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National Basketball League (Japan)

For other organizations with a similar name, see National Basketball League (disambiguation) and NBL (disambiguation).

The National Basketball League (NBL) is a professional basketball league in Japan. It exists alongside the bj league, which is Japan's other basketball competition. There is no system of promotion and relegation between bj-league and the NBL.

In 2012 the Japan Basketball Association announced its intention to establish the National Basketball League as the top-flight professional league in Japan to replace its predecessor, the Japan Basketball League. The first NBL season started in Autumn 2013, with Toshiba defeating Wakayama to take the inaugural title in May 2014. [1]

The 2014-15 season saw the Hiroshima Dragonflies enter the league as an expansion team[2] and the Tsukuba Robots transfer from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference.

Below the NBL is the National Basketball Development League (NBDL), which is the successor to the former JBL 2 division.


Teams authorized to play in the 2014-15 NBL season are:

Eastern Conference

Western Conference


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