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PBA Developmental League

PBA Developmental League
Current season, competition or edition:
31px 2015 PBA D-League Foundation Cup
Sport Basketball
Founded 2011
Inaugural season 2011
No. of teams 10
Country Philippines
Continent FIBA Asia (Asia)
Most recent champion(s) Hapee Fresh Fighters
Most titles NLEX Road Warriors
(6 titles)
TV partner(s) IBC-13
Official website

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


The PBA D-League was conceptualized after the proposed merger of the Philippine Basketball League and Liga Pilipinas failed after holding the Tournament of the Philippines which was composed by PBL and LP teams. Commissioner Chito Salud then proposed the formation of a 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 Rhum and Informatics Icons) made their debut in the D-League.[3]

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


Current teams

Former teams

PBA Development League
Team Owner PBA Affiliate First tournament Last tournament
Maynilad Water Dragons Maynilad Water Services 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. Air21 Express 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
JRU Heavy Bombers Jose Rizal University Air21 Express 2012 Aspirants 2012 Aspirants
Informatics Icons Informatics Philippines none 2012 Aspirants 2013 Foundation
Fruitas Shakers Fruitas Group Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters 2012 Aspirants 2013 Foundation
EA Regen Med Regens EA Regen Medical Group,Inc. none 2013 Foundation 2013 Foundation
Arellano University Chiefs Arellano University Air21 Express 2013 Aspirants 2013 Aspirants
Banco De Oro-National University Bulldogs SM Development Corporation none 2013 Aspirants 2013 Aspirants
NLEX Road Warriors Metro Pacific Investments Corporation Meralco Bolts 2011 Foundation 2014 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
Big Chill Super Chargers Agri-Nurture, Inc. none 2011 Foundation 2014 Foundation
Wang's Basketball Couriers PRC Couriers, Inc. Barako Bull Energy Cola 2013 Aspirants 2014 Aspirants
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

List of champions

PBA Season Conference Champion Series Runner-Up Winning coach
2010–11 Foundation NLEX 2-0 Cebuana Lhuillier Boyet Fernandez
2011–12 Aspirant's NLEX 2-0 Freego Boyet Fernandez
Foundation NLEX 2-0 Big Chill Boyet Fernandez
2012–13 Aspirant's NLEX 2-0 Cagayan Boyet Fernandez
Foundation Black Water 2-0 NLEX Leo Isaac
2013–14 Aspirant's NLEX 2-0 Big Chill Boyet Fernandez
Foundation NLEX 2-0 Black Water Boyet Fernandez
2014–15 Aspirant's Hapee 2-0 Cagayan Ronnie Magsanoc
2015–16 Aspirant's

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