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Korvpalli Meistriliiga

Korvpalli Meistriliiga (KML)
Current season, competition or edition:
31px 2014–15 KML season
Sport Basketball
Founded 1925
CEO Jüri Ratas
Inaugural season 1925
No. of teams 9
Country 23x15px Estonia
Continent 23x15px FIBA Europe (Europe)
Most recent champion(s) Tartu Ülikool/Rock
(23th title)
Most titles Tartu Ülikool/Rock
(23 titles)
TV partner(s) TV6 Estonia
Delfi TV
Related competitions Estonian Basketball Cup
Level on pyramid 1st Tier
Relegation to I Liiga – 2nd Tier
Official website basket.ee

The Korvpalli Meistriliiga (English: Basketball Premier League) known as the Alexela Korvpalli Meistriliiga (English: Alexela Basketball Premier League) for sponsorship reasons is the first tier level men's professional basketball league in Estonia.

The first Estonian Basketball Championship tournament was held in 1925. During the Soviet occupation (1941–1991) the league was called Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic Championship. The league was named Korvpalli Meistriliiga (KML) in 1992 after Estonia regained its independence. The current KML champions are TÜ/Rock who won their seventh title.

The KML league, which is played under FIBA rules, currently consists of 9 teams. Since 2013, Alexela, an Estonian energy company, has been the main sponsor of the KML league.

Current teams

Team Location Founded Arena Capacity 2014–15 season Head coach
TÜ/Rock Tartu 1945 TÜ Spordihoone 4,000 File:Gold medal icon.svg 23x15px Gert Kullamäe
Kalev/Cramo Tallinn 1998 Tallinn Arena 7,200 File:Silver medal icon.svg 23x15px Alar Varrak
TYCO Rapla Rapla 1996 Sadolin Spordihoone 1,000 File:Bronze medal icon.svg 23x15px Aivar Kuusmaa
Rakvere Tarvas Rakvere 2006 Rakvere Spordihall 2,422 4th 23x15px Andres Sõber
Pärnu Pärnu 2000 Pärnu Spordihall 2,000 5th 23x15px Mait Käbin
Valga/Maks & Moorits Valga 2006 Valga Spordihoone 1,000 6th 23x15px Varis Krūmiņš
TTÜ Tallinn 2006 TTÜ Spordihoone 1,050 7th 23x15px Heino Lill
TLÜ/Kalev Tallinn 2002 Kalevi Spordihall 1,000 8th 23x15px Kalle Klandorf
Audentes/Noortekoondis Tallinn 2005 Audentes Spordikeskus 9th 23x15px Indrek Visnapuu

Historical performance of the current KML teams

Team Location Debut in KML
Pos. Kalev/Cramo Tallinn 1998-99
Pos. Tartu Ülikool/Rock Tartu 1991-92
Pos. Rakvere Tarvas Rakvere 2006-07
Pos. Tallinna Kalev Tallinn 2002-03
Pos. TTÜ KK Tallinn 2006-07
Pos. KK Pärnu Pärnu 2006-07
Pos. TYCO Rapla Rapla 2010-11
Pos. Valga/Maks&Moorits Valga 2006-07
Pos. KK HITO Jõhvi 2012-13
Pos. Audentes / Noortekoondis Tallinn 2005-06
Pos. BC Tartu Fausto Tartu 2006-07
Pos. Võru Korvpalliklubi Võru 2010-11
Pos. Kuremaa SK Kuremaa 2008-09
Korvpalli Meistriliiga seasons
Pos. 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
9 9 9 9 9 9 9
10 10 10
11
12

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Champions

  • 1925 to 1940: Estonian Basketball Championship
  • 1941 to 1990–91: Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic Championship
  • 1991–92 to present: Korvpalli Meistriliiga
Season Team
1925
Tallinna Sport
<center>1926 No championship
<center>1927 Tallinna Kalev
<center>1928 Tallinna Vitjaz
<center>1929 Tallinna Russ
<center>1930 Tallinna Kalev
<center>1931 Tallinna Kalev
<center>1932 Tallinna Russ
<center>1933 Tallinna Russ
<center>1934 Tartu NMKÜ
<center>1935 Tallinna NMKÜ
<center>1936 Tartu NMKÜ
<center>1937 Tartu NMKÜ
<center>1938 Tartu EASK
<center>1939 Tartu EASK
<center>1940 Tartu EASK
<center>1941 Tallinna Dünamo
<center>1942 No championship
<center>1943 Tallinna Kalev
<center>1944 summer: Tartu Kalev
winter: Tallinna Kalev
<center>1945 Tallinna Kalev
<center>1946 Tallinna Kalev
<center>1947 Tallinna Kalev
 
Season Team
<center>1948 Tartu ÜSK
<center>1949 Tartu ÜSK
<center>1950 Tartu ÜSK
<center>1951 Tartu ÜSK
<center>1952 Tartu ÜSK
<center>1953 Tallinna Kalev
<center>1954 Tallinna Kalev
<center>1955 Tallinna Kalev
<center>1956 TRÜ
<center>1957 EPA
<center>1958 TRÜ
<center>1959 TRÜ
<center>1960 EPA
<center>1961 TPI
<center>1962 TPI
<center>1963 TPI
<center>1964 TPI
<center>1965 TPI
<center>1966 TPI
<center>1967 Tallinna Kalev
<center>1968 Tallinna Kalev
<center>1969 TRÜ
<center>1970 TRÜ
<center>1971 Tallinna Kalev
 
Season Team
<center>1972 TRÜ
<center>1973 TRÜ
<center>1974 Harju KEK
<center>1975 TRÜ
<center>1976 TRÜ
<center>1977 TRÜ
<center>1977–78 TRÜ
<center>1978–79 Harju KEK
<center>1980 Tallinna Standard
<center>1981 Tallinna Metallist
<center>1981–82 Tallinna Standard
<center>1982–83 Tallinna Standard
<center>1983–84 TPI
<center>1984–85 TPI
<center>1985–86 Tallinna Standard
<center>1986–87 Tallinna Standard
<center>1987–88 Tallinna Standard
<center>1988–89 Tallinna Standard
<center>1989–90 Tallinna Standard
<center>1990–91 Tallinna Asto
<center>1991–92 BC Kalev
<center>1992–93 Rafter-Kalev
<center>1993–94 Tallinna Asto-Basket
<center>1994–95 BC Kalev/AUMa
 
Season Team
<center>1995–96 BC Kalev
<center>1996–97 BC Tallinn
<center>1997–98 BC Kalev
<center>1998–99 BC Tallinn
<center>1999–00 Tartu Ülikool-Delta
<center>2000–01 Tartu Ülikool-Delta
<center>2001–02 Tallinna Kalev
<center>2002–03 Tallinna Kalev
<center>2003–04 Tartu Ülikool/Rock
<center>2004–05 Ehitustööriist
<center>2005–06 BC Kalev/Cramo
<center>2006–07 Tartu Ülikool/Rock
<center>2007–08 Tartu Ülikool/Rock
<center>2008–09 BC Kalev/Cramo
<center>2009–10 Tartu Ülikool/Rock
<center>2010–11 BC Kalev/Cramo
<center>2011–12 BC Kalev/Cramo
<center>2012–13 BC Kalev/Cramo
<center>2013–14 BC Kalev/Cramo
<center>2014–15 Tartu Ülikool/Rock

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Performance by club

Club Champions Winning years
Tartu Ülikool/Rock <center>23 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2015
Tallinna Kalev <center>14 1927, 1930, 1931, 1942, 1944 (w)‡, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1967, 1968, 1971
TPI <center>8 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1984, 1985
Tallinna Standard <center>8 1980, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990
Tallinna BC Kalev <center>7 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2003
BC Kalev/Cramo <center>7 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Tallinna Vitjaz/Tallinna Russ <center>4 1928, 1929, 1932, 1933
Tartu NMKÜ <center>3 1934, 1936, 1937
Tartu EASK <center>3 1938, 1939, 1940
EPA <center>2 1957, 1960
Harju KEK <center>2 1974, 1979
Tallinna Asto <center>2 1991, 1994
BC Tallinn <center>2 1997, 1999
Tallinna Sport <center>1 1925
Tallinna NMKÜ <center>1 1935
Tallinna Dünamo <center>1 1941
Tartu Kalev <center>1 1944 (s)‡
Tallinna Metallist <center>1 1981

Note: In the 1944 season two championship tournaments were held (s – summer tournament; w – winter tournament).

Korvpalli Meistriliiga Finals

Home court advantage
* Indicates the team who won the Estonian Basketball Cup in the same season
Season Winner Result Runner-up 1st of Regular Season Record Champion's Coach Finals MVP
<center>1991–92 Tallinna BC Kalev * <center>2–0 Tallinna Asto Tallinna Asto <center>28–1 23x15px Jaanus Levkoi
<center>1992–93 Tallinna Rafter-Kalev * <center>2–0 Tallinna Asto Tallinna Rafter-Kalev <center>36–0 23x15px Riho Soonik
<center>1993–94 Tallinna Asto-Basket <center>2–1 Baltika Tallinna Asto-Basket <center>25–3 23x15px Jaanus Levkoi
<center>1994–95 Tallinna BC Kalev/AUMa <center>3–1 BC Tallinn Tallinna BC Kalev/AUMa <center>28–0 23x15px Jaak Salumets
<center>1995–96 Tallinna BC Kalev * <center>3–0 KK Tartu Tallinna BC Kalev <center>36–0 23x15px Jaak Salumets
<center>1996–97 BC Tallinn <center>3–1 Baltika BC Tallinn <center>20–5 23x15px Üllar Kerde
<center>1997–98 Tallinna BC Kalev <center>3–1 BC Tallinn Tallinna BC Kalev <center>22–3 23x15px Maarten Van Gent
<center>1998–99 BC Tallinn * <center>3–0 Nybit BC Tallinn <center>21–4 23x15px Üllar Kerde
<center>1999–00 Tartu Ülikool-Delta * <center>3–0 Tallinna Kalev Tallinna Kalev <center>27–3 23x15px Teet Laur 23x15px Tanel Tein
<center>2000–01 Tartu Ülikool-Delta * <center>3–0 Tallinna Ülikoolid-A. Le Coq Tartu Ülikool-Delta <center>28–7 23x15px Jüri Neissaar 23x15px Tanel Tein
<center>2001–02 Tallinna Kalev * <center>3–2 Tartu Ülikool/Rock Tartu Ülikool/Rock <center>23–7 23x15px Üllar Kerde
<center>2002–03 Tallinna Kalev <center>4–2 TTÜ/A. Le Coq TTÜ/A. Le Coq <center>25–7 23x15px Andres Sõber
<center>2003–04 Tartu Ülikool/Rock <center>4–2 EBS/Nybit Tartu Ülikool/Rock <center>18–6 23x15px Tõnu Lust 23x15px Rauno Pehka
<center>2004–05 Ehitustööriist <center>4–3 Tartu Ülikool/Rock * Tartu Ülikool/Rock <center>12–4 23x15px Allan Dorbek 23x15px Howard Frier
<center>2005–06 BC Kalev/Cramo * <center>4–3 Tartu Ülikool/Rock BC Kalev/Cramo <center>21–3 23x15px Aivar Kuusmaa 23x15px James Williams
<center>2006–07 Tartu Ülikool/Rock <center>4–2 BC Kalev/Cramo * Tartu Ülikool/Rock <center>33–3 23x15px Algirdas Brazys 23x15px Tanel Tein
<center>2007–08 Tartu Ülikool/Rock <center>4–0 BC Kalev/Cramo * Tartu Ülikool/Rock <center>33–3 23x15px Üllar Kerde 23x15px Brian Cusworth
<center>2008–09 BC Kalev/Cramo * <center>4–2 Tartu Ülikool/Rock Tartu Ülikool/Rock <center>26–2 23x15px Nenad Vučinić 23x15px Kristjan Kangur
<center>2009–10 Tartu Ülikool/Rock * <center>4–2 BC Rakvere Tarvas Tartu Ülikool/Rock <center>23–5 23x15px Indrek Visnapuu 23x15px Janar Talts
<center>2010–11 BC Kalev/Cramo <center>4–0 Tartu Ülikool/Rock * BC Kalev/Cramo <center>29–3 23x15px Aivar Kuusmaa 23x15px Armands Šķēle
<center>2011–12 BC Kalev/Cramo <center>4–0 Tartu Ülikool * Tartu Ülikool <center>25–3 23x15px Aivar Kuusmaa 23x15px Tanel Sokk
<center>2012–13 BC Kalev/Cramo <center>4–0 Tartu Ülikool/Rock BC Kalev/Cramo <center>28–4 23x15px Alar Varrak 23x15px Tanel Sokk
<center>2013–14 BC Kalev/Cramo <center>4–0 Tartu Ülikool/Rock* Tartu Ülikool/Rock <center>30–2 23x15px Alar Varrak 23x15px Vlad Moldoveanu
<center>2014–15 Tartu Ülikool/Rock* <center>4–1 BC Kalev/Cramo Tartu Ülikool/Rock <center>26–6 23x15px Gert Kullamäe 23x15px Tanel Kurbas

Note: Play-offs MVP.

Korvpalli Meistriliiga awards

KML Most Valuable Player

Season Player Team
1996–97
1997–98 23x15px Gert Kullamäe Tallinna Kalev
1998–99 23x15px Aivar Kuusmaa BC Tallinn
1999–00 23x15px Gert Kullamäe Tallinna Kalev
2000–01 23x15px Tanel Tein Tartu Ülikool-Delta
2001–02 23x15px Tanel Tein Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2002–03 23x15px Aivar Kuusmaa TTÜ/A. Le Coq
2003–04 23x15px Augenijus Vaškys Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2004–05 23x15px Howard Frier Ehitustööriist
2005–06 23x15px Tanel Tein Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2006–07 23x15px Travis Reed BC Kalev/Cramo
2007–08 23x15px Brian Cusworth Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2008–09 23x15px Giorgi Tsintsadze Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2009–10 23x15px Valmo Kriisa BC Rakvere Tarvas
2010–11 23x15px Bambale Osby TTÜ/Kalev
2011–12 23x15px Kaspars Cipruss BC Rakvere Tarvas
2012–13 23x15px Gary Wilkinson BC Kalev/Cramo
2013–14 23x15px Vlad Moldoveanu BC Kalev/Cramo
 

KML Finals Most Valuable Player

Season Player Team
1996–97
1997–98
1998–99
1999–00 23x15px Tanel Tein Tartu Ülikool-Delta
2000–01 23x15px Tanel Tein Tartu Ülikool-Delta
2001–02
2002–03
2003–04 23x15px Rauno Pehka TTÜ/A. Le Coq
2004–05 23x15px Howard Frier Ehitustööriist
2005–06 23x15px James Williams BC Kalev/Cramo
2006–07 23x15px Tanel Tein Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2007–08 23x15px Brian Cusworth Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2008–09 23x15px Kristjan Kangur BC Kalev/Cramo
2009–10 23x15px Janar Talts Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2010–11 23x15px Armands Šķēle BC Kalev/Cramo
2011–12 23x15px Tanel Sokk BC Kalev/Cramo
2012–13 23x15px Tanel Sokk BC Kalev/Cramo
2013–14 23x15px Vlad Moldoveanu BC Kalev/Cramo
2014–15 23x15px Tanel Kurbas Tartu Ülikool/Rock

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Note: Play-offs MVP.

Best Young Player

Season Player Team
1996–97
1997–98 23x15px Tanel Tein SK Polaris
1998–99
1999–00
2000–01 23x15px Veljo Vares Tartu Ülikool-Delta
2001–02 23x15px Erik Dorbek Tallinna Kalev
2002–03 23x15px Tanel Sokk Nybit
2003–04 23x15px Kristo Saage KK Rakvere
2004–05 23x15px Gert Dorbek Tallinna Kalev
2005–06 23x15px Sten-Timmu Sokk Dalkia/Nybit
2006–07 23x15px Sten-Timmu Sokk Dalkia/Nybit
2007–08 23x15px Sten-Timmu Sokk Triobet/Dalkia
2008–09 23x15px Jaan Puidet Kuremaa SK
2009–10 23x15px Rain Veideman BC Rakvere Tarvas
2010–11 23x15px Rain Veideman Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2011–12 23x15px Rait-Riivo Laane Piimameister Otto/Rapla
2012–13 23x15px Rait-Riivo Laane TYCO Rapla
2013–14 23x15px Sander Saare BC Rakvere Tarvas
2014–15 23x15px Siim-Markus Post Audentes/Noortekoondis
 

Coach of the Year

Season Coach Team
1996–97 23x15px Üllar Kerde BC Tallinn
1997–98 23x15px Maarten Van Gent Tallinna Kalev
1998–99 23x15px Üllar Kerde BC Tallinn
1999–00
2000–01 23x15px Jüri Neissaar Tartu Ülikool-Delta
2001–02
2002–03 23x15px Andres Sõber Tallinna Kalev
2003–04 23x15px Tõnu Lust Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2004–05 23x15px Allan Dorbek Ehitustööriist
2005–06 23x15px Aivar Kuusmaa BC Kalev/Cramo
2006–07 23x15px Veselin Matić BC Kalev/Cramo
2007–08 23x15px Üllar Kerde Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2008–09 23x15px Nenad Vučinić BC Kalev/Cramo
2009–10 23x15px Andres Sõber BC Rakvere Tarvas
2010–11 23x15px Aivar Kuusmaa BC Kalev/Cramo
2011–12 23x15px Aivar Kuusmaa BC Kalev/Cramo
2012–13 23x15px Alar Varrak BC Kalev/Cramo
2013–14 23x15px Alar Varrak BC Kalev/Cramo
2014–15 23x15px Gert Kullamäe Tartu Ülikool/Rock

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Defensive Player of the Year

Season Player Team
1996–97
1997–98
1998–99
1999–00
2000–01
2001–02
2002–03
2003–04 23x15px Indrek Reinbok Pirita TOP Spa
2004–05
2005–06 23x15px Martin Viiask Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2006–07 23x15px Valmo Kriisa BC Kalev/Cramo
2007–08 23x15px Janar Talts Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2008–09 23x15px John Linehan BC Kalev/Cramo
2009–10 23x15px Gregor Arbet BC Kalev/Cramo
2010–11 23x15px Callistus Eziukwu Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2011–12 23x15px Bamba Fall BC Kalev/Cramo
2012–13 23x15px Martin Dorbek TYCO Rapla
2013–14 23x15px Gregor Arbet BC Kalev/Cramo
2014–15 23x15px Janar Talts Tartu Ülikool/Rock

Notable players

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