Nigerian Premier League (basketball)

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Nigerian Premier Basketball League (NPBL)
No. of teams16
Country Nigeria
ContinentFIBA Africa (Africa)
Most recent
Kano Pillars
Most titlesKano Pillars (6)
TV partner(s)Kwese Sports

The Nigerian Premier Basketball League, often abbreviated to the NPL, is the pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in Nigeria. The league consists of sixteen teams who are categorized into two conferences based on the geographical location. These conferences are Savannah and the Atlantic. The league was sponsored by the DSTV until 2017, who had both title and TV rights through the contract agreement. The league was then referred to as the DSTV Premier Basketball League.

In 2017, Nigeria Basketball Federation reached an agreement with Kwese Sports for the title rights of the league. The deal runs till 2021, and it was worth $12 million.[1]


The league usually spans from March till mid year. Each team plays a total of 14 games in a regular season after which the top four teams qualify for the Final Eight Playoffs which usually takes place at the National Stadium Surulere Lagos. The team at the bottom of the table in each conference is relegated from the league. Towards the end of the year, the Division 1 Championship is held to determine who will be promoted to the DSTV League for the new season. In the 2014 season, Royal Hoopers of Rivers State and Niger Potter of Nigers State were both relegated from the Atlantic and Savannah Conference respectively. Accordingly, the Delta Force and FCT Rocks were promoted to the league having won the Division 1 Championship in November 2014.

Amendments were made to the schedule of events this season. At the end of the season, the top six teams from each conference will play conference playoffs to determine the winner of each conference before the top four of each conference will play the Final Eight Playoffs to determine the league winner. This is to increase the number of games played by each team in a particular season.

List of winners[edit]

Year Winner Runnerup Ref
2017 Kano Pillars Gombe Bulls [2]
2016 Kano Pillars Nigerian Customs [3]
2015 Mark Mentors Kano Pillars [4]
2014 Kano Pillars Mark Mentors [5]
2013 Kano Pillars Union Bank [6]
2012 Royal Hoopers [7]
2011 Royal Hoopers Kano Pillars [7]
2010 Kano Pillars [8]
2009 Kano Pillars [6]
2001 Lagos Islanders
2000 Lagos Islanders
1999 Lagos Islanders
1998 Lagos Islanders
1997 Lagos Islanders


Savannah Conference[edit]

  • Mark Mentors (Abuja)
  • Bauchi Nets B.C.(Bauchi)
  • Kano Pillars (Kano)
  • Defenders (Abuja)
  • Plateau Peaks (Jos)
  • Gombe Bulls (Gombe)
  • Niger Potters (Minna)
  • Kada Stars (Kaduna)

Atlantic Conference[edit]

  • Oluyole Warriors (Ibadan)
  • Delta Force (Asaba)
  • Hoops And Read (Lagos)
  • Nigeria Customs (Lagos)
  • NAF Rockets (Lagos)
  • Police Baton (Lagos)
  • Kwara Falcons Basketball Club (Ilorin)
  • Royal Hoopers Basketball Club (Port-Harcourt)


  1. ^ Joshua, Odeyemi (April 9, 2017). "NBBF unveils Kwese Sports as new league sponsor". Daily Trust. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  2. ^ "Basketball: Kano Pillars Clinch Kwese League title". September 9, 2017. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  3. ^ "Kano Pillars Crowned Champions Of The 2016 DSTV Premier Basketball League". Eagle Online. June 28, 2016. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  4. ^ "Mark Mentors Win DSTV Basketball League". Channels Television. Retrieved 2017-09-13.
  5. ^ "Mark Mentors Win DSTV Basketball League". August 15, 2015. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  6. ^ a b "Basketball: Kano Pillars Emerge Champions of DSTV PBL". Information Nigeria. September 8, 2013. Retrieved 2017-09-13.
  7. ^ a b "Royal Hoopers Retain DStv Men's Basketball League Title". Tide News. August 1, 2012. Retrieved 2017-09-13.
  8. ^ "Kano Pillars Wins 2013 DSTV Basketball League". Retrieved 2017-09-13.

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