Vietnam Basketball Association

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Vietnam Basketball Association (VBA)
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2019 VBA season
Inaugural season2016
No. of teams6
Country Vietnam
ContinentFIBA Asia (Asia)
Most recent
Saigon Heat (1st title)
Most titlesDanang Dragons
Thang Long Warriors
Cantho Catfish
Saigon Heat
(1 title)

The Vietnam Basketball Association (Vietnamese: Giải Bóng Rổ Chuyên Nghiệp Việt Nam), often abbreviated as VBA, is a Vietnamese national professional basketball league founded in 2016.[1]


The formation of the VBA was announced by charter team Saigon Heat following their completion of the 2015–16 ASEAN Basketball League season.[1] Leading up to the inaugural season, the VBA expected 6 teams would compete in the new league.[2] However, only 5 teams were officially unveiled. To oversee league operations, the VBA looked to the Philippines to find someone with an extensive basketball background.[3] Tonichi Pujante was named the inaugural league commissioner.[4]


The VBA started its inaugural season with 5 teams.

Prior to the start of the 2017 season, the league added the Thang Long Warriors as its 6th franchise.[5]

Team City, Region Arena Founded Joined Head Coach
Cantho Catfish Ninh Kiều District, Cần Thơ Da Nang Sports Arena 2016 United States Jordan Collins
Danang Dragons Hải Châu District, Đà Nẵng Quan Khu 5 Sports Arena 2016 Vietnam Phan Thanh Cảnh
Hanoi Buffaloes Hai Bà Trưng District, Hà Nội Bach Khoa Sports Arena 2016 United States Lee Tao Dana
Hochiminh City Wings District 3, Ho Chi Minh City Ho Xuan Huong Sports Arena 2016 Serbia Predrag Lukic
Saigon Heat District 7, Ho Chi Minh City CIS Sports Arena 2011 2016 United States David Singleton
Thang Long Warriors Cầu Giấy District, Hà Nội Su Pham Sports Arena 2017 United States Matt Juranek

Regular season[edit]

Following the summer break, the preseason begins typically in May. During this time, the teams build their 13-16 man rosters with each team allowed 1 foreign, 2 Overseas Vietnamese, and 10-13 local players.[2] The VBA regular season currently begins at the beginning of August and runs to the end of the October. Each teams plays 15 games, divided between 7-8 home and 7-8 away matches.

At the end of the regular season, the league's overall leader is awarded the Fans' Shield.


At the conclusion of the regular, the VBA Playoffs begins. In the inaugural season, all 5 teams are eligible for the tournament style playoffs. However, the teams that finish in the #4 and #5 seeds must meet each other in a wildcard game to move on to the playoffs. The winner of the game meets the #1 seeded team. In the 2017 season onward, there are 6 teams, and the wildcard game is eliminated. #1 will play #4 and the #2 seeded team meets the #3 seeded team in a best-of-three series. The winners move on to meet in the VBA Finals.

League championships[edit]

Team Champions Runners-up Total Champion year Runner-up year
Danang Dragons 1 0 1 2016 -
Thang Long Warriors 1 0 1 2017 -
Cantho Catfish 1 2 3 2018 2017, 2019
Saigon Heat 1 0 1 2019 -
Hochiminh City Wings 0 1 1 - 2016
Hanoi Buffaloes 0 1 1 - 2018

Current teams that have no VBA Finals appearances:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Hodge, Harry. "Vietnam is getting a pro basketball league". Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b "VN Basketball Association seeks US-based basketballers". Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Vietnam looking for Filipino commissioner, coaches for maiden professional cage league". Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Letter from VBA Commissioner - Tonichi Pujante". Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  5. ^ "The sixth VBA team Thang Long Warriors just revealed their logo". Retrieved 15 May 2017.

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