Premier A Slovenian Basketball League

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1. SKL
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Country  Slovenia
Confederation FIBA Europe
Founded 1991; 26 years ago (1991)
First season 1991–92
Number of teams 12
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to 2. SKL
Domestic cup(s) Slovenian Cup
Supercup Slovenian Supercup
International cup(s) Basketball Champions League
FIBA Europe Cup
Current champions Helios Suns (2nd title)
Most championships Olimpija (15 titles)
TV partners RTV Slovenija
Šport TV
2016–17 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 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.

Competition format[edit]

The league is conducted in two phases.

Regular season[edit]

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.

Second phase[edit]

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.

2016–17 teams[edit]

Title holders[edit]


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
N/A Slovenia Zmago Sagadin
1993–94 Smelt Olimpija Maribor
N/A Slovenia Zmago Sagadin
1994–95 Smelt Olimpija Kovinotehna Savinjska Polzela
N/A Slovenia Zmago Sagadin
1995–96 Smelt Olimpija Krško
N/A Slovenia Žarko Djurišič
1996–97 Smelt Olimpija Kovinotehna Savinjska Polzela
N/A Slovenia Zmago Sagadin
1997–98 Union Olimpija Kovinotehna Savinjska Polzela
N/A Slovenia Zmago Sagadin
1998–99 Union Olimpija Pivovarna Laško
N/A Slovenia Zmago Sagadin
1999–00 Krka Pivovarna Laško
N/A Croatia Ivan Sunara
2000–01 Union Olimpija Krka
N/A Slovenia Zmago Sagadin
2001–02 Union Olimpija Krka
N/A Slovenia Zmago Sagadin
2002–03 Krka Union Olimpija
N/A Croatia Neven Spahija
2003–04 Union Olimpija Pivovarna Laško
N/A Slovenia Sašo Filipovski
2004–05 Union Olimpija Slovan
N/A Slovenia Sašo Filipovski
2005–06 Union Olimpija Slovan
N/A Slovenia Zmago Sagadin
2006–07 Helios Suns Union Olimpija
N/A Slovenia Memi Bečirovič
2007–08 Union Olimpija Helios Suns
N/A Serbia Aleksandar Džikić
2008–09 Union Olimpija Helios Suns
N/A 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

Titles by club[edit]

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

Finals appearances[edit]

Num Team W L
22 Olimpija 15 7
9 Krka 7 2
4 Domžale 2 2
1 Šentjur 1 0
4 Zlatorog Laško 0 4
3 Hopsi Polzela 0 3
2 Slovan 0 2
1 Koper 0 1
1 Krško 0 1
1 Maribor 0 1
1 Postojna 0 1
1 Rogaška 0 1

Slovenian Republic League winners (1946–1991)[edit]

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

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