North American Basketball League

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North American Basketball League (NABL)
NABL logo.jpeg
Founded2016
Motto"It's about the game"
No. of teams9
CountriesUnited States
ContinentFIBA Americas (Americas)
Most recent
champion(s)
Georgia Kingz (2019)
Most titles4 teams (1 title each)
Official websitewww.nablbasketball.com

The North American Basketball League (NABL) is an American minor professional basketball league organization founded in 2016.

History[edit]

Formed in 2016, the NABL began with 10 teams based in the South and Southwest regions of the United States. The first regular season games were played on April 30, 2016. Atlanta Show defeated Music City Kings in the first-ever league game 113-78. Atlanta Show would go undefeated on their way to capture the first league championship in August by defeating the Dallas Hoyas 145-110 in the championship game.[1]

Season two saw expansion to a national level with 19 teams competing. Four teams from the Northwest were added including the Vancouver-based SB Battle. The San Antonio Lions became the second league champion by defeating the defending champ Atlanta Show 103-82 in the championship.

In the third season the league would again see 19 member teams, this time with a different footprint. Northwest division was eliminated and replaced by expansion in the Midwest with a six-team division and three teams in the Northeast.[2] Dallas Mustangs (previously known as Dallas Hoyas) won the championship defeating Chautauqua Hurricane 112-105.

Teams[edit]

Conference Team City Arena Joined
Southwest
Metroplex Lightning Fort Worth, TX 2019
North Texas Saints Fort Worth, TX 2019
Oklahoma Outlaws El Reno, OK 2018
San Antonio Soldiers San Antonio, TX 2019
Southeast Georgia Kingz Decatur, GA N.H. Scott Recreation Center 2019
Tennessee Stallions Antioch, TN Antioch Community Center 2019
Tuscaloosa Titans Tuscaloosa, AL Belk Activity Center 2018
Midwest Kentucky Enforcers Florence, KY Sports of All Sorts 2019
West Michigan Lake Hawks Muskegon, MI Reeths-Puffer High School 2018

Former teams[edit]

  • Alamo City Aztecs (2017)
  • Atlanta Show (2016–2017)
  • Austin Knights (2016)
  • Buffalo Blue Hawks (2019)
  • Capital Cardinals (2017)
  • Charleston Panthers (2019)
  • Chautauqua Hurricane (2018–2019)
  • Dallas Diesel (2018)
  • Dallas Mustangs (2016–2018)
  • DFW United (2016–2017)
  • DuBois Dream (2018–2019)
  • Florida GymRats (2018)
  • Grand Rapids Danger (2018–2019)
  • Huntsville Force (2017)
  • Indianapolis Diesels (2018)
  • Jamestown Jackals (2018)
  • Kitsap Admirals (2017)
  • Lancaster Thunder (2019)
  • Miss-Lou Warriors (2016–2018)
  • Motor City Chargers (2018)
  • Music City Kings (2016–2017, 2019)
  • Ohio Bootleggers (2018)
  • Panama City Piranhas (2017)
  • Quad City Flames (2017)
  • RDC Vulcans (2017)
  • San Antonio Lions (2016–2018)
  • Savannah Cavaliers (2016)
  • SB Battle (2017)
  • Shreveport-Bossier Flight (2016)
  • Southern Illinois Pharaohs (2017–2018)
  • Tacoma Thunder (2017)
  • Tampa Bay Hawks (2018)
  • Texas Toros (2018)
  • Texas Wolverines (2017)

Champions[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Result Finals MVP
2016 Atlanta Show Dallas Hoyas 145-110 Bernard Parks
2017 San Antonio Lions Atlanta Show 103-82 Eric Nuncio
2018 Dallas Mustangs Jamestown Jackals 112-105[3] D.K. Eldridge
2019 Georgia Kingz Grand Rapids Danger 96-86 Bernard Parks

Awards[edit]

Season MVP Newcomer Coach Community Award
2016 Bruce Barron, Dallas Hoyas[4] David Kesler, Atlanta Show Music City Kings
2017 Bernard Parks, Atlanta Show Lonnie Pearson, Kitsap Admirals Justin Billings, Huntsville Force Southern Illinois Pharoahs
2018 Bernard Parks, Tuscaloosa Titans Paul C. Parker Jr., Dallas Mustangs Grand Rapids Danger
2019 Cameron Mitchell, Kentucky Enforcers Dorian Watson, Grand Rapids Danger Dustin Driskell, Kentucky Enforcers Lancaster Thunder

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BC prepares David Kessler for success". Bluefield College. July 23, 2018.
  2. ^ "Change is in air for DuBois Dream". Courier Express. January 23, 2018.
  3. ^ "Dallas Mustangs are the 2018 Champions". USBasket.com. August 6, 2018.
  4. ^ "NABL Announces Most Valuable Player". nabl2.basketballshift.com. Retrieved 4 July 2017.

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