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China national basketball team

China 中国
FIBA ranking 14 2
Joined FIBA 1970
FIBA zone FIBA Asia
National federation Chinese Basketball Association
Coach Gong Luming
Olympic Games
Appearances 8
Medals None
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 8
Medals None
Asian Championship
Appearances 20
Medals Gold: 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2011
Silver: 2009
Bronze: 1985, 1997
Asian Games
Appearances 11
Medals 2010
Bronze: 1974

The China national basketball team (Chinese: 中国国家篮球队; pinyin: Zhōngguó Guójiā Lánqiú Duì) is the national basketball team of the People's Republic of China and is governed by the Chinese Basketball Association[1] Based on the number of tournament titles, China is considered a major basketball powerhouse in Asia and has by far the most successful basketball program in the region.


China has traditionally been the basketball powerhouse in Asia and has won the FIBA Asia Championship 14 out of 16 times from 1975 to 2005.

However, the national team failed to defend its championship at the 2007 FIBA Asia Championship. This was due to the automatic berth at the 2008 Beijing Olympics as the host nation, thus, China sent its "B" team to the 2007 FIBA Asia Championship and finished 10th [2] while its primary "A" team participated at the 2007 Stanković Cup which took place around the same time as the 2007 FIBA Asia Championship.

The national team has historically struggled against other top flight non-Asian teams. However, in recent years, China has shown they can beat the top European teams. In the 2004 Athens Olympics, China, coached by Del Harris, advanced to the final eight [3] after a 67–66 win over defending world champion Serbia and Montenegro.

At the 2006 FIBA World Championship, China, coached by Lithuanian Jonas Kazlauskas also advanced to the second round from Group D, earning two victories against Senegal and Slovenia in five group play matches before falling in the round of sixteen to the eventual silver medalists Greece, 95–64; the team's overall placing by the end of the tournament from amongst the twenty-four competing sides was fifteenth.[4]

In 2008, some questions surrounded whether the recently injured Yao Ming would still captain the squad. In mid-July, it was confirmed that he would still continue to be the captain.[5]

For a report of the 2008 Olympic Team

In recent years, the national team has faced major struggles with injuries. In 2008, top National Basketball Association prospect Xu Yong was forced to end his career at age 19 after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma.[6] In December 2010, Yao was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left ankle – the injury is related to the ankle sprain that he suffered earlier that year. Speculations arose whether China's basketball icon would ever be able to play again.[7]

When Yao's retirement was finally announced in July 2011[8] it was considered a big blow to the national team, whose success had largely depended on the star player for many years. Yet, many critics have predicted that China will continue to improve on its international performances.


Depth chart

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Inactive
C Wang Zhelin Zhou Qi
PF Li Xiaoxu Zhai Xiaochuan Sun Tonglin
SF Zhou Peng Gu Quan
SG Ding Yanyuhang Zhao Tailong Xirelijiang Mugedaer
PG Guo Ailun Liu Xiaoyu

Head coaches

Past records

Olympic Games

Year Position Tournament Host
1976 Basketball at the 1976 Summer Olympics Montreal, Canada
1980 Basketball at the 1980 Summer Olympics Moscow, Soviet Union
1984 10 Basketball at the 1984 Summer Olympics Los Angeles, United States
1988 11 Basketball at the 1988 Summer Olympics Seoul, South Korea
1992 12 Basketball at the 1992 Summer Olympics Barcelona, Spain
1996 8 Basketball at the 1996 Summer Olympics Atlanta, United States
2000 10 Basketball at the 2000 Summer Olympics Sydney, Australia
2004 8 Basketball at the 2004 Summer Olympics Athens, Greece
2008 8 Basketball at the 2008 Summer Olympics Beijing, China
2012 12 Basketball at the 2012 Summer Olympics London, United Kingdom
2016 TBD Basketball at the 2016 Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

FIBA World Championship

Year Position Tournament Host
1978 11 1978 FIBA World Championship Philippines
1982 12 1982 FIBA World Championship Colombia
1986 9 1986 FIBA World Championship Spain
1990 14 1990 FIBA World Championship Argentina
1994 8 1994 FIBA World Championship Canada
1998 1998 FIBA World Championship Greece
2002 12 2002 FIBA World Championship United States
2006 15 2006 FIBA World Championship Japan
2010 16 2010 FIBA World Championship Turkey
2014 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup Spain

FIBA Asia Championship

Year Position Tournament Host
1975 1975 ABC Championship Bangkok, Thailand
1977 1977 ABC Championship Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1979 1979 ABC Championship Nagoya, Japan
1981 1981 ABC Championship Calcutta, India
1983 1983 ABC Championship Hong Kong
1985 1985 ABC Championship Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1987 1987 ABC Championship Bangkok, Thailand
1989 1989 ABC Championship Beijing, China
1991 1991 ABC Championship Kobe, Japan
1993 1993 ABC Championship Jakarta, Indonesia
1995 1995 ABC Championship Seoul, South Korea
1997 1997 ABC Championship Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1999 1999 ABC Championship Fukuoka, Japan
2001 2001 ABC Championship Shanghai, China
2003 2003 ABC Championship Harbin, China
2005 2005 FIBA Asia Championship Doha, Qatar
2007 10th 2007 FIBA Asia Championship Tokushima, Japan
2009 2009 FIBA Asia Championship Tianjin, China
2011 2011 FIBA Asia Championship Wuhan, China
2013 5th 2013 FIBA Asia Championship Manila, Philippines

Asian Games

East Asian Games

East Asia Basketball Championship

  • 3rd
  • 3rd
  • 2nd

Past rosters

1936 Olympic Games: finished 15th among 21 teams

Shen Yi-Tung, Tsai Yen-Hung, Wang Hung-Pin, Wang Shi-Hsuan, Wang Yu-Tseng, Wong Nan-Chen, Liu Bao-Cheng, Liu Yun-Chang, Mou Tso-Yun, Li Shao-Tang, Yu Sai-Chang

1948 Olympic Games: finished 18th among 23 teams

Edward Lee, Lee Tsun-Tung, Woo Cheng-Chang, Wee Tian-Siak, Pao Sung-Yuan, Chia Chung-Chang, Chua Bon-Hua, Kya Is-Kyun, Yu Sai-Chang, Jose Yee

1978 FIBA World Championship: finished 11th among 14 teams

Wang Zongxing, Chen Kai, Kuang Lubin, Xing Weining, Wang Deli, Huang Pinjie, Mu Tiezhu, Ji Zhaoguang, Zhang Weiping, Liu Jizeng, Zhang Mingwei, He Juhua (Coach: Qian Chenghai)

1982 FIBA World Championship: finished 12th among 13 teams

Wang Zongxing, Ji Zhaoguang, Xu Xiaoliang, Kuang Lubin, Sun Fengwu, Wang Libin, Huang Yunlong, Feng Wei, Li Qiuping, Li Yaguang, Han Pengshan, Lu Jinqing (Coach: Qian Chenghai)

1984 Olympic Games: finished 10th among 12 teams

Kuang Lubin, Ji Zhaoguang, Wang Libin, Liu Jianli, Hu Zhangbao, Lu Jinqing, Sun Fengwu, Zhang Bin, Huang Yunlong, Guo Yonglin, Wang Haibo, Li Yaguang (Coach: Qian Chenghai)

1986 FIBA World Championship: finished 9th among 24 teams

Wang Libin, Zhang Yongjun, Li Yaguang, Wang Fei, Huang Yunlong, Xu Xiaoliang, Zhang Bin, Li Feng, Sun Fengwu, Sha Guoli, Song Tao, Gong Luming (Coach: Qian Chenghai)

1988 Olympic Games: finished 11th among 12 teams

Li Yaguang, Wang Fei, Wang Libin, Zhang Yongjun, Xu Xiaoliang, Zhang Bin, Huang Yunlong, Sun Fengwu, Zhang Xuelei, Chen Chijef, Song Ligang, Gong Luming, Sha Guoli (Coach: Qian Chenghai)

1990 FIBA World Championship: finished 14th among 16 teams

Li Chunjiang, Wang Fei, Sun Fengwu, Zhang Yongjun, Zhang Bin, Shan Tao, Song Ligang, Ma Jian, Gong Xiaobin, Zhang Degui, Wang Zhidan, Gong Luming (Coach: Wang Zhangyou)

1992 Olympic Games: finished 12th among 12 teams

Hu Weidong, Li Chunjiang, Zhang Yongjun, Sun Fengwu, Ma Jian, Shan Tao, Wang Zhidan, Wu Qinglong, Gong Xiaobin, Sun Jun, Song Ligang, Adiljan (Coach: Jiang Xingquan)

1994 FIBA World Championship: finished 8th among 16 teams

Hu Weidong, Sun Jun, Shan Tao, Gong Xiaobin, Liu Yudong, Zhang Jinsong, Liu Daqing, Adiljan, Zheng Wu, Ji Minshang, Wu Naiqun, Wu Qinglong (Coach: Marco Antonio de Venetis)

1996 Olympic Games: finished 8th among 12 teams

Mengke Bateer, Wang Zhizhi, Hu Weidong, Liu Yudong, Li Nan, Shan Tao, Sun Jun, Gong Xiaobin, Wu Qinglong, Li Xiaoyong, Zheng Wu, Wu Naiqun (Coach: Gong Luming)

2000 Olympic Games: finished 10th among 12 teams

Yao Ming, Mengke Bateer, Wang Zhizhi, Hu Weidong, Sun Jun, Li Nan, Guo Shiqiang, Liu Yudong, Zheng Wu, Zhang Jinsong, Li Qun, Li Xiaoyong (Coach: Jiang Xingquan)

2002 FIBA World Championship: finished 12th among 16 teams

Yao Ming, Mengke Bateer, Liu Wei, Li Nan, Hu Weidong, Guo Shiqiang, Zhang Cheng, Chen Ke, Gong Xiaobin, Liu Yudong, Du Feng, Zhu Fangyu (Coach: Wang Fei)

2004 Olympic Games: finished 8th among 12 teams

Yao Ming, Yi Jianlian, Liu Wei, Mengke Bateer, Li Nan, Guo Shiqiang, Du Feng, Chen Ke, Zhang Yunsong, Zhu Fangyu, Zhang Jinsong, Mo Ke (Coach: Del Harris)

2006 FIBA World Championship: finished 15th among 24 teams

Yao Ming, Wang Zhizhi, Yi Jianlian, Liu Wei, Du Feng, Wang Shipeng, Mo Ke, Zhang Songtao, Chen Jianghua, Zhang Qingpeng, Zhu Fangyu, Sun Yue (Coach: Jonas Kazlauskas)

2008 Olympic Games: finished 8th among 12 teams

Yao Ming, Wang Zhizhi, Yi Jianlian, Liu Wei, Du Feng, Wang Shipeng, Wang Lei, Li Nan, Chen Jianghua, Zhang Qingpeng, Zhu Fangyu, Sun Yue (Coach: Jonas Kazlauskas)

See also


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  5. ^ [1] Yao Returns To Captain Chinese Team
  6. ^ [2],, accessed 7 April 2011.
  7. ^ [3],, accessed 10 April 2011.
  8. ^ Reports: Rockets' Yao Ming will retire,, written July 8, 2011, accessed 17 December 2011.

External links

  • Official team website (Chinese)
  • China Basketball Records at FIBA Archive
  • Asia-basket - China Men National Team
  • Presentation on Facebook
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