Liga Profesional de Baloncesto
|No. of teams||10|
|Most recent champion(s)||Marinos de Anzoátegui
|Most titles||Marinos de Anzoátegui
The Liga Profesional de Baloncesto (LPB) is the Venezuelan first division national professional basketball league. The league is considered one of the best in South-America. Marinos de Anzoátegui (10 titles) and Cocodrilos de Caracas (6 titles) are the current elite teams in the league – each season since 2008 one of the two teams won the championship.
The league was founded in 1974, as it started with four teams in the competition. Each team was allowed to have two foreign players. In 1992 the league expanded to 8 teams and was named "LPB".
Format and rules
The competition consists of 10 teams who play each other once at home and away in the regular season. After that, the top four teams play the Playoffs. Both the semi-finals and finals are played in a best-of-seven format.
The regular season starts in February of each year and ends in May. Also, like the NBA, a All-Star Game is held at the middle of the season.
The rule that only two foreign players can play per team still stands.
- Cocodrilos de Caracas
- Guaiqueríes de Margarita
- Trotamundos de Carabobo
- Panteras de Miranda
- Marinos de Anzoátegui
- Gaiteros del Zulia
- Guaros de Lara
- Toros de Aragua
- Gigantes de Guayana
- Bucaneros de La Guaira
- Official site (Spanish)