LNB Pro A

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LNB Pro A
Current season, competition or edition:
2013–14 LNB Pro A season
LNB Pro A Logo.jpg
Sport Basketball
Founded 1921
No. of teams 16
Country  France
Continent European Union FIBA Europe
Most recent champion(s) Limoges CSP (10th title)
Most titles ASVEL (17 titles)
Limoges CSP (10 titles)
Pau-Lacq-Orthez (9 titles)
Related competitions French Cup
Semaine des As Cup
Level on pyramid 1st Tier (France)
Relegation to LNB Pro B (2nd Tier)
Official website www.LNB.fr

The LNB Pro A (full name: Ligue Nationale de Basket Pro A; English: Pro National Basketball League A) is the first-tier men's professional basketball league in France. The competition has existed since the year 1921. Since 1987, the Ligue Nationale de Basket (LNB) has organized the league. The bottom two placed teams from each season are relegated to the second-tier LNB Pro B.

Format[edit]

All 16 Pro A League teams play each other twice during the regular season. At the end of the regular season, the top eight teams qualify for the playoffs. The two teams with the worst regular season records are relegated to Pro B.

Through the 1985–86 season, the league championship was determined by a one-off final, or solely by league play. Since then, the format for the league finals has changed many times:[1]

  • 1987–1992: Best-of-3 series
  • 1993: Best-of-5
  • 1994: Best-of-3
  • 1995–1996: Best-of-5
  • 1997–2004: Best-of-3
  • 2005–2012: Single match (at Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris)
  • 2013–present: Best-of-5

From the 2003–04 season, through the 2006–07 season, the Pro A League had 18 teams. Through the wild-card system, it will have 18 teams again from 2014-15 season.

Current clubs[edit]

Historical players[edit]

French League champions (1921-2013)[edit]

Excellence (1920-1949)

Nationale (1949-1963)

Première Division (1963-1965)

Nationale 1 (1965-1987)

Nationale 1A (1987-1992)

Nationale A1 (1992-1993)

Pro A (1993-2013)

Titles by Club[edit]

Club Champions Winning years
ASVEL
17
1949-50, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1954–55, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1974–75, 1976–77, 1980–81, 2001–02, 2008–09
Limoges CSP
10
1982-83, 1983-84, 1984-85, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1999-00, 2013-14
Pau-Orthez
9
1985-86, 1986-87, 1991-92, 1995-96, 1997-98, 1998-99, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2003-04
FA Mulhouse
7
1923-24, 1924-25, 1925-26, 1927-28, 1928-29, 1929-30, 1930-31
Racing Paris
4
1950-51, 1952-53, 1953-54, 1996-97
Le Mans
4
1977-78, 1978-79, 1981-82, 2005-06
Alsace Bagnolet
3
1960-61, 1961-62, 1966-67
Olympique Antibes
3
1969-70, 1990-91, 1994-95
Stade français
2
1920-21, 1926-27
Reims
2
1931-32, 1932-33
CA Mulhouse
2
1934-35, 1936-37
Préparation Olympique
2
1935-36, 1937-38
Métro
2
1938-39, 1941-42
Grenoble
2
1942-43, 1943-44
Charleville-Mézières
2
1957-58, 1959-60
Paris Université
2
1946-47, 1962-63
AS Berck
2
1972-73, 1973-74
ASPO Tours
2
1975-76, 1979-80
Roanne
2
1958-59, 2006-07
SLUC Nancy
2
2007-08, 2010-11
Lille
1
1921-22
Arras
1
1922-23
Olympique lillois
1
1933-34
Championnet
1
1944-45
Lyon
1
1945-46
UA Marseille
1
1947-48
Denain Voltaire
1
1964-65
Strasbourg IG
1
2004-05
Cholet
1
2009-10
Chalon
1
2011-12
JSF Nanterre
1
2013-14

LNB Pro A awards[edit]

Main article: LNB Pro A Awards

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "2006–07 French League". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 

External links[edit]