The LNB Pro A, commonly known as Pro A and for sponsorship reasons named the Jeep Élite,[1] is the top-tier men's professional basketball league in France. The competition has existed since 1921. Since 1987, the Ligue Nationale de Basket 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.

Pro A
Jeep Élite logo.svg
Founded1921; 98 years ago (1921)
Country France
Other club(s) from Monaco
ConfederationFIBA Europe
Number of teams18
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toPro B
Domestic cup(s)French Cup (Federation Cup)
Leaders Cup (League Cup)
SupercupMatch des Champions
International cup(s)Euroleague
EuroCup
FIBA Champions League
FIBA Europe Cup
Current championsLDLC ASVEL (19th title)
(2019)
Most championshipsASVEL (19 titles)
Websitewww.lnb.fr
2019–20 Pro A season

LogosEdit

Logos
   
Since 2017 Until 2017

Competition formatEdit

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:[2]

  • 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.

Current teamsEdit

Arena rulesEdit

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

French League historyEdit

  • 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
    • 2017–18–present: Jeep Élite[1]

Title holdersEdit

Performance by clubEdit

Club Champions Winning years
ASVEL
19
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, 2018–19
Limoges CSP
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
FAM
7
1923–24, 1924–25, 1925–26, 1927–28, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1930–31
Le Mans Sarthe
5
1977–78, 1978–79, 1981–82, 2005–06, 2017–18
Racing Paris
4
1950–51, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1996–97
Alsace de Bagnolet
3
1960–61, 1961–62, 1966–67
Olympique Antibes
3
1969–70, 1990–91, 1994–95
Stade Français
2
1920–21, 1926–27
CAUFA Reims
2
1931–32, 1932–33
CAM
2
1934–35, 1936–37
SCPO
2
1935–36, 1937–38
Métro
2
1938–39, 1941–42
Grenoble
2
1942–43, 1943–44
Étoile Charleville-Mézières
2
1957–58, 1959–60
PUC
2
1946–47, 1962–63
Berck
2
1972–73, 1973–74
ASPO Tours
2
1975–76, 1979–80
Chorale Roanne
2
1958–59, 2006–07
SLUC Nancy
2
2007–08, 2010–11
Élan Chalon
2
2011–12, 2016–17
ICAM Lille
1
1921–22
École Normale Arras
1
1922–23
Olympique Lillois
1
1933–34
Championnet Sports
1
1944–45
ESSMG Lyon
1
1945–46
Marseille
1
1947–48
Denain Voltaire
1
1964–65
SIG
1
2004–05
Cholet
1
2009–10
Nanterre 92
1
2012–13

Play-off FinalsEdit

Season Home court advantage Result Home court disadvantage 1st of Regular Season Record
1987–88
Limoges CSP
2–0
Cholet Limoges CSP
26–4
1988–89
Limoges CSP
2–0
Orthez Limoges CSP
28–2
1989–90
Limoges CSP
2–1
Olympique Antibes Limoges CSP
33–1
1990–91
Olympique Antibes
2–1
Limoges CSP Olympique Antibes
22–8
1991–92
Limoges CSP
0–2
Pau-Orthez Limoges CSP
27–3
1992–93
Limoges CSP
3–1
Pau-Orthez Limoges CSP
25–1
1993–94
Limoges CSP
2–0
Olympique Antibes Limoges CSP
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 CSP ASVEL
24–6
1998–99
Pau-Orthez
2–0
ASVEL Pau-Orthez
27–3
1999–00
ASVEL
1–2
Limoges CSP 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
BCM Gravelines Le Mans Sarthe
27–7
2004–05
SIG
1–0 (72-68)
SLUC Nancy Le Mans Sarthe
25–9
2005–06
SLUC Nancy
0–1 (88-93)
Le Mans Sarthe Pau-Orthez
26–8
2006–07
SLUC Nancy
0–1 (74-81)
Chorale Roanne SLUC Nancy
25–9
2007–08
SLUC Nancy
1–0 (84-53)
Chorale Roanne Le Mans Sarthe
23–7
2008–09
ASVEL
1–0 (55-41)
Entente Orléanaise Loiret ASVEL
22–8
2009–10
Cholet
1–0 (81-65)
Le Mans Sarthe Cholet
23–7
2010–11
Cholet
0–1 (74-76)
SLUC Nancy Cholet
22–8
2011–12
Élan Chalon
1–0 (95-76)
Le Mans Sarthe BCM Gravelines
27–3
2012–13
SIG
1–3
JSF Nanterre BCM Gravelines
21–9
2013–14
SIG
0–3
Limoges CSP SIG
20–10
2014–15
SIG
1–3
Limoges CSP SIG
30–4
2015–16
SIG
2–3
ASVEL Monaco
27–7
2016–17
Élan Chalon
3–2
SIG Monaco
30–4
2017–18
Monaco
2–3
Le Mans Monaco
25-9
2018–19
LDLC ASVEL
3–2
Monaco LDLC ASVEL
35-10

Historical playersEdit

Players with the most French League championships wonEdit

French basketball clubs in European and worldwide competitionsEdit

Individual awardsEdit

 
D.J. Cooper receiving the Most Valuable Player award in 2017

In each Pro A season, individual honors are given to players who performed well during a given season. The awards that are handed out include:

LNB All-Star GameEdit

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "La PRO A devient la Jeep® ELITE" [The PRO A becomes the Jeep® ELITE]. Msb.fr. 2 March 2018. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  2. ^ "2006–07 French League". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 2007-05-29.

External linksEdit