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The LNB Pro B, commonly known as Pro B, is the 2nd-tier level 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 Pro B season are promoted to the top-tier level LNB Pro A. The two last placed teams are relegated to the third level NM1.

Pro B
LNB Pro B logo.svg
Founded1932
First season1932–33
Country France
ConfederationFIBA Europe
Number of teams18
Level on pyramid2
Promotion toPro A
Relegation toNM1
Domestic cup(s)French Cup (Federation Cup)
Pro B Leaders Cup (League Cup)
Current championsADA Blois (1st title)
(2018)
Websitewww.lnb.fr
2017–18 Pro B season

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HistoryEdit

Names of the leagueEdit

  • Honneur Ligue (1932–1949)
  • Excellence Ligue (1950–1963)
  • Nationale 2 (1964–1987)
  • Nationale 1B (1987–1992)
  • Nationale A2 (1992–1993)
  • Pro B (1993–present)

FormatEdit

All eighteam competing teams play each other twice during the regular season. The team that ends in first place in the table is named league champion and promotes to the LNB Pro A. The top eight regular season teams, with exception for the league champion, qualify for the promotion playoffs. During the competition, the Leaders Cup tournament is played. The champion of the Leaders Cup automatically qualifies for the playoffs. The winner of the promotion playoffs, which is played with best-of-three playoff series, promotes to the ProA. The bottom two regular season teams are meanwhile relegated to the third tier Nationale Masculine 1 (NM1) league.

ChampionsEdit

1932–1987Edit

Honneur (Honor)

 

Excellence

 

Nationale 2 (National 2)

   

1988–presentEdit

Season Champions Promoted teams
1987–88 Montpellier PSC Saint-Quentin BB, BCM Gravelines
1988–89 Reims CB Chorale Roanne
1989–90 SCM Le Mans JDA Dijon
1990–91 Lyon
1991–92 Levallois SC ESPE Châlons-en-Champagne
1992–93 ASA Sceaux
1993–94 SLUC Nancy SIG Strasbourg
1994–95 Besançon BCD ALM Évreux
1995–96 Toulouse Spacer's Élan Chalon
1996–97 Maurienne Savoie Toulouse Spacer's
1997–98 Levallois SC (2)
1998–99 SIG Strasbourg ESPE Châlons-en-Champagne
1999–00 JL Bourg STB Le Havre
2000–01 CSP Limoges Hyères Toulon VB
2001–02 JA Vichy Chorale Roanne
2002–03 Reims CB (2) Besançon BCD
2003–04 Stade Clermontois Basket ESPE Châlons-en-Champagne
2004–05 Étendard de Brest SPO Rouen
2005–06 Entente Orléanaise Besançon BCD
2006–07 JA Vichy (2)
2007–08 Besançon BCD (2) SPO Rouen
2008–09 Poitiers Paris-Levallois
2009–10 Élan Béarnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez Limoges CSP
2010–11 Nanterre Dijon
2011–12 Limoges Boulazac
2012–13 Olympique Antibes Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez
2013–14 Boulogne-sur-Mer JL Bourg, SPO Rouen, Champagne Châlons-Reims[a]
2014–15 Monaco Antibes Sharks
2015–16 Hyères-Toulon ESSM Le Portel
2016–17 JL Bourg Boulazac Dordogne
2017–18 ADA Blois
  1. ^ In the 2013–14 season, two extra teams (SPO Rouen and Châlons-Reims) promoted to the 2014–15 Pro A season because of the expansion of the Pro A from 16 to 18 teams.

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AwardsEdit

See alsoEdit

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