National Basketball League (Malaysia)

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National Basketball League (NBL)
Sport Basketball
Founded 1981
Commissioner Tan Kee Hian (陳其賢) (2002-11)
Ranndy Yap (2012-present)
Inaugural season 1981
No. of teams 5
Country  Malaysia
Continent FIBA Asia (Asia)
Most recent champion(s) Kelantan Kelantan Warriors (1st title)
Most titles Malacca Melaka Chinwoo (3 titles)
Level on pyramid 1
Official website NBL

The National Basketball League (Petronas-Molten National Basketball League for sponsorship reason), often abbreviated to the NBL, is the pre-eminent men's basketball league in Malaysia, organised by the Malaysia Basketball Association (MABA). The competition started as Malaysian Basketball League (MBL) in 1981. In 2002, MABA appointed Mr. Tan Kee Hian (Chinese: 陳其賢) to handle the competition and changed the league's name to National Basketball League (NBL).

NBL commissioner Tan Kee Hian announced on 24 July 2011, after the grand final of 2011 NBL, that they would take a break from the privately owned national league “after 10 years of struggling to keep the league afloat due to the lack of sponsors and teams”. However, the Malaysia Basketball Association (MABA) have promised to step in next year to keep the tournament alive.[1]

Current clubs[edit]

These teams will be playing in the Malaysia National Basketball League 2013 season:

State Club Founded City (Based) Home Venue
Perak Perak Farmcochem 2003 Ipoh, Perak Indera Mulia Stadium
Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur Dragons 2009 Kuala Lumpur MABA Stadium
Sarawak Bintulu Eagles 2013 Bintulu, Sarawak Bintulu Indoor Basketball Court
Sarawak Sarawak Fire Horse 2011 Miri, Sarawak Miri Indoor Stadium
Kelantan Kelantan Warriors 2013 Kota Bharu, Kelantan Chung Hwa Indoor Stadium, Kelantan

Recent defunct clubs[edit]

State Club Active Years City (Based)
Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur Tanamas 2002 Kuala Lumpur
Selangor State Pets 2002 Petaling, Selangor
Malaysia Petronas Junior 2003 Malaysia
Singapore Eng Tat Hornets 2004 Singapore
Negeri Sembilan Port Dickson 2002–2004 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
Kuala Lumpur Cheras Hokkien Association 2002–2005 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur
Selangor Kuala Langat Basketball Association 2005 Kuala Langat, Selangor
Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur Basketball Association 2005 Kuala Lumpur
Selangor Selangor SM Land 2003–2004,2006–2008 Shah Alam, Selangor
Malacca Melaka Chinwoo 2006–2009 Malacca City, Malacca
Johor Segamat Basketball Association 2004–2009 Segamat, Johor
Sabah Sabah Kinsabina Group 2010 Penampang, Sabah
Sarawak Sarawak Rainbow 2007–2010 Bintulu, Sarawak
Singapore Singapore Siglap 2011 Singapore
Penang Penang Stallions 2012 Penang
Malaysia Crouching Tiger (Malaysia Nat'l Junior Team) 2012 Kuala Lumpur

Other defunct clubs[edit]

Selection.

MBL/NBL Champions[edit]

The League (MBL)[edit]

Year Champions Runners-up
1981 Selangor Selangor Basketball Association
1982
1983
1984 Selangor PKNS BC
1985
1986
1987
1988 Kuala Lumpur Pandan Jaya Sports Club
1989
1990 Kuala Lumpur Good Will Sports Club
1991
1992 Johor Johor Tigers
1993
1994
1995 Kuala Lumpur Petronas Basketball Team
1996 Kuala Lumpur Petronas Basketball Team
1997 Kuala Lumpur Petronas Basketball Team
1998 Kuala Lumpur Petronas Basketball Team
1999 Kuala Lumpur Petronas Basketball Team
2000 Kuala Lumpur Petronas Basketball Team
2001 Kuala Lumpur Petronas Basketball Team

The League (NBL)[edit]

Year Champions Runners-up
2002 Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur Tanamas Negeri Sembilan Port Dickson
2003 Negeri Sembilan Port Dickson Selangor Selangor SM Land
2004 Johor Segamat Basketball Association Kuala Lumpur Cheras Hokkien Association
2005 Kuala Lumpur Cheras Hokkien Association Selangor Kuala Langat Basketball Association
2006 Johor Segamat Basketball Association Malacca Melaka Chinwoo
2007 Malacca Melaka Chinwoo Selangor Selangor SM Land
2008 Malacca Melaka Chinwoo Perak Perak Farmcochem
2009 Malacca Melaka Chinwoo Sarawak Bintulu Rainbow
2010 Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur Dragons Sarawak Sarawak Rainbow
2011 Sarawak Miri Fire Horse Perak Perak Farmcochem
2012 Perak Perak Farmcochem Kuala Lumpur Westports KL Dragons
2013 Kelantan Kelantan Warriors Perak Perak Farmcochem

The Champions Cup (MBL)[edit]

Year Champions Final score Runners-up
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001 Kuala Lumpur Petronas Basketball Team
2002 Kuala Lumpur Petronas Basketball Team
2003 Kuala Lumpur Petronas Basketball Team
2004 Kuala Lumpur Petronas Basketball Team
2005

The Champions Cup (NBL)[edit]

Year Champions Final score Runners-up
2006 Johor Segamat Basketball Association 81-75 Malacca Melaka Chinwoo
2007 Selangor Selangor SM Land 95-82 Malacca Melaka Chinwoo
2008 Malacca Melaka Chinwoo 94-67 Perak Perak Farmcochem
2009 Sarawak Bintulu Rainbow 80-72 Malacca Melaka Chinwoo
2010 Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur Dragons 76-59 Perak Perak Farmcochem
2011 Sarawak Miri Fire Horse 74-73 Perak Perak Farmcochem
2012 Perak Perak Farmcochem 82-78 Kuala Lumpur Westports KL Dragons
2013 Kelantan Kelantan Warriors 78-58 Perak Perak Farmcochem

Awards[edit]

Most Valuable Players (MVP)[edit]

Season Players Clubs
2006 Malaysia Tan Kian Hoong Johor Segamat Basketball Association
2007 Cameroon Chris Kuete Selangor Selangor SM Land
2008 Malaysia B. Guganeswarran Malacca Melaka Chinwoo
2009 Cameroon Chris Kuete Sarawak Bintulu Rainbow
2010 N/A N/A
2011 N/A N/A
2012 N/A N/A
2013 Cameroon Chris Kuete Perak Perak Farmcochem

Recent Foreign Players/Coaches in the Malaysia National Basketball League[edit]

Foreign Players[edit]

  • Perak Perak Farmcochem
    • Scotland Gareth John Murray (2009)
    • Republic of Ireland Jason Killeen (2010)
    • United States Raymond Canady Jr. (2009)
    • Cameroon Chris Kuete (2011–13)
    • United States Bryson McKenzie (2011)
    • Cameroon Gaston Essengue (2011)
    • United States Chris Garnett (2012)
    • United States Lashawn Monteze Malloy (2013)
  • Sarawak Sarawak Rainbow
    • Cameroon Chris Kuete (2009)
    • United States Matthew R. Smith (2010)
    • United States Kenny Harris (2009)
    • Nigeria Samuel Emany Meka (2007–08)
    • Bahrain Abdul Rahman Taher (2007–08)
  • Singapore Singapore Siglap
  • Sarawak Sarawak Fire Horse
    • United States Gene Anthony Johnson (2011–13)
    • United States Nathaniel Michael Pilgrim (2011)
    • Australia Mark Musgrave (2011)
    • United States Devon Sullivan (2012)
    • United States Robert Jones (2013)
    • United States Benson Andrew Lee (2013)
    • Croatia Goran Veg (2013)
  • Penang Penang Stallions
    • United States Philip Turner (2012)
    • United States Uche Echefu (2012)
  • Kelantan Kelantan Warriors
    • United States Michael Schwarnegger (2013)
    • United States Jonathan Bruce Kreft (2013)
    • United States Devon Sullivan (2013)
    • United States Kelvin McNeil Jr. (2013)
  • Sarawak Bintulu Eagles
    • United States Raymond Canady Jr. (2013)
    • United States Caleb Patterson (2013)
    • United States Philip Turner (2013)

Foreign Coaches[edit]

  • Sarawak Sarawak Fire Horse
    • Philippines Nomar Isla (2011–13)
    • United States Adam James Steere (2013)
  • Singapore Singapore Siglap
    • Singapore Neo Nam Kheng (2011)
  • Sarawak Bintulu Eagles
    • Philippines Adriano Papa Jr. (2013)

References[edit]

External links[edit]