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LNB Pro A

LNB Pro A
Current season, competition or edition:
31px 2014–15 LNB Pro A season
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Sport Basketball
Founded 1921
No. of teams 16
Country 23x15px France
Continent 23x15px FIBA Europe
Most recent champion(s) Limoges CSP (10th title)
Most titles ASVEL (17 titles)
Limoges CSP (10 titles)
Pau-Lacq-Orthez (9 titles)
Related competitions French Cup
Leaders Cup
Level on pyramid 1st Tier (France)
Relegation to LNB Pro B (2nd Tier)
Official website www.LNB.fr

The LNB Pro A (full name: Ligue Nationale de Basket Pro A; English: Pro National Basketball League A) is the first-tier men's professional basketball league in France. The competition has existed since the year 1921. Since 1987, the Ligue Nationale de Basket (LNB) has organized the league. The bottom two placed teams from each season are relegated to the second-tier LNB Pro B.

Format

All 16 Pro A League teams play each other twice during the regular season. At the end of the regular season, the top eight teams qualify for the playoffs. The two teams with the worst regular season records are relegated to Pro B.

Through the 1985–86 season, the league championship was determined by a one-off final, or solely by league play. Since then, the format for the league finals has changed many times:[1]

  • 1987–1992: Best-of-3 series
  • 1993: Best-of-5
  • 1994: Best-of-3
  • 1995–1996: Best-of-5
  • 1997–2004: Best-of-3
  • 2005–2012: Single match (at Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris)
  • 2013–present: Best-of-5

From the 2003–04 season, through the 2006–07 season, the Pro A League had 18 teams. Through the wild-card system, it will have 18 teams again from 2014-15 season.

Current clubs

French League history

  • 1920–21 to 1948–49  Excellence
  • 1949-50 to 1962-63  Nationale
  • 1963-64 to 1964-65  Première Division
  • 1965-66 to 1986-87  Nationale 1
  • 1987-88 to 1991-92  Nationale 1A
  • 1992 to 1993  Nationale A1
  • 1993-94 to present  Pro A

Title holders

Performance by club

Club Champions Winning years
20px ASVEL
17
1949-50, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1954–55, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1974–75, 1976–77, 1980–81, 2001–02, 2008–09
20px 20px Limoges <center>10 1982-83, 1983-84, 1984-85, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1999-00, 2013-14
20px Pau-Orthez <center>9 1985-86, 1986-87, 1991-92, 1995-96, 1997-98, 1998-99, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2003-04
20px Foyer alsacien Mulhouse <center>7 1923-24, 1924-25, 1925-26, 1927-28, 1928-29, 1929-30, 1930-31
20px Racing Paris <center>4 1950-51, 1952-53, 1953-54, 1996-97
20px Le Mans <center>4 1977-78, 1978-79, 1981-82, 2005-06
20px Alsace Bagnolet <center>3 1960-61, 1961-62, 1966-67
20px Olympique Antibes <center>3 1969-70, 1990-91, 1994-95
20px Stade Français <center>2 1920-21, 1926-27
20px Reims <center>2 1931-32, 1932-33
20px Mulhousien <center>2 1934-35, 1936-37
20px SCPO <center>2 1935-36, 1937-38
20px Métro <center>2 1938-39, 1941-42
20px Grenoble <center>2 1942-43, 1943-44
20px Étoile de Charleville-Mézières <center>2 1957-58, 1959-60
20px PUC <center>2 1946-47, 1962-63
20px Berck <center>2 1972-73, 1973-74
20px Tours <center>2 1975-76, 1979-80
20px Chorale Roanne <center>2 1958-59, 2006-07
20px Nancy <center>2 2007-08, 2010-11
20px Lille <center>1 1921-22
20px École Normale Arras <center>1 1922-23
20px Olympique Lillois <center>1 1933-34
20px Championnet <center>1 1944-45
20px Éveil Lyon <center>1 1945-46
20px Marseille <center>1 1947-48
20px Denain-Voltaire <center>1 1964-65
20px Strasbourg <center>1 2004-05
20px Cholet <center>1 2009-10
20px Élan Chalon <center>1 2011-12
20px Nanterre <center>1 2012-13

Play-off Finals

Season Home court advantage Result Home court disadvantage 1st of Regular Season Record
<center>1987–88 Limoges <center>2–0 Cholet Limoges <center>26–4
<center>1988–89 Limoges <center>2–0 Orthez Limoges <center>28–2
<center>1989–90 Limoges <center>2–1 Olympique Antibes Limoges <center>33–1
<center>1990–91 Olympique Antibes <center>2–1 Limoges Olympique Antibes <center>22–8
<center>1991–92 Limoges <center>0–2 Pau-Orthez Limoges <center>27–3
<center>1992–93 Limoges <center>3–1 Pau-Orthez Limoges <center>25–1
<center>1993–94 Limoges <center>2–0 Olympique Antibes Limoges <center>23–3
<center>1994–95 Olympique Antibes <center>3–1 Pau-Orthez Olympique Antibes <center>21–5
<center>1995–96 Pau-Orthez <center>3–2 ASVEL Pau-Orthez <center>27–3
<center>1996–97 ASVEL <center>0–2 Racing Paris Pau-Orthez <center>24–6
<center>1997–98 Pau-Orthez <center>2–0 Limoges ASVEL <center>24–6
<center>1998–99 Pau-Orthez <center>2–0 ASVEL Pau-Orthez <center>27–3
<center>1999–00 ASVEL <center>1–2 Limoges ASVEL <center>24–6
<center>2000–01 ASVEL <center>0–2 Pau-Orthez ASVEL <center>24–6
<center>2001–02 Pau-Orthez <center>0–2 ASVEL Pau-Orthez <center>24–6
<center>2002–03 Pau-Orthez <center>2–1 ASVEL Pau-Orthez <center>27–3
<center>2003–04 Pau-Orthez <center>2–0 Gravelines Le Mans <center>27–7
<center>2004–05 Strasbourg <center>1–0 (72-68) Nancy Le Mans <center>25–9
<center>2005–06 Nancy <center>0–1 (88-93) Le Mans Pau-Orthez <center>26–8
<center>2006–07 Nancy <center>0–1 (74-81) Roanne Nancy <center>25–9
<center>2007–08 Nancy <center>1–0 (84-53) Roanne Le Mans <center>23–7
<center>2008–09 ASVEL <center>1–0 (55-41) Orléans Loiret ASVEL <center>22–8
<center>2009–10 Cholet <center>1–0 (81-65) Le Mans Cholet <center>23–7
<center>2010–11 Cholet <center>0–1 (74-76) Nancy Cholet <center>22–8
<center>2011–12 Élan Chalon <center>1–0 (95-76) Le Mans Gravelines <center>27–3
<center>2012–13 Strasbourg <center>1–3 Nanterre Gravelines <center>21–9
<center>2013–14 Strasbourg <center>0–3 Limoges Strasbourg <center>20–10

Historical players

LNB Pro A awards

Main article: LNB Pro A Awards

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ "2006–07 French League". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 

External links

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