Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional

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Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional
Img logo lnbp.png
League logo
Sport Basketball
Founded March 11, 2000
No. of teams 16
Country  Mexico
Most recent champion(s) Toros de Los Dos Laredos (2nd title)
Most titles Halcones UV Xalapa (4 Titles)
Official website www.lnbp.com.mx

The Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional (National Professional Basketball league) (LNBP) is the top professional basketball league in Mexico. The league was founded in 2000 with 11 teams, and has 16 teams as of 2014. Despite its short history, in contrast with other national leagues, the LNBP has established itself as the most important basketball league in Latin America.

Famous basketball players who have played in the league include Jamario Moon,[1] Dennis Rodman,[2] Sun Ming Ming,[3] Horacio Llamas[4] and many others.

History[edit]

Foundation[edit]

On 11 March 2000 was set in the city of Durango, a company focused on support and professional basketball in Mexico. The National Professional Basketball League, an association with the aim of bringing the best of basketball across the country and produce true professional basketball.

Original teams[edit]

Algodoneros de la Laguna, at Torreón, Coahuila, Correcaminos Victoria de la UAT at Cd. Victoria, Tamaulipas, Correcaminos Reynosa de la UAT at Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Correcaminos Tampico de la UAT at Tampico, Tamaulipas, Correcaminos Matamoros de la UAT at Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Dorados Chihuahua, at Chihuahua, Indios de la UACJ at Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Garzas de Plata de la UAEH at Pachuca, Hidalgo, Ola Roja at México, D.F., Osos Saltillo at Coahuila, and Vaqueros Agua Prieta at Sonora.

League begins and Halcones dominance[edit]

The first season was held during the year 2000, in which the Tampico Correcaminos, defeated its Ciudad Victoria counterpart in the Final Series 4 games to 2. The champion teams followed as Ciudad Juarez Fighting Cocks, Correcaminos UAT, Panteras de Aguascalientes, Santos Reales de San Luis and Halcones UV Xalapa and the latter would engage in a long dominance over the following years. The next champions were Soles de Mexicali and the following three years the Halcones repeated Championships.

Recent era and Liga de las Américas Championship[edit]

After the 2010-11 Championship, the Toros de Nuevo Laredo was crowned LNBP Champion finally stopping the Halcones 3-championship-streak. They won the Final Series against the Pioneros de Quintana Roo 4 games-to 2. The next year in 2012, the Pioneros were crowned Champions of the FIBA Americas League, being the first Mexican to do so, thus accomplishing a great feat in Mexican basketball history. That year's Champions were the Halcones Rojos de Veracruz. The Nuevo Laredan team repeated the Championship in the 2012-13 season.

Current teams[edit]

Teams as of the 2013-2014 Season
Team Location Member Since Venue Capacity
Abejas de Guanajuato (Bees) Guanajuato, Guanajuato 2009 Gimnasio "La Yerbabuena" 2,100
Barreteros de Zacatecas (Miners) Zacatecas, Zacatecas 2004 Gimnasio "Profesor Marcelino González" 3,500
Correcaminos UAT Victoria (UAT Roadrunners) Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas 2000 Gimnasio Multidisciplinario UAT Victoria 2,200
Fuerza Regia (Regia Force) Monterrey, Nuevo León 2001 Gimnasio Nuevo León Unido 4,000
Gansos Salvajes de la UIC (UIC Wild Geese) Mexico City 2012 Domo de la UIC 3,000
Gigantes del Estado de México (Giants) Ecatepec, State of Mexico 2012 Gimnasio TESE 2,500
Guerreros de Guerrero Cumple (Warriors) Chilpancingo, Guerrero 2012 Gimnasio "Adrián Castejón" 2,000
Halcones Rojos Veracruz (Red Hawks) Veracruz, Veracruz 2005 Auditorio "Benito Juárez" 3,466
Halcones UV Xalapa (UV Falcons) Xalapa, Veracruz 2003 Gimnasio de la USBI 2,789
Huracanes de Tampico (Hurricanes) Tampico, Tamaulipas 2009 Expo Tampico 3,200
Lechugueros de León (Lettucemen) León, Guanajuato 2001 Domo de la Feria 4,590
Osos de Guadalajara (Bears) Guadalajara, Jalisco 2012 Domo del Code 2,766
Panteras de Aguascalientes (Panthers) Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes 2003 Gimnasio "Hermanos Carreón" 3,000
Pioneros de Quintana Roo (Pioneers) Cancún, Quintana Roo 2006 Poliforum Benito Juárez 5,800
Soles de Mexicali (Suns) Mexicali, Baja California 2005 Auditorio del Estado 5,426
Toros de Nuevo Laredo (Bulls) Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas 2007 Gimnasio Multidisciplinario Nuevo Laredo 4,000

Defunct teams[edit]

  • Algodoneros de Torreon (Torreon Cottonmen) Torreon, Coahuila
  • Potros ITSON (ITSON Colts) (Ciudad Obregón, Sonora)
  • Saltillo (Saltillo, Coahuila)
  • Angeles de Puebla (Puebla Angels) (Puebla, Puebla)
  • Titanes Distrito Federal, (Distrito Federal Titans) Mexico City
  • Ola Verde de Poza Rica (Poza Rica Green Wave) (Poza Rica, Veracruz)
  • Jaguares de la Bahia (Bahia Jaguars)
  • Venados de Laredo renamed Toros de Nuevo Laredo
  • Bravos de Piedras Negras (Piedras Negras Braves)
  • Union Zacatecas (Zacatecas Union)
  • Barreteros de Zacatecas (Zacatecas Miners)
  • Guerreros Del Norte (North Warriors)
  • Lobos Grises UAD (UAD Gray Wolves)
  • Lobos UADeC (UADeC Wolves)
  • Galgos de Tijuana (Tijuana Greyhounds)
  • Cimarrones de Ensenada (Ensenada Rams)
  • Astros de Tecate (Tecate Astros)
  • Mayas de Mérida (Mérida Mayas)
  • Guerreros de Morelia (Morelia Warriors)
  • Caballeros de Culiacan (Culiacan Knights) changed league, now in Circuito de Baloncesto de la Costa del Pacífico
  • Estrellas INDEBASQUET (INDEBASQUET Stars)
  • Pilares Distrito Federal (Distrito Federal Pillars)
  • Loros UCol (UCol Parrots)
  • Correcaminos UAT Tampico (UAT Tampico Roadrunners)
  • Correcaminos UAT Matamoros (UAT Matamoros Roadrunners)
  • Correcaminos UAT Reynosa (UAT Roadrunners)
  • Dorados de Chihuahua (Chihuahua Golden)
  • Garzas de Plata UAEH (UAEH Silver Herons)
  • Garzas Guerreras UATX (UATX War Herons)
  • Gambusinos de Fresnillo (Fresnillo Goldseekers)
  • Leñadores de Durango (Durango Lumberjacks)
  • Tuberos de Colima (Colima Tubemakers)
  • Zorros UMNSNH (UMNSNH Foxes)
  • Cometas de Queretaro (Queretaro Comets)
  • Libertadores de Queretaro (Queretaro Liberators)
  • Santos Reales San Luis Potosí (San Luis Potosí Royal Saints)
  • Bucaneros de Campeche (Campeche Buccaneers)
  • Halcones UV Cordoba (UV Cordoba Falcons)
  • Indios de Juarez (Juarez Indians)

System[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The regular season is played in Round-Robin format in which the 12 best-placed teams qualify to the postseason. For every game won 2 points are added and for every game lost one point is added. For example: If team one played 10 games and won 7, losing the remaining 3, it would have 17 points; 14 points for the 7 games won and 3 points for the games lost.

Playoffs[edit]

The 4 top-seeded teams have a bye in the first playoff series while the five to twelve seeds play each other. The 5th-placed team plays the 12th-place team while the 6th plays the 11th and the 7th plays the 10th and so on. The quarter-finals see the top seed playing the worse-qualified seed and the second best team playing the second worse team and so on. The semi-finals are played like the quarterfinals while the Serie Final is played by the two teams remaining with the best-placed team having Home field advantage.

League champions[edit]

Championship appearances[edit]

Team Championship Runner-up Championship year
Halcones UV Xalapa 4 3 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010
Toros de Nuevo Laredo 2 1 2011, 2013
Soles de Mexicali 1 2 2006
Correcaminos UAT Victoria 1 1 2002
Halcones Rojos Veracruz 1 1 2012
Correcaminos UAT Tampico 1 0 2000
Gallos de Pelea de Ciudad Juárez 1 0 2001
Panteras de Aguascalientes 1 0 2003
Santos Reales de San Luis 1 0 2004
Lobos de la U.A. de C. 0 2
Correcaminos UAT Matamoros 0 1
Ola Roja del Distrito Federal 0 1
Pioneros de Quintana Roo 0 1

Copa Independencia winners[edit]

The Copa Independencia (Independence Cup) was a pre-season tournament created by the LNBP.

Season Champion Runner-up
2000 Correcaminos UAT Tampico Correcaminos UAT Victoria
2001 Gallos de Pelea de Cd. Juárez Lobos de la U.A. de C.
2002 Correcaminos UAT Victoria Correcaminos UAT Matamoros
2003 Panteras de Aguascalientes La Ola Roja del Distrito Federal
2004 Santos Reales de San Luis Halcones UV Xalapa
2005 Halcones UV Xalapa Lobos de la U.A. de C.
2006 Soles de Mexicali Halcones UV Xalapa
2007-08 Halcones UV Xalapa Soles de Mexicali
2008-09 Halcones UV Xalapa Soles de Mexicali
2009-10 Halcones UV Xalapa Halcones Rojos
2010-11 Toros de Nuevo Laredo Pioneros de Quintana Roo
2011-12 Halcones Rojos Veracruz Toros de Nuevo Laredo
2012-13 Toros de Los Dos Laredos Halcones UV Xalapa
2013-14 . Halcones Rojos Veracruz Pioneros de Cancun
Season Champion Runner-up
2004 Lobos de la U.A. de C. Lechugueros de León
2005 Lobos de la U.A. de C. Correcaminos UAT Victoria
2006 Lobos Grises UAD Halcones UV Xalapa
2007-08 Lobos Grises UAD Halcones Rojos

References[edit]

  1. ^ Se impone Fuerza Regia a Selección. June 24, 2006. Retrieved on July 18, 2008.
  2. ^ Rodman comes back, first in Mexico. October 12, 2004. Retrieved on July 18, 2008.
  3. ^ Fuerza Regia le quitó lo invicto a Halcones UV. October 28, 2007. Retrieved on July 18, 2008.
  4. ^ Mexicali o Saltillo van contra Fuerza Regia en la LNBP. November 1, 2005. Retrieved on July 18, 2008.

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