Beikong Fly Dragons

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Beijing Beikong Fly Dragons
Beijing Beikong Fly Dragons logo
LeaguesCBA
Founded2009; 10 years ago (2009)
HistoryGuangzhou Free Man
(2009–2012)
Chongqing Fly Dragons
(2012–2015)
Beikong Fly Dragons
(2015–present)
ArenaBeijing National Indoor Stadium
Capacity6,000
LocationBeijing, China
Team colorsGold, Black White
              
Main sponsorNanhai Corporation
(2009–2012)
Black Valley
(2012–2015)
Beijing BG / Beikong
(2015–present)
Team managerLü Jinqing
Head coachDragan Raca
OwnershipLi Chunli
Uniforms

The Beijing Beikong Fly Dragons (Chinese: 北京北控翱龙), also known as Beijing Enterprises Water Group Fly Dragons or Beijing BG Fly Dragons, are a Chinese professional men's basketball team which is based in Beijing and plays in the Northern Division of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). Beijing BG (known in Chinese as Beijing Beikong) is the club's corporate sponsor while its mascot is a fly dragon.

History[edit]

The franchise was founded in 2009 in Guangzhou and spent its first five seasons of existence competing at the lower levels of China's hardwood hierarchy. The team relocated to Chongqing in 2012. The club entered the CBA in the 2014–15 season as an expansion team and finished at the bottom of the league standings with a record of 4-34.

In September 2015, the club relocated again and was initially renamed Beijing BG[1] but to avoid confusion with the city's association football team from the second-tier China League One, which is also called Beijing BG, or Beijing Beikong, as well as to avoid confusion with the Beijing Ducks when only the geographical names of CBA clubs are used—a large number of Chinese sports websites refer to the team as the Beikong Fly Dragons (the club's jerseys and official logo have always used the badly-translated English term "Fly Dragons" instead of "Flying Dragons" or "Soaring Dragons").[2]

This practice is consistent with the way a lot of Chinese sports websites shorten the second Zhejiang team's name to Guangsha Lions and the second Jiangsu team's name to Tongxi Monkey Kings. So this means Beikong replaces Beijing as the club's "geographical" designation on such lists.[3]

It remains to be seen whether the team will keep the "Fly Dragons" moniker over the long haul or switch to another nickname, since the CBA also has the Jiangsu Dragons and the Shanxi Brave Dragons monikers in place.

Current roster[edit]

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

Beijing Fly Dragons roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G 0 China He Xining 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 22 – (1997-01-22)22 January 1997
G 3 United States Stephon Marbury 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 42 – (1977-02-20)20 February 1977
G 5 China Yu Xiaolong 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 70 kg (154 lb) 29 – (1990-02-19)19 February 1990
G 6 China Yang Jingmin 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 35 – (1984-01-22)22 January 1984
G 7 China Li Xuesong 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 27 – (1991-07-08)8 July 1991
F 8 China Teng Hejun 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 103 kg (227 lb) 25 – (1993-12-12)12 December 1993
F 9 China Xu Mengjun 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 21 – (1998-01-19)19 January 1998
C 10 China Yang Genglin 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 110 kg (243 lb) 34 – (1984-05-12)12 May 1984
C 11 China Yu Liang 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 32 – (1986-11-29)29 November 1986
F 12 China Jing Haoyang 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 22 – (1996-11-01)1 November 1996
F 15 Jordan Zaid Abbas 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 35 – (1983-11-21)21 November 1983
C 21 China Song Kangming 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 116 kg (256 lb) 31 – (1987-09-13)13 September 1987
G 23 Lebanon Wael Arakji 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 24 – (1994-09-04)4 September 1994
F 24 China Liu Bo 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 35 – (1983-04-14)14 April 1983
C 28 China Wang Zheng 2.20 m (7 ft 3 in) 130 kg (287 lb) 29 – (1990-02-08)8 February 1990
C 42 United States Shavlik Randolph 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 115 kg (254 lb) 35 – (1983-11-24)24 November 1983
G United States Pierre Jackson 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 27 – (1991-08-29)29 August 1991
Head coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: April 20, 2018

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