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bj league

Bj league
Sport basketball
Founded 2005
Inaugural season 2005–06
No. of teams 22
Country Template:Country data Japan
Continent FIBA Asia (Asia)
Most recent champion(s) Ryukyu Golden Kings (3rd title)
Most titles Osaka Evessa
Ryukyu Golden Kings (3 titles each)
TV partner(s) BS Fuji, Gaora
Level on pyramid 1
Official website

The bj-league (Basketball Japan League) is a professional basketball league in Japan that began on November 5, 2005. The 22-team league is divided into two conferences, the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. It had its inaugural All-Star game in 2006. The major sponsor for the 2014-15 season is Turkish Airlines.[1]

The bj-league operates on the American sports franchise system. Alongside the bj-league there is the National Basketball League, which is a corporate league composed of company teams and other clubs that are affiliated with the Japan Basketball Association, the official governing body of basketball in Japan. There is no promotion and relegation between the bj-league and the NBL. FIBA has threatened the JBA with suspension if the two leagues are not merged into one competition, and has set a deadline of October 31, 2014.[2]


Eastern Conference

Western Conference

Former teams

Defunct teams


The bj-league has rapidly expanded since its inauguration as a six-team league in 2005.[3] The league expanded to 22 teams for the 2014-15 season with the addition of the Fukushima Firebonds.[4]

Playoff champions

Season Champions Runners-up
2005–06 Osaka Evessa Niigata Albirex BB
2006–07 Osaka Evessa Takamatsu Five Arrows
2007–08 Osaka Evessa Tokyo Apache
2008–09 Ryukyu Golden Kings Tokyo Apache
2009–10 Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix Osaka Evessa
2010–11 Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix Ryukyu Golden Kings
2011–12 Ryukyu Golden Kings Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix
2012–13 Yokohama B-Corsairs Rizing Fukuoka
2013–14 Ryukyu Golden Kings Akita Northern Happinets
2014–15 Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix Akita Northern Happinets

All-star game

Season Date Arena Host City Result MVP (Team)
2006–07 January 27, 2007 Ginowan Municipal Gymnasium Ginowan City, Okinawa Prefecture EAST 126-97 WEST Jerod Ward (Toyama Grouses)
2007–08 December 29, 2007 Toki Messe Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture EAST 121-94 WEST Naoto Kosuge (Niigata Albirex BB)
2008–09 January 25, 2009 B-Con Plaza Beppu, Ōita Prefecture EAST 117-96 WEST Bobby St. Preux (Sendai 89ERS)
2009–10 January 31, 2010 Sekisui Heim Super Arena Rifu, Miyagi Prefecture WEST 105–102 EAST Michael Parker (Rizing Fukuoka)
2010–11 January 23, 2011 Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium Osaka, Osaka Prefecture WEST 110–109 EAST Lynn Washington (Osaka Evessa)
2011–12 January 15, 2012 Saitama Super Arena Saitama, Saitama Prefecture WEST 120-93 EAST Lynn Washington (Osaka Evessa)
2012–13 January 20, 2013 Ariake Colloseum Koto Ward, Tokyo WEST 128-119 EAST Michael Parker (Shimane Susanoo Magic)
2013–14 January 26, 2014 Akita Municipal Gymnasium Akita, Akita Prefecture EAST 98-91 WEST Yuki Togashi (Akita Northern Happinets)


Season MVP

Season Recipient Team
2005–06 Lynn Washington Osaka Evessa
2006–07 David Palmer Osaka Evessa
2007–08 Lynn Washington Osaka Evessa
2008–09 Jeff Newton Ryukyu Golden Kings
2009–10 Wendell White Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix
2010–11 Jeffrey Parmer Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix
2011–12 Justin Burrell[5] Yokohama B-Corsairs

Best 5

Season Guard Forward Center
2005–06 Matt Lottich
(Osaka Evessa)
Yukinori Suzuki
(Oita Heat Devils)
Michael Jackson
(Sendai 89ERS)
William Pippen
(Tokyo Apache)
Nick Davis
(Niigata Albirex BB)
2006–07 Kouhei Aoki
(Tokyo Apache)
Rasheed Sparks
(Takamatsu Five Arrows)
Lynn Washington
(Osaka Evessa)
Andy Ellis
(Oita Heat Devils)
Nick Davis
(Niigata Albirex BB)
2007–08 Mikey Marshall
(Osaka Evessa)
Naoto Takushi
(Ryukyu Golden Kings)
Reggie Warren
(Takamatsu Five Arrows)
Andy Ellis
(Oita Heat Devils)
Patrick Whearty
(Sendai 89ERS)
2008–09 Michael Gardener
(Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix)
Naoto Takushi
(Ryukyu Golden Kings)
Bobby St. Preux
(Sendai 89ERS)
Lynn Washington
(Osaka Evessa)
Jeff Newton
(Ryukyu Golden Kings)
2009–10 Kouhei Aoki
(Tokyo Apache)
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
(Kyoto Hannaryz)
Michael Parker
(Rizing Fukuoka)
Wendell White
(Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix)
Julius Ashby
(Tokyo Apache)
2010–11 Wayne Arnold
(Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix)
Takumi Ishizaki
(Shimane Susanoo Magic)
Jeffrey Parmer
Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix
Michael Parker
(Rizing Fukuoka)
Anthony McHenry
Ryukyu Golden Kings


  1. ^ Turkish Airlines becomes top sponsor
  2. ^ JBA vacillates as clock ticks on possible FIBA suspension
  3. ^ JBA vacillates as clock ticks on possible FIBA suspension
  4. ^ Key questions entering 10th season
  5. ^ American Justin Burrell wins MVP in Japan pro league - ESPN

External links

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