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Founded in 2011, Saigon Heat is the first professional basketball team in Vietnam. The team’s emblem of a red fire represents its hometown pride and symbolizes its founders’ burning desire to develop and elevate basketball as one of the most popular sports in Vietnam.

After three years of unwavering effort, Saigon Heat made it to the ABL Playoffs in 2014 and proved itself to be a force to be reckoned with. This year, with very strong new talents added to the team, Saigon Heat is ready to take its game to the next level.


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Singapore Slingers

Formed in 2006, the Singapore Slingers started their basketball journey in Singapore playing in the Australian National Basketball League (NBL).

After two seasons in the Australian NBL, the Singapore Slingers were instrumental in starting the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL). Singapore, together with Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei, tipped off the inaugural season of the ABL in 2009.

In 2014, the Singapore Slingers moved their home games from the Singapore Indoor Stadium to the new OCBC Arena located within the Singapore SportsHub precinct. The OCBC Arena is an ideal venue for basketball fans as it boasts a seating capacity of 2,500 with courtside seating and VIP hospitality boxes for Slingers home games.

KL Malaysia Dragons

The Westports Malaysia Dragons or KL Dragons were formed by the joint effort of Malaysia’s very own Mr. Ruben Emir Gnanalingam, Dato’ Wira Dani Daim and Dato’ Sri Robin Tan Yeong Ching, young and successful entrepreneurs who all have passion for sports.

The team owners agreed on the name “KL Dragons” as the Dragon represents a fierce yet benevolent character which also symbolizes strength, power and authority.

The vision of the KL Dragons is to create a regional platform of high performance sports and to set the Kuala Lumpur based squad as a self-sustaining professional basketball team. In order to achieve such a feat, the Dragons will be investing into facilities, infrastructure and player development to build and create an entertainment entity around basketball.

The KL Dragons’ home ground is known as the “Dragons’ Den” and currently holds a capacity of 2,500 seats. It is located at the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

ALAB Pilipinas

PBCI would be the fourth team from the Philippines to take part in the league since its inception. The AirAsia Philippine Patriots, who won the inaugural championship in 2010, the San Miguel Beermen, who won the title in 2013, and the Pilipinas MX3 Kings (previously the Pacquiao Powervit Pilipinas Aguilas) have all previously represented the Philippines.

PBCI’s roster and official team name for the upcoming seventh season of the ABL has yet to be finalized. Currently, they plan to play in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, Cebu, and Davao. With three new additions to the ABL, the upcoming 2016-2017 tournament is shaping up to be one of the most exciting seasons to date.

Hongkong Eastern Long Lions

Eastern Sports Club is a familiar face in the sports world of Hong Kong. Operating in the country since 1932, the team has reached major success in the Hong Kong Football Association, steadily climbing divisions until it reached Division 1 in 2007.

Its basketball team has also found great success, competing in the Hong Kong A1 Division in 2014. Several members of the team also represent the country in FIBA Asia competition. According to Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions, joining the ABL will be a great boost to their sports program in Hong Kong.

Kaohsiung Truth

Playing out of Kaohsiung City, a special municipality in the southwest of Taiwan, the team is in the midst of creating history as there has never been a professional Christian ministry basketball team. They will also be the first team outside of the Southeast Asia region to join the league.

The Kaohsiung Truth is primarily backed by The Truth Network, a group of Christian Radio Stations in the United States that broadcasts and streams live.

The lone team from Taiwan has already enlisted several players to bolster their squad for the upcoming season – Americans 7’2″ James Tyler and 6’8” Chris Oliver and Taiwanese players 6’7″ Carlos Andrade, 6’3″ Wesley Hsu, and 6’3″ Sabatino Chen. They are also looking to sign players from Kaohsiung to boost their team and give it the much needed local flavor.


Ho Xuan Huong Stadium: No.2 Ho Xuan Huong street, Ward 6, District 3, HCM city


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