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The Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles (simplified Chinese: 青岛双星雄鹰; traditional Chinese: 青島雙星雄鷹; pinyin: Qīngdǎo Shuāngxīng Xióngyīng) or Qingdao DoubleStar or Qingdao Eagles are a Chinese professional basketball team which is based in Qingdao, Shandong. The club plays in the North Division of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). DoubleStar is the club's corporate sponsor, and the team's mascot is an eagle. In the 2012–13 season, NBA Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady played for the club. After the season, McGrady's jersey number was retired by Qingdao.

Qingdao Eagles
Qingdao Eagles logo
LeagueCBA
Founded2003; 16 years ago (2003)
HistoryQingdao Eagles
(2003–present)
ArenaGuoxin Gymnasium
Capacity12,500
LocationQingdao, Shandong, China
Team colorsBlue, White
         
Main sponsorDoubleStar
Head coachFan Bin
Retired numbers1 (1)

HistoryEdit

On 18 February 2018, Qingdao received a great deal of attention from various media outlets around the world when former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady signed for the 2012–13 CBA season with Qingdao.[1] Despite McGrady averaging 25 points per game, the team was unable to help the club qualify for the CBA Playoffs.[2][3] In the 2014–15 CBA season, thanks to the extra addition of Hamed Haddadi, Qingdao received their first playoff appearance with the third-best record in the league, going as far as the semi-final round before being swept by the Liaoning Flying Leopards. In 2015, Qindao retired McGrady's jersey number 1.[4]

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt.
F 0   Gao Shang 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 101 kg (223 lb)
G 2   Zhang Hanjun 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 84 kg (185 lb)
G 3   Xu Jiahan 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 86 kg (190 lb)
G 4   Shan Zitong 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 80 kg (176 lb)
G 6   Zhang Chengyu 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 73 kg (161 lb)
F 7   Liu Shu'nan 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 103 kg (227 lb)
C 9   Su Wei 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 124 kg (273 lb)
F 13   Zong Zan 2.12 m (6 ft 11 in) 112 kg (247 lb)
F 14   Tian Jiafu 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 104 kg (229 lb)
G 17   Sun Jie (C) 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 92 kg (203 lb)
F 20   Zhang Hao 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 88 kg (194 lb)
G 22   Jonathan Gibson 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 75 kg (165 lb)
F 24   Zhao Jie 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 89 kg (196 lb)
F 27   Diao Chenghao 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 98 kg (216 lb)
F 32   Wang Qingming 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 112 kg (247 lb)
F 35   Ding Haoran 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 90 kg (198 lb)
C 44   Dakari Johnson 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 116 kg (256 lb)
G 91   Liu HongBo 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 75 kg (165 lb)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: January 28, 2018

Notable playersEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Retired numbersEdit

 
Basketball Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady was the first ever Qindao player to get his number retired
Qingdao Eagles retired numbers
No. Name Position Tenure Year retired
1 Tracy McGrady G/F 2012–2013 2015[4]

Basketball Hall of FamersEdit

Qingdao Eagles Hall of Famers[5][6]
No. Name Position Tenure Inducted
1 Tracy McGrady G/F 2012–2013 2017[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Zimmerna, Kevin (9 October 2012). "Tracy McGrady signs one-year deal in China". SB Nation.
  2. ^ "CBA: Season 2012–2013". Asia-basket.com. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Qingdao Double Star Eagles Statistics 2012–13". Basketball.asia-basket.com. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  4. ^ a b Austin Ngaruiya (8 October 2015). "A Brief Explanation Why Tracy McGrady Got His Number Retired In China". Uproxx.com. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Hall of Famers". CBS Interactive. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Retrieved February 14, 2015.
  6. ^ 2015–16 Media Guide, p. 149
  7. ^ "Tracy McGrady, Bill Self, Rebecca Lobo and Muffet McGraw Headline Class". Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Official Website. Retrieved 29 April 2017.

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