Right from the first season playing for Saigon Heat, Viet Arnold emerged as one off the biggest stars with spectacular stats: 14.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.8 apg. Viet Arnold played a vital part in Saigon Heat roster, and his versatility helped make the team’s historical season to earn the first ever Playoff spot in the ABL after 4 years.
The arsenal of Viet Arnold is a combination of skill sets and penetration. His strength, pace and determination gave him the incredible advantage in penetration and duel. Aggression and mentality is also two things that Saigon Heat fans and supporters love from this “No.33” guy from North Carolina. Viet Arnold’s return for the upcoming season surely turn Saigon Heat to a true contender of the League.
In his first season in the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League, David Arnold has taken the ABL world in storm, leading the Saigon Heat to their first ever playoff appearance and winning over fans across the region.
“My first year in the ABL was so much fun. It was good to get back on the court and play,” said Arnold who averaged 14 points per game and shot 43% from behind the arc during the regular season.
Everything was new to Arnold when he landed in Vietnam last January but he embraced the opportunity and enjoyed every moment. He has never been this far away from his home town Highland Ranch, Colorado, before. “It was great living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Great weather, food and friends made my transition so much easier. Before this, the furthest I’ve ever lived from home was Montana,” he said.
The 6-foot-2 shooting guard is a very talented player. He is known for his deadly three-point shot but he also possess the ability to attack the rim and finish through contact. One of his best games this season came on August 9 where he almost posted a triple-double with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists against the Westports Malaysia Dragons.
Playing basketball in Vietnam is a dream come true for Arnold. He finished his college career at Montana State University before his dad discovered the ABL and reached out to the Heat. Being his first time in the region, Arnold admitted the passion of ABL fans across the region has surprised him. “The most surprising thing about my first year in the ABL is the fans all around South East Asia. I didn’t think that they would be as passionate for the game as they were.”
Speaking of the fans, Saigon has one of the best fan bases in the ABL. They sold out all of their home games. The energy inside the CIS Arena always gives the Heat players an extra motivation and encouragement to get the win. Arnold is already looking forward to return to Saigon and play in front of the Heat’s fans. “I love playing at home. We say it a lot but our fans are the best and give us the best home court advantage. I’m excited to get back to Ho Chi Minh City and play in front of the home court again.”