Premier A Slovenian Basketball League
|Current season, competition or edition:
2016–17 Slovenian Basketball League
|No. of teams||12|
|Continent||FIBA Europe (Europe)|
|Helios Suns (2nd title)|
|Most titles||Olimpija (15 titles)|
|TV partner(s)||RTV Slovenija
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||2. SKL|
|Domestic cup(s)||Slovenian Cup
|Official website||Official website|
The Premier A Slovenian Basketball League (Slovene: 1. Slovenska Košarkarska Liga), abbreviated as 1. SKL and known for sponsorship reasons as the Liga Nova KBM, is the top-level professional men's basketball league in Slovenia. The league, operated by the Basketball Federation of Slovenia, consists of 12 clubs. It was also named Liga Kolinska (1998–2001), HYPO Liga (2001–2002), 1. A SKL (2002–2006), Liga UPC Telemach (2006–2009), and Liga Telemach (2009–2016). The most successful team is Olimpija with 15 titles.
The league was founded in 1991, shortly after Slovenia gained its independence from SFR Yugoslavia. Before the independence, the Slovenian Republic League was played as a second or third level of the Yugoslav basketball. Olimpija, Ljubljana, Slovan, ŽKK Maribor, Lesonit and Branik Maribor were the only Slovenian teams that played in the Yugoslav First Federal Basketball League.
The league is conducted in two phases.
In the first phase, 12 teams compete in a home-and-away round-robin series (22 games total) with the country's representative in the Adriatic League, currently Olimpija and Krka, being exempt from this stage.
All teams advance from the regular season to one of two postseason stages, depending on their league position.
The top seven teams from the regular season are joined by the Adriatic League representative in the second phase. These teams start the second phase from scratch, with no results carrying over from the regular season. Each team plays a total of 14 games in this phase; as in the regular season, a home-and-away round-robin is used.
The top four teams at the end of this stage advance to the semifinals, conducted as a best-of-three playoff. The semifinal winners advance to the best-of-five championship finals, with the winners being crowned league champion.
The bottom five teams play a home-and-away round-robin series with one another; these teams' results from the regular season carry over to the playouts. At the end of the playout phase, the bottom finisher is automatically relegated to the second level of the Slovenian league system, the 2. SKL. That team is replaced in the following season's league by the 2. SKL champion. The second-from-bottom finisher enters a home-and-away round-robin mini-league with the second- and third-place teams from the second league, with the team finishing on top of the mini-league taking up a place in the next year's 1. A SKL.
|Helios Suns Domžale||Domžale||Komunalni center Hall||1949||Jakša Vulić|
|Hopsi Polzela||Polzela||Polzela Sports Hall||1972||Boštjan Kuhar|
|Krka||Novo Mesto||Leon Štukelj Hall||1948||Dejan Mihevc|
|Lastovka||Domžale||OŠ Vencelj Perko Hall||1997||Andrej Žakelj|
|Podčetrtek||Podčetrtek||Podčetrtek Sports Hall|
|Portorož||Portorož||Lucija Sports Hall||1992||Konstantin Subotić|
|Rogaška||Rogaška Slatina||Rogaška Slatina Sports Hall||1998||Damjan Novaković|
|Šenčur||Šenčur||Šenčur Sports Hall||1974||Igor Kešelj|
|Škofja Loka||Škofja Loka||Poden Sports Hall||1954||Aleksander Sekulić|
|Tajfun||Šentjur||OŠ Hruševec Hall||1969|
|Union Olimpija||Ljubljana||Arena Stožice||1946||Gašper Potočnik|
|Zlatorog Laško||Laško||Tri Lilije Hall||1969||Aleš Pipan|
Titles by club
||1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009|
||2000, 2003, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014|
Slovenian Republic League winners (1946–1991)
|Season||Top rating||PIR||Top scorer||PPG||Top rebounder||RPG||Top Assistant||APG|
|2007–08||Dejan Grković||19.19||Miroslav Jurić||19.58||Dejan Grković||8.81||Jure Močnik||4.85|
|2008–09||Shawn King||31.26||Gilbert Goodrich||22.15||Shawn King||14.79||Jure Močnik||4.59|
|2009–10||Shawn King||27.61||Sandi Čebular||20.69||Shawn King||11.30||Tadej Koštomaj||5.44|
|2010–11||Gregg Thondique||22.84||Benjamin Raymond||17.68||Gregg Thondique||10.53||Igor Mijajlović||4.68|
|2011–12||Travis Nelson||20.88||Travis Nelson||17.46||Miloš Miljković||8.57||Luka Rupnik||5.33|
|2012–13||Kervin Bristol||20.07||Sašo Zagorac||17.50||Kervin Bristol||10.86||Daniel Vujasinović||5.81|
|2013–14||Ousman Krubally||20.03||Ousman Krubally||17.17||Ousman Krubally||9.07||Daniel Vujasinović||7.63|
|2014–15||Sašo Zagorac||20.41||Sašo Zagorac||18.86||Smiljan Pavič||8.86||Jan Močnik||6.96|
|2015–16||Jan Barbarič||23.20||Jan Barbarič||18.60||Smiljan Pavič||8.39||Matic Rebec||5.59|