2019–20 Chinese Basketball Association season
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The 2019–20 CBA season is the 25th season of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). The regular season began on 1 November 2019 with the Guangdong Southern Tigers hosting the Liaoning Flying Leopards.
1 November 2019–January 2020;|
April 2020–TBD (regular season)
Five teams changed their nicknames this season. The Beikong Fly Dragons became the Beikong Royal Fighters, the Guangzhou Long-Lions became the Guangzhou Loong-Lions, the Shandong Golden Stars became the Shandong Heroes, the Shenzhen Leopards became the Shenzhen Aviators, and the Tianjin Gold Lions became the Tianjin Pioneers.
Those changes are part of an ongoing process to differentiate each team's brand by eliminating as many duplicate nicknames as possible. There are still three teams using Tigers as mascots, two which now have Loong(s) - the Cantonese term for Dragon(s) - in their nicknames, as well as two continuing to market themselves as Beijing and two as Zhejiang.
Listed below are the home arenas for the 2019–20 CBA season.
Listed below are the head coaches for the 2019–20 CBA season.
|Team||Head Coach||Replaced During Season|
|Bayi Rockets||Wang Zhizhi|
|Beijing Ducks||Yannis Christopoulos|
|Beikong Royal Fighters||Stephon Marbury|
|Fujian Sturgeons||Aleksandar Kesar||Zhu Shilong|
|Guangdong Southern Tigers||Du Feng|
|Guangzhou Loong-Lions||Juan Antonio Orenga|
|Jiangsu Dragons||Memi Becirovic|
|Jilin Northeast Tigers||Wang Han|
|Liaoning Flying Leopards||Guo Shiqiang|
|Nanjing Monkey Kings||Cui Wanjun|
|Qingdao Eagles||Wu Qinglong|
|Shandong Heroes||Gong Xiaobin|
|Shanghai Sharks||Li Qiuping|
|Shanxi Loongs||Wang Fei|
|Shenzhen Aviators||Wang Jianjun|
|Sichuan Blue Whales||Zhou Jinli||Ying Kui|
|Tianjin Pioneers||Liu Tie||Manolo Hussein|
|Xinjiang Flying Tigers||Adiljan Suleyman|
|Zhejiang Golden Bulls||Liu Weiwei|
|Zhejiang Guangsha Lions||Li Chunjiang|
The 2019 CBA Draft was the fifth edition of the CBA Draft.
Foreign players policyEdit
All teams except the Bayi Rockets can have two foreign players. The bottom two teams from the previous season (except Bayi) have the additional right to sign an extra Asian player.
The rules for using foreign players in each game are described in this chart:
|#||Facing other teams||Facing Bayi Rockets|
|Chinese players+||No Limit||No Limit|
|Asian players++||4 quarters collectively+++|
|International players||6 quarters collectively+++|
+ Including players from Hong Kong and Taiwan.
++ If a team waives its right to sign an extra Asian player, it may use its 2 foreign players for 7 quarters collectively.
+++ Only 1 allowed in the 4th quarter.
This is the full list of international players competing in the CBA during the 2019–20 season. One major change is that many teams began to actively sign "reserve" imports this season to provide insurance for injuries. Players who sign contracts but are not actually playing will be listed under the heading of "Inactive Or Replaced" during the 2019–20 season. Those who never actually play in games before the end of the season will have their names removed from this list when the season ends.
Main article: 2020 CBA Playoffs
Listed below are the 2019–20 CBA season's final individual and team statistical leaders. The CBA is like the NCAA, and unlike the NBA, in the practice of combining regular season statistics with playoff statistics.
Statistical leaders – individualEdit
Statistical leaders – teamEdit
Listed below are the 2019–20 CBA season's weekly, monthly, and annual awards.
Players of the WeekEdit
This is a list of the 2019–20 CBA season's Player of the Week award winners.
Players of the MonthEdit
This is a list of the 2019–20 CBA season's Player of the Month award winners.
Young Rising Stars of the MonthEdit
This is a list of the 2019–20 CBA season's Young Rising Star of the Month award winners.
This is a list of the 2019–20 CBA season's yearly awards winners.
The 25th CBA All-Star Game and associated events were held in January 2020. Saturday features the Rising Stars Challenge, in which a team of CBA Rookies & Sophomores face a squad of students from the Chinese University Basketball Association, as well as the preliminaries of the Slam Dunk Contest, Three-Point Shootout, and Skills Competition. Sunday features the All-Star Game, with the South hosting the North, and the finals of the three individual events taking place at halftime.
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