The Basketball Super League in Turkey has some of the best teams in Europe. This is the top division in the country where 16 teams compete for the No.1 spot. The lowest two teams in it, however, are demoted to the TBL (Turkish Basketball Second League).
Turkey’s top division league is widely known for its fierce competition, excellent matches, and an astonishing atmosphere. Statistically looking, the Turkish Super League is also one of the most betted leagues in Europe, with thousands of bets on each team. Because of the great competition, the odds are always great and very tempting to bet on. There are some great matches coming and if you want to check the latest odds, head over to novibet.co.uk for the best offers.
Since this league is the top-tier division in Turkey and one of the best in Europe, we wanted to give you a small inside look at the league’s teams, format, best players, and champions.
Before the league was founded in 1966, there are some records that show that some local competitions were held in Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir. Before the official inauguration, Turkey had the Turkish Basketball Championship from 1946-1967.
The league’s first official match was played in 1966 and Altinordu was the champion of the debut season. Three years after the inauguration, the TBL was introduced as the second-tier league, and since 2011, the country even has a third-tier league named TB2L.
There are 16 teams in Basketbol Super Ligi competing for the No.1 spot. At the end of each season, the top 8 teams are competing in the playoffs and the winner is crowned as a Turkish Champion. The bottom two teams, however, are relegated to the TBL and the two best teams from the TBL are promoted to the Basketball Super League.
Most Decorated Teams
Anadolu Efes, Fenerbahce, and Eczacibasi are the 3 most decorated teams in the league’s history. Eczacibasi is on the third spot with 8 Championships (their last one was 1989), Fenerbahce is second with 9 titles, and Anadolu Efes is the most decorated team with 14 titles. Their most recent one was in 2019.
Elsewhere on the list, we have Galatasaray and ITU with 5 titles, Ulker has 4. Besiktas, Tofas, and Karsiyaka have 2 Championships, while Altinordu and Muhafizgucu have 1. It is interesting to mention that Anadolu Efes has been a runner-up more than any other team in the league (12).
Last 5 Finals MVPs and Champion Coaches
Shane Larkin was the 2018/2019 MVP, while Ergin Ataman was the Champion Coach. Brad Wanamaker (2017/2018), Bogdan Bogdanović (2016/2017), Luigi Datome (2015/2016), and Bobby Dixon (2014/2015) conclude the MVP list.
Zeljko Obradovic was crowned as the Champion Coach three years in a row, from 2015-2018. Ufuk Sarica was selected in the 2014/2015 season.
Turkish Teams in the International Competitions
Basketball clubs from Turkey are doing an amazing job when it comes to international competitions. They have participated in the final in the last 4 seasons of the EuroLeague. Fenerbahce was crowned as champions in the 2016/2017 season.
The 2020 season in the EuroLeague will be interesting to watch and if you want to catch up on all to news, you can check BBC.co.uk for the latest information.