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The Korean Basketball League or KBL is the professional basketball league of South Korea. It's inaugural season was in 1997. The season starts in October and ends in April the following year. The KBL consists of 10 teams. Each team plays 54 games (27 home games, 27 road games). Each team is allowed to have 2 foreign players. Foreign players in the league are almost always either a forward or center. Formerly, foreign players were not allowed to exceed 6 feet 8 inches, although that rule has since been revoked.

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Teams

The teams are:

  • Ulsan Mobis Phoebus
    • Busan Kia Enterprise (1997 ~ 2000–2001)
    • Ulsan Mobis Automons (2001–2002 ~ 2003–2004)
    • Ulsan Mobis Phoebus (2004–2005 ~ )
  • Seoul Samsung Thunders
    • Suwon Samsung Thunders (1997 ~ 2000–2001)
    • Seoul Samsung Thunders (2001–2002 ~ )
  • Anyang KT&G Kites
    • Anyang SBS Stars (1997 ~ 2004–2005)
    • Anyang KT&G Kites (2005–2006 ~ )
  • Seoul SK Knights
    • Cheongju Jinro McCass (1997.1 ~ 1997.9)
    • Cheongju SK Knights (1997–1998 ~ 2000–2001)
    • Seoul SK Knights (2001–2002 ~ )
  • Changwon LG Sakers
    • Gyeongnam LG Sakers (1997–1998)
    • Changwon LG Sakers (1998–1999 ~ )
  • Daegu Orions
    • Daegu Tongyang Orions (1997 ~ 2002–2003)
    • Daegu Orions (2003–2004 ~ )
  • Incheon ET Land Elephants
    • Incheon Daewoo Securities Zeus (1997 ~ 1997–1998)
    • Incheon Daewoo Zeus (1998–1999)
    • Incheon Shinsegi Bigs (1999–2000 ~ 2000–2001)
    • Incheon SK Bigs (2001–2002 ~ 2002–2003)
    • Incheon ET Land Black Slamer (2003–2004 ~ 2008-2009)
    • Incheon ET Land Elephants (2009–2010 ~ )
  • Jeonju KCC Egis
    • Daejeon Hyundai Dynat (1997 ~ 1998–1999)
    • Daejeon Hyundai Gullivers (1999–2000 ~ 2000–2001)
    • Jeonju KCC Egis (2001–2002 ~ )
  • Busan KT Sonicboom
    • Gwangju Nasan Flamans (1997 ~ 1998–1999)
    • Gwangju Goldbank Clickers (1999–2000)
    • Yeosu Goldbank Clickers (2000–2001)
    • Yeosu Korea Tender Prumi (2001–2002 ~ 2002–2003)
    • Busan Korea Tender Maxten (2003–2004)
    • Busan KTF Magic Wings (2003–2004 ~ 2008–2009)
    • Busan KT Sonicboom (2009–2010 ~ )
  • Wonju Dongbu Promy
    • Wonju Naray Blue Bird (1997 ~ 1998–1999)
    • Wonju Naray Hackers (1999.8 ~ 1999.10)
    • Wonju Sambo Xers (1999–2000 ~ 2001–2002)
    • Wonju TG Xers (2002–2003 ~ 2003–2004)
    • Wonju TG Sambo Xers (2003–2004 ~ 2004–2005)
    • Wonju Dongbu Promy (2005–2006 ~ )

Reserve League

    • Seoul SK Knights (2009–2010 ~ )
    • Incheon ET Land Elephants (2009–2010 ~ )
    • Busan KT Sonicboom (2009–2010 ~ )
    • Daegu Orions (2009–2010 ~ )
    • Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps Basketball Team (2009–2010 ~ )

Champions

Rank Team Titles
1 Jeonju KCC Egis 4
2 Wonju Dongbu Promy 3
T–3 Seoul Samsung Thunders 2
T–3 Ulsan Mobis Phoebus 2
T–5 Seoul SK Knights 1
T–5 Daegu Orions 1

Prize money

  • Champion (Finals winner)
    • 100,000,000 Won + Trophy (1997 ~ )
  • Runner-up (Finals loser)
    • 50,000,000 Won (1997 ~ )
  • Regular Season Champion
    • 50,000,000 Won + Trophy (1997 ~ 2004–2005)
    • 100,000,000 Won + Trophy (2005–2006 ~ )
  • Regular Season Runner-up
    • 30,000,000 Won (1997 ~ 2004–2005)
    • 50,000,000 Won (2005–2006 ~ )
  • Regular Season 3rd place
    • 20,000,000 Won (1997 ~ 2004–2005)
    • 30,000,000 Won (2005–2006 ~ )

See also

References








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