LNB Pro A

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LNB Pro A
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2014–15 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 (11th title)
Most titles ASVEL (17 titles)
TV partner(s) Eurosport
Related competitions French Cup
Leaders 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]

French League history[edit]

  • 1920–21 to 1948–49  Excellence
  • 1949-50 to 1962-63  Nationale
  • 1963-64 to 1964-65  Première Division
  • 1965-66 to 1986-87  Nationale 1
  • 1987-88 to 1991-92  Nationale 1A
  • 1992 to 1993  Nationale A1
  • 1993-94 to present  Pro A

Title holders[edit]

Performance by club[edit]

Club Champions Winning years
600px Verde con V Bianca.png 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
Verde con diagonale Bianco.svg Giallo e Rosso4.png Limoges
11
1982-83, 1983-84, 1984-85, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1999-00, 2013-14, 2014-15
600px Teal And White.PNG Pau-Orthez
9
1985-86, 1986-87, 1991-92, 1995-96, 1997-98, 1998-99, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2003-04
600px Nero e Verde (Bordato).png Foyer alsacien Mulhouse
7
1923-24, 1924-25, 1925-26, 1927-28, 1928-29, 1929-30, 1930-31
600px Bianco e Celeste orizzontale con Croce Gigliata Bianca.png Racing Paris
4
1950-51, 1952-53, 1953-54, 1996-97
600px Arancione con striscia blu.png Le Mans
4
1977-78, 1978-79, 1981-82, 2005-06
600px Amaranto e Bianco (strisce).PNG Alsace Bagnolet
3
1960-61, 1961-62, 1966-67
Blu Azzurro e Bianco.png Olympique Antibes
3
1969-70, 1990-91, 1994-95
600px Rosso e Azzurro3.png Stade Français
2
1920-21, 1926-27
Blu con striscia Bianca2.png Reims
2
1931-32, 1932-33
600px Bianco con striscia verticale spessa Blu Scuro.png Mulhousien
2
1934-35, 1936-37
Rosso e Bianco (Diagonale).png SCPO
2
1935-36, 1937-38
600px Blu scuro con fascia verticale bianco rossa.png Métro
2
1938-39, 1941-42
600px Blu Con Striscia Rossa.png Grenoble
2
1942-43, 1943-44
Bianco con striscia celeste.svg Étoile de Charleville-Mézières
2
1957-58, 1959-60
600px Bianco e Viola (Bordato).png PUC
2
1946-47, 1962-63
Bianco e Blu (Bordato).png Berck
2
1972-73, 1973-74
Bianco e Rosso (Bordato).png Tours
2
1975-76, 1979-80
Blu e Bianco3.png Chorale Roanne
2
1958-59, 2006-07
600px Bianco con diagonale Rossa.png Nancy
2
2007-08, 2010-11
Granata.png Lille
1
1921-22
Rosso e Blu Bordato.png École Normale Arras
1
1922-23
Bianco Con Striscia Rossa.png Olympique Lillois
1
1933-34
Blu.png Championnet
1
1944-45
Nero e Bianco (Strisce).png Éveil Lyon
1
1945-46
600px Cremisi e Bianco (Bordato).png Marseille
1
1947-48
600px Rosso e Bianco (strisce).png Denain-Voltaire
1
1964-65
600px Blu, Rosso (Diagonale) e Bianco (Bordato).png Strasbourg
1
2004-05
Rosso e Bianco (Diagonale)2.png Cholet
1
2009-10
Rosso e Bianco.svg Élan Chalon
1
2011-12
600px Bianco Giada e Smeraldo.png Nanterre
1
2012-13

Play-off Finals[edit]

Season Home court advantage Result Home court disadvantage 1st of Regular Season Record
1987–88
Limoges
2–0
Cholet Limoges
26–4
1988–89
Limoges
2–0
Orthez Limoges
28–2
1989–90
Limoges
2–1
Olympique Antibes Limoges
33–1
1990–91
Olympique Antibes
2–1
Limoges Olympique Antibes
22–8
1991–92
Limoges
0–2
Pau-Orthez Limoges
27–3
1992–93
Limoges
3–1
Pau-Orthez Limoges
25–1
1993–94
Limoges
2–0
Olympique Antibes Limoges
23–3
1994–95
Olympique Antibes
3–1
Pau-Orthez Olympique Antibes
21–5
1995–96
Pau-Orthez
3–2
ASVEL Pau-Orthez
27–3
1996–97
ASVEL
0–2
Racing Paris Pau-Orthez
24–6
1997–98
Pau-Orthez
2–0
Limoges ASVEL
24–6
1998–99
Pau-Orthez
2–0
ASVEL Pau-Orthez
27–3
1999–00
ASVEL
1–2
Limoges ASVEL
24–6
2000–01
ASVEL
0–2
Pau-Orthez ASVEL
24–6
2001–02
Pau-Orthez
0–2
ASVEL Pau-Orthez
24–6
2002–03
Pau-Orthez
2–1
ASVEL Pau-Orthez
27–3
2003–04
Pau-Orthez
2–0
Gravelines Le Mans
27–7
2004–05
Strasbourg
1–0 (72-68)
Nancy Le Mans
25–9
2005–06
Nancy
0–1 (88-93)
Le Mans Pau-Orthez
26–8
2006–07
Nancy
0–1 (74-81)
Roanne Nancy
25–9
2007–08
Nancy
1–0 (84-53)
Roanne Le Mans
23–7
2008–09
ASVEL
1–0 (55-41)
Orléans Loiret ASVEL
22–8
2009–10
Cholet
1–0 (81-65)
Le Mans Cholet
23–7
2010–11
Cholet
0–1 (74-76)
Nancy Cholet
22–8
2011–12
Élan Chalon
1–0 (95-76)
Le Mans Gravelines
27–3
2012–13
Strasbourg
1–3
Nanterre Gravelines
21–9
2013–14
Strasbourg
0–3
Limoges Strasbourg
20–10
2014–15
Strasbourg
1–3
Limoges Strasbourg
30–4

Historical players[edit]

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]