Saigon Heat

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Saigon Heat
Saigon Heat logo
Leagues ASEAN Basketball League
Founded 2011
Arena CIS Arena
Arena Capacity 2,500
Location Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Team colours Red, Yellow
         
President Vietnam Connor Nguyen
Head coach Vacant
Website www.saigonheat.com
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
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Active teams of Saigon Heat
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ABL VBA

The Saigon Heat (Vietnamese: Sài Gòn Heat) are a Vietnamese professional basketball team based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. They play in the ASEAN Basketball League. Since the 2014 season, the Heat's home games are played at the CIS Arena on the campus of the Canadian International School in District 7. Saigon Heat is the first professional basketball team based in Vietnam.[1]

The Heat also operates a developmental team that plays in the Vietnam Basketball Association, Vietnam's first professional basketball league.[2]

History[edit]

Saigon Heat is the first professional basketball team in Vietnam based in Ho Chi Minh City. They were officially announced as a member of the ASEAN Basketball League in October 2011. The team was formed by the Saigon Sports Academy, a multi-sports training academy launched in January 2009 and located in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.[3]

In their inaugural season, the Heat finished sixth in the ABL with a regular season record of 8-13. The Heat did not qualify in for the 2012 ABL Playoffs. The Heat followed up their inaugural season with another disappointing sixth-place finish in an injury plagued 2013 season, highlighted by a twelve-game losing streak.[4][5]

Thirteen games into the 2014 season, head coach Jason Rabedeaux died.[6] Coach Rabedeaux's assistant Anthony Garbelotto was named the new head coach.[7] The Heat finished the season in fourth place, clinching their first ever playoff berth.[8] The Heat were swept 0-2 by the Westports Malaysia Dragons in the 2014 ABL Playoffs.

Following the completion of the 2015–16 season, the Heat announced the formation of Vietnam's first professional basketball league, the Vietnam Basketball Association, where they would field a developmental team.[2] The Heat VBA team consists of local players, with several of the ABL side's players being distributed AMONG the other VBA teams for league parity purposes.

Logos[edit]

Season-by-season record[edit]

Season Coach Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
2012 Robert Newson 0 7 .000 ' '
2012 Jason Rabedeaux 8 6 .615 ' '
2012 Combined 8 13 .381 6th Did not qualify
2013 Jason Rabedeaux 4 18 .222 6th Did not qualify
2014 Jason Rabedeaux 6 7 .462 ' '
2014 Tony Garbelotto 3 4 .429 ' '
2014 Combined 9 11 .450 4th Qualified, Semifinals
2015–16 Tony Garbelotto 9 11 .450 4th Qualified, Semifinals
Totals 30 53 .361 - 0 4 .000 2 Playoff Appearances

Home arenas[edit]

Roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Saigon Heat roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt.
PG 0 United States Vietnam Nguyễn Tâm Phúc 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 75 kg (165 lb)
PG 1 Sweden Tuấn Tú Nguyễn 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 82 kg (181 lb)
F/C 2 United States Lenny Daniel (WI) 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 100 kg (220 lb)
G 6 Vietnam Nguyễn Thành Nhân 1.9 m (6 ft 3 in) 92 kg (203 lb)
F/C 7 United States Thailand Moses Morgan (AI) 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 101 kg (223 lb)
F/C 10 Vietnam Nguyễn Văn Hùng 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 90 kg (198 lb)
C 24 United States Jordan Henriquez (WI) 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 113 kg (249 lb)
G 33 United States Vietnam David Arnold (AI) 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 82 kg (181 lb)
F 36 Vietnam Nguyễn Lâm Anh Duy 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 83 kg (183 lb)
F 39 Vietnam Bùi Quốc Tân 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 82 kg (181 lb)
F 91 Vietnam Trần Đăng Hiện 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 80 kg (176 lb)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (WI) World Import
  • (AI) ASEAN Heritage Import
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 15 February 2017

Head coaches[edit]

  • England Robert Newson (2012)
  • United States Jason Rabedeaux † (2012–2014)
  • England Anthony Garbelotto (2014–2017)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SSA Saigon Heat Joins the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League | AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League". Aseanbasketballleague.com. 22 October 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Hodge, Harry. "Vietnam is getting a pro basketball league". saigoneer.com. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Home". FIBA Asia. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Saigon Heat disqualified from 2013 ABL Champs". vietnamnet.vn. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Saigon Heat defeated in 12 consecutive games". vietnamnet.vn. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "American coach of Vietnam’s Saigon Heat dies of accident, aged 49". tuoitrenews.vn. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Coach Tony: “Coach Rab would have been very proud at what the club has achieved”". xle.vn. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Vietnam’s Saigon Heat reach first ASEAN Basketball League semi in history". tuoitrenews.vn. 25 October 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 

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