Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional

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National Professional Basketball League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2016–17 LNBP season
Sport Basketball
Founded March 11, 2000; 16 years ago (2000-03-11)
Director Sergio Ganem Velázquez
No. of teams 10
Country Mexico
Headquarters Mexico City, Mexico
Continent North America
Most recent
champion(s)
Pioneros de Quintana Roo
(1st title)
Most titles Halcones UV Xalapa (4 Titles)
TV partner(s) TVC Deportes
AYM Sports
FIBA Américas TV
Latin American Sports
RTV
Official website www.lnbp.mx

The National Professional Basketball League (Spanish: Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional or LNBP) is the top professional basketball league in Mexico. The league was founded in 2000 with 11 teams. Despite its short history, the LNBP has established itself as the most important basketball league in Latin America.

Famous basketball players who have played in the league include Jamario Moon,[1] Dennis Rodman,[2] Sun Ming Ming,[3] Horacio Llamas[4] and many others.

History[edit]

Foundation[edit]

On March 11, 2000 the league was founded in the city of Durango with 11 teams participating. The LNBP set out to support and develop professional basketball in Mexico.

Current teams[edit]

Team City Arena Capacity Member Since Head Coach
Abejas de León León, Guanajuato Domo de la Feria 4,590 2009 Armando Acosta
Barreteros de Zacatecas Zacatecas City, Zacatecas Gimnasio Profesor Marcelino González 3,500 2004 Larry Lessett
Correcaminos UAT Victoria Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas Gimnasio Multidisciplinario UAT Victoria 2,200 2000 Luis García
Fuerza Regia de Monterrey Monterrey, Nuevo León Gimnasio Nuevo León Unido 5,000 2001 Paco Olmos
Garzas de Plata de la UAEH Pachuca, Hidalgo Gimnasio Polideportivo Carlos Martínez Balmori 6,000 2000 Pedro Monteiro
Indios de Ciudad Juárez Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua Gimnasio Josué Neri Santos 8,000 2009 Helman Torres
Panteras de Aguascalientes Aguascalientes City, Aguascalientes Gimnasio Hermanos Carreón 3,000 2003 Allans Colón
Santos de San Luis San Luis Potosí City, San Luis Potosí Auditorio General Miguel Barragán 3,972 2003 Andrés Contreras
Soles de Mexicali Mexicali, Baja California Auditorio del Estado 4,426 2005 Alejandro Martínez
Toros de Nuevo Laredo Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas Polyforum Dr. Rodolfo Torre Cantú 5,224 2007 José Martínez

System[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The regular season is played in round-robin format in which the 12 best-placed teams qualify to the postseason. For every game won 2 points are added and for every game lost one point is added. For example: If team one played 10 games and won 7, losing the remaining 3, it would have 17 points; 14 points for the 7 games won and 3 points for the games lost.

Playoffs[edit]

The four top-seeded teams have a bye in the first playoff series while the five to twelve seeds play each other. The 5th-placed team plays the 12th-place team while the 6th plays the 11th and the 7th plays the 10th and so on. The quarter-finals see the top seed playing the worst-qualified seed and the second-best team playing the second-worst team and so on. The semi-finals are played like the quarterfinals while the Serie Final is played by the two teams remaining with the best-placed team having home field advantage.

League champions[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up
2000 Correcaminos UAT Tampico Correcaminos UAT Victoria
2001 Gallos de Pelea de Cd. Juárez Lobos de la U.A. de C.
2002 Correcaminos UAT Victoria Correcaminos UAT Matamoros
2003 Panteras de Aguascalientes La Ola Roja del Distrito Federal
2004 Santos Reales de San Luis Halcones UV Xalapa
2005 Halcones UV Xalapa Lobos de la U.A. de C.
2006 Soles de Mexicali Halcones UV Xalapa
2007-08 Halcones UV Xalapa Soles de Mexicali
2008-09 Halcones UV Xalapa Soles de Mexicali
2009-10 Halcones UV Xalapa Halcones Rojos
2010-11 Toros de Nuevo Laredo Pioneros de Quintana Roo
2011-12 Halcones Rojos Veracruz Toros de Nuevo Laredo
2012-13 Toros de Los Dos Laredos Halcones UV Xalapa
2013-14 Halcones Rojos Veracruz Pioneros de Quintana Roo
2014-15 Soles de Mexicali Pioneros de Quintana Roo
2015-16 Pioneros de Quintana Roo Soles de Mexicali

Championship appearances[edit]

Team Championship Runner-up Championship year
Halcones UV Xalapa 4 3 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010
Soles de Mexicali 2 2 2006, 2015
Toros de Nuevo Laredo 2 1 2011, 2013
Pioneros de Quintana Roo 1 3 2016
Correcaminos UAT Victoria 1 1 2002
Halcones Rojos Veracruz 1 1 2012
Correcaminos UAT Tampico 1 0 2000
Gallos de Pelea de Ciudad Juárez 1 0 2001
Panteras de Aguascalientes 1 0 2003
Santos Reales de San Luis 1 0 2004
Lobos de la U.A. de C. 0 2
Correcaminos UAT Matamoros 0 1
Ola Roja del Distrito Federal 0 1

Copa Independencia winners[edit]

The Copa Independencia (Independence Cup) was a pre-season tournament created by the LNBP.

Season Champion Runner-up
2004 Lobos de la U.A. de C. Lechugueros de León
2005 Lobos de la U.A. de C. Correcaminos UAT Victoria
2006 Lobos Grises UAD Halcones UV Xalapa
2007-08 Lobos Grises UAD Halcones Rojos

References[edit]

  1. ^ Se impone Fuerza Regia a Selección. June 24, 2006. Retrieved on July 18, 2008.
  2. ^ Rodman comes back, first in Mexico. October 12, 2004. Retrieved on July 18, 2008.
  3. ^ Fuerza Regia le quitó lo invicto a Halcones UV. October 28, 2007. Retrieved on July 18, 2008.
  4. ^ Mexicali o Saltillo van contra Fuerza Regia en la LNBP. November 1, 2005. Retrieved on July 18, 2008.

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