LNB Pro A

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Pro A
LNB Pro A Logo.jpg
Country  France
Other club(s) from  Monaco
Confederation FIBA Europe
Founded 1921; 96 years ago (1921)
Number of teams 18
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Pro B
Domestic cup(s) French Cup
Leaders Cup
Supercup Match des Champions
International cup(s) Champions League
FIBA Europe Cup
Current champions ASVEL
(18th title)
Most championships ASVEL
(18 titles)
Website www.lnb.fr
2016–17 Pro A season

The Pro A is the top-tier level 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 level Pro B. The winner of the play-offs of the Pro A is crowned the French national champion.

Format[edit]

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 the 2nd-tier 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.

2016–17 clubs[edit]

Arena rules[edit]

Currently, LNB Pro A clubs must play in arenas that seat at least 3,000 people.

French League history[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Performance by club[edit]

Club Champions Winning years
ASVEL
18
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, 2015–16
Limoges
11
1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1999–00, 2013–14, 2014–15
Pau-Lacq-Orthez
9
1985–86, 1986–87, 1991–92, 1995–96, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04
Foyer alsacien Mulhouse
7
1923–24, 1924–25, 1925–26, 1927–28, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1930–31
Racing Paris
4
1950–51, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1996–97
Le Mans
4
1977–78, 1978–79, 1981–82, 2005–06
Alsace Bagnolet
3
1960–61, 1961–62, 1966–67
Olympique Antibes
3
1969–70, 1990–91, 1994–95
Stade Français
2
1920–21, 1926–27
Reims
2
1931–32, 1932–33
Mulhousien
2
1934–35, 1936–37
SCPO
2
1935–36, 1937–38
Métro
2
1938–39, 1941–42
Grenoble
2
1942–43, 1943–44
Étoile de Charleville-Mézières
2
1957–58, 1959–60
PUC
2
1946–47, 1962–63
Berck
2
1972–73, 1973–74
Tours
2
1975–76, 1979–80
Chorale Roanne
2
1958–59, 2006–07
Nancy
2
2007–08, 2010–11
Lille
1
1921–22
École Normale Arras
1
1922–23
Olympique Lillois
1
1933–34
Championnet
1
1944–45
Éveil Lyon
1
1945–46
Marseille
1
1947–48
Denain-Voltaire
1
1964–65
SIG
1
2004–05
Cholet
1
2009–10
Élan Chalon
1
2011–12
Nanterre
1
2012–13

Play-off Finals[edit]

Season Home court advantage Result Home court disadvantage 1st of Regular Season Record
1987–88
Limoges
2–0
Cholet Limoges
26–4
1988–89
Limoges
2–0
Orthez Limoges
28–2
1989–90
Limoges
2–1
Olympique Antibes Limoges
33–1
1990–91
Olympique Antibes
2–1
Limoges Olympique Antibes
22–8
1991–92
Limoges
0–2
Pau-Orthez Limoges
27–3
1992–93
Limoges
3–1
Pau-Orthez Limoges
25–1
1993–94
Limoges
2–0
Olympique Antibes Limoges
23–3
1994–95
Olympique Antibes
3–1
Pau-Orthez Olympique Antibes
21–5
1995–96
Pau-Orthez
3–2
ASVEL Pau-Orthez
27–3
1996–97
ASVEL
0–2
PSG Racing Pau-Orthez
24–6
1997–98
Pau-Orthez
2–0
Limoges ASVEL
24–6
1998–99
Pau-Orthez
2–0
ASVEL Pau-Orthez
27–3
1999–00
ASVEL
1–2
Limoges ASVEL
24–6
2000–01
ASVEL
0–2
Pau-Orthez ASVEL
24–6
2001–02
Pau-Orthez
0–2
ASVEL Pau-Orthez
24–6
2002–03
Pau-Orthez
2–1
ASVEL Pau-Orthez
27–3
2003–04
Pau-Orthez
2–0
Gravelines Le Mans
27–7
2004–05
SIG
1–0 (72-68)
Nancy Le Mans
25–9
2005–06
Nancy
0–1 (88-93)
Le Mans Pau-Orthez
26–8
2006–07
Nancy
0–1 (74-81)
Chorale Roanne Nancy
25–9
2007–08
Nancy
1–0 (84-53)
Chorale Roanne Le Mans
23–7
2008–09
ASVEL
1–0 (55-41)
Orléans Loiret ASVEL
22–8
2009–10
Cholet
1–0 (81-65)
Le Mans Cholet
23–7
2010–11
Cholet
0–1 (74-76)
Nancy Cholet
22–8
2011–12
Élan Chalon
1–0 (95-76)
Le Mans Gravelines
27–3
2012–13
SIG
1–3
Nanterre Gravelines
21–9
2013–14
SIG
0–3
Limoges SIG
20–10
2014–15
SIG
1–3
Limoges SIG
30–4
2015–16
SIG
2–3
ASVEL Monaco
27–7

Historical players[edit]

French basketball clubs in European and worldwide competitions[edit]

LNB Pro A awards[edit]

LNB Pro A MVP[edit]

LNB Pro A Finals MVP[edit]

LNB All-Star Game[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

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

External links[edit]