Super Basketball League

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Super Basketball League (SBL)
Current season, competition or edition:
2012–13 SBL season
Sport Basketball
Founded 2003
No. of teams Men: 7
Women: 6
Country  Republic of China
Continent FIBA Asia (Asia)
Most recent champion(s) M: Pure Youth Construction (3rd title)
W: Cathay Life (19th title)
Most titles M: Yulon Luxgen Dinos (4 titles)
W: Cathay Life (19 titles)
Level on pyramid 1
Official website SBL (Chinese)

The Super Basketball League (Chinese: 超級籃球聯賽; pinyin: Chāojí lánqiú liánsài), often abbreviated to the SBL, is the top-tier men's professional basketball league in Taiwan. It was founded in 2003 and considered by many as the successor organization to the short-lived Chinese Basketball Alliance (Chinese: 中華職業籃球聯盟; CBA), a men's professional basketball league that existed from 1994 to 1999 in Taiwan.

Current clubs[edit]

Currently there are seven teams competing in the SBL. They are as follows:

Champions[edit]

Champions and other postseason finishes are listed below:

Year Winner Runner-up Third Fourth
2003-2004 Yulon Dinos Sina Lions [1]
2004-2005 Yulon Dinos Dacin Tigers
2005-2006 Yulon Dinos Taiwan Beer Dacin Tigers Bank of Taiwan
2006-2007 Taiwan Beer Dacin Tigers Videoland Hunters [2] Yulon Dinos
2007-2008 Taiwan Beer Yulon Dinos dMedia Genies [3] Pure Youth
2008-2009 Dacin Tigers Taiwan Beer
2009-2010 Yulon Luxgen Dinos Dacin Tigers
2010-2011 Taiwan Beer Dacin Tigers
2011–2012 Pure Youth Dacin Tigers
2012–2013 Pure Youth Dacin Tigers

League MVP[edit]

The winner of the Super Basketball League Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is chosen by reporters. The recipients of the award are listed below:

Season Regular Season MVP Championship Series MVP
2003-2004 Tien Lei (田壘) Dacin Tigers Chen Hsin-An (陳信安) Yulon Dinos
2004-2005 Tien Lei Dacin Tigers Tseng Wen-Ting (曾文鼎) Yulon Dinos
2005-2006 Tien Lei Dacin Tigers Tseng Wen-Ting Yulon Dinos
2006-2007 Lin Chih-Chieh (林志傑) Taiwan Beer Lin Chih-Chieh Taiwan Beer
2007-2008 Chen Hsin-An Yulon Dinos Lin Chih-Chieh Taiwan Beer
2008-2009 Chang Chih-Feng (張智峰) Dacin Tigers Chang Chih-Feng Dacin Tigers
2009-2010 Tseng Wen-Ting Yulon Dinos Chen Chih-Chung (陳志忠) Yulon Dinos
2010-2011 Rashad Jennings Pure Youth Yang Jing-Min (楊敬敏) Taiwan Beer
2011-2012
2012-2013 Tsai Wen-Cheng (蔡文誠) Pure Youth Tsai Wen-Cheng (蔡文誠) Pure Youth

Notable players[edit]

Guards[edit]

  • Chang Chih-Feng (張智峰): 6'0", one-time champion, one-time regular season and finals MVP, two-time All-SBL Team, one-time Defensive Player of the Year, two-time steal champion
  • Chen Chih-Chung (陳志忠): 6'0", four-time champion, one-time finals MVP, three-time All-SBL Team, one-time Defensive Player of the Year, one-time assist champion, one-time Sixth Man of the Year
  • Lee Hsueh-Lin (李學林): 5'9", four-time champion, one-time All-SBL Team

Forwards[edit]

  • Chen Hsin-An (陳信安): 6'5", two-time champion, one-time regular season MVP, one-time finals MVP, one-time All-SBL Team, one-time scoring champion
  • Lin Chih-Chieh (林志傑): 6'3", two-time champion, two-time finals MVP, one-time regular season MVP, three-time All-SBL Team, two-time scoring champion
  • Jonathan Sanders (桑德斯): 6'7", three-time All-SBL Team, three-time rebound champion, two-time assist champion, one-time Fighter of the Year (年度最佳鬥士) [4]
  • Tien Lei (田壘): 6'8", one-time champion, three-time regular season MVP, three-time All-SBL Team, three-time rebound champion, two-time scoring champion, one-time steal champion
  • Noel Felix
  • Marcus Fizer
  • Taylor King, Former McDonald's All-American and Duke basketball player

Centres[edit]

  • Tseng Wen-Ting (曾文鼎): 6'9", four-time champion, two-time finals MVP, one-time regular season MVP, four-time All-SBL Team and Defensive Player of the Year, six-time block champion
  • Wu Tai-Hao (吳岱豪): 6'8", one-time champion, one-time All-SBL Team, one-time block champion
  • Patrick O'Bryant
  • Solomon Alabi

Women's Super Basketball League[edit]

There is also a Women's Super Basketball League (WSBL) in Taiwan, which comprises the following six teams:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sina Lions are the precursor organization to Pure Youth.
  2. ^ Videoland Hunters are the precursor organization to Taiwan Mobile Clouded Leopards.
  3. ^ dMedia Genies are the precursor organization to Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor.
  4. ^ The SBL Fighter of the Year award is distinct from the MVP award and is not created regularly. It is a rough equivalence to a sportsmanship award and would be given to the player who has won the most Fighter of the Week awards throughout a season when a yearly award is officially created. This has only happened in the 2003-2004 and the 2009-2010 seasons where veteran point guard Chou Chun-San (周俊三) and import forward Jonathan Sanders won the respective awards. The league has never explained the rationale behind its decision to create the Fighter of the Year award in certain seasons but not the others.

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