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Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2015–16 LNB Pro B season
LNB Pro B Logo.jpg
Sport Basketball
Founded 1932
No. of teams 18
Country  France
Continent European Union FIBA Europe
Most recent
Hyères-Toulon Var Basket
(1st title)
Level on pyramid 2nd tier on French Pyramid
Promotion to LNB Pro A (1st tier)
Relegation to NM1 1 (3rd tier)
French Cup
Official website www.LNB.fr

The LNB Pro B, full name, Ligue Nationale de Basket Pro B (English: Pro National Basketball League B), is the 2nd-tier level men's professional basketball league in France. It is the second division of the Ligue Nationale de Basket (LNB), which has organized the league since the year 1987. The top two placed teams from each season's Pro B are promoted to the top-tier level LNB Pro A (first division).


Names of the league[edit]

  • 1932–1949: Honneur (Honor)
  • 1950–1963: Excellence
  • 1964–1987: Nationale 2 (National 2)
  • 1987–1992: Nationale 1B (National 1B)
  • 1992–1993: Nationale A2 (National A2)
  • 1993–Present: Nationale Pro B (National Pro B)


All 18 Pro B teams play each other twice during the regular season. The top eight regular season teams qualify for the Pro B playoffs. The regular season and playoff champions are promoted to the top-tier LNB Pro A (first division), while the bottom two regular season teams are relegated to the 3rd-tier Nationale Masculine 1 (NM1) league. The quarterfinals and the semifinals are two-legged, and the final is a single game.

2016-17 clubs[edit]


Honneur (Honor)




Nationale 2 (National 2)

Season Champion Promotion
The Nationale 2 was renamed to Nationale 1B
1987–88 Montpellier PSC Montpellier PSC, Saint-Quentin BB, BCM Gravelines
1988–89 Reims CB Reims CB, Chorale Roanne
1989–90 SCM Le Mans SCM Le Mans, JDA Dijon
1990–91 Lyon Lyon
1991–92 Levallois SC Levallois SC, ESPE Châlons-en-Champagne
The Nationale 1B was renamed to Nationale A2
1992–93 ASA Sceaux ASA Sceaux
The Nationale A2 was renamed to Nationale Pro B
1993–94 SLUC Nancy SLUC Nancy, Strasbourg IG
1994–95 Besançon BCD Besançon BCD, ALM Évreux
1995–96 Toulouse Spacer's Elan Sportif Chalonnais
1996–97 Maurienne Savoie Toulouse Spacer's
1997–98 Levallois SC (2) Levallois SC
1998–99 Strasbourg IG Strasbourg IG, ESPE Châlons-en-Champagne
1999–00 JL Bourg-en-Bresse JL Bourg-en-Bresse, STB Le Havre
2000–01 CSP Limoges CSP Limoges, Hyères Toulon VB
2001–02 JA Vichy JA Vichy, Chorale Roanne
2002–03 Reims CB (2) Reims CB, Besançon BCD
2003–04 Stade Clermontois Basket Stade Clermontois Basket, ESPE Châlons-en-Champagne
2004–05 Étendard de Brest Étendard de Brest, SPO Rouen
2005–06 Entente Orléanaise Besançon BCD, Entente Orléanaise
2006–07 JA Vichy (2) JA Vichy
2007–08 Besançon BCD (2) SPO Rouen Basket, Besançon BCD
2008–09 Poitiers Paris-Levallois, Poitiers
2009–10 Élan Béarnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez Élan Béarnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez, Limoges CSP
2010–11 Nanterre Nanterre, Dijon
2011–12 Limoges Limoges, Boulazac
2012–13 Olympique Antibes Olympique Antibes, Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez
2013–14 Boulogne-sur-Mer Boulogne-sur-Mer, Bourg-en-Bresse (Rouen, Châlons-Reims)1
2014–15 AS Monaco Olympique Antibes
2015–16 Hyères-Toulon Var Basket ESSM Le Portel
^1 In the 2013–14 season, two extra teams promoted because of the expansion of the Pro A from 16 to 18 teams.

LNB Pro B Most Valuable Players[edit]

LNB Pro B MVP Awards[1]
Year France French Player's MVP Foreign Player's MVP
1992 France Patrick Cham (Levallois) United States Terence Stansbury (Levallois)
1993 France Moustapha Sonko (Sceaux) United States Winston Crite (Sceaux)
1994 France Bruno Hamm (Strasbourg) United States James Banks (Nancy)
1995 France Frédéric Hufnagel (La Rochelle) United States James Banks (Caen)
1996 France Karim Gharbi (Hyères Toulon) United States David Booth (Toulouse)
1997 France David Condouant (Vichy) United States Geoff Lear (Hyères Toulon)
1998 France Jimmy Vérove (Brest) United States Larry Terry (Mulhouse)
1999 France Ahmadou Keita (Strasbourg) United States Jarod Stevenson (Strasbourg)
2000 France Charles-Henri Grétouce (Bondy) United States Elliot Hatcher (Vichy)
2001 France Laurent Cazalon (Roanne) Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Floyd Miller (Hyères Toulon)
2002 France Jean-Philippe Tailleman (Golbey-Epinal) United States Rahshon Turner (Vichy)
2003 France Cyril Akpomedah (Châlons-en-Champagne) United States Mike Jones (Reims / Saint-Quentin)
2004 France David Melody (Clermont-Ferrand) Czech Republic Ondřej Starosta (Saint-Quentin)
2005 France Stephen Brun (Brest) United States Tyson Patterson (Brest)
2006 France Raphaël Desroses (Angers) United States Cedrick Banks (Besançon)
2007 France Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (Nanterre) United States Jimmal Ball (Vichy)
2008 France Adrien Moerman (Nanterre) United States Rashaun Freeman (Nantes)
2009 France Jimmal Ball (Paris-Levallois) United States Errick Craven (Clermont)
2010 France Moussa Badiane (Aix-les-Bains) United States Teddy Gipson (Pau-Lacq-Orthez)
2011 France Philippe da Silva (ALM Évreux) United States Nate Carter (JSF Nanterre)
2012 France Joseph Gomis (Limoges) United States Chris Massie (Limoges)
2013 France Mouhammadou Jaiteh (Boulogne-sur-Mer) United States Jeremiah Wood (Évreux)
2014 France Michel Morandais (Châlons-Reims) United States Zachery Peacock (Boulogne-sur-Mer)
LNB Pro B Unified MVP Awards
Year LNB Pro B Unified MVP
2014–15 United States Davante Gardner (Hyères-Toulon)
2015–16 United States Joe Burton (Évreux)

LNB Pro B Finals Most Valuable Players[edit]

LNB Pro B Finals MVP Awards[2]
Year LNB Pro B Finals MVP
2005 United States Pero Vasiljević (Brest)
2006 United States Ben Dewar (Orléans)
2007 United States Jimmal Ball (Vichy)
2008 United States Antwon Hoard (Besançon)
2009 United States Pierre-Yves Guillard (Poitiers)
2010 United States Slaven Rimac (Elan Béarnais)
2011 United States Nate Carter (Nanterre)
2012 United States Chris Massie (Limoges)
2013 United States Tim Blue (Antibes)
2014 United States Devin Booker (Bourg-en-Bresse)
2015 United States Tim Blue (Antibes)

LNB Pro B Best Coach and Most Improved Player[edit]

Year LNB Pro B Best Coach LNB Pro B Most Improved Player
2006 France François Peronnet (Châlons-en-Champagne)
2007 France Olivier Cousin (Quimper)
2008 France Michel Veyronnet (Rouen)
2009 France Ruddy Nelhomme (Poitiers)
2010 France Didier Dobbels (Pau-Lacq-Orthez)
2011 France Pascal Donnadieu (JSF Nanterre)
2012 France Frédéric Sarre (Limoges) France Ferdinand Prénom (Antibes)
2013 France Rémy Valin (Évreux) France Mouhammadou Jaiteh (Boulogne-sur-Mer)
2014 France Germain Castano (Boulogne-sur-Mer) France Olivier Romain (Saint-Quentin)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Basket News, LNB, 20 years of pro basketball, Calmann-Lévy , October 2007, hardcover, 240 p. (ISBN 978-2-7021-3871-7)

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