Korvpalli Meistriliiga

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Korvpalli Meistriliiga (KML)
Current season, competition or edition:
2014–15 KML season
Sport Basketball
Founded 1925
CEO Jüri Ratas
Inaugural season 1925
No. of teams 9
Country Estonia Estonia
Continent European Union FIBA Europe (Europe)
Most recent champion(s) BC Kalev/Cramo
(7th title)
Most titles Tartu Ülikool/Rock
(22 titles)
TV partner(s) TV6 Estonia
Delfi TV
Related competitions Estonian Basketball Cup
Level on pyramid 1st Tier
Relegation to I Liiga – 2nd Tier
Official website basket.ee

The Korvpalli Meistriliiga (English: Basketball Premier League) known as the Alexela Korvpalli Meistriliiga (English: Alexela Basketball Premier League) for sponsorship reasons is the first tier level men's professional basketball league in Estonia.

The first Estonian Basketball Championship tournament was held in 1925. During the Soviet occupation (1941–1991) the league was called Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic Championship. The league was named Korvpalli Meistriliiga (KML) in 1992 after Estonia regained its independence. The current KML champions are BC Kalev/Cramo who won their seventh title.

The KML league, which is played under FIBA rules, currently consists of 9 teams. Since 2013, Alexela, an Estonian energy company, has been the main sponsor of the KML league.

Current teams[edit]

Team City/Area Arena Capacity Founded 2013–14 season Head Coach
Kalev/Cramo Tallinn Saku Suurhall 7,200 1998 1 Estonia Alar Varrak
Tartu Ülikool/Rock Tartu Tartu Ülikooli Spordihoone 1,452 1945 2 Estonia Gert Kullamäe
Rakvere Tarvas Rakvere Rakvere Spordihall 2,422 2006 3 Estonia Andres Sõber
Tallinna Kalev Tallinn Kalevi Spordihall 1,000 2002 4th Estonia Kalle Klandorf
TTÜ KK Tallinn TTÜ Spordihall 1,050 2006 5th Estonia Tiit Sokk
KK Pärnu Pärnu Pärnu Spordihall 2,000 2000 6th Serbia Darko Ivanović
TYCO Rapla Rapla Sadolini Spordihoone 1,000 1996 7th Estonia Aivar Kuusmaa
Valga/Maks&Moorits Valga Valga Spordihall 700 2006 8th Latvia Sandis Buškevics
KK HITO Jõhvi Jõhvi Spordihall 500 1989 9th Estonia Priit Sternhof

Historical performance of the current KML teams[edit]

2013–14 KML club locations
Team City/Area Debut in KML
Pos. Kalev/Cramo Tallinn 1998-99
Pos. Tartu Ülikool/Rock Tartu 1991-92
Pos. Rakvere Tarvas Rakvere 2006-07
Pos. Tallinna Kalev Tallinn 2002-03
Pos. TTÜ KK Tallinn 2006-07
Pos. KK Pärnu Pärnu 2006-07
Pos. TYCO Rapla Rapla 2010-11
Pos. Valga/Maks&Moorits Valga 2006-07
Pos. KK HITO Jõhvi 2012-13
Korvpalli Meistriliiga seasons
Pos. 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
8 8 8 8 8 8 8
9 9 9 9 9
10 10 10
11
12

Champions[edit]

  • 1925 to 1940: Estonian Basketball Championship
  • 1941 to 1990–91: Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic Championship
  • 1991–92 to present: Korvpalli Meistriliiga
Season Team
1925
Tallinna Sport
1926
No championship
1927
Tallinna Kalev
1928
Tallinna Vitjaz
1929
Tallinna Russ
1930
Tallinna Kalev
1931
Tallinna Kalev
1932
Tallinna Russ
1933
Tallinna Russ
1934
Tartu NMKÜ
1935
Tallinna NMKÜ
1936
Tartu NMKÜ
1937
Tartu NMKÜ
1938
Tartu EASK
1939
Tartu EASK
1940
Tartu EASK
1941
Tallinna Dünamo
1942
No championship
1943
Tallinna Kalev
1944
summer: Tartu Kalev
winter: Tallinna Kalev
1945
Tallinna Kalev
1946
Tallinna Kalev
1947
Tallinna Kalev
 
Season Team
1948
Tartu ÜSK
1949
Tartu ÜSK
1950
Tartu ÜSK
1951
Tartu ÜSK
1952
Tartu ÜSK
1953
Tallinna Kalev
1954
Tallinna Kalev
1955
Tallinna Kalev
1956
TRÜ
1957
EPA
1958
TRÜ
1959
TRÜ
1960
EPA
1961
TPI
1962
TPI
1963
TPI
1964
TPI
1965
TPI
1966
TPI
1967
Tallinna Kalev
1968
Tallinna Kalev
1969
TRÜ
1970
TRÜ
1971
Tallinna Kalev
 
Season Team
1972
TRÜ
1973
TRÜ
1974
Harju KEK
1975
TRÜ
1976
TRÜ
1977
TRÜ
1977–78
TRÜ
1978–79
Harju KEK
1980
Tallinna Standard
1981
Tallinna Metallist
1981–82
Tallinna Standard
1982–83
Tallinna Standard
1983–84
TPI
1984–85
TPI
1985–86
Tallinna Standard
1986–87
Tallinna Standard
1987–88
Tallinna Standard
1988–89
Tallinna Standard
1989–90
Tallinna Standard
1990–91
Tallinna Asto
1991–92
BC Kalev
1992–93
Rafter-Kalev
1993–94
Tallinna Asto-Basket
1994–95
BC Kalev/AUMa
 
Season Team
1995–96
BC Kalev
1996–97
BC Tallinn
1997–98
BC Kalev
1998–99
BC Tallinn
1999–00
Tartu Ülikool-Delta
2000–01
Tartu Ülikool-Delta
2001–02
Tallinna Kalev
2002–03
Tallinna Kalev
2003–04
Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2004–05
Ehitustööriist
2005–06
BC Kalev/Cramo
2006–07
Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2007–08
Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2008–09
BC Kalev/Cramo
2009–10
Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2010–11
BC Kalev/Cramo
2011–12
BC Kalev/Cramo
2012–13
BC Kalev/Cramo
2013–14
BC Kalev/Cramo

Performance by club[edit]

Club Champions Winning years
Tartu Ülikool/Rock
22
1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010
Tallinna Kalev
14
1927, 1930, 1931, 1942, 1944 (w)‡, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1967, 1968, 1971
TPI
8
1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1984, 1985
Tallinna Standard
8
1980, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990
Tallinna BC Kalev
7
1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2003
BC Kalev/Cramo
7
2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Tallinna Vitjaz/Tallinna Russ
4
1928, 1929, 1932, 1933
Tartu NMKÜ
3
1934, 1936, 1937
Tartu EASK
3
1938, 1939, 1940
EPA
2
1957, 1960
Harju KEK
2
1974, 1979
Tallinna Asto
2
1991, 1994
BC Tallinn
2
1997, 1999
Tallinna Sport
1
1925
Tallinna NMKÜ
1
1935
Tallinna Dünamo
1
1941
Tartu Kalev
1
1944 (s)‡
Tallinna Metallist
1
1981

Note: In the 1944 season two championship tournaments were held (s – summer tournament; w – winter tournament).

Korvpalli Meistriliiga Finals[edit]

Home court advantage
* Indicates the team who won the Estonian Basketball Cup in the same season
Season Winner Result Runner-up 1st of Regular Season Record Champion's Coach Finals MVP
1991–92
Tallinna BC Kalev *
2–0
Tallinna Asto Tallinna Asto
28–1
Estonia Jaanus Levkoi
1992–93
Tallinna Rafter-Kalev *
2–0
Tallinna Asto Tallinna Rafter-Kalev
36–0
Estonia Riho Soonik
1993–94
Tallinna Asto-Basket
2–1
Baltika Tallinna Asto-Basket
25–3
Estonia Jaanus Levkoi
1994–95
Tallinna BC Kalev/AUMa
3–1
BC Tallinn Tallinna BC Kalev/AUMa
28–0
Estonia Jaak Salumets
1995–96
Tallinna BC Kalev *
3–0
KK Tartu Tallinna BC Kalev
36–0
Estonia Jaak Salumets
1996–97
BC Tallinn
3–1
Baltika BC Tallinn
20–5
Estonia Üllar Kerde
1997–98
Tallinna BC Kalev
3–1
BC Tallinn Tallinna BC Kalev
22–3
Netherlands Maarten Van Gent
1998–99
BC Tallinn *
3–0
Nybit BC Tallinn
21–4
Estonia Üllar Kerde
1999–00
Tartu Ülikool-Delta *
3–0
Tallinna Kalev Tallinna Kalev
27–3
Estonia Teet Laur Estonia Tanel Tein
2000–01
Tartu Ülikool-Delta *
3–0
Tallinna Ülikoolid-A. Le Coq Tartu Ülikool-Delta
28–7
Estonia Jüri Neissaar Estonia Tanel Tein
2001–02
Tallinna Kalev *
3–2
Tartu Ülikool/Rock Tartu Ülikool/Rock
23–7
Estonia Üllar Kerde
2002–03
Tallinna Kalev
4–2
TTÜ/A. Le Coq TTÜ/A. Le Coq
25–7
Estonia Andres Sõber
2003–04
Tartu Ülikool/Rock
4–2
EBS/Nybit Tartu Ülikool/Rock
18–6
Estonia Tõnu Lust Estonia Rauno Pehka
2004–05
Ehitustööriist
4–3
Tartu Ülikool/Rock * Tartu Ülikool/Rock
12–4
Estonia Allan Dorbek United States Howard Frier
2005–06
BC Kalev/Cramo *
4–3
Tartu Ülikool/Rock BC Kalev/Cramo
21–3
Estonia Aivar Kuusmaa United States James Williams
2006–07
Tartu Ülikool/Rock
4–2
BC Kalev/Cramo * Tartu Ülikool/Rock
33–3
Lithuania Algirdas Brazys Estonia Tanel Tein
2007–08
Tartu Ülikool/Rock
4–0
BC Kalev/Cramo * Tartu Ülikool/Rock
33–3
Estonia Üllar Kerde United States Brian Cusworth
2008–09
BC Kalev/Cramo *
4–2
Tartu Ülikool/Rock Tartu Ülikool/Rock
26–2
New Zealand Nenad Vučinić Estonia Kristjan Kangur
2009–10
Tartu Ülikool/Rock *
4–2
BC Rakvere Tarvas Tartu Ülikool/Rock
23–5
Estonia Indrek Visnapuu Estonia Janar Talts
2010–11
BC Kalev/Cramo
4–0
Tartu Ülikool/Rock * BC Kalev/Cramo
29–3
Estonia Aivar Kuusmaa Latvia Armands Šķēle
2011–12
BC Kalev/Cramo
4–0
Tartu Ülikool * Tartu Ülikool
25–3
Estonia Aivar Kuusmaa Estonia Tanel Sokk
2012–13
BC Kalev/Cramo
4–0
Tartu Ülikool/Rock BC Kalev/Cramo
28–4
Estonia Alar Varrak Estonia Tanel Sokk
2013–14
BC Kalev/Cramo
4–0
Tartu Ülikool/Rock* Tartu Ülikool/Rock
30–2
Estonia Alar Varrak Romania Vlad Moldoveanu

Note: Play-offs MVP.

Korvpalli Meistriliiga awards[edit]

KML Most Valuable Player[edit]

Season Player Team
1996–97
1997–98 Estonia Gert Kullamäe Tallinna Kalev
1998–99 Estonia Aivar Kuusmaa BC Tallinn
1999–00 Estonia Gert Kullamäe Tallinna Kalev
2000–01 Estonia Tanel Tein Tartu Ülikool-Delta
2001–02 Estonia Tanel Tein Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2002–03 Estonia Aivar Kuusmaa TTÜ/A. Le Coq
2003–04 Lithuania Augenijus Vaškys Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2004–05 United States Howard Frier Ehitustööriist
2005–06 Estonia Tanel Tein Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2006–07 United States Travis Reed BC Kalev/Cramo
2007–08 United States Brian Cusworth Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2008–09 Georgia (country) Giorgi Tsintsadze Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2009–10 Estonia Valmo Kriisa BC Rakvere Tarvas
2010–11 United States Bambale Osby TTÜ/Kalev
2011–12 Latvia Kaspars Cipruss BC Rakvere Tarvas
2012–13 United States Gary Wilkinson BC Kalev/Cramo
2013–14 Romania Vlad Moldoveanu BC Kalev/Cramo
 

KML Finals Most Valuable Player[edit]

Season Player Team
1996–97
1997–98
1998–99
1999–00 Estonia Tanel Tein Tartu Ülikool-Delta
2000–01 Estonia Tanel Tein Tartu Ülikool-Delta
2001–02
2002–03
2003–04 Estonia Rauno Pehka TTÜ/A. Le Coq
2004–05 United States Howard Frier Ehitustööriist
2005–06 United States James Williams BC Kalev/Cramo
2006–07 Estonia Tanel Tein Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2007–08 United States Brian Cusworth Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2008–09 Estonia Kristjan Kangur BC Kalev/Cramo
2009–10 Estonia Janar Talts Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2010–11 Latvia Armands Šķēle BC Kalev/Cramo
2011–12 Estonia Tanel Sokk BC Kalev/Cramo
2012–13 Estonia Tanel Sokk BC Kalev/Cramo
2013–14 Romania Vlad Moldoveanu BC Kalev/Cramo

Note: Play-offs MVP.

Best Young Player[edit]

Season Player Team
1996–97
1997–98 Estonia Tanel Tein SK Polaris
1998–99
1999–00
2000–01 Estonia Veljo Vares Tartu Ülikool-Delta
2001–02 Estonia Erik Dorbek Tallinna Kalev
2002–03 Estonia Tanel Sokk Nybit
2003–04 Estonia Kristo Saage KK Rakvere
2004–05 Estonia Gert Dorbek Tallinna Kalev
2005–06 Estonia Sten-Timmu Sokk Dalkia/Nybit
2006–07 Estonia Sten-Timmu Sokk Dalkia/Nybit
2007–08 Estonia Sten-Timmu Sokk Triobet/Dalkia
2008–09 Estonia Jaan Puidet Kuremaa SK
2009–10 Estonia Rain Veideman BC Rakvere Tarvas
2010–11 Estonia Rain Veideman Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2011–12 Estonia Rait-Riivo Laane Piimameister Otto/Rapla
2012–13 Estonia Rait-Riivo Laane TYCO Rapla
2013–14 Estonia Sander Saare BC Rakvere Tarvas
 

Coach of the Year[edit]

Season Coach Team
1996–97 Estonia Üllar Kerde BC Tallinn
1997–98 Netherlands Maarten Van Gent Tallinna Kalev
1998–99 Estonia Üllar Kerde BC Tallinn
1999–00
2000–01 Estonia Jüri Neissaar Tartu Ülikool-Delta
2001–02
2002–03 Estonia Andres Sõber Tallinna Kalev
2003–04 Estonia Tõnu Lust Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2004–05 Estonia Allan Dorbek Ehitustööriist
2005–06 Estonia Aivar Kuusmaa BC Kalev/Cramo
2006–07 Serbia Veselin Matić BC Kalev/Cramo
2007–08 Estonia Üllar Kerde Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2008–09 New Zealand Nenad Vučinić BC Kalev/Cramo
2009–10 Estonia Andres Sõber BC Rakvere Tarvas
2010–11 Estonia Aivar Kuusmaa BC Kalev/Cramo
2011–12 Estonia Aivar Kuusmaa BC Kalev/Cramo
2012–13 Estonia Alar Varrak BC Kalev/Cramo
2013–14 Estonia Alar Varrak BC Kalev/Cramo

Defencive Player of the Year[edit]

Season Player Team
1996–97
1997–98
1998–99
1999–00
2000–01
2001–02
2002–03
2003–04 Estonia Indrek Reinbok Pirita TOP Spa
2004–05
2005–06 Estonia Martin Viiask Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2006–07 Estonia Valmo Kriisa BC Kalev/Cramo
2007–08 Estonia Janar Talts Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2008–09 United States John Linehan BC Kalev/Cramo
2009–10 Estonia Gregor Arbet BC Kalev/Cramo
2010–11 United States Callistus Eziukwu Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2011–12 Senegal Bamba Fall BC Kalev/Cramo
2012–13 Estonia Martin Dorbek TYCO Rapla
2013–14 Estonia Gregor Arbet BC Kalev/Cramo

Notable players[edit]

Estonia:

Canada:

Georgia:

Latvia:

Lithuania:

Romania:

Senegal:

USA:

External links[edit]