Beijing Ducks

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Beijing Ducks
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LeagueCBA
Founded1956; 64 years ago (1956)
HistoryBeijing Basketball Team
(1956–1995)
Beijing Ducks
(1995–present)
ArenaCadillac Arena
Capacity18,000
LocationBeijing, China
Team colorsSteel blue, Black, White
              
Main sponsorShougang Steel
(1988–2003)
Wanfeng Aote
(2003–2004)
Jinyu Group
(2004–2011)
Shougang Steel
(2011–present)
Head coachYannis Christopoulos
Championships3 (2012, 2014, 2015)

The Beijing Shougang Ducks (simplified Chinese: 北京鸭首钢俱乐部篮球队), also known as Beijing Shougang or Beijing Ducks, are a professional basketball team based in Beijing, China, which plays in the North Division of the Chinese Basketball Association. The Shougang Corporation is the club's corporate sponsor while its mascot is a duck.

The team was formerly known as the Beijing Jinyu Ducks or Beijing Jinyu (北京金隅, běijīng jīnyü). The name change was due to a change in corporate sponsorship. This organization should not be confused with the Beijing Olympians, a different club, which was founded in 1955.

For at least part of the 2003–04 CBA season, the Ducks were known as Beijing Wanfeng Aote (北京万丰奥特). Their naming rights were then assumed by the "Beijing Jinyu Group Co., Ltd.", a prominent construction materials conglomerate in China.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Beijing Ducks playing against Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the Shougang Basketball Centre, Shijingshan District, Beijing

The Beijing Ducks were initially formed as the Beijing Men's Basketball Team in 1956. In October of that same year, the National Basketball League's season was held in Chongqing. Beijing's club, with only 7 players registered on its 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 in 1961.[1]

In 1988, the club was first sponsored by the Shougang Corporation, and was renamed Beijing Shougang. When the duck was confirmed as the team's mascot in 1995, the club participated in the inaugural season of the Chinese Basketball Association as the Beijing Shougang Ducks Basketball Team. In October 1997, the Shougang Corporation moved to once again rebrand the club as the Beijing Shougang Basketball Team, in an ultimately fruitless attempt to give the corporate name greater popular precedence than the mascot.[1]

The club had a formidable frontcourt duo in the early days of CBA competition with Mengke Bateer, who debuted for Beijing at the age of 18, and Shan Tao, who was considered to be one of the top Chinese centers at that time. The two helped the Ducks to a third-place finish in the team's CBA debut season.[1]

During the 2004–05 CBA season, the Ducks finished in second place in the North Division, but lost in the Quarter-Finals of the CBA Playoffs to the South Division's Bayi Rockets. 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.[2]

Beijing started the 2011–12 season with a 13-game winning streak, and eventually finished second in the regular season. The club then advanced to its first CBA Finals match-up, thanks largely to the play of former NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury. They won their first CBA title by defeating the Guangdong Southern Tigers 4 games to 1. The Ducks are the first-ever CBA team to earn the title without any previous trips to the CBA Finals, as well as the league's fourth different club to win a championship.

After being eliminated in the Semi-Finals of the 2013 CBA Playoffs, Beijing returned to the Finals at the end of the 2013–14 campaign and won their second trophy. The Ducks then repeated as champions in 2014–15, making it three titles in four years.

Trophies[edit]

Champions (3): 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15

Roster[edit]

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Beijing Ducks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G 7 United States Jeremy Lin 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 31 – (1988-08-23)23 August 1988
G 8 China Fang Shuo 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 29 – (1990-09-07)7 September 1990
C 9 Nigeria Ekpe Udoh 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) 112 kg (247 lb) 32 – (1987-05-20)20 May 1987
G 10 China Liu Xiaoyu 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 31 – (1989-03-14)14 March 1989
F 11 China Duan Jiangpeng 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 99 kg (218 lb) 29 – (1990-09-11)11 September 1990
C 13 China Zhu Yanxi 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 110 kg (243 lb) 29 – (1990-05-25)25 May 1990
F 16 China Zhang Cairen 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 25 – (1995-01-01)1 January 1995
C 19 China Taruike Jianiyou 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 22 – (1998-03-17)17 March 1998
F 20 China Zhai Xiaochuan 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 27 – (1993-03-24)24 March 1993
C 21 China Chang Lin 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 117 kg (258 lb) 31 – (1988-11-28)28 November 1988
F 22 China Zhang Zhuo 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 24 – (1996-02-06)6 February 1996
G 27 China Zhou Yixiang 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 99 kg (218 lb) 29 – (1991-02-04)4 February 1991
C 41 Croatia Justin Hamilton 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 116 kg (256 lb) 30 – (1990-04-01)1 April 1990
F 77 China Wang Xiaohui 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 30 – (1990-03-20)20 March 1990
Head coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: December 17, 2019

Notable players[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

External links[edit]