Lietuvos krepšinio lyga
Current season, competition or edition:|
31px 2014–15 LKL season
|No. of teams||11|
|Continent||23x15px FIBA Europe (Europe)|
|Most recent champion(s)||Žalgiris (16th title)|
|Most titles||Žalgiris (16 titles)|
|Related competitions||LKF Cup|
|Level on pyramid||1st tier|
Since the league was founded, it has been dominated by Žalgiris. They won the league's championship trophy for six consecutive years, from 1994 through 1999. Their main rival during those years was Atletas, but in the 1999–2000 season, this dominant run was ended by the Lietuvos rytas.
In 2000–01 season the Greens got their revenge by beating Vilnius in the finals. In 2001–2002, Lietuvos rytas, led by Ramūnas Šiškauskas and Arvydas Macijauskas, once again defeated Žalgiris. However, during the next three seasons Žalgiris took control of the league and outplayed Lietuvos rytas (2003, 2004, 2005).
In 2006, Vilnius joined Žalgiris in the strongest European basketball competition Euroleague. That season the Reds, led by Robertas Javtokas, Simas Jasaitis and Fred House, beat Žalgiris 4–0. But from then on Žalgiris started winning once again – two titles in a row (2007, 2008). In 2008–2009 Lietuvos rytas won the league, beating Žalgiris 4–1. The winners were led by Chuck Eidson, Artūras Jomantas and Marijonas Petravičius. In 2009–10 season Vilnius claimed first back to back title, beating Žalgiris 4–3. 2010–11 saw Kaunas reclaim the tile, beating Vilnius 4–1.
2011–12 season: Žalgiris was the winner again, which sweeping Rytas by 3–0. In the 2012-2013 season, a much more powerful Žalgiris easily dominated the league and Lietuvos Rytas, winning the series 4-0.
|Lithuanian Basketball League teams|
|Team||Location||Arena||Founded||Joined LKL||Head Coach|
|Dzūkija||Alytus||Alytus Arena||2012||2013||Andrej Urlep|
|Juventus||Utena||Utena Arena||1999||2009||Dainius Adomaitis|
|Lietkabelis||Panevėžys||Cido Arena||1964||2007||Gintaras Kadžiulis|
|Lietuvos rytas||Vilnius||Siemens Arena||1963||1993||Marcelo Nicola|
|Mažeikiai||Mažeikiai||Mažeikiai Venta progynmasium sports hall||2005||2014||Aloyzas Rudys|
|Neptūnas||Klaipėda||Švyturys Arena||1964||1993||Kazys Maksvytis|
|Nevėžis||Kėdainiai||Kėdainiai Arena||1992||2002||Virginijus Sirvydis|
|Pieno žvaigždės||Pasvalys||Pasvalys Pieno žvaigždės Arena||2000||2011||Mantas Šernius|
|Prienai||Prienai||Prienai Entertainment and Sports Arena||1994||2009||Tadas Stankevičius|
|Šiauliai||Šiauliai||Šiauliai Arena||1994||Gediminas Petrauskas|
|Žalgiris||Kaunas||Žalgiris Arena||1944||1993||Gintaras Krapikas|
Podium by season
- In 1994–95, 1995–96 and 1996–97 seasons no bronze medal game was played.
Performance by club
|Team||Winners||Runners-Up||Bronzes||Fourth places||Winning years|
|Žalgiris||16||5||0||0||1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014|
|Lietuvos rytas||5||10||2||0||2000, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2010|