Vietnam Basketball Association
Current season, competition or edition:|
2018 VBA season
|No. of teams||6|
|Continent||FIBA Asia (Asia)|
|Cantho Catfish (1st title)|
Danang Dragons |
Thang Long Warriors
The formation of the VBA was announced by charter team Saigon Heat following their completion of the 2015–16 ASEAN Basketball League season. Leading up to the inaugural season, the VBA expected 6 teams would compete in the new league. However, only 5 teams were officially unveiled. To oversee league operations, the VBA looked to the Philippines to find someone with an extensive basketball background. Tonichi Pujante was named the inaugural league commissioner.
The VBA started its inaugural season with 5 teams.
|Team||City, Region||Arena||Founded||Joined||Head Coach|
|Cantho Catfish||Ninh Kiều District, Cần Thơ||Da Nang Sports Arena||2016||Kevin Yurkus|
|Danang Dragons||Hải Châu District, Đà Nẵng||Quan Khu 5 Sports Arena||2016||Donte' Hill|
|Hanoi Buffaloes||Hai Bà Trưng District, Hà Nội||Bach Khoa Sports Arena||2016||Todd Purves|
|Hochiminh City Wings||District 3, Ho Chi Minh City||Ho Xuan Huong Sports Arena||2016||Hứa Phong Hảo|
|Saigon Heat||District 7, Ho Chi Minh City||CIS Sports Arena||2011||2016||David Singleton|
|Thang Long Warriors||Cầu Giấy District, Hà Nội||Su Pham Sports Arena||2017||Predrag Lukic|
Following the summer break, the preseason begins typically in May. During this time, the teams build their 13-16 man rosters with each team allowed 1 foreign, 2 Overseas Vietnamese, and 10-13 local players. The VBA regular season currently begins at the beginning of August and runs to the end of the October. Each teams plays 15 games, divided between 7-8 home and 7-8 away matches.
At the end of the regular season, the league's overall leader is awarded the Fans' Shield.
At the conclusion of the regular, the VBA Playoffs begins. In the inaugural season, all 5 teams are eligible for the tournament style playoffs. However, the teams that finish in the #4 and #5 seeds must meet each other in a wildcard game to move on to the playoffs. The winner of the game meets the #1 seeded team. In the 2017 season onward, there are 6 teams, and the wildcard game is eliminated. #1 will play #4 and the #2 seeded team meets the #3 seeded team in a best-of-three series. The winners move on to meet in the VBA Finals.
|Team||Champions||Runners-up||Total||Champion year||Runner-up year|
|Thang Long Warriors||1||0||1||2017||-|
|Hochiminh City Wings||0||1||1||-||2016|
Current teams that have no VBA Finals appearances:
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