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ASEAN Basketball League
Current season or competition:
2009–10 ABL season
ASEAN Basketball League logo.png
Sport Basketball
Founded 2009
No. of teams 6
Country(ies)  Indonesia
Most recent champion(s) Philippine Patriots
Most championships Philippine Patriots (1)
TV partner(s) Indonesia JakTV
Malaysia 8TV
Philippines TV5
Over Asia ESPN
Official website

The ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) is a men's professional basketball league in Southeast Asia that began in October 2009. It comprises six clubs from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).[1]

The league was proposed in Kuala Lumpur and launched on October 1, 2009.[1]




News 1

Basketball luminaries of 6 ASEAN nations to gather at the Renaissance Hotel, Makati City in Metro Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, 1 September 2009 as they look to officially signal the beginning of a new era in Southeast Asian basketball.

In addition to the their own local hoop leagues in their respective countries, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Singapore have all contributed in setting up a regional league that will, in no doubt, pour into a simmering cauldron diverse basketball styles, as well as the passion of country-to-country rivalries.

So the newly named Philippine Patriots, Thailand Tigers, SM BritAma, Kuala Lumpur Dragons, Brunei Barracudas and former National Basketball League (Australia) team the Singapore Slingers are set to do battle in the inaugural professional b-ball league of the region.

Mirroring the Euroleague in the West, the ABL has its own set of rules in terms of its roster makeup and salary caps.

As for playing personnel, teams are permitted 2 imports of non-ASEAN citizenship, 2 ASEAN imports, one player with one Southeast Asian parent, and seven local players. Teams are however, allowed to field a team of all local players if they wish so.

Salary cap issues were not available to the media at press time and may be revealed during the launch on Wednesday, 2 September 2009. The tournament is to be played according to FIBA rules.

News 2

1st SEPTEMBER 2009 Manila, Philippines – The launch of the teams of the ASEAN Basketball League was held today at Renaissance Hotel Makati City, Philippines. The league, which kicks off in October 2009, will see the participation of 6 teams from around the ASEAN region.

Brunei Barracudas (Brunei Darussalam), Kuala Lumpur Dragons (Malaysia), Philippine Patriots (Philippines), SM BritAma (Indonesia), Singapore Slingers (Singapore) and Thailand Tigers (Thailand) made their debut appearance in front of ASEAN Basketball League Chairman Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes - entrepreneur and founder of Air Asia, the largest no-frills, budget airline in the region – Kuhan Foo, Chief Executive Officer of the ASEAN Basketball League and guests of honour Tony Cojuangco, President of ABC 5 and Lee Chung Han, Chief Finance Officer of Tune Group.

The event was also graced by team owners, Nadzaty Azma Azeez (Brunei Barracudas), Datuk Wira Dani Daim (Kuala Lumpur Dragons), Wim Reijnen (Thailand Tigers), Erick Thohir (SM BritAma), Dr. Mikee Romero & Bobby Barreiro (Philippines Patriots).

Each team is allowed 5 import players – 2 international and 3 ASEAN with a total squad of 12 players and a travelling squad of 10 players. Teams will compete in a home and away league format culminating in playoffs for the top 4 teams. The tentative league period is October to February every year.

The league aims at cementing the relationship between ASEAN countries through basketball, creating the first pan-ASEAN entertainment and sports property and developing local basketball talents, in an area that covers a population of 600 million people.


ABL Grand Finals Playoffs

Seasons ABL Grand Finals
Champions Result (Series) Runners-up
Philippines Philippine Patriots 3-0 Indonesia Satria Muda BritAma

ABL Regular Season

Seasons ABL Regular Season
Champions Runners-up 3rd Place 4th Place
Philippines Philippine Patriots Singapore Singapore Slingers Indonesia Satria Muda BritAma Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Dragons

2009/10 Teams

Import players

Season 2009-2010


Philippines Philippines


Previous import players

External links



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