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There’s a new heavyweight in the West.

Two of the league’s three traditional powerhouse teams, the Osaka Evessa (three championships: 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08) and Ryukyu Golden Kings (2008-09 and 2011-12 title winners), are joined in the 10-team Western Conference this season by the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix.

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