Korean Basketball League

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Korean Basketball League (KBL)
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2015–16 KBL season
Korean Basketball League.jpg
Logo KBL
Sport Basketball
Founded 1997
Inaugural season 1997
No. of teams 10
Country  South Korea
Continent FIBA Asia (Asia)
Most recent
champion(s)
Goyang Orion Orions
(2nd title)
Most titles Ulsan Mobis Phoebus
(6 titles)
Level on pyramid 1
Official website KBL

The Korean Basketball League, often abbreviated to the KBL, is the pre-eminent professional men's basketball league in South Korea. Its inaugural season was in 1997. The season starts in October and ends in April the following year. The KBL consists of 10 teams. Each team plays 54 games (27 home games and 27 away games). Each team is allowed to have 2 foreign players. Foreign players in the league are almost always either a forward or center. Formerly, foreign players were not allowed to exceed 2.03 m (6 feet, 8 inches) in height, although that rule has since been revoked.

Current clubs[edit]

There are currently ten clubs in the KBL:

  • Ulsan Mobis Phoebus
    • Busan Kia Enterprise (1997–2001)
    • Ulsan Mobis Automons (2001–2004)
    • Ulsan Mobis Phoebus (2004–present)
  • Seoul Samsung Thunders
    • Suwon Samsung Thunders (1997–2001)
    • Seoul Samsung Thunders (2001–present)
  • Anyang KGC
    • Anyang SBS Stars (1997–2005)
    • Anyang KT&G Kites (2005–2010)
    • Anyang KGC (2010–present)
  • Seoul SK Knights
    • Cheongju Jinro McCass (1997)
    • Cheongju SK Knights (1997–2001)
    • Seoul SK Knights (2001–present)
  • Changwon LG Sakers
    • Gyeongnam LG Sakers (1997–1998)
    • Changwon LG Sakers (1998–present)
  • Goyang Orion Orions
    • Daegu Tongyang Orions (1997–2003)
    • Daegu Orions (2003–2011)
    • Goyang Orions (2011–2015)
    • Goyang Orion Orions (2015–present)
  • Incheon ET Land Elephants
    • Incheon Daewoo Securities Zeus (1997–1998)
    • Incheon Daewoo Zeus (1998–1999)
    • Incheon Shinsegi Bigs (1999–2001)
    • Incheon SK Bigs (2001–2003)
    • Incheon ET Land Black Slamer (2003–2009)
    • Incheon ET Land Elephants (2009–present)
  • Jeonju KCC Egis
    • Daejeon Hyundai Dynat (1997–1999)
    • Daejeon Hyundai Gullivers (1999–2001)
    • Jeonju KCC Egis (2001–present)
  • Busan KT Sonicboom
    • Gwangju Nasan Flamans (1997–1999)
    • Gwangju Goldbank Clickers (1999–2000)
    • Yeosu Goldbank Clickers (2000–2001)
    • Yeosu Korea Tender Prumi (2001–2003)
    • Busan Korea Tender Maxten (2003)
    • Busan KTF Magic Wings (2003–2009)
    • Busan KT Sonicboom (2009–present)
  • Wonju Dongbu Promy
    • Wonju Naray Blue Bird (1997–1999)
    • Wonju Naray Hackers (1999)
    • Wonju Sambo Xers (1999–2002)
    • Wonju TG Xers (2002–2003)
    • Wonju TG Sambo Xers (2003–2005)
    • Wonju Dongbu Promy (2005–present)

KBL Reserve League[edit]

  • Busan KT Sonicboom (2009–present)
  • Daegu Orions (2009–2011)
  • Incheon ET Land Elephants (2009–present)
  • Sangmu Basketball Team (2009–present)
  • Seoul SK Knights (2009–present)
  • Jeonju KCC Egis (2010–present)

Results[edit]

Finals[edit]

Year Champions Result Runners-up Playoffs MVP
1997 Busan Kia Enterprise 4–1 Wonju Naray Blue Bird Kang Dong-hee (Kia)
1997–98 Daejeon Hyundai Dynat 4–3 Busan Kia Enterprise Hur Jae (Kia)
1998–99 Daejeon Hyundai Dynat 4–1 Busan Kia Enterprise Cho Sung-won (Hyundai)
1999–2000 Cheongju SK Knights 4–2 Daejeon Hyundai Gullivers Seo Jang-hoon (SK)
2000–01 Suwon Samsung Thunders 4–1 Changwon LG Sakers Joo Hee-jung (Samsung)
2001–02 Daegu Tongyang Orions 4–3 Seoul SK Knights Marcus Hicks (Tongyang)
2002–03 Wonju TG Xers 4–2 Daegu Tongyang Orions David Jackson (TG)
2003–04 Jeonju KCC Egis 4–3 Wonju TG Sambo Xers Lee Sang-min (KCC)
2004–05 Wonju TG Sambo Xers 4–2 Jeonju KCC Egis Kim Joo-sung (TG Sambo)
2005–06 Seoul Samsung Thunders 4–0 Ulsan Mobis Phoebus Kang Hyuk (Samsung)
2006–07 Ulsan Mobis Phoebus 4–3 Busan KTF Magic Wings Yang Dong-geun (Mobis)
2007–08 Wonju Dongbu Promy 4–1 Seoul Samsung Thunders Kim Joo-sung (Dongbu)
2008–09 Jeonju KCC Egis 4–3 Seoul Samsung Thunders Choo Seung-kyun (KCC)
2009–10 Ulsan Mobis Phoebus 4–2 Jeonju KCC Egis Ham Ji-hoon (Mobis)
2010–11 Jeonju KCC Egis 4–2 Wonju Dongbu Promy Ha Seung-jin (KCC)
2011–12 Anyang KGC 4–2 Wonju Dongbu Promy Oh Se-keun (KGC)
2012–13 Ulsan Mobis Phoebus 4–0 Seoul SK Knights Yang Dong-geun (Mobis)
2013–14 Ulsan Mobis Phoebus 4–2 Changwon LG Sakers Moon Tae-young (Mobis)
2014–15 Ulsan Mobis Phoebus 4–0 Wonju Dongbu Promy Yang Dong-geun (Mobis)
2015–16 Goyang Orion Orions 4–2 Jeonju KCC Egis Lee Seung-hyun (Orion)

Titles by club[edit]

Club Champions Runners-up Winning Seasons Runners-up Seasons
Ulsan Mobis Phoebus
6
3
1997, 2006–07, 2009–10, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15 1997–98, 1998–99, 2005–06
Jeonju KCC Egis
5
4
1997–98, 1998–99, 2003–04, 2008–09, 2010–11 1999–2000, 2004–05, 2009–10, 2015–16
Wonju Dongbu Promy
3
5
2002–03, 2004–05, 2007–08 1997, 2003–04, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2014–15
Seoul Samsung Thunders
2
2
2000–01, 2005–06 2007–08, 2008–09
Goyang Orion Orions
2
1
2001–02, 2015–16 2002–03
Seoul SK Knights
1
2
1999–2000 2001–02, 2012–13
Anyang KGC
1
0
2011–12

Prize money[edit]

  • Champions (Finals winners)
    • KRW 100,000,000 + Trophy (1997–present)
  • Runners-up (Finals losers)
    • KRW 50,000,000 (1997–present)
  • Regular Season 1st place
    • KRW 50,000,000 + Trophy (1997–2005)
    • KRW 100,000,000 + Trophy (2005–present)
  • Regular Season 2nd place
    • KRW 30,000,000 (1997–2005)
    • KRW 50,000,000 (2005–present)
  • Regular Season 3rd place
    • KRW 20,000,000 (1997–2005)
    • KRW 30,000,000 (2005–present)

See also[edit]

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