2019–20 Chinese Basketball Association season

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]

Competition details
Season 2019–20
Teams 20
Games played 46
Dates 1 November 2019–January 2020;
April 2020–TBD (regular season)

The CBA regular season was suspended starting on 1 February 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.[2] The season is expected to resume in April 2020.

Team changesEdit

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.[3]


Listed below are the home arenas for the 2019–20 CBA season.

Team Home city Arena Capacity
Bayi Rockets Nanchang Nanchang International Sports Center Gymnasium 11,000
Beijing Ducks Beijing Cadillac Arena 18,000
Beikong Royal Fighters Beijing Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium 6,300
Fujian Sturgeons Jinjiang Zuchang Gymnasium 6,000
Guangdong Southern Tigers Dongguan Nissan Sports Centre 14,730
Guangzhou Loong-Lions Guangzhou Tianhe Gymnasium 8,628
Jiangsu Dragons Suzhou Suzhou Sports Center Gymnasium 6000
Jilin Northeast Tigers Changchun Changchun Gymnasium 4,150
Liaoning Flying Leopards Shenyang Liaoning Gymnasium 12,000
Nanjing Monkey Kings Nanjing Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park 22,000
Qingdao Eagles Qingdao Guoxin Gymnasium 12,500
Shandong Heroes Jinan Shandong Arena 8,800
Shanghai Sharks Shanghai Pudong Yuanshen Gymnasium 5,000
Shanxi Loongs Taiyuan Shanxi Sports Centre Gymnasium 8,000
Shenzhen Aviators Shenzhen Shenzhen Dayun Arena 18,000
Sichuan Blue Whales Chengdu Sichuan Provincial Gymnasium 9,200
Tianjin Pioneers Tianjin Dongli Gymnasium 3,000
Xinjiang Flying Tigers Ürümqi Hongshan Arena 3,800
Zhejiang Golden Bulls Hangzhou Binjiang Gymnasium 6,000
Zhejiang Guangsha Lions Zhuji Zhuji Sports Centre Gymnasium 5,136

Head coachesEdit

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.

Rules chartEdit

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.

Import chartEdit

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.

Team Player 1 Player 2 Asian Player Inactive Or Replaced
Bayi Rockets -
Beijing Ducks    Jeremy Lin   Ekpe Udoh N/A    Justin Hamilton
Beikong Royal Fighters   Kyle Fogg   Jason Thompson   Sani Sakakini -
Fujian Sturgeons    Pooh Jeter   Dante Cunningham N/A   Ty Lawson
   Amar'e Stoudemire
  Erick Green
Guangdong Southern Tigers   MarShon Brooks   Sonny Weems N/A -
Guangzhou Loong-Lions   Andrew Nicholson N/A   Marcus Georges-Hunt   Keifer Sykes
Jiangsu Dragons   Jonathan Gibson   Miroslav Raduljica N/A   Antonio Blakeney
Jilin Northeast Tigers   Dominique Jones   Eli Holman N/A -
Liaoning Flying Leopards   Lance Stephenson   Brandon Bass N/A -
Nanjing Monkey Kings   Joe Young   Guerschon Yabusele   Hamed Haddadi   Behnam Yakhchali
Qingdao Eagles    Darius Adams   Dakari Johnson N/A   Kenny Boynton (DNP YET)
Shandong Heroes   Lester Hudson    James Mays N/A -
Shanghai Sharks   Ray McCallum Jr.   Donatas Motiejunas N/A   James Nunnally
Shanxi Loongs   Jamaal Franklin   Eric Moreland N/A   Malcolm Thomas
Shenzhen Aviators   Dwight Buycks   Jarell Martin N/A   Shabazz Muhammad
  Pierre Jackson
Sichuan Blue Whales   Courtney Fortson   Tyler Hansbrough N/A   Thomas Robinson
Tianjin Pioneers   Chasson Randle   Marko Todorovic N/A -
Xinjiang Flying Tigers   Kay Felder   Eric Mika N/A   Jarnell Stokes
  Ian Clark (DNP YET)
Zhejiang Golden Bulls   Marcus Denmon    Sylven Landesberg N/A -
Zhejiang Guangsha Lions   Dez Wells   Miles Plumlee N/A   Aaron Jackson
  Kenneth Faried
  Jalen Reynolds


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.

Yearly awardsEdit

This is a list of the 2019–20 CBA season's yearly awards winners.

All-Star WeekendEdit

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.



  1. ^ "CBA赛程出炉! 辽粤11月1日揭幕战 总决赛4月26". Sina Sports (in Chinese). 23 August 2019. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  2. ^ Prewitt, Alex (March 13, 2020). "While the NBA Pauses, China Is Ready to Play Again. For Better or Worse". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Five Changes Coming In The 2019-20 CBA Season". 9 May 2019.

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