The NBA is a professional basketball league which is the most popular internationally. However, there are many other professional basketball leagues from other countries outside the US, which are also quite popular. A good number of NBA players usually come from such associations. Some of the top basketball leagues outside the US are highlighted below.
The Euroleague is considered the peak of international club basketball. It is an annual competition which features the best teams from all the European pro leagues. It can be likened to the UEFA Champions League for soccer. The total number of teams that get to participate is 24. The format used for the league is round-robin, followed by a best of five series for the quarter-finals. The semis and finals are single-elimination games.
Spain’s Liga ACB is considered among the best domestic leagues, falling closely under the NBA. It is the most dominant league in the European basketball scene. Out of the top ten teams in the Europe rankings, four come from ACB. The perennial champions of the league are Barcelona and Real Madrid, ran by the athletic clubs which run the famous soccer franchises. The popularity of the game in Spain and high salaries are among the things that make the Liga ACB among the best.
HEBA A1 is the top basketball league in Greece. Serious basketball fans from all over the world follow the league. Some of the clubs which have had the most success in European competitions come from this league. The association has also produced some NBA legends as well as absorbed some players from the NBA.
Israeli Super League
The Israeli Super League comprises of only 12 teams. The teams include Maccabi Tel Aviv, one of the most successful basketball franchises in the world. The team has six Euroleague titles and won the domestic championship a whopping 51 times.