The Shenzhen New Century Aviators (simplified Chinese: 深圳新世纪领航者; traditional Chinese: 深圳新世紀領航者; pinyin: Shēnzhèn Xīn Shìjì Lǐnghángzhě) are a Chinese professional basketball team which plays in the Southern Division of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). New Century is the club's corporate sponsor.
|Shenzhen New Century Aviators |
|History||Dongguan New Century Leopards|
Shenzhen New Century Leopards
|Arena||Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre|
|Location||Longgang, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China|
|Team colors||Navy blue, White|
|Head coach||Wang Jianjun (王建军)|
The club was founded in 2003 as Dongguan New Century Leopards and was initially located in Dongguan, Guangdong. After twelve seasons, the team relocated to nearby Shenzhen in 2015. Success came early in their existence for the Leopards, as they were the runners-up in the 2004 Chinese Basketball League (CBL) championship, and were promoted to the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) for the 2005–06 season.
In its first season in the CBA in 2005–06, Dongguan finished in seventh and last place in the South Division, and was out of the playoffs. The team would soon battle its way to respectability, however, becoming somewhat regular participants in the CBA's postseason over the ensuing years.
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
|Shenzhen Aviators roster|
Updated: 6 January 2021
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