ASEAN Basketball League

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ASEAN Basketball League (ABL)
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2015–16 ABL season
ASEAN Basketball League.png
Sport Basketball
Founded 2009
Owner(s) Tune Group
No. of teams 6
Country  Thailand (2 teams)
 Malaysia (1 team)
 Philippines (1 team)
 Singapore (1 team)
 Vietnam (1 team)
Continent FIBA Asia (Asia)
Most recent champion(s) Thailand Hi-Tech Bangkok City (2nd title)
Most titles Thailand Hi-Tech Bangkok City (2 titles)
TV partner(s) Indonesia JakTV
Malaysia TV1
Philippines Basketball TV
Singapore SuperSports
Thailand True Sport, Mono 29 TV
Vietnam HTV
pan-Asia: Fox Sports Asia
Official website

The ASEAN Basketball League, often abbreviated to the ABL, is a men's professional basketball league in Southeast Asia. Six clubs from six different countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) competed in the league's 2009 inaugural season.[1] The league was proposed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and launched on 1 October 2009.[1]

Logo used for the first season with General Electric as the title sponsor.



Basketball officials from 6 ASEAN nations gathered in Metro Manila on 1 September 2009 to officially launch the new league.[citation needed]

Teams that participated in the inaugural season were the Brunei Barracudas, Kuala Lumpur Dragons, Philippine Patriots, SM BritAma, Thailand Tigers and former National Basketball League team, the Singapore Slingers. Mirroring the Euroleague in the west, the ABL has its own set of rules in terms of its roster makeup and salary caps. Teams are permitted two imports of non-ASEAN citizenship, three ASEAN imports, one player with one Southeast Asian parent, and seven local players. Teams are allowed to field a team of all local players if they wish to do so.

In July 2012, the league announced that Kuhan Foo, CEO since the ABL's inception, was moving on to a position leading additional regional sports properties. In his place, the league named Anthony Macri as the next CEO, and he will lead the ABL into Season 4, set to begin in early 2013.

The League also revealed a major change in November 2012 when a new ABL logo was unveiled for the 2013 season. The new logo is a shield and predominantly red and orange, although the ABL's signature basketball is still incorporated as a main feature of the design.

“Although the ABL’s ball and net has successfully identified the league with the sport across the region, we felt that we now needed to update the league’s brand to reinforce the league’s ASEAN identity,” said Mr. Anthony Macri, Chief Executive Officer of the ASEAN Basketball League. “So we’ve integrated the full name of the league into the logo and made the letters ASEAN more prominent.”

League expansion[edit]

In the ABL Internship Program Press Conference held on 11 March 2011, ABL CEO Kuhan Foo reported that 3 teams are on talks for a possible entry as expansion teams, 2 of them are from the Philippines, one of them is San Miguel Corporation and another a Cebu-based company, the other is from Jakarta, Indonesia.

On 6 July 2011, the San Miguel Corporation, owners of three Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) teams will bring their winning tradition to the ABL, when they joined the league in a signing ceremony at their main office in Mandaluyong. Bobby Parks has been named as the team's head coach. The team, called the San Miguel Beermen will be a different team from the original PBA team that was then named as the Petron Blaze Boosters, formerly known as the San Miguel Beermen

On 5 August 2011, Bangkok Basketball Holdings joined ABL in a signing ceremony at Golden Tulip Sovereign Hotel, the team is owned by Tom Griffin and Jeffrey Premer. The team will be known as the Bangkok Cobras for the upcoming season.

On 22 September 2011, the Brunei Barracudas has announced that they had bow out of the third season of ABL after participating for 2 seasons. This was stated by Barracudas owner Nadzaty Azma Azeez. No reason was announced on their pull-out.

On 20 October 2011, the Saigon Sports Academy officially announced the participation of Saigon Heat into the third season of ABL, making them the first ever international professional basketball team to represent Vietnam.

After the 2012 ABL season, the AirAsia Philippine Patriots announced their withdrawal from the league, after team owner Mikee Romero had his PBA franchise application approved (the team in the PBA was later named the GlobalPort Batang Pier); the Bangkok Cobras also withdrew from the league. After the 2014 season, the San Miguel Beermen withdrew from the league. This left the Philippines with no teams in the ABL. The SportsRev Thailand Slammers were then rebranded as Hi-Tech Bangkok City, and an Indonesian team, Laksar Dreya South Sumatra, were accepted.

On 26 July 2015, it was announced that Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao along with several businessmen, formed a team for the ABL. The team will be called PACMAN Mindanao Aguilas (now known as Pilipinas MX3 Kings) and they will debut in the Season 6.

On 29 July 2015, Racal Motors has confirmed its participation in the ABL. According to team owner Jonito Racal, "ABL will enhance and broaden their market reach in the region". But on 4 September 2015, it was announced that Racal Motors withdrew from the league due to problems with its sponsors.

Another team from Thailand, Mono Vampire has joined the league for Season 6.

League format[edit]

Logo used from the second to the third season with AirAsia as the title sponsor.

ABL announced that the tentative start of Season 3 is on January 2012, this is due to FIBA Asia's calendar of tournaments for 2011 (FIBA Asia Championship 2011 and 2011 Southeast Asian Games). From then on, ABL will start in January and ends in June coinciding with FIBA calendar of tournaments. Prior to the 2012, the season started on October and ended on February.

The league is held via a triple home and away format where each team faces each other 3 times per regular season; as such the number of total games per regular season varies depending on the number of participating teams in that year. At the end of the regular season, the four teams with the best records qualifies for the playoffs. In the best-of-three semifinals, the top 2 seeds will have the home court advantage against the lower seeds and will host the first and third (if necessary) games. In the first season, the finals was a best-of-five series, with the higher seed hosting the first two and the fifth (if necessary) games. The Finals format was changed to a best of three series for the second and third seasons, where the higher-ranked team earns home-court advantage and hosts the first and third (if necessary) games. For the fourth season, it will be a quadruple home and away format where each team faces each other 4 times with the semis,a best-of-five, and the finals, a best-of-five series.

The champions are supposed to represent the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup. However, since the tournament only limits one club per country, the 2010 champions Philippine Patriots were disallowed from participating since the Smart Gilas Philippine team had already qualified. In 2011, the Chang Thailand Slammers were supposed to represent SEABA but the Thailand Basketball Federation was then suspended by FIBA; this caused the Westports KL Dragons to represent SEABA, as the runner-up Patriots' slot was already taken by the Smart Gilas.


Locations of ABL teams. Red pogs for current teams, while blue pogs for former teams. (Correct as of 2014 season)
Laskar Dreya (alt)
Laskar Dreya (alt)
Laskar Dreya
Laskar Dreya
Team City / Region Arena (capacity) Founded Joined ABL Head coach
Thailand Hi-Tech Bangkok City Bangkok Thai-Japanese Stadium, Bangkok (5,000)
Hi-Tech Gym, Bangkok (500)
2009 2009 Philippines Raha Mortel
Thailand Mono Vampire Basketball Club Bangkok Mono Vampire Gym, Bangkok (1,000)
Chulalongkorn University Gymnasium, Bangkok (2,000)
2014 2015 Thailand Prasert Siripojanakun
Philippines Pilipinas MX3 Kings San Juan City San Juan Gym (2,000) 2015 2015 Philippines Jack Santiago
Vietnam Saigon Heat Ho Chi Minh City CIS Arena, Ho Chi Minh City (2,500) 2011 2012 England Anthony Garbelotto
Singapore Singapore Slingers Singapore OCBC Arena, Kallang (3,000) 2006 2009 Singapore Beng Siang Neo
Malaysia Westports Malaysia Dragons Kuala Lumpur MABA Stadium, Kuala Lumpur (2,500) 2009 2009 Philippines Ariel Vanguardia

Former teams[edit]


The finals was a best-of-5 (2–2–1) series in 2010 and again in 2013, it became best-of-3 (1–1–1) series from 2011-12.

Season Finalists Semifinalists
Country Champions Result Country Runners-up Country Semifinalist Country Semifinalist
2009–10  PHI Philippine Patriots^ 3–0  INA Satria Muda BritAma  SIN Singapore Slingers  MAS Kuala Lumpur Dragons
2010–11  THA Chang Thailand Slammers^ 2–0  PHI AirAsia Philippine Patriots  MAS Westports KL Dragons  SIN Singapore Slingers
2012  INA Indonesia Warriors 2–1  PHI San Miguel Beermen^  PHI AirAsia Philippine Patriots  MAS Westports Malaysia Dragons
2013  PHI San Miguel Beermen^ 3–0  INA Indonesia Warriors  MAS Westports Malaysia Dragons  THA Sports Rev Thailand Slammers
2014  THA Hi-Tech Bangkok City 2–0  MAS Westports Malaysia Dragons^  SIN Singapore Slingers  VIE Saigon Heat
  • ^ finished regular season with the best win-loss record.


[citation needed]

Season Most Valuable Player / Best Local Player Best Import Player
Nationality Player Team Nationality Player Team
2009–10  THA Attaporn Lertmalaiporn Thailand Tigers  USA Jason Dixon Chang Thailand Slammers
2010–11  INA Mario Wuysang SM BritAma  USA Nakiea Miller Westports KL Dragons
2012  PHI Leo Avenido San Miguel Beermen  USA Anthony Johnson[disambiguation needed] AirAsia Philippine Patriots
2013  PHI Asi Taulava San Miguel Beermen  USA Chris Charles Sports Rev Thailand Slammers
2014  SIN Wei Long Wong Singapore Slingers  USA Chris Charles Hi-Tech Bangkok City

All-time standings[edit]

[citation needed]

Team Seasons Games played Wins Losses Winning percentage
San Miguel Beermen* 2 56 45 11 80%
Philippine Patriots* 3 62 43 19 69%
Indonesia Warriors* 5 110 60 50 55%
Westports Malaysia Dragons 5 107 56 51 52%
Hi-Tech Bangkok City 5 106 50 56 47%
Singapore Slingers 5 101 47 54 47%
Brunei Barracudas* 2 30 10 20 33%
Saigon Heat 3 65 21 44 32%
Bangkok Cobras* 1 21 6 15 29%
Laskar Dreya South Sumatra* 1 20 1 19 5%

*defunct team


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