ASEAN Basketball League
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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, three teams from China, and one from Chinese Taipei (Taiwan). The league was proposed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and launched on 1 October 2009, with six clubs from six different countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) competing in the league's inaugural 2009–10 season.
|Most recent season or competition:|
2018–19 ABL season
|No. of teams||10|
|Countries|| China (1 team) |
Macau (1 team)
Hong Kong (1 team)
Indonesia (1 team)
Malaysia (1 team)
Philippines (1 team)
Singapore (1 team)
Thailand (1 team)
Chinese Taipei (1 team)
Vietnam (1 team)
|Continent||FIBA Asia (Asia)|
|CLS Knights Indonesia (1st title)|
|Most titles|| Hi-Tech Bangkok City |
|TV partner(s)|| Cable TV |
Eleven Sports Network
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.
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.
In 2014, Laskar Dreya South Sumatra (INA) joined ABL, but they left after the 2014 season.
On 17 July 2016, it was announced that Kaohsiung Truth, a team from Kaohsiung, Taiwan will participate in the 2016–17 season. On 30 July 2016, the Eastern Basketball Club confirmed its participation in the league. 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.
On September 2017, the league confirmed the entry of four new teams: CLS Knights Surabaya, Formosa Dreamers, the returning Mono Vampire Basketball Club, and the Nanhai Kung Fu. Kaoshiung Truth disbanded after the 2016-17 season.
After the 2018 season, the Kung Fu moved to Macau and became the Macau Black Bears, while the league announced the addition of the Zhuhai Wolf Warriors, based in Zhuhai in the Pearl River delta.
|Team||City / Region||Arena||Capacity||Founded||Joined ABL||Head coach|
|CLS Knights Indonesia||Surabaya||GOR Kertajaya Surabaya||3,000||1946||2017||Brian Rowsom|
|Hong Kong Eastern||Wan Chai||Southorn Stadium||2,000||1932||2016||Eduard Torres|
|Formosa Dreamers||Changhua||Changhua Stadium||5,743||2017||Dean Murray|
|Macau Black Bears||Macau
|University of Macau Sports Complex
|Mono Vampire||Nonthaburi||Stadium 29||5,000||2014||2015||Tongkiat Singhasene|
|Saigon Heat||Ho Chi Minh City||CIS Arena||2,500||2011||2012||Kyle Julius|
|San Miguel Alab Pilipinas||Metro Manila||Caloocan Sports Complex, Caloocan||3,000||2016||Jimmy Alapag|
|Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay||12,000|
|Lapu-Lapu City||Hoops Dome||6,000|
|Santa Rosa, Laguna||Santa Rosa Sports Complex||5,700|
|Antipolo, Rizal||Ynares Center||7,400|
|Singapore Slingers||Kallang||OCBC Arena||3,000||2006||2009||Neo Beng Siang|
|Westports Malaysia Dragons||Kuala Lumpur||MABA Stadium||2,500||2009||Jamie Pearlman|
|Zhuhai Wolf Warriors||Zhuhai, Guangdong||Doumen Gymnasium
University of Macau Sports Complex
|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|
|Hi-Tech Bangkok City||2009||2016|
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.
- ^ 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.
|Totals (8 nations)||9||9||16||34|
Championship table by clubEdit
This medal ranking is based on the club/team representation.
|Hi-Tech Bangkok City||2||0||2||4|
|Westports Malaysia Dragons||1||1||4||6|
|AirAsia Philippine Patriots||1||1||1||3|
|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|
|Satria Muda BritAma||0||1||0||1|
|Chong Son Kung Fu||0||0||1||1|
- Bold: teams that are still active
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
Defensive Player of the YearEdit
Coach of the YearEdit
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- Taiwan's Kaohsiung Truth Joins ABL as League Expands
- Hong Kong Eastern Confirms Participation In ABL
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- "San Miguel's Taulava named ABL MVP". ABS-CBNnews.com. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
- Slingers’ Wong Wei Long Wins 2014 ABL Local MVP
- Basketball: Slingers’ Wong Wei Long named ABL Local MVP
- AirAsia Philippine Patriots’ Anthony Johnson Scoops Up ABL's Best Import Award 2012
- Bangkok City's Chris Charles Wins Second Consecutive ABL Import MVP Award