Novo Basquete Brasil

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Novo Basquete Brasil
Nbb brasil logo.png
Number of teams14
Level on pyramid1st
Relegation toLiga Ouro de Basquete
Current championsFlamengo (2018–19)
Most championshipsFlamengo (6 titles)
CEOKouros Monadjemi
2018–19 NBB season

Novo Basquete Brasil (NBB) (English: New Basketball Brazil) is the Brazilian premier professional men's basketball league. It is organized by the Liga Nacional de Basquete (LNB) (National Basketball League), in a new format of Brazil's previous top-tier level basketball competition, the Campeonato Brasileiro de Basquete (Brazilian Basketball Championship). The NBB is managed by the Brazilian basketball associations, which were founding members of the LNB.

Logos and branding[edit]


The NBB is the annual basketball league that is promoted by the national Brazilian league (LNB) organizing body, and is endorsed by the Brazilian Basketball Confederation (CFB).[1] The first phase of the season consists of fifteen teams playing against each other, on a home and away basis. Then the top eight teams go to the playoffs, where the top ranked team plays against the one in the eighth place, the second from the top plays the seventh, and so on. Each playoff series is a best-of-five, apart from the championship final, which is a single game. In all of those, the best placed team has the home court advantage. Finally, the best placed teams in the league qualify to the South American top-tier level FIBA Americas League and the South American second-tier level FIBA South American League.


The NBB has a promotion and relegation format with the Brazilian second-tier level league, the Liga Ouro de Basquete (LOB) (Gold Basketball League). The worst performing teams of each NBB season are relegated down to the second-tier level LOB, while the best performing teams of each LOB season are promoted up to the top-tier level NBB.


The NBB also features an Under-20 age development league, called the Liga de Desenvolvimento de Basquete (LDB) (Developmental Basketball League).


2009 season[edit]

The NBB inaugural season didn't have the participation of founding-members Iguaçu, Londrina, Ulbra/Rio Claro, and Uberlândia.

2009–10 season[edit]

For the second NBB edition, the LNB confirmed the participation of 14 teams. Limeira and Bira-Lajeado could not keep their squads, thus did not join the season. On the other hand, Londrina joined the League, while an Araraquara/Palmeiras deal brought back to the national competition one of the most traditional Brazilian clubs.

2010–11 season[edit]

The 15 teams from the previous season confirmed their participation. The third NBB edition also featured former national and South American champions Uberlândia, who managed to gather a strong squad sponsored by Brasília's former partner, Universo. After a one-year hiatus, Limeira returned to the League. Besides that, first-timers Rio Claro and Iguaçu joined as well.

2012–13 season[edit]

For the first time, the NBB had eighteen participating teams, a record in the NBB's history. The three-time champion Brasília, came once again as the title favorite. But their greatest rival Flamengo, assembled a team to break this hegemony, and thus win the NBB after four years. Uberlândia emerged as one of the favorites for the title, as well as São José. The rookies were the teams of Suzano, Mogi das Cruzes, Palmeiras, and Basquete Cearense. Of the four, the only team to qualify for the playoffs was Basquete Cearense. The last two were Tijuca and Suzano. Suzano, due to financial difficulties, dismounted their team to the championship final, while Tijuca played a small promotion tournament with Fluminense and Macaé, respectively champion and runner-up of Supercopa Brasil de Basquete. In the playoffs, a surprise: the champions of the past three editions were eliminated in the quarterfinals by São José. In the semifinals, Flamengo eliminated São José 3–2, and Uberlândia swept Bauru by 3–0. The final, played in one game in Rio de Janeiro, was won by the super-team of Flamengo, who after four years, won their second title of the NBB.

NBB rivalries[edit]

Founding associations[edit]

* Team currently takes part in the NBB
Team City/Area Arena Founded
Araraquara Araraquara, São Paulo Ginásio Castelo Branco (Gigantão) 1994
Assis Assis, São Paulo Jairo Ferreira dos Santos (Jairão) 2002
Bauru* Bauru, São Paulo Ginásio Panela de Pressão 1994
Brasília Brasília, Federal District Ginásio Nilson Nelson / ASCEB minor games 2000
CETAF/Vila Velha Vila Velha, Espírito Santo Ginásio Municipal João Goulart (Tartarugão) 2002
Flamengo* Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro HSBC Arena 1895
Franca* Franca, São Paulo Ginásio Municipal Pedro Murilla Fuentes (Pedrocão) 1959
Iguaçu Nova Iguaçu, Rio de Janeiro Ginásio Alberico de Sá Bittencourt
Joinville Joinville, Santa Catarina Ginásio Municipal Ivan Rodrigues 2006
Limeira Limeira, São Paulo Ginásio Municipal Fortunato Lucato Neto (Vô Lucato) 2001
Londrina Londrina, Paraná Ginásio Municipal Darcy Côrtez (Moringão)
Minas* Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais Arena Vivo 1935
Paulistano* São Paulo, São Paulo Ginásio Antonio Prado Junior 1900
Pinheiros* São Paulo, São Paulo Ginásio Poliesportivo Henrique Villaboim 1899
Saldanha da Gama Vitória, Espírito Santo Ginásio Jayme Navarro de Carvalho 1902
São José São José dos Campos, São Paulo Lineu de Moura 1948
Bira-Lajeado Lajeado, Rio Grande do Sul Complexo Esportivo da Univates 1955
Uberlândia Uberlândia, Minas Gerais Arena Presidente Tancredo Neves 1998
Rio Claro Rio Claro, São Paulo Ginásio de Esportes Felipe Karam 1981

2018–19 season teams[edit]

Team Home city Arena Capacity Last season Head coach NBB seasons
Bauru Bauru Ginásio Panela de Pressão 2,000 1st Brazil Demétrius Ferracciú 10th
Paulistano São Paulo Ginásio Antônio Prado Junior 1,500 2nd Brazil Gustavo de Conti 10th
Vitória Salvador Ginásio Poliesportivo de Cajazeiras 2,000 3rd Brazil Régis Marrelli 3rd
Pinheiros São Paulo Poliesportivo Henrique Villaboim 824 4th Brazil César Guidetti 10th
Flamengo Rio de Janeiro Jeunesse Arena 15,000 5th Brazil José Alves Neto 10th
Mogi das Cruzes Mogi das Cruzes Ginásio Professor Hugo Ramos 5,000 6th Brazil Guerrinha 6th
Franca Franca Ginásio Pedrocão 6,000 7th Brazil Helinho 10th
Vasco da Gama Rio de Janeiro Ginásio Vasco da Gama 1,000 9th Brazil André Barbosa 2nd
Campo Mourão Campo Mourão Ginásio JK 3,000 10th Brazil Emerson de Souza 2nd
Cearense Fortaleza Ginásio Paulo Sarasate 8,200 11th Brazil Alberto Bial 6th
Minas Belo Horizonte Juscelino Kubitschek Arena 4,000 13th Brazil Espiga 10th
Liga Sorocabana Sorocaba Ginásio Gualberto Moreira 3,000 14th Brazil Miguel Leal 7th
Caxias do Sul Caxias do Sul Ginásio Vasco da Gama 850 15th Brazil Rodrigo Barbosa 2nd
Botafogo Rio de Janeiro Ginásio Oscar Zelaya 720 1st (Liga Ouro) Brazil Márcio de Andrade 1st
Joinville/AABJ Joinville Centreventos Cau Hansen 4,000 2nd (Liga Ouro) Brazil George Rodrigues 1st

NBB Finals[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Final result Season MVP Coach of the Year
2009 Flamengo Brasília
3–2 (series)
Brazil Marcelinho Machado (FLA) Brazil Paulo Sampaio (FLA)
2009–10 Brasília Flamengo
3–2 (series)
Brazil Marcelinho Machado (FLA) Brazil Lula Ferreira (BRA)
2010–11 Brasília Franca
3–1 (series)
Brazil Guilherme Giovannoni (BRA) Brazil Hélio Rubens (FRA)
2011–12 Brasília São José
Brazil Murilo Becker (SJO) Brazil Régis Marrelli (SJO)
2012–13 Flamengo Uberlândia
Brazil Marquinhos (FLA) Brazil Lula Ferreira (FRA)
2013–14 Flamengo Paulistano
United States David Jackson (LIM) Brazil Gustavo de Conti (PAU)
2014–15 Flamengo Bauru
2–0 (series)
Brazil Alex Garcia (BAU) Brazil Dedé Barbosa (LIM)
2015–16 Flamengo Bauru
3–2 (series)
Brazil Marquinhos (FLA) Brazil José Alves Neto (FLA)
2016–17 Bauru Paulistano
3–2 (series)
United States Desmond Holloway (PIN) Brazil Gustavo de Conti (PAU)
2017–18 Paulistano Mogi das Cruzes
3–1 (series)
Brazil Marquinhos (FLA) Brazil Gustavo de Conti (PAU)
2018–19 Flamengo Franca
3–2 (series)
Brazil J.P. Batista (MOG) Brazil Léo Figueiró (BOT)

NBB championships performance by club[edit]

Teams Win Loss Total Year(s) won Year(s) lost
Flamengo 6 1 7 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019 2010
Brasília 3 1 4 2010, 2011, 2012 2009
Bauru 1 2 3 2017 2015, 2016
Paulistano 1 2 3 2018 2014, 2017
Franca 0 2 2 2011, 2019
São José 0 1 1 2012
Uberlândia 0 1 1 2013
Mogi das Cruzes 0 1 1 2018

NBB awards[edit]

NBB All-Star Weekend[edit]

Notable players[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "España2014 – Perfil del Candidato al Comodín de la Copa Mundial de Baloncesto FIBA 2014: Brasil" (in Spanish). FIBA Americas. Jan 13, 2014. Retrieved Jan 12, 2016.

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