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The PBA Developmental League, or PBA D-League, is the Philippine Basketball Association's official minor league basketball organization.

PBA Developmental League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2019 PBA D-League Foundation Cup
PBADL logo.png
Inaugural season2011
CommissionerWillie Marcial
No. of teams14
ContinentFIBA Asia (Asia)
Most recent
Cignal HD - Ateneo Blue Eagles
(1st title)
Go for Gold Scratchers
(1st title)
Most titlesNLEX Road Warriors
(6 titles)
TV partner(s)5 Plus (ESPN 5), PBA Rush


The PBA D-League was conceptualized after the collapse of the proposed merger between the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) and Liga Pilipinas after the staging of the Tournament of the Philippines which was composed by PBL and Liga Pilipinas teams. PBA Commissioner Chito Salud proposed the formation of a PBA D-League, which will fill the void left by the PBL. On January 25, 2011, the PBA Board of Governors approved the proposal.[citation needed]

The maiden tournament, named "Foundation Cup" began on March 12, 2011 at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan. The tournament composed of 13 teams, with five teams (Junior Powerade, NLEX, Maynilad, Freego and Cafe France) having affiliation with existing PBA teams.[1] Four teams (Cobra Energy Drink, Agri-Nature Inc./FCA, Pharex, and Cafe France) from the Philippine Basketball League filed for application in the PBA D-League, when they failed to acquire a sixth team in order to smoothly run the league.[2] The NLEX Road Warriors became the champions of the tournament, winning two games to none against the Cebuana Lhuillier Gems.

The second tournament, dubbed as the "Aspirant's Cup" began on October 20. Four teams (Maynilad, Junior Powerade, Max Bond and Pharex) did not join the tournament. However, two new teams (Boracay Rum and Informatics) made their debut in the D-League.[3]

The D-League has held its own rookie draft since the 2013–14 PBA season.[4]

In August 2015, the PBA approved plans for a nationwide D-League and a Women's D-League that will open soon. From 2016, the men's competition will first be held in three separate, simultaneous tournaments, first in Luzon and later in the Visayas and Mindanao. The three regional champions could join the national championship round which will be joined by Metro Manila teams.[5]


Current teamsEdit

The following are the participating teams of the 2019 PBA D-League Foundation Cup:

Former teamsEdit

PBA Development League
Team Owner PBA Affiliate First tournament Last tournament
FCA Cultivators
Big Chill Super Chargers
Agri-Nurture, Inc. none 2011 Foundation 2014 Foundation
Maynilad Water Dragons Maynilad Water Services Inc. Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters 2011 Foundation 2011 Foundation
Max Bond Super Glue Sumos Magnaprime Corporation none 2011 Foundation 2011 Foundation
Pharex Naproxen Sodium Bidang Generix Pascual Laboratories, Inc. none 2011 Foundation 2011 Foundation
Freego Jeans EINSCO Inc. none 2011 Foundation 2012 Aspirant's
Cobra Energy Drink Iron Men Asia Brewery, Inc. none 2011 Foundation 2012 Aspirant's
Dub Unlimited Wheelers Mega Dub Unlimited Specialist Inc. none 2012 Aspirant's 2012 Aspirant's
Junior Powerade Tigers Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, Inc. Powerade Tigers 2011 Foundation 2012 Foundation
PC Gilmore Wizards PC Gilmore, Inc. none 2011 Aspirant's 2012 Aspirant's
RnW Pacific Pipes Steelmasters RnW Pacific Pipes Corporation none 2011 Foundation 2012 Foundation
Erase XFoliant Erasers Universal Knowledge DermPharma, Inc. GlobalPort Batang Pier 2012 Foundation 2012 Aspirants
Informatics Icons Informatics International University none 2012 Aspirants 2013 Foundation
Fruitas Shakers Fruitas Group Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters 2012 Aspirants 2013 Foundation
Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants AliKaiser International Incorporated none 2013 Foundation 2015 Foundation
EA Regen Med Regens EA Regen Medical Group,Inc. none 2013 Foundation 2013 Foundation
Arellano Chiefs Arellano University Air21 Express 2013 Aspirants 2013 Aspirants
NLEX Road Warriors Metro Pacific Investments Corporation Meralco Bolts 2011 Foundation 2014 Foundation
Boracay Rum Waves Asia Brewery, Inc. none 2012 Foundation 2013 Foundation
Blackwater Sports Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Inc. none 2011 Foundation 2014 Foundation
Hog's Breath Cafe Razorbacks Hog's Breath Cafe none 2013 Foundation 2014 Foundation
Derulo Accelero Oilers UR Value Corporation Alaska Aces 2013 Aspirants 2014 Foundation
MJM M-Builders Mercado Builders
MJM Productions, Inc.
none 2013 Aspirants 2014 Aspirants
Bread Story Smashing Bakers Bread Story Philippines Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 2014 Aspirants 2014 Aspirants
Cagayan Valley Rising Suns Cagayan Province LGU none 2012 Foundation 2015 Foundation
Hapee Fresh Fighters Lamoiyan Corporation NLEX Road Warriors 2014 Aspirants 2015 Foundation
Cebuana Lhuillier Gems Cebuana Lhuillier none 2011 Foundation 2015 Foundation
MP Hotel Warriors MP Promotions, Inc. Kia Carnival 2014 Aspirants 2015 Foundation
LiverMarin Guardians -
San Sebastian Golden Stags
ATC Healthcare Corporation
San Sebastian College - Recoletos
none 2015 Foundation 2015 Foundation
BDO - NU Bulldogs BDO Unibank, Inc.
National University
Blackwater Elite 2013 Aspirants 2016 Aspirants
Phoenix Accelerators Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc. Phoenix Fuelmasters 2016 Aspirants 2016 Foundation
QRS / JAM Liner -
UP Fighting Maroons
QRS Logistics
JAM Liner, Inc.
University of the Philippines
Mahindra Enforcer 2016 Aspirants 2016 Aspirants
Z.C. Mindanao Aguilas Kings Janitorial Services and Cooperative of Zamboanga Globalport Batang Pier 2016 Aspirants 2016 Foundation
Victoria Sports - MLQU Stallions Victoria Sports
Manuel L. Quezon University
none 2017 Aspirants 2017 Aspirants
Blustar Detergent Dragons Malaysia Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Inc.
Blackwater Elite 2016 Foundation 2017 Aspirants
Cafe France Bakers -
Centro Escolar University
Cafe France Corporation
Centro Escolar University
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 2011 Foundation 2017 Aspirants
Racal Motors Alibaba
Racal Tile Master Ceramica
Racal Group of Companies none 2014 Aspirants 2017 Foundation
Flying V Thunder Flying V Petroleum none 2017 Foundation 2017 Foundation
Tanduay Rhum Masters Tanduay Distillers, Inc. none 2011 Foundation 2017 Foundation
Mila's Lechon Mighty Roasters Mila's Lechon and Restaurant none 2018 Aspirants 2018 Aspirants
Akari - Adamson Soaring Falcons Akari Lighting and Technology Corporation
Adamson University
none 2018 Aspirants 2018 Aspirants
Gamboa Coffee Mixers Universal Knowledge DermPharma, Inc. none 2017 Foundation 2018 Aspirants
Zark's Jawbreakers
- LPU Pirates
Zark's Burgers
Lyceum of the Philippines University
Phoenix Fuelmasters 2017 Foundation 2018 Aspirants
JRU Heavy Bombers Jose Rizal University Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 2012 Foundation 2018 Aspirants
Cignal HD Hawkeyes
Cignal HD - Ateneo Blue Eagles
Cignal TV, Inc.
Ateneo de Manila University
NLEX Road Warriors 2017 Aspirants 2019 Aspirants
Che'Lu Bar & Grill Revellers Hydra Connection Entertainment Corporation none 2018 Aspirants 2019 Aspirants
Perpetual Help Altas University of Perpetual Help System DALTA none 2018 Aspirants 2019 Aspirants
Cha Dao Tea Place - FEU Tamaraws Cha Dao Tea Place
Far Eastern University
Magnolia Hotshots 2019 Aspirants 2019 Aspirants
Go For Gold Scratchers
- College of Saint Benilde Blazers
Powerball Marketing & Logistics Corporation
De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
Blackwater Elite 2018 Aspirants 2019 Aspirants
Wang's Basketball Couriers PRC Courier & Maintenance Services Columbian Dyip 2013 Aspirants 2019 Aspirants
Valencia City Bukidnon
- San Sebastian Golden Stags
City of Valencia,
Province of Bukidnon LGU
San Sebastian College-Recoletos
none 2019 Aspirants 2019 Aspirants
The Masterpiece / CD14 Designs - Trinity Stallions The Masterpiece Clothing
CD14 Designs Custom Sports Apparels
Trinity University of Asia
none 2019 Aspirants 2019 Aspirants
Ironcon - UST Growling Tigers Ironcon Builders and Development Corporation
University of Santo Tomas
none 2019 Aspirants 2019 Aspirants
Metropac Movers
- San Beda Red Lions
Metro Pacific Investments Corporation
San Beda University
TNT Katropa 2019 Aspirants 2019 Aspirants
SMDC - NU Bulldogs SM Development Corporation
National University
none 2019 Aspirants 2019 Aspirants
Diliman Blue Dragons - Gerry's Grill Diliman College
Gerry's Grill
NorthPort Batang Pier 2019 Aspirants 2019 Aspirants
Batangas EAC Generals Batangas Province LGU
Emilio Aguinaldo College
Meralco Bolts 2017 Aspirants 2019 Aspirants
FamilyMart - Enderun Titans FamilyMart
Enderun Colleges
Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters 2019 Aspirants 2019 Aspirants
Petron - Letran Knights Petron Corporation
Colegio de San Juan de Letran
San Miguel Beermen 2019 Aspirants 2019 Aspirants

List of championsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ PBA Developmental League draws 14 teams, 3 PBL squads jump ship, Rey Joble, GMA News Online, February 16, 2011
  2. ^ Without six teams, no PBL — for now, GMA News Online, February 16, 2011
  3. ^ D-League second season unfolds with 11-team cast, The Philippine Star, October 12, 2011
  4. ^ PBA D-LEAGUE ROOKIE DRAFT SET,, August 24, 2013
  5. ^ PBA D-League to go nationwide,, August 12, 2015

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