Nagoya Diamond Dolphins

The Nagoya Diamond Dolphins (名古屋ダイヤモンドドルフィンズ, Nagoya Daiyamondo Dorufinzu) are a professional basketball team that competes in the first division of the Japanese B.League.[1] Prior to their entry into the B.League in September 2016, the club was the corporate team of Mitsubishi Electric.

Nagoya Diamond Dolphins
Nagoya Diamond Dolphins logo
ArenaDolphins Arena
LocationNagoya, Aichi Prefecture
Team colorsRed
Head coachShingo Kajiyama
OwnershipNagoya Diamond Dolphins Co., Ltd. (Mitsubishi Electric)


The club was formed in 1950 at Mitsubishi Electric's Nagoya factory and entered the second division of Japan's top league in 1973.[2] The club's women's team had previously entered the women's competition of the national corporate basketball league (全国実業団バスケットボールリーグ) upon the league's formation in 1967. Now known as the Mitsubishi Electric Koalas, they continue to compete in the Women's Japan Basketball League.

The men's team was promoted to the first division after winning the second division title in 1984.[2] They finished runners-up in the first division on four occasions, in 1986, 1987, 1989 and 2006. They won the All-Japan Basketball Emperor's Cup [ja] in 1989 and 1990.[3]

Previous namesEdit

The team has undergone several name changes during its history:

  • 1950-2000: Mitsubishi Electric Nagoya
  • 2000-2007: Melco Dolphins
  • 2007-2013: Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Dolphins
  • 2013-2016: Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Dolphins Nagoya

Current rosterEdit

Nagoya Diamond Dolphins roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name
PG 0   Kobayashi, Ryota
C 1   McLean, Jamel
PG 2   Takumi Saito
PF/C 4   Jeff Ayres
PF 6   Manato Kikuchi
F 8   Harimoto, Tenketsu (C)
G 9   Shuto Ando
PF 10   Leo Lyons
SG 12   Nakahigashi, Taito
G/F 18   Nakatsuka, Toshihiro
PG 21   Sasayama, Takaya
F/C 24   Burrell, Justin
PG 31   Makoto Kinoshita
SG 32   Yusuke Karino
Head coach

  Shingo Kajiyama

Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: 2020

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.


Notable playersEdit

To appear in this section a player must have either:

- Set a club record or won an individual award as a professional player.
- Played at least one official international match for his senior national team at any time.


Practice facilitiesEdit

Mitsubishi Electric Nagoya Gymnasium


  1. ^ B.League (29 September 2016). "Bリーグ". Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b "チームの由来" [Team History] (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 21 September 2007. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  3. ^ "過去の大会" [Previous Tournaments] (in Japanese). Japan Basketball Association. Retrieved 3 October 2016.