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ASEAN Basketball League

The ASEAN Basketball League, often abbreviated to the ABL, is a men's professional basketball league in East and Southeast Asia. It includes six teams from Southeast Asian nations, one team from China, one team from Hong Kong, one team from Macau, and two from Taiwan. The league was proposed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and launched on 1 October 2009,[1] with six clubs from six different countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) competing in the league's inaugural 2009–10 season.[1]

ASEAN Basketball League (ABL)
Most recent season or competition:
2019–20 ABL season
ASEAN Basketball League.svg
Owner(s)Tune Group
No. of teams10
Countries China (1 team)
 Macau (1 team)
 Hong Kong (1 team)
 Malaysia (1 team)
 Philippines (1 team)
 Singapore (1 team)
 Thailand (1 team)
 Taiwan (2 team)
 Vietnam (1 team)
ContinentFIBA Asia (Asia)
Most recent
Indonesia CLS Knights Indonesia (1st title)
Most titlesThailand Hi-Tech Bangkok City
(2 titles)
TV partner(s)Hong Kong Cable TV
Indonesia Vidio [id]
Malaysia RTM
Philippines S+A
Singapore StarHub
Thailand Mono 29
Taiwan Eleven Sports Network
Vietnam FPT
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]

League expansionEdit

On 22 September 2011, the Brunei Barracudas announced that they were bowing out of the third season of ABL after participating for 2 seasons.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

In 2012, San Miguel Beermen and Bangkok Cobras joined the league aside from Saigon Heat. Unfortunately, after one season, the Cobras left the league with the Beermen leaving after they won the title in 2013.[citation needed]

In 2014, Laskar Dreya South Sumatra (INA) joined ABL, but they left after the 2014 season.[citation needed]

In 2015, Pilipinas MX3 Kings and Mono Vampire joined the league. Unfortunately, both teams left the league in 2016.[citation needed]

On 17 July 2016, it was announced that Kaohsiung Truth, a team from Kaohsiung, Taiwan will participate in the 2016–17 season.[2] On 30 July 2016, the Eastern Basketball Club confirmed its participation in the league.[3] The two teams were the first teams from outside Southeast Asia to compete in the league. The Philippines made their return in the league with the joining of Alab Pilipinas on 6 August 2016.[citation needed]

In September 2017, the league confirmed the entry of four new teams: CLS Knights Indonesia, Formosa Dreamers, the returning Mono Vampire Basketball Club,[4] and the Nanhai Kung Fu[citation needed]. Kaoshiung Truth disbanded after the 2016-17 season.

After the 2018 season, the Kung Fu moved to Macau and became the Macau Black Bears,[5] while the league announced the addition of the Zhuhai Wolf Warriors, based in Zhuhai in the Pearl River delta.[6]

On 9 September 2019, the league confirmed the entry of the third team from Taiwan, Taipei Fubon Braves situated in Taipei after Formosa Dreamers and disbanded Kaohsiung Truth.[7] Fubon Braves secured the best record in the Super Basketball League and capped it off with the SBL championship after sweeping the Finals series in four games. They are also one of the eight teams to compete in the 2019 FIBA Asia Champions Cup.


Current teamsEdit

Team City / Region Arena Capacity Founded Joined ABL Head coach
  Formosa Dreamers Changhua Changhua Stadium 5,743 2017   Kyle Julius
  Hong Kong Eastern Wan Chai Southorn Stadium 2,000 1932 2016   Jordan Brady
  Macau Black Bears Macau University of Macau Sports Complex TBC 2017   Charles Hantoumakos
  Mono Vampire Nonthaburi Stadium 29 5,000 2014 2015   Andrej Urlep
  Saigon Heat Ho Chi Minh City CIS Arena 2,500 2011 2012   Kevin Yurkus
  San Miguel Alab Pilipinas Metro Manila Caloocan Sports Complex, Caloocan 3,000 2016   Jimmy Alapag
Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay 12,000
Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu Hoops Dome 6,000
Santa Rosa, Laguna Santa Rosa Sports Complex 5,700[8]
Antipolo, Rizal Ynares Center 7,400
  Singapore Slingers Kallang OCBC Arena 3,000 2006 2009   Neo Beng Siang
  Taipei Fubon Braves Taipei Heping Stadium 5,000 1983 2019   Hsu Chin Che
  Westports Malaysia Dragons Kuala Lumpur MABA Stadium 2,500 2009   Jamie Pearlman
  Zhuhai Wolf Warriors Zhuhai, Guangdong Doumen Gymnasium
University of Macau Sports Complex
TBC 2018   Todd Purves

Former teamsEdit

Laskar Dreya (alt)
Laskar Dreya
Locations of former ABL teams.
Country Team Years
From To
  Brunei Brunei Barracudas 2009 2011
  Indonesia CLS Knights Indonesia 2017 2019
Indonesia Warriors 2012 2014
Laskar Dreya South Sumatra 2014
Satria Muda BritAma 2009 2011
  Philippines AirAsia Philippine Patriots 2009 2012
Pilipinas MX3 Kings 2015 2016
San Miguel Beermen 2012 2013
  Thailand Bangkok Cobras 2012
Hi-Tech Bangkok City 2009 2016
  Taiwan Kaohsiung Truth 2016 2017


The finals was a best-of-5 (2–2–1) series (2010, 2013, 2016–present), it became best-of-3 (1–1–1) series from 2011–12 and 2014.

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
2015–16   MAS Westports Malaysia Dragons^ 3–2   SIN Singapore Slingers   THA Hi-Tech Bangkok City   VIE Saigon Heat
2016–17   HKG Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions^ 3–1   SGP Singapore Slingers   PHI Alab Pilipinas   VIE Saigon Heat
2017–18   PHI San Miguel Alab Pilipinas 3–2   THA Mono Vampire   CHN Chong Son Kung Fu^   HKG Hong Kong Eastern
2018–19   INA CLS Knights Indonesia 3–2   SGP Singapore Slingers   HKG Eastern   THA Mono Vampire
  • ^ finished regular season with the best win-loss record.

Championship table by countryEdit

This medal ranking is based on the country the club represents. The winning country bags the Gold, the runner-up gets the silver, while the semifinalists are awarded with a bronze.

1  Philippines3227
2  Indonesia2204
3  Thailand2136
4  Malaysia1146
5  Hong Kong1023
6  Singapore0336
7  Vietnam0033
8  China0011
Totals (8 nations)991836

Championship table by clubEdit

This medal ranking is based on the club/team representation.

Team   Gold   Silver   Bronze Total
  Hi-Tech Bangkok City 2 0 2 4
  Westports Malaysia Dragons 1 1 4 6
  AirAsia Philippine Patriots 1 1 1 3
  Indonesia Warriors 1 1 0 2
  San Miguel Beermen 1 1 0 2
  Hong Kong Eastern 1 0 2 3
  San Miguel Alab Pilipinas 1 0 1 2
  CLS Knights Indonesia 1 0 0 1
  Singapore Slingers 0 3 3 6
  Mono Vampire 0 1 1 2
  Satria Muda BritAma 0 1 0 1
  Saigon Heat 0 0 3 3
  Chong Son Kung Fu 0 0 1 1
Total 9 9 18 36
  • Bold: teams that are still active

Individual awardsEdit

The league awards five (5) individual awards: the Local MVP, World Import MVP, ASEAN Heritage MVP and the Defensive Player of the Year awards to its players and the Coach of the Year award given to the league's best head coach.

Prior to the 2015–16 ABL season, there was only one (1) MVP award for imports and was called the Best Import award. It was divided into two for World Imports (for players hailing from outside Southeast Asia and to the ASEAN Heritage Imports (for players from other Southeast Asian countries or players with at least one Southeast Asian parent).

Also, the Defensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year awards were only awarded since the 2012 season.

Most Valuable PlayersEdit

Special AwardsEdit


  1. ^ a b "FIBA Asia – ASEAN Basketball League takes off". FIBA. Archived from the original on 16 August 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2008.
  2. ^ Taiwan's Kaohsiung Truth Joins ABL as League Expands
  3. ^ Hong Kong Eastern Confirms Participation In ABL
  4. ^ Lee, David (25 September 2017). "Nine teams for new ABL season". New Straits Times. TNP. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Chong Son Kung Fu Relocates and Rebrands to Macau Black Bears | ABL". ABL. 9 August 2018. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  6. ^ "ASEAN Basketball League adds historic 10th team with the Zhuhai Wolf Warriors | ABL". ABL. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  7. ^ "The Fubon Braves To Join ABL's Tenth Season". ABL. 9 September 2019. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  8. ^
  9. ^ a b Tan, Les (20 July 2010). "Attaporn MVP win highlight of losing ABL season for Thailand Tigers". Red Sports. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  10. ^ a b "Mario Wuysang MVP Sesi Reguler ABL" [Mario Wuysang is ABL Regular Season MVP]. Republika. 5 March 2011.
  11. ^ Belen, Reynaldo (28 June 2012). "Beermen's Avenido is ABL Local MVP". InterAksyon. Archived from the original on 10 August 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  12. ^ "San Miguel's Taulava named ABL MVP". 5 June 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  13. ^ Slingers’ Wong Wei Long Wins 2014 ABL Local MVP
  14. ^ Basketball: Slingers’ Wong Wei Long named ABL Local MVP
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  17. ^ AirAsia Philippine Patriots’ Anthony Johnson Scoops Up ABL's Best Import Award 2012
  18. ^ Bangkok City's Chris Charles Wins Second Consecutive ABL Import MVP Award

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