China men's national basketball team
The Chinese men's national basketball team represents the People's Republic of China and is governed by the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). Based on the number of tournament titles, China is considered a major basketball powerhouse in Asia and has by far the most successful basketball program on the continent.
|FIBA ranking||30 (26 February 2019)|
|FIBA zone||FIBA Asia|
|National federation||Chinese Basketball Association|
|FIBA World Cup|
|Medals|| Gold (1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2011, 2015)|
Bronze (1985, 1997)
|Medals|| Gold (1978, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010, 2018)|
Silver (1982, 2002)
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However, the national team failed to defend its championship at the 2007 FIBA Asia Championship. This was due to the automatic berth at the 2008 Beijing Olympics as the host nation, thus, China sent its "U23"Team to the 2007 FIBA Asia Championship and finished 10th while its primary "A" team participated at the 2007 Stanković Cup which took place around the same time as the 2007 FIBA Asia Championship.
The national team has historically struggled against other top flight non-Asian teams. However, in recent years, China has shown they can beat the top European teams. In the 2004 Athens Olympics, China, coached by Del Harris, advanced to the final eight after a 67–66 win over defending world champion Serbia and Montenegro.
At the 2006 FIBA World Championship, China, coached by Lithuanian Jonas Kazlauskas also advanced to the second round from Group D, earning two victories against Senegal and Slovenia in five group play matches before falling in the round of sixteen to the eventual silver medalists Greece, 95–64; the team's overall placing by the end of the tournament from amongst the twenty-four competing sides was fifteenth.
In recent years, the national team has faced major struggles with injuries. In 2008, a then NBA prospect Xu Yong was forced to end his career at the age of 19 after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma. In December 2010, Yao was diagnosed with a stress fracture on his left ankle – the injury is related to the ankle sprain that he suffered earlier that year. Speculations arose whether China's basketball icon would ever be able to play again.
When Yao's retirement was finally announced in July 2011 it was considered a big blow to the national team, whose success had largely depended on him for many years. Yet, critics have been optimistic that China will continue to improve on its international performances. In 2016, a new era of Chinese stars would begin to form, as NBA draftees in Zhou Qi and Wang Zhelin would gain considerable amounts of attention for their successes in China.
|1984||10||Basketball at the 1984 Summer Olympics||Los Angeles|
|1988||11||Basketball at the 1988 Summer Olympics||Seoul|
|1992||12||Basketball at the 1992 Summer Olympics||Barcelona|
|1996||8||Basketball at the 1996 Summer Olympics||Atlanta|
|2000||10||Basketball at the 2000 Summer Olympics||Sydney|
|2004||8||Basketball at the 2004 Summer Olympics||Athens|
|2008||8||Basketball at the 2008 Summer Olympics||Beijing|
|2012||12||Basketball at the 2012 Summer Olympics||London|
|2016||12||Basketball at the 2016 Summer Olympics||Rio de Janeiro|
FIBA World CupEdit
|1978||11||1978 FIBA World Championship||Philippines|
|1982||12||1982 FIBA World Championship||Colombia|
|1986||9||1986 FIBA World Championship||Spain|
|1990||14||1990 FIBA World Championship||Argentina|
|1994||8||1994 FIBA World Championship||Canada|
|1998||–||1998 FIBA World Championship||Greece|
|2002||12||2002 FIBA World Championship||United States|
|2006||9||2006 FIBA World Championship||Japan|
|2010||16||2010 FIBA World Championship||Turkey|
|2014||–||2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup||Spain|
|2019||Qualified||2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup||China|
|2023||TBD||2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup||Philippines, Japan and Indonesia|
FIBA Asia CupEdit
|1975||1975 ABC Championship||Bangkok|
|1977||1977 ABC Championship||Kuala Lumpur|
|1979||1979 ABC Championship||Nagoya|
|1981||1981 ABC Championship||Calcutta|
|1983||1983 ABC Championship||Hong Kong|
|1985||1985 ABC Championship||Kuala Lumpur|
|1987||1987 ABC Championship||Bangkok|
|1989||1989 ABC Championship||Beijing|
|1991||1991 ABC Championship||Kobe|
|1993||1993 ABC Championship||Jakarta|
|1995||1995 ABC Championship||Seoul|
|1997||1997 ABC Championship||Riyadh|
|1999||1999 ABC Championship||Fukuoka|
|2001||2001 ABC Championship||Shanghai|
|2003||2003 ABC Championship||Harbin|
|2005||2005 FIBA Asia Championship||Doha|
|2007||10th||2007 FIBA Asia Championship||Tokushima|
|2009||2009 FIBA Asia Championship||Tianjin|
|2011||2011 FIBA Asia Championship||Wuhan|
|2013||5th||2013 FIBA Asia Championship||Manila|
|2015||2015 FIBA Asia Championship||Changsha|
|2017||5th||2017 FIBA Asia Cup||Beirut|
FIBA Asia ChallengeEdit
- 1974 Asian Games – 3rd
- 1978 Asian Games – 1st
- 1982 Asian Games – 2nd
- 1986 Asian Games – 1st
- 1990 Asian Games – 1st
- 1994 Asian Games – 1st
- 1998 Asian Games – 1st
- 2002 Asian Games – 2nd
- 2006 Asian Games – 1st
- 2010 Asian Games – 1st
- 2014 Asian Games – 5th
- 2018 Asian Games – 1st
East Asian Basketball ChampionshipEdit
- 2009 East Asian Basketball Championship – 3rd
- 2011 East Asian Basketball Championship – 3rd
- 2013 East Asian Basketball Championship – 2nd
- 2017 East Asian Basketball Championship – 4th
East Asian GamesEdit
|China men's national basketball team – 2019 FIBA World Cup roster|
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2|
|C||Zhou Qi||Wang Zhelin|
|PF||Yi Jianlian||Abudushalamu Abudurexiti||Ren Junfei|
|SF||Zhai Xiaochuan||Zhao Rui|
|SG||Zhao Jiwei||Fang Shuo||Kelanbaike Makan|
|PG||Guo Ailun||Sun Minghui|
- Qian Chenghai (钱澄海) – 1974–1978
- Ma Qingsheng (马清盛) – 1978–1981
- Qian Chenghai (钱澄海) – 1981–1982
- Liu Guiyi (刘贵乙) – 1982–1982
- Qian Chenghai (钱澄海) – 1982–1988
- Sun Bang (孙邦) – 1989–1990
- Wang Zhangyou (王长友) – 1990–1991
- Jiang Xingquan (蒋兴权) – 1991–1995
- Gong Luming (宫鲁鸣) – 1995–1996
- Zhang Bin (张斌) – 1996–1997
- Wang Fei (王非) – 1997–1999
- Jiang Xingquan (蒋兴权) – 1999–2001
- Wang Fei (王非) – 2001–2002
- Jiang Xingquan (蒋兴权) – 2003–2003
- Del Harris – 2004–2004
- Jonas Kazlauskas – 2005–2008
- Guo Shiqiang (郭士强) – 2009–2010
- Bob Donewald, Jr. – 2010–2012
- Panagiotis Giannakis – 2013–2014
- Gong Luming (宫鲁鸣) – 2014–2017
- Du Feng (杜锋) – 2017–2018 (Blue Team)
- Li Nan (李楠) – 2017–present (Red Team and the combined team)
Other current notable players from China:
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- China national 3x3 team
- China national under-17 basketball team
- China national under-19 basketball team
- China women's national basketball team
- Chinese Basketball Association
- Chinese Basketball Association (organisation)
- Chinese Taipei men's national basketball team
- National Basketball League
- Sport in China
- Women's Chinese Basketball Association
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