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Swedish Basketball League

Who wins the Swedish Basketball League 2018/2019?

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Basketligan, or simply Ligan, is the premier league for professional basketball in Sweden. The league was originally established in 1992 as Basketligan and was known as that prior to the season of 2006–07, but when the Swedish company Obol Investment signed an agreement with the Swedish Basketball Federation in early October 2006, the league was renamed Obol Basketball League (OBL). In January 2007 the name was changed to Ligan, meaning simply the League.

With a total of 32 regular season games, each team plays  two home and two away games against every opponent. In the playoff, quarterfinals are played in best-of-five series, while semifinals and finals are played in best-of-seven series.

After a long and palpitating playoff series, Norrköping Dolphins won the 2017/2018 Championship against BC Luleå (4-3). The both teams performed very well but the dolphins were stronger, winning by a five-point difference in game 7. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But BC Lulea won third quarter 26-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international center Joakim Kjellbom (212-79, college: N.Arizona) fired 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Gerry Blakes (193-93, college: Arizona St.) chipped in 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Norrkoping Dolphins players scored in double figures. Canadian forward Yannick Anzuluni (205-87, college: Houghton) produced 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Quinton Upshur (196-93, college: N.Arizona) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side.

So far the teams have made the following moves in order to win the next season title:

1. KFUM Jämtland Basket (Basketligan) signed 18-year old forward Alexander Yemane (200-99). He has played for the last three seasons at played at BG Lulea in the Basketettan. In 19 games he had 12.8ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.3apg last season.

Yemane represented Sweden at the European Championships U18 Division B in Tallinn (Estonia) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 0.5ppg

2. Borås Basket (Basketligan) re-signed experienced 38-year old former international shooting guard Henrik Carlsson (193-92kg-80). has played there for the last eleven seasons. Carlsson missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.

Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in Swedish Basketligan in 2005 and 2014.

Carlsson was a member of Swedish international program for some years. He was called to Swedish Senior National Team between 2003 and 2004 and previously for University National Team back in 2003.

Carlsson has spent his entire career in Sweden playing for two other teams: M7 Basket and Sundsvall.

It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Boras.

Looking forward to 2018/2019 season, the number one defensive force in the league (Norrköping Dolphins)  leading by Joakim Kjellbom (2.1 BPG) is gonna be one of the most favorite teams to win the championship next season. However, Dolphins could improve their chances if they will do some moves in order to bring one or two offensive players. The Dolphins are sixth in the league in points per game (76.2).

With 81.61% chances to win the 2017/2018 final game , BC Luleå is gonna keep his popularity in the next season if they are gonna keep the key players and make some little moves at the current roster.

Surely there will be some important transfers this offseason so the next season is gonna be very exciting and spectacular. Please stay tuned for the forward news and updates which will occur.


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