Shenzhen Aviators

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
深圳新世纪领航者
Shenzhen New Century Aviators 深圳新世纪领航者 logo
LeaguesCBA
Founded2003; 18 years ago (2003)
HistoryDongguan New Century Leopards
(2003–2015)
Shenzhen New Century Leopards
(2015–2019)
Shenzhen Aviators
(2019–present)
ArenaShenzhen Universiade Sports Centre
Capacity18,000[1]
LocationLonggang, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
Team colorsNavy blue, White
   
Head coachWang Jianjun (王建军)
ChampionshipsNone
Shenzhen Aviators
Traditional Chinese深圳領航者
Simplified Chinese深圳领航者

The team is based in Longgang District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, and plays its home games at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre (SUSC).

HistoryEdit

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.

In July 2011, NBA point guard Jeremy Lin played for the team at the ABA Club Championship, and was named the MVP of the tournament.[2]

On December 26, 2013, Bobby Brown scored a franchise-record 74 points in a game against Sichuan Blue Whales.[3]

Current rosterEdit

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

Shenzhen Aviators roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt.
F 16   Xiang Li (basketball) 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 87 kg (192 lb)
G/F 3   Meng Duo 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 94.6 kg (209 lb)
C 9   Li Muhao 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in) 108 kg (238 lb)
G 33   Liu Chunqing 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 78 kg (172 lb)
F 77   Lu Yiwen 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 95.5 kg (211 lb)
F 13   Qiu Biao 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 101.3 kg (223 lb)
F 11   Shen Zijie 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 100 kg (220 lb)
G 25   Rong Zifeng 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 78 kg (172 lb)
F 35   Wang Yuyao 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 88 kg (194 lb)
G 6   Yang Linyi 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 79 kg (174 lb)
G 8   Yu Dehao 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 89.9 kg (198 lb)
F/C 7   Zhang Kai 2.12 m (6 ft 11 in) 101.6 kg (224 lb)
G 10   Bai Haotian 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 92 kg (203 lb)
F 12   Gu Quan 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 96.7 kg (213 lb)
F 1   Linyi Yang 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 84.4 kg (186 lb)
G 20   He ZhongMian 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 97 kg (214 lb)
F 14   Han Yufeng 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 100 kg (220 lb)
G 31   Askia Booker 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 78 kg (172 lb)
Head coach

  Wang Jianjun


Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: 6 January 2021

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.sbp.de/en/project/shenzhen-universiade-sports-center/
  2. ^ Robbins, Len (February 15, 2012). "Lin found game on other side of the world". The New York Post. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  3. ^ Bobby Brown scores 74 points and the game winner in China!

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