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Bj league
Country Japan
Founded 2005
Number of teams 13
Website [ Official website]

The 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).


Eastern Conference

  • Akita Northern Happinets (Akita Prefecture)
  • Sendai 89ERS (Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture)
  • Niigata Albirex BB (Niigata, Niigata Prefecture)
  • Toyama Grouses (Toyama Prefecture)
  • Saitama Broncos (Saitama Prefecture)
  • Tokyo Apache (Tokyo)
  • Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix (Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, and Higashimikawa Area, Aichi Prefecture)

Western Conference

  • Shiga Lakestars (Shiga Prefecture)
  • Kyoto Hannaryz (Kyoto Prefecture)
  • Osaka Evessa (Osaka Prefecture)
  • Shimane Susanoo Magic (Shimane Prefecture)
  • Takamatsu Five Arrows (Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture)
  • Rizing Fukuoka (Fukuoka Prefecture)
  • Oita Heat Devils (Beppu, Ōita Prefecture)
  • Miyazaki Shining Suns (Miyazaki Prefecture)
  • Ryukyu Golden Kings (Okinawa Prefecture)

Expansion teams in 2011-2012 season

  • Iwate Big Bulls (Iwate Prefecture)
  • Chiba Jets (Chiba Prefecture)
  • Yokohama B-Corsairs (Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture)
  • Shinshu Brave Warriors (Nagano Prefecture)


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:

  • Akita
  • Ibaraki - Ibaraki Longhorns
  • Chiba
  • Kanagawa
  • Nagano
  • Nara
  • Shimane
  • Miyagi

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

Playoff champions[]

Season Champions Runners-up
2005-06 Osaka Evessa Niigata Albirex BB
2006-07 Osaka Evessa Takamatsu Five Arrows
2007-08 Osaka Evessa Tokyo Apache
2008-09 Ryukyu Golden Kings Tokyo Apache
2009-10 Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix Osaka Evessa

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


Season MVP[]

Season Recipient 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 Jeff Newton Ryuku Golden Kings
2009-10 Season Wendell White Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix

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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