PBA Developmental League

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PBA Developmental League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2019 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup
PBADL logo.png
Inaugural season2011
CommissionerWillie Marcial
No. of teams20
ContinentFIBA Asia (Asia)
Most recent
Zark's Jawbreakers - LPU Pirates (1st title)
Go for Gold Scratchers (1st title)
Most titlesNLEX Road Warriors
(6 titles)
TV partner(s)5 Plus (ESPN 5)
Official websitepbadleague.inquirer.net

The PBA Developmental League, or PBA D-League, is the Philippine Basketball Association's official minor league basketball organization.


The PBA D-League was conceptualized after the collapse of the proposed merger between the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) and Liga Pilipinas after the staging of the Tournament of the Philippines which was composed by PBL and Liga Pilipinas teams. PBA Commissioner Chito Salud proposed the formation of a PBA D-League, which will fill the void left by the PBL. On January 25, 2011, the PBA Board of Governors approved the proposal.[citation needed]

The maiden tournament, named "Foundation Cup" began on March 12, 2011 at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan. The tournament composed of 13 teams, with five teams (Junior Powerade, NLEX, Maynilad, Freego and Cafe France) having affiliation with existing PBA teams.[1] Four teams (Cobra Energy Drink, Agri-Nature Inc./FCA, Pharex, and Cafe France) from the Philippine Basketball League filed for application in the PBA D-League, when they failed to acquire a sixth team in order to smoothly run the league.[2] The NLEX Road Warriors became the champions of the tournament, winning two games to none against the Cebuana Lhuillier Gems.

The second tournament, dubbed as the "Aspirant's Cup" began on October 20. Four teams (Maynilad, Junior Powerade, Max Bond and Pharex) did not join the tournament. However, two new teams (Boracay Rhum and Informatics Icons) made their debut in the D-League.[3]

The D-League has held its own rookie draft since the 2013–14 PBA season.[4]

In August 2015, the PBA approved plans for a nationwide D-League and a Women's D-League that will open soon. From 2016, the men's competition will first be held in three separate, simultaneous tournaments, first in Luzon and later in the Visayas and Mindanao. The three regional champions could join the national championship round which will be joined by Metro Manila teams.[5]


Current teams[edit]

The following are the participating teams of the 2019 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup:

Former teams[edit]

PBA Development League
Team Owner PBA Affiliate First tournament Last tournament
FCA Cultivators
Big Chill Super Chargers
Agri-Nurture, Inc. none 2011 Foundation 2014 Foundation
Maynilad Water Dragons Maynilad Water Services Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters 2011 Foundation 2011 Foundation
Max Bond Super Glue Sumos Magnaprime Corporation none 2011 Foundation 2011 Foundation
Pharex Naproxen Sodium Bidang Generix Pascual Laboratories, Inc. none 2011 Foundation 2011 Foundation
Freego Jeans EINSCO Inc. none 2011 Foundation 2012 Aspirant's
Cobra Energy Drink Iron Men Asia Brewery, Inc. none 2011 Foundation 2012 Aspirant's
Dub Unlimited Wheelers Mega Dub Unlimited Specialist Inc. none 2012 Aspirant's 2012 Aspirant's
Junior Powerade Tigers Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, Inc. Powerade Tigers 2011 Foundation 2012 Foundation
PC Gilmore Wizards PC Gilmore, Inc. none 2011 Aspirant's 2012 Aspirant's
RnW Pacific Pipes Steelmasters RnW Pacific Pipes Corporation none 2011 Foundation 2012 Foundation
Erase XFoliant Erasers Universal Knowledge DermPharma, Inc. GlobalPort Batang Pier 2012 Foundation 2012 Aspirants
Informatics Icons Informatics Philippines none 2012 Aspirants 2013 Foundation
Fruitas Shakers Fruitas Group Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters 2012 Aspirants 2013 Foundation
Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants AliKaiser International Incorporated none 2013 Foundation 2015 Foundation
EA Regen Med Regens EA Regen Medical Group,Inc. none 2013 Foundation 2013 Foundation
Arellano Chiefs Arellano University Air21 Express 2013 Aspirants 2013 Aspirants
NLEX Road Warriors Metro Pacific Investments Corporation Meralco Bolts 2011 Foundation 2014 Foundation
Boracay Rum Waves Asia Brewery, Inc. none 2012 Foundation 2013 Foundation
Blackwater Sports Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Inc. none 2011 Foundation 2014 Foundation
Hog's Breath Cafe Razorbacks Hog's Breath Cafe none 2013 Foundation 2014 Foundation
Derulo Accelero Oilers UR Value Corporation Alaska Aces 2013 Aspirants 2014 Foundation
MJM M-Builders Mercado Builders
MJM Productions, Inc.
none 2013 Aspirants 2014 Aspirants
Bread Story Smashing Bakers Bread Story Philippines Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 2014 Aspirants 2014 Aspirants
Cagayan Valley Rising Suns Province of Cagayan none 2012 Foundation 2015 Foundation
Hapee Fresh Fighters Lamoiyan Corporation NLEX Road Warriors 2014 Aspirants 2015 Foundation
Cebuana Lhuillier Gems Cebuana Lhuillier none 2011 Foundation 2015 Foundation
MP Hotel Warriors MP Promotions, Inc. Kia Carnival 2014 Aspirants 2015 Foundation
LiverMarin Guardians -
San Sebastian College-Recoletos
ATC Healthcare Corporation none 2015 Foundation 2015 Foundation
BDO - National University BDO Unibank, Inc.
National University
Blackwater Elite 2013 Aspirants 2016 Aspirants
Phoenix Accelerators Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc. Phoenix Fuelmasters 2016 Aspirants 2016 Foundation
QRS / JAM Liner -
UP Fighting Maroons
QRS Logistics
JAM Liner, Inc.
University of the Philippines
Mahindra Enforcer 2016 Aspirants 2016 Aspirants
Z.C. Mindanao Aguilas Kings Janitorial Services and Cooperative of Zamboanga Globalport Batang Pier 2016 Aspirants 2016 Foundation
Victoria Sports - MLQU Stallions Victoria Sports
Manuel L. Quezon University
none 2017 Aspirants 2017 Aspirants
Blustar Detergent Dragons Malaysia Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Inc.
Blackwater Elite 2016 Foundation 2017 Aspirants
Cafe France Bakers -
Centro Escolar University
Cafe France Corporation
Centro Escolar University
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 2011 Foundation 2017 Aspirants
Racal Motors Alibaba
Racal Tile Master Ceramica
Racal Group of Companies none 2014 Aspirants 2017 Foundation
Flying V Thunder Flying V Petroleum none 2017 Foundation 2017 Foundation
Cignal HD Hawkeyes Cignal TV, Inc. NLEX Road Warriors 2017 Aspirants 2017 Foundation
Tanduay Rhum Masters Tanduay Distillers, Inc. none 2011 Foundation 2017 Foundation
Mila's Lechon Mighty Roasters Mila's Lechon and Restaurant none 2018 Aspirants 2018 Aspirants
Akari - Adamson University Akari Lighting and Technology Corporation
Adamson University
none 2018 Aspirants 2018 Aspirants
Gamboa Coffee Mixers Universal Knowledge DermPharma, Inc. none 2017 Foundation 2018 Aspirants
Zark's Jawbreakers Zark's Burgers Phoenix Fuelmasters 2017 Foundation 2018 Aspirants
JRU Heavy Bombers Jose Rizal University Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 2012 Foundation 2018 Aspirants

List of champions[edit]

PBA Season Conference Champion Series Runner-Up Winning coach Conference MVP Team
2010–11 Foundation NLEX 2-0 Cebuana Lhuillier Boyet Fernandez Allein Maliksi Cebuana Lhuillier
2011–12 Aspirants' NLEX 2-0 Freego Boyet Fernandez Vic Manuel Cebuana Lhuillier
Foundation NLEX 2-0 Big Chill Boyet Fernandez Cliff Hodge NLEX
2012–13 Aspirants' NLEX 2-0 Cagayan Boyet Fernandez Ian Sangalang NLEX
Foundation Blackwater 2-0 NLEX Leo Isaac Jake Pascual NLEX
2013–14 Aspirants' NLEX 2-0 Big Chill Boyet Fernandez Garvo Lanete NLEX
Foundation NLEX 2-0 Blackwater Boyet Fernandez Kevin Alas NLEX
2014–15 Aspirants' Hapee 2-0 Cagayan Ronnie Magsanoc Bobby Ray Parks Jr. Hapee
Foundation Café France 2-1 Hapee Edgar Macaraya Moala Tautuaa Cagayan
2015–16 Aspirants' Phoenix 3-2 Café France Eric Gonzales Mac Belo Phoenix
Foundation Phoenix 2-1 Tanduay Eric Gonzales Mike Tolomia Phoenix
2016-17 Aspirants' Cignal HD - SBU 2-1 Racal Ceramica Boyet Fernandez Robert Bolick Cignal HD - San Beda
Foundation Cignal HD 2-0 CEU Boyet Fernandez Raymar Jose Cignal HD
2017-18 Aspirants' Zark's Burgers - LPU 2-1 Che'Lu Bar and Grill - SSC-R Topex Robinson CJ Perez Zark's Burgers - LPU
Foundation Go for Gold 3-2 Che'Lu Bar and Grill Charles Tiu Jeff Viernes Che'Lu Bar and Grill
2019 Aspirants'

See also[edit]


  1. ^ PBA Developmental League draws 14 teams, 3 PBL squads jump ship, Rey Joble, GMA News Online, February 16, 2011
  2. ^ Without six teams, no PBL — for now, GMA News Online, February 16, 2011
  3. ^ D-League second season unfolds with 11-team cast, The Philippine Star, October 12, 2011
  4. ^ PBA D-LEAGUE ROOKIE DRAFT SET, PBA.ph, August 24, 2013
  5. ^ PBA D-League to go nationwide, philstar.ph, August 12, 2015

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