Beijing Ducks

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Beijing Ducks
BeijingDucksLogo.jpeg
League CBA
Team history Beijing Ducks
(1955–present)
Based in Beijing, China
Arena Shougang Gymnasium / MasterCard Center
Colors Grey-blue, black, white
              
Head coach Min Lulei
Championships 2 (2011–12, 2013–14)
Beijing Ducks
Chinese 北京金隅鸭

Beijing Jinyu Ducks (simplified Chinese: 北京鸭篮球俱乐部, pinyin: běijīng yā lánqiú jùlèbù, meaning "Beijing Ducks basketball club") or Beijing Ducks or Beijing Jinyu (北京金隅, běijīng jīnyú) are a Chinese professional basketball team in the Northern Division of the Chinese Basketball Association, based in Beijing. They were formerly known as the Beijing Shougang Ducks or Beijing Shougang (北京首钢, běijīng shǒugāng, meaning "Beijing principal-steel"); the name change was likely due to a change of corporate sponsorship. They should not be confused with the Beijing Olympians, which is a different team that was founded in 1955.

During at least part of the 2003–2004 season, it seems they were known as Beijing Wanfeng Aote (北京万丰奥特, běijīng wànfēng àotè); again, this seems to have had something to do with corporate sponsorship.

The team's corporate sponsor is presumably Beijing Jinyu Group Co., Ltd. (北京金隅集团有限责任公司), the largest construction material conglomerate in China.[citation needed]

In the 2004–2005 season, the Ducks finished in second place in the North Division, but lost in the quarter-finals to the South Division's Bayi Rockets.

Notable players include Mengke Bateer and former NBA All-Stars Steve Francis and Stephon Marbury, the latter playing for the Ducks as of 2014.

In 2008, the team visited the United States, training at Marquette University and the Milwaukee School of Engineering in Wisconsin, as well as visiting Philadelphia, Madison, Wisconsin, and Eugene, Oregon.[1]

The Ducks started the 2012 season with a 13-game win streak, and eventually finished second in the regular season. The team made it to their first CBA Finals match-up thanks to the play of former NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury. They won their first CBA title with a score of 4–1 against the Guangdong Southern Tigers. Beijing Jinyu is the first team ever in the CBA that has won the title without any previous Playoffs Finals' experience and also the fourth team ever in the CBA that has a Playoff Champion title.

History[edit]

The Beijing Ducks were initially formed as the Beijing Men's Basketball Team in 1956. That same year in October, the National Basketball League was held in Chongqing. Team Beijing, with only 7 players registered on their roster won the championship of that NBL edition. The team managed a third place finish in the same competition when the tournament was held in Hangzhou, 1961.[2]

In 1988, the team was sponsored by Shougang Corporation, thus being renamed the Beijing Shougang. When the duck was confirmed as Beijing's mascot in 1995, the team participated in the inaugural season of the Chinese Basketball Association as the Beijing Shougang Ducks Basketball Team. On October 1977, the Shougang Corporation once again renamed the team Beijing Shougang Basketball Club.[2]

The team had a formidable front court duo with Mengke Bateer debuting for Beijing at the age of 18 and Shan Tao, considered to be one of the top Chinese centers at that time. The two helped Beijing to a third place finish in the team's CBA debut.[2]

Current Roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team, as has been defined by FIBA. Players may hold more than one nationality.

Beijing Ducks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
F 1 China Li Gen 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 110 kg (243 lb) 25 – (1988-08-15)August 15, 1988
G 3 United States Stephon Marbury 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 37 – (1977-02-20)February 20, 1977
G 6 Chinese Taipei Lee Hsueh-lin 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 75 kg (165 lb) 30 – (1984-01-31)January 31, 1984
F 7 China Li Wei 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 28 – (1985-11-15)November 15, 1985
G 8 China Fang Shuo 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 23 – (1990-09-07)September 7, 1990
G 9 China Sun Yue 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 97 kg (214 lb) 29 – (1985-01-06)January 6, 1985
F 12 China Chen Lei (C) 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 31 – (1983-01-01)January 1, 1983
F 13 China Zhu Yanxi 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 110 kg (243 lb) 24 – (1990-05-25)May 25, 1990
F 20 China Zhai Xiaochuan 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 21 – (1993-03-24)March 24, 1993
C 32 United States Randolph Morris 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 115 kg (254 lb) 28 – (1986-01-02)January 2, 1986
G 33 China Wang Xiaohui 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 24 – (1990-03-20)March 20, 1990
C 35 China Zhang Songtao 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 125 kg (276 lb) 29 – (1985-06-17)June 17, 1985
F 51 China Ji Zhe 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 27 – (1986-10-14)October 14, 1986
Head coach
  • China Min Lulei

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: 28 November 2013

Notable players[edit]

Bold indicates current roster.

The main achievements[edit]

1995-1996 season CBA 3rd

1997-1998 season CBA 4th

1998-1999 season CBA 7th

1999-2000 season CBA 5th

2000-2001 season CBA 3th[clarification needed]

2001-2002 season CBA 4th

2002-2003 season CBA 4th

2003-2004 season CBA 9th

2004-2005 season CBA 6th

2005-2006 season CBA 3rd

2006-2007 season CBA 9th

2007-2008 season CBA 9th

2008-2009 season CBA 9th

2009-2010 season CBA 15th

2010-2011 season CBA 8th

2011-2012 CBA season 1st

2012-2013 season CBA 3rd

2013-2014 CBA season 1st

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/29431744.html
  2. ^ a b c [1], Beijing Ducks. Retrieved: 1 December 2012.

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