(Osaka Evessa)
Jeff Newton
(Ryukyu Golden Kings)
2009-10 Kouhei Aoki
(Tokyo Apache)
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
(Kyoto Hannaryz)
Michael Parker
(Rizing Fukuoka)
Wendell White
(Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix)
Julius Ashby
(Tokyo Apache)
2010-11 Wayne Arnold
(Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix)
Takumi Ishizaki
(Shimane Susanoo Magic)
Jeffrey Parmer
Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix
Michael Parker
(Rizing Fukuoka)
Anthony McHenry
Ryukyu Golden Kings

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ American Justin Burrell wins MVP in Japan pro league - ESPN

External links[edit]

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