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Bj league
Sport Basketball
Founded 2005
No. of teams 13
Country(ies)  Japan
Most recent champion(s) Ryukyu Golden Kings
TV partner(s) BS Fuji, Gaora
Official website bj-league.com

bj-league (Basketball Japan League), is a professional basketball league in Japan that began on November 5, 2005. The ten team league is divided into two conferences, the Eastern Conference, and the Western Conference. It had its inaugural All-Star game in 2006. One of its major sponsors is Spalding.

The bj-league operates on the American sports franchise system. Below the bj there is a Japan Basketball League, composed of company and otherwise-affiliated clubs, with promotion and relegation between its two divisions but not between bj and JBL-1. This organization is similar to the Rugby Super League in England and is also shown in the British Basketball League (which includes clubs from both England and Scotland).

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Teams

Eastern Conference

Western Conference

Expansion teams in 2010-2011 season

Expansion

The bj-league plans on expanding to 24 teams by the 2014-15 season, the 10th anniversary of the league creation.

Several organizations are vying for expansion for the 2010-2011 season. Those in the running for expansion are from:

The league is also considereing creation of specific leagues for youth, women, and people with disabilities.

Playoff champions

Season Champions Runners-up
2005-06 Season Osaka Evessa Niigata Albirex BB
2006-07 Season Osaka Evessa Takamatsu Five Arrows
2007-08 Season Osaka Evessa Tokyo Apache
2008-09 Season Ryukyu Golden Kings Tokyo Apache

All-star game

Season Date Arena Host City Result MVP (Team)
2006-07 2007 January 27 Ginowan Municipal Gymnasium Ginowan City, Okinawa Prefecture EAST 126-97 WEST Jerod Ward (Toyama Grouses)
2007-08 2007 December 29 Toki Messe Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture EAST 121-94 WEST Kosuke Naoto (Niigata Albirex BB)
2008-09 2009 January 25 B-Con Plaza Beppu, Ōita Prefecture EAST 117-96 WEST Bobby St. Preux (Sendai 89ERS)
2009-10 2010 January 31 Sekisui Heim Super Arena Rifu, Miyagi Prefecture TBD TBD

Awards

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Season MVP

Season Receipient Team
2005-06 Season Lynn Washington Osaka Evessa
2006-07 Season David Palmer Osaka Evessa
2007-08 Season Lynn Washington Osaka Evessa
2008-09 Season TBD TBD

Best 5

Season Guard Forward Center
2005-06 Matt Lottich
(Osaka Evessa)
Yukinori Suzuki
(Oita Heat Devils)
Michael Jackson
(Sendai 89ERS)
William Pippen
(Tokyo Apache)
Nick Davis
(Niigata Albirex BB)
2006-07 Kouhei Aoi
(Tokyo Apache)
Rasheed Sparks
(Takamatsu Five Arrows)
Lynn Washington
(Osaka Evessa)
Andy Ellis
(Oita Heat Devils)
Nick Davis
(Niigata Albirex BB)
2007-08 Mikey Marshall
(Osaka Evessa)
Takushi Naoto
(Ryukyu Golden Kings)
Reggie Warren
(Takamatsu Five Arrows)
Andy Ellis
(Oita Heat Devils)
Patrick Whearty
(Sendai 89ERS)
2008-09 TBD
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