Premier A Slovenian Basketball League

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1. SKL
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Founded1991; 28 years ago (1991)
First season1991–92
ConfederationFIBA Europe
Number of teams10
Level on pyramid1
Relegation to2. SKL
Domestic cup(s)Slovenian Cup
SupercupSlovenian Supercup
International cup(s)Basketball Champions League
FIBA Europe Cup
Current championsPrimorska (1st title)
Most championshipsOlimpija (17 titles)
TV partnersRTV Slovenija
Šport TV
WebsiteOfficial website
2019–20 Slovenian Basketball League

The Premier A Slovenian Basketball League (Slovene: 1. slovenska košarkarska liga), abbreviated as 1. SKL and known as the Liga Nova KBM due to sponsorship reasons, is the top-level professional men's basketball league in Slovenia. The league, operated by the Basketball Federation of Slovenia, consists of 10 clubs. The most successful team is Olimpija with 17 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 Yugoslav basketball. Olimpija, Ljubljana, Slovan, ŽKK Maribor, Lesonit, and Branik Maribor were the only Slovenian teams that played in the Yugoslav First Federal League.


Since 1991, the league has been named after sponsors on several occasions, giving it the following names:

  • Liga Kolinska (1998–2001)
  • HYPO Liga (2001–2002)
  • 1. A SKL (2002–2006)
  • Liga UPC Telemach (2006–2009)
  • Liga Telemach (2009–2016)
  • Liga Nova KBM (2017–present)

Competition format[edit]

Regular season[edit]

In the first phase, 10 teams compete in a home-and-away round-robin series (22 games total).

All teams advance from the regular season, to one of two postseason stages, depending on their league position.

Second phase[edit]

The top eight teams from the regular season advance to the championship 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.

Relegation playoffs[edit]

The bottom two teams enters a home-and-away round-robin mini-league with the first, second, third, and fourth-place teams from the second league, with the two teams finishing on top of the mini-league, taking up a place in the next year's 1. A SKL.

2019–20 teams[edit]

Team City Arena Established Head coach
Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana Arena Stožice 2019 Croatia Slaven Rimac
Helios Suns Domžale Komunalni center Hall 1949 Slovenia Dejan Jakara
Hopsi Polzela Polzela Polzela Sports Hall 1972 Slovenia Boštjan Kuhar
Koper Primorska Koper OŠ Koper Hall 2016 Slovenia Jurica Golemac
Krka Novo Mesto Leon Štukelj Hall 1948 Slovenia Simon Petrov
Rogaška Rogaška Slatina Rogaška Slatina Sports Hall 1998 Slovenia Damjan Novaković
Šenčur Šenčur Šenčur Sports Hall 1969 Slovenia Konstantin Subotić
Šentjur Šentjur OŠ Hruševec Hall 1969 Slovenia Saša Dončić
Terme Olimia Podčetrtek Podčetrtek Podčetrtek Sports Hall 1999 Slovenia Davor Brečko
Zlatorog Laško Laško Tri Lilije Hall 1969 Slovenia Robi Ribežl


Season Champion Runner-up Result Finals MVP Champion's Coach
1991–92 Smelt Olimpija Postojna
N/A Slovenia Zmago Sagadin
1992–93 Smelt Olimpija Koper
Slovenia Zmago Sagadin
1993–94 Smelt Olimpija Maribor
Slovenia Zmago Sagadin
1994–95 Smelt Olimpija Kovinotehna Savinjska Polzela
Slovenia Zmago Sagadin
1995–96 Smelt Olimpija Krško
Slovenia Žarko Đurišić
1996–97 Smelt Olimpija Kovinotehna Savinjska Polzela
Slovenia Zmago Sagadin
1997–98 Union Olimpija Kovinotehna Savinjska Polzela
Slovenia Zmago Sagadin
1998–99 Union Olimpija Pivovarna Laško
Slovenia Zmago Sagadin
1999–00 Krka Pivovarna Laško
Croatia Ivan Sunara
2000–01 Union Olimpija Krka
Slovenia Zmago Sagadin
2001–02 Union Olimpija Krka
Slovenia Zmago Sagadin
2002–03 Krka Union Olimpija
Croatia Neven Spahija
2003–04 Union Olimpija Pivovarna Laško
Slovenia Sašo Filipovski
2004–05 Union Olimpija Slovan
Slovenia Sašo Filipovski
2005–06 Union Olimpija Slovan
Slovenia Zmago Sagadin
2006–07 Helios Union Olimpija
Slovenia Memi Bečirovič
2007–08 Union Olimpija Helios Suns
Serbia Aleksandar Džikić
2008–09 Union Olimpija Helios Suns
Slovenia Jure Zdovc
2009–10 Krka Union Olimpija
Slovenia Smiljan Pavič Serbia Aleksandar Džikić
2010–11 Krka Union Olimpija
Slovenia Zoran Dragić Serbia Aleksandar Džikić
2011–12 Krka Union Olimpija
Israel Afik Nissim Slovenia Aleksander Sekulić
2012–13 Krka Union Olimpija
Slovenia Matjaž Smodiš Slovenia Gašper Potočnik
2013–14 Krka Union Olimpija
Slovenia Jaka Klobučar Serbia Aleksandar Džikić
2014–15 Tajfun Rogaška
Slovenia Dragiša Drobnjak Slovenia Dejan Mihevc
2015–16 Helios Suns Zlatorog Laško
Croatia Marjan Čakarun Croatia Jakša Vulić
2016–17 Union Olimpija Rogaška
United States Devin Oliver Slovenia Gašper Okorn
2017–18 Petrol Olimpija Krka
United States Devin Oliver Slovenia Zoran Martič
2018–19 Sixt Primorska Petrol Olimpija
Croatia Marjan Čakarun Slovenia Jurica Golemac

Titles by club[edit]

Club Winners Winning Years
1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2017, 2018
2000, 2003, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
2007, 2016

Finals appearances[edit]

Num Team W L
25 Olimpija 17 8
10 Krka 7 3
4 Helios 2 2
1 Šentjur 1 0
1 Primorska 1 0
4 Zlatorog Laško 0 4
3 Hopsi Polzela 0 3
2 Slovan 0 2
2 Rogaška 0 2
1 Koper 0 1
1 Krško 0 1
1 Maribor 0 1
1 Postojna 0 1

Statistical leaders[edit]

Season Top rating PIR Top scorer PPG Top rebounder RPG Top Assistant APG
2007–08 Canada Dejan Grković 19.19 Croatia Miroslav Jurić 19.58 Canada Dejan Grković 8.81 Slovenia Jure Močnik 4.85
2008–09 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Shawn King 31.26 United States Gilbert Goodrich 22.15 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Shawn King 14.79 Slovenia Jure Močnik 4.59
2009–10 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Shawn King 27.61 Slovenia Sandi Čebular 20.69 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Shawn King 11.30 Slovenia Tadej Koštomaj 5.44
2010–11 United States Gregg Thondique 22.84 United States Benjamin Raymond 17.68 United States Gregg Thondique 10.53 Serbia Igor Mijajlović 4.68
2011–12 United States Travis Nelson 20.88 United States Travis Nelson 17.46 Serbia Miloš Miljković 8.57 Slovenia Luka Rupnik 5.33
2012–13 United States Kervin Bristol 20.07 Slovenia Sašo Zagorac 17.50 United States Kervin Bristol 10.86 Slovenia Daniel Vujasinović 5.81
2013–14 United States Ousman Krubally 20.03 United States Ousman Krubally 17.17 United States Ousman Krubally 9.07 Slovenia Daniel Vujasinović 7.63
2014–15 Slovenia Sašo Zagorac 20.41 Slovenia Sašo Zagorac 18.86 Slovenia Smiljan Pavič 8.86 Slovenia Jan Močnik 6.96
2015–16 Slovenia Jan Barbarič 23.20 Slovenia Jan Barbarič 18.60 Slovenia Smiljan Pavič 8.39 Slovenia Matic Rebec 5.59
2016–17 Slovenia Igor Tratnik 19.45 Georgia (country) Duda Sanadze 17.32 Slovenia Jakob Čebašek 8.63 Slovenia Daniel Vujasinović 8.29
2017–18 Slovenia Smiljan Pavič 19.63 Slovenia Blaž Mahkovic 18.97 Slovenia Dino Murić 8.27 Slovenia Žan Mark Šiško 7.03
2018–19 Croatia Davor Konjević 22.37 Croatia Davor Konjević 19.96 South Sudan Matur Maker 9.59 Slovenia Žan Mark Šiško 6.83

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