Korean Basketball League

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Korean Basketball League (KBL)
Current season, competition or edition:
2012–13 KBL season
Korean Basketball League.jpg
Logo KBL
Sport Basketball
Founded 1997
Inaugural season 1997
No. of teams 10
Country  South Korea
Continent FIBA Asia (Asia)
Most recent champion(s) Ulsan Mobis Phoebus (5th title)
Most titles Jeonju KCC Egis
Ulsan Mobis Phoebus (5 titles each)
Level on pyramid 1
Official website KBL

The Korean Basketball League, often abbreviated to the KBL, is the pre-eminent professional men's basketball league in South Korea. Its inaugural season was in 1997. The season starts in October and ends in April the following year. The KBL consists of 10 teams. Each team plays 54 games (27 home games, 27 road games). Each team is allowed to have 2 foreign players. Foreign players in the league are almost always either a forward or center. Formerly, foreign players were not allowed to exceed 2.03 m (6 feet, 8 inches) in height, although that rule has since been revoked.

Current clubs[edit]

There are currently 10 clubs in the KBL:

  • Ulsan Mobis Phoebus
    • Busan Kia Enterprise (1997 ~ 2000–2001)
    • Ulsan Mobis Automons (2001–2002 ~ 2003–2004)
    • Ulsan Mobis Phoebus (2004–2005 ~ )
  • Anyang KGC
    • Anyang SBS Stars (1997 ~ 2004–2005)
    • Anyang KT&G Kites (2005–2006 ~ 2009–2010)
    • Anyang KGC (2010–2011 ~ )
  • Seoul SK Knights
    • Cheongju Jinro McCass (1997. 1 ~ 1997. 9)
    • Cheongju SK Knights (1997–1998 ~ 2000–2001)
    • Seoul SK Knights (2001–2002 ~ )
  • Changwon LG Sakers
    • Gyeongnam LG Sakers (1997–1998)
    • Changwon LG Sakers (1998–1999 ~ )
  • Goyang Orions
    • Daegu Tongyang Orions (1997 ~ 2002–2003)
    • Daegu Orions (2003–2004 ~ 2010–2011)
    • Goyang Orions (2011–2012 ~ )
  • Incheon ET Land Elephants
    • Incheon Daewoo Securities Zeus (1997 ~ 1997–1998)
    • Incheon Daewoo Zeus (1998–1999)
    • Incheon Shinsegi Bigs (1999–2000 ~ 2000–2001)
    • Incheon SK Bigs (2001–2002 ~ 2002–2003)
    • Incheon ET Land Black Slamer (2003–2004 ~ 2008–2009)
    • Incheon ET Land Elephants (2009–2010 ~ )
  • Jeonju KCC Egis
    • Daejeon Hyundai Dynat (1997 ~ 1998–1999)
    • Daejeon Hyundai Gullivers (1999–2000 ~ 2000–2001)
    • Jeonju KCC Egis (2001–2002 ~ )
  • Busan KT Sonicboom
    • Gwangju Nasan Flamans (1997 ~ 1998–1999)
    • Gwangju Goldbank Clickers (1999–2000)
    • Yeosu Goldbank Clickers (2000–2001)
    • Yeosu Korea Tender Prumi (2001–2002 ~ 2002–2003)
    • Busan Korea Tender Maxten (2003–2004)
    • Busan KTF Magic Wings (2003–2004 ~ 2008–2009)
    • Busan KT Sonicboom (2009–2010 ~ )
  • Wonju Dongbu Promy
    • Wonju Naray Blue Bird (1997 ~ 1998–1999)
    • Wonju Naray Hackers (1999. 8 ~ 1999. 10)
    • Wonju Sambo Xers (1999–2000 ~ 2001–2002)
    • Wonju TG Xers (2002–2003 ~ 2003–2004)
    • Wonju TG Sambo Xers (2003–2004 ~ 2004–2005)
    • Wonju Dongbu Promy (2005–2006 ~ )

KBL Reserve League[edit]

  • Busan KT Sonicboom (2009–2010 ~ )
  • Goyang Orions (2009–2010 ~ 2010–2011)
  • Incheon ET Land Elephants (2009–2010 ~ )
  • Sangmu Basketball Team (2009–2010 ~ )
  • Seoul SK Knights (2009–2010 ~ )
  • Jeonju KCC Egis (2010–2011 ~ )

Results[edit]

Finals[edit]

Year Champions Result Runners-up Playoffs MVP
1997 Busan Kia Enterprise 4–1 Wonju Naray Blue Bird Kang Dong-Hee (Kia)
1997–1998 Daejeon Hyundai Dynat 4–3 Busan Kia Enterprise Hur Jae (Kia)
1998–1999 Daejeon Hyundai Dynat 4–1 Busan Kia Enterprise Cho Sung-Won (Hyundai)
1999–2000 Cheongju SK Knights 4–2 Daejeon Hyundai Gullivers Seo Jang-Hoon (SK)
2000–2001 Suwon Samsung Thunders 4–1 Changwon LG Sakers Joo Hee-Jung (Samsung)
2001–2002 Daegu Tongyang Orions 4–3 Seoul SK Knights Marcus Hicks (Tongyang)
2002–2003 Wonju TG Xers 4–2 Daegu Tongyang Orions David Jackson (TG)
2003–2004 Jeonju KCC Egis 4–3 Wonju TG Sambo Xers Lee Sang-Min (KCC)
2004–2005 Wonju TG Sambo Xers 4–2 Jeonju KCC Egis Kim Joo-Sung (TG Sambo)
2005–2006 Seoul Samsung Thunders 4–0 Ulsan Mobis Phoebus Kang Hyuk (Samsung)
2006–2007 Ulsan Mobis Phoebus 4–3 Busan KTF Magic Wings Yang Dong-Geun (Mobis)
2007–2008 Wonju Dongbu Promy 4–1 Seoul Samsung Thunders Kim Joo-Sung (Dongbu)
2008–2009 Jeonju KCC Egis 4–3 Seoul Samsung Thunders Choo Seung-Kyun (KCC)
2009–2010 Ulsan Mobis Phoebus 4–2 Jeonju KCC Egis Ham Ji-Hoon (Mobis)
2010–2011 Jeonju KCC Egis 4–2 Wonju Dongbu Promy Ha Seung-Jin (KCC)
2011–2012 Anyang KGC 4–2 Wonju Dongbu Promy Oh Se-Keun (KGC)
2012–2013 Ulsan Mobis Phoebus 4–0 Seoul SK Knights Yang Dong-Geun (Mobis)

Titles by club[edit]

Rank Club Titles Year
1 Jeonju KCC Egis 5 1998, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2011
2 Ulsan Mobis Phoebus 4 1997, 2007, 2010, 2013
3 Wonju Dongbu Promy 3 2003, 2005, 2008
4 Seoul Samsung Thunders 2 2001, 2006
5 Seoul SK Knights 1 2000
Goyang Orions 1 2002
Anyang KGC 1 2012

Prize money[edit]

  • Champions (Finals winners)
    • KRW 100,000,000 + Trophy (1997 ~ )
  • Runners-up (Finals losers)
    • KRW 50,000,000 (1997 ~ )
  • Regular Season 1st place
    • KRW 50,000,000 + Trophy (1997 ~ 2004–2005)
    • KRW 100,000,000 + Trophy (2005–2006 ~ )
  • Regular Season 2nd place
    • KRW 30,000,000 (1997 ~ 2004–2005)
    • KRW 50,000,000 (2005–2006 ~ )
  • Regular Season 3rd place
    • KRW 20,000,000 (1997 ~ 2004–2005)
    • KRW 30,000,000 (2005–2006 ~ )

See also[edit]

External links[edit]