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LNB Pro B

LNB Pro B
Current season, competition or edition:
31px 2014–15 LNB Pro B season
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Sport Basketball
Founded 1932
No. of teams 18
Country 23x15px France
Continent 23x15px FIBA Europe
Most recent champion(s) Boulogne-sur-Mer (1st title)
Related competitions French Cup
Semaine des As Cup
Level on pyramid 2nd Tier (France)
Promotion to LNB Pro A (1st Tier)
Relegation to Nationale 1 (3rd Tier)
Official website www.LNB.fr

The LNB Pro B, full name, Ligue Nationale de Basket Pro B (English: Pro National Basketball League B), is the second-tier men's professional basketball league in France. It is the second division of the Ligue Nationale de Basket (LNB), which has organized the league since the year 1987. The top two placed teams from each season's Pro B are promoted to the first-tier LNB Pro A (first division).

History

Names of the league

  • 1932-1949: Honneur (Honor)
  • 1950-1963: Excellence
  • 1964-1987: Nationale 2 (National 2)
  • 1987-1992: Nationale 1B (National 1B)
  • 1992-1993: Nationale A2 (National A2)
  • 1993–Present: Nationale Pro B (National Pro B)

Format

All 18 Pro B teams play each other twice during the regular season. The top eight regular season teams qualify for the Pro B playoffs. The regular season and playoff champions are promoted to the LNB Pro A (first division), while the bottom two regular season teams are relegated to the amateur Nationale 1 league. The quarterfinals and the semifinals are two-legged, and the final is a single game.

Current clubs

Champions

Honneur (Honor)

 

Excellence

 

Nationale 2 (National 2)

   
The Nationale 2 was renamed to Nationale 1B
Season Champion Promotion
1987-88 Montpellier PSC Montpellier PSC, Saint-Quentin BB, BCM Gravelines
1988-89 Reims CB Reims CB, Chorale Roanne
1989-90 SCM Le Mans SCM Le Mans, JDA Dijon
1990-91 Lyon Lyon
1991-92 Levallois SC Levallois SC, ESPE Châlons-en-Champagne
The Nationale 1B was renamed to Nationale A2
1992-93 ASA Sceaux ASA Sceaux
The Nationale A2 was renamed to Nationale Pro B
1993-94 SLUC Nancy SLUC Nancy, Strasbourg IG
1994-95 Besançon BCD Besançon BCD, ALM Évreux
1995-96 Toulouse Spacer's Elan Sportif Chalonnais
1996-97 Maurienne Savoie Toulouse Spacer's
1997-98 Levallois SC (2) Levallois SC
1998-99 Strasbourg IG Strasbourg IG, ESPE Châlons-en-Champagne
1999-00 JL Bourg-en-Bresse JL Bourg-en-Bresse, STB Le Havre
2000-01 CSP Limoges CSP Limoges, Hyères Toulon VB
2001-02 JA Vichy JA Vichy, Chorale Roanne
2002-03 Reims CB (2) Reims CB, Besançon BCD
2003-04 Stade Clermontois Basket Stade Clermontois Basket, ESPE Châlons-en-Champagne
2004-05 Étendard de Brest Étendard de Brest, SPO Rouen
2005-06 Entente Orléanaise Besançon BCD, Entente Orléanaise
2006-07 JA Vichy (2) JA Vichy
2007-08 Besançon BCD (2) SPO Rouen Basket, Besançon BCD
2008-09 Poitiers Paris-Levallois, Poitiers
2009-10 Élan Béarnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez Élan Béarnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez, Limoges CSP
2010-11 Nanterre Nanterre, Dijon
2011-12 Limoges Limoges, Boulazac
2012–13 Olympique Antibes Olympique Antibes, Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez
2013–14 Boulogne-sur-Mer Boulogne-sur-Mer, Bourg-en-Bresse + Rouen, Châlons-Reims

Most Valuable Players

MVP Awards[1]
Year 23x15px French Player's MVP Foreign Player's MVP
1992 23x15px Patrick Cham (Levallois) 23x15px Terence Stansbury (Levallois)
1993 23x15px Moustapha Sonko (Sceaux) 23x15px Winston Crite (Sceaux)
1994 23x15px Bruno Hamm (Strasbourg) 23x15px James Banks (Nancy)
1995 23x15px Frédéric Hufnagel (La Rochelle) 23x15px James Banks (Caen)
1996 23x15px Karim Gharbi (Hyères Toulon) 23x15px David Booth (Toulouse)
1997 23x15px David Condouant (Vichy) 23x15px Geoff Lear (Hyères Toulon)
1998 23x15px Jimmy Vérove (Brest) 23x15px Larry Terry (Mulhouse)
1999 23x15px Ahmadou Keita (Strasbourg) 23x15px Jarod Stevenson (Strasbourg)
2000 23x15px Charles-Henri Grétouce (Bondy) 23x15px Elliot Hatcher (Vichy)
2001 23x15px Laurent Cazalon (Roanne) 23x15px Floyd Miller (Hyères Toulon)
2002 23x15px Jean-Philippe Tailleman (Golbey-Epinal) 23x15px Rahshon Turner (Vichy)
2003 23x15px Cyril Akpomedah (Châlons-en-Champagne) 23x15px Mike Jones (Reims / Saint-Quentin)
2004 23x15px David Melody (Clermont-Ferrand) 23x15px Ondřej Starosta (Saint-Quentin)
2005 23x15px Stephen Brun (Brest) 23x15px Tyson Patterson (Brest)
2006 23x15px Raphaël Desroses (Angers) 23x15px Cedrick Banks (Besançon)
2007 23x15px Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (Nanterre) 23x15px Jimmal Ball (Vichy)
2008 23x15px Adrien Moerman (Nanterre) 23x15px Rashaun Freeman (Nantes)
2009 23x15px Jimmal Ball (Paris-Levallois) 23x15px Errick Craven (Clermont)
2010 23x15px Moussa Badiane (Aix-les-Bains) 23x15px Teddy Gipson (Pau-Lacq-Orthez)
2011 23x15px Philippe da Silva (ALM Évreux) 23x15px Nate Carter (JSF Nanterre)
2012 23x15px Joseph Gomis (Limoges) 23x15px Chris Massie (Limoges)
2013 23x15px Mouhammadou Jaiteh (Boulogne-sur-Mer) 23x15px Jeremiah Wood (Évreux)
2014 23x15px Michel Morandais (Châlons-Reims) 23x15px Zachery Peacock (Boulogne-sur-Mer)

Best Coach and Most Improved Player

Year Best Coach Most Improved Player
2006 23x15px François Peronnet (Châlons-en-Champagne)
2007 23x15px Olivier Cousin (Quimper)
2008 23x15px Michel Veyronnet (Rouen)
2009 23x15px Ruddy Nelhomme (Poitiers)
2010 23x15px Didier Dobbels (Pau-Lacq-Orthez)
2011 23x15px Pascal Donnadieu (JSF Nanterre)
2012 23x15px Frédéric Sarre (Limoges) 23x15px Ferdinand Prénom (Antibes)
2013 23x15px Rémy Valin (Évreux) 23x15px Mouhammadou Jaiteh (Boulogne-sur-Mer)
2014 23x15px Germain Castano (Boulogne-sur-Mer) 23x15px Olivier Romain (Saint-Quentin)

See also

Notes and references

  1. Basket News, LNB, 20 years of pro basketball, Calmann-Lévy , October 2007, hardcover, 240 p. (ISBN 978-2-7021-3871-7)

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