Liga Profesional de Baloncesto

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Liga Profesional de Baloncesto
Venezuelan LPB Logo.png
Founded 1974; 44 years ago (1974)
First season 1974
Country  Venezuela
Conferences Eastern / Western
Number of teams 10
Level on pyramid 1
International cup(s) FIBA Americas League
Current champions Guaros de Lara (1st title)
Most championships Marinos (11 titles)
Website www.lpb.com.ve
2017 Liga Profesional de Baloncesto season

The Liga Profesional de Baloncesto (LPB) is the Venezuelan first division national professional basketball league. The league is considered one of the best in South America. Marinos are the best team historically, as the club has captured a record 11 titles.

The winners and runners-up of each LPB season qualify for the FIBA Americas League regular season.

History[edit]

The league was founded in 1974 as Liga Especial de Baloncesto, as it started with four teams in the competition. Each team was allowed to have two foreign players. In 1992 the league expanded to 8 teams and was renamed Liga Profesional de Baloncesto (LPB).

Format and rules[edit]

The competition consists of 10 teams divided in two conferences (West and East) who play each other twice at home and twice away in the regular season, for a total of 36 games. After that, the top four teams of each conference advance to the Playoffs. Every round (1st round, conference finals and league finals) are played in a best-of-seven format.

The regular season starts in February of each year and ends in May. Also, like the NBA, a All-Star Game is held at the middle of the season.

The rule that only two foreign players can play per team still stands.

Current teams[edit]

Seasons[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Score
1974 Ahorristas de Caracas Colosos de Carabobo 3–2
1975 Colosos de Carabobo Panteras de Táchira 3–2
1976 Panteras de Táchira Ahorristas de Caracas 3–0
1977 Guaiqueríes de Margarita Ahorristas de Caracas 3–1
1978 Guaiqueríes de Margarita Panteras Táchira 4–0
1979 Guaiqueríes de Margarita Legisladores de Carabobo 4–0
1980 Guaiqueríes de Margarita Retadores de Caracas 4–3
1981 Guaiqueríes de Margarita Telefonistas de Caracas 4–2
1982 Guaiqueríes de Margarita Panteras de Lara 4–2
1983 Panteras de Lara Gaiteros del Zulia 4–2
1984 Gaiteros del Zulia Guaiqueríes de Margarita 4–2
1985 Gaiteros del Zulia Guaiqueríes de Margarita 4–3
1986 Trotamundos Panteras de Miranda 4–1
1987 Trotamundos Panteras de Miranda 4–1
1988 Trotamundos Bravos de Portuguesa 4–2
1989 Trotamundos Gaiteros del Zulia 4–0
1990 Bravos de Portuguesa Marinos 4–3
1991 Marinos Guaiqueríes de Margarita 4–2
1992 Cocodrilos de Caracas Trotamundos 4–2
1993 Marinos Trotamundos 4–3
1994 Trotamundos Cocodrilos de Caracas 4–1
1995 Panteras de Miranda Marinos 4–3
1996 Gaiteros del Zulia Marinos 4–3
1997 Guaiqueríes de Margarita Cocodrilos de Caracas 4–3
1998 Marinos Trotamundos 4–2
1999 Trotamundos Panteras de Miranda 4–2
2000 Cocodrilos de Caracas Gaiteros del Zulia 4–3
2001 Gaiteros del Zulia Bravos de Portuguesa 4–1
2002 Trotamundos Panteras de Miranda 4–3
2003 Marinos Gaiteros del Zulia 4–3
2004 Marinos Gaiteros del Zulia 4–3
2005 Marinos Guaros de Lara 4–1
2006 Trotamundos Guaros de Lara 4–2
2007 Guaiqueríes de Margarita Cocodrilos de Caracas 4–3
2008 Cocodrilos de Caracas Gaiteros del Zulia 4–2
2009 Marinos Cocodrilos de Caracas 4–3
2010 Cocodrilos de Caracas Marinos 4–2
2011 Marinos Cocodrilos de Caracas 4–1
2012 Marinos Trotamundos 4–2
2013 Cocodrilos de Caracas Marinos 4–3
2014
Marinos Trotamundos 4–3
2015
Marinos Guaros de Lara 4–1
2015–16
Cocodrilos de Caracas Bucaneros de La Guaira
4–3
2017
Guaros de Lara Marinos
4–2

Performance by club[edit]

Teams shown in italics are no longer in existence.

Liga Profesional de Baloncesto winners by club
Club Wins Seasons won
Marinos
11
1991, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
Trotamundos 8 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2002, 2006
Guaiqueríes de Margarita 8 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1997, 2007
Cocodrilos de Caracas 6 1992, 2000, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015–16
Gaiteros del Zulia 4 1984, 1985, 1996, 2001
Halcones de Caracas
1
1974
Panteras de Miranda
1
1995
Guaros de Lara 1 2017
Legisladores de Carabobo
1
1975
Panteras del Táchira
1
1976
Panteras de Lara
1
1983
Cardenales de Portuguesa
1
1989

Awards[edit]

External links[edit]