Saigon Heat

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Saigon Heat
2018–19 Saigon Heat season
Saigon Heat logo
LeaguesASEAN Basketball League
Founded2011; 8 years ago (2011)
ArenaCIS Arena
Capacity2,500
LocationHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Team coloursRed, Yellow, Black
              
PresidentConnor Nguyen
Head coachKyle Julius
Websitewww.saigonheat.com
Uniforms
Active teams of Saigon Heat
Basketball pictogram.svg Basketball pictogram.svg
ABL VBA

The Saigon Heat (Vietnamese: Sài Gòn Heat) are a Vietnamese professional basketball team based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. 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.[citation needed]

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    
Jason Rabedeaux 8 6 .571    
Combined 8 13 .581 6th Did not qualify
2013 Jason Rabedeaux 4 18 .182 6th Did not qualify
2014 Jason Rabedeaux 6 7 .462    
Tony Garbelotto 3 4 .429 0 2 .000 Lost Semifinals Malaysia
Combined 9 11 .450 4th
2015–16 Tony Garbelotto 9 11 .450 4th 0 2 .000 Lost Semifinals Malaysia
2016–17 Tony Garbelotto 8 12 .400 4th 0 2 .000 Lost Semifinals Eastern
2017–18 Kyle Julius 10 10 .500 6th 0 2 .000 Lost Semifinals Alab Pilipinas
2018–19 Kyle Julius 14 12 .538 5th 0 1 .000 Semifinals Knights Indonesia
Totals 62 87 .416 - 0 9 .000 3 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. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt.
C 33 United States Kyle Barone (WI) 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 100 kg (220 lb)
F/C 17 United States DeAngelo Hamilton (WI) 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 105 kg (231 lb)
SG 22 United States Vietnam Corey Cilia 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) 77 kg (170 lb)
F 20 United States Vietnam Chris Dierker 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 100 kg (220 lb)
SG 11 United States Vietnam Sang Dinh 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 68 kg (150 lb)
PG 1 United States Trevon Hughes (WI) 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 88 kg (194 lb)
C 7 Vietnam Nguyễn Huỳnh Phú Vinh 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 90 kg (198 lb)
SG 26 Vietnam Võ Kim Bản 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 80 kg (176 lb)
PG 2 United States Vietnam Henry Nguyen 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 70 kg (154 lb)
G 8 United States Vietnam Khoa Tran 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 78 kg (172 lb)
F/C 34 Vietnam Tim Waale 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 100 kg (220 lb)
F 12 United States Vietnam Justin Young 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 95 kg (209 lb)
G/F 24 Sweden Vietnam Nguyễn Tuấn Tú 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 82 kg (181 lb)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (WI) World import
  • (AI) ASEAN heritage import
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 15 December 2018

Head coaches[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SSA Saigon Heat Joins the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League". ABL News. 20 October 2011. Archived from the original on 27 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b Hodge, Harry (4 March 2016). "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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