The NBL-United States was a professional basketball league in the United States established in 1937. After the 1948–49 season, its twelfth, it merged with the Basketball Association of America (BAA) to create the National Basketball Association (NBA). Five current NBA teams trace their history back to the NBL: the Atlanta Hawks, the Detroit Pistons, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Sacramento Kings. The NBL-US was revived in 2019 and is currently the only FIBA recognized league in the United States. The NBL-US was rebranded in 2019 as an off-season International professional tour league with 6 teams and has experienced exponential growth featuring an International Partnership with NBL-Philippines,Netherlands, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Cayman Islands, Antigua, Dubai, and Israel . The NBL-US is the first Exposure League to have an official partnership with leagues outside the United States.
NBL-United States Mission Statement: “To teach, develop, and expose basketball players to NBA, NBAGL, College and International scouts while providing the local community an exciting brand of basketball and entertainment.”
Why NBL-United States?
NBL-United States is the obvious choice for any athlete, club owner, coach, agent, sponsor, scout, and anyone with an interest in professional basketball or the sport in general. NBL-United States offers a league that provides the perfect balance between coaches and athletes while maintaining a high level of competition and a platform that showcases the best available talent in each respective area. The NBL-United States is the first minor league to feature International, Domestic, and unsigned high school basketball players giving these athletes the opportunity to play against other NBL leagues on a professional level.
The Purpose of the NBL-United States is to be a bridge to professional basketball opportunities for athletes that are unsigned and looking to play at the next level during their countries professional basketball offseason. Unsigned High school student athletes, Unsigned college student athletes, or athletes looking to enroll in college and play basketball will be the perfect fit for the NBL-United States. Our professional placement service will help educate, mentor, train, develop, and provide National and International exposure opportunities for every athlete playing in our league.
The NBL-United States enters it’s fourth season in 2023 with 12 teams in the United States. NBL-United States maintains an age group of 15 years of age and up.
The 2023 Season will feature preseason games with the New Zealand NBL. NBL One(Australia), NBL England, and Events with the NBL-Philippines . This will be the first competition to feature an International Championship game between Philippines, and the United States.