With the CBA set to start on Sunday, November 1st, CBA teams are gearing up for another season of wall-to-wall basketball. Having dealt with the bottom half of the league last week, now its time to look at the teams who will be expected to compete for play-off sports and ultimately vie for the title itself.
With the Chinese Basketball Association starting on November 1st, basketball in the country is starting to slowly come back to life. By now teams have filled their rosters with free agents from both inside and outside of China and its now probably the best time to assess the quality of each of the twenty teams in the newly expanded league. This of course being China, fortunes can change very quickly for some organizations depending on the overseas players they brought in (or didn’t) and which local players managed to improve over the summer break. In the first of two segments, its time to look at the bottom half of the league based on the information that’s been available for much of the last couple of months. Continue reading “Shark Fin Hoops CBA Preseason Power Rankings: 11 – 20”
No Von Wafer, no problem- at least against a limited Jiangsu Dragons. The Sharks, with the injured Wafer watching from the sidelines, dug deep to dispatch the visitors as Shanghai’s improbable run up the standings continues. Continue reading “Jiangsu Dragons 78 – Shanghai Sharks 84: Darnell Jackson Slays Dragons In”
Shanghai captain Liu Wei has been elected to start for the South in the upcoming CBA All-Star game in Guangzhou. The point guard, now in his fifteenth season in the league, received 768,563 votes in little over a month. Continue reading “Liu Wei Voted In As All-Star Starter”
Another local rival is coming to town on Tuesday. This time its the Jiangsu Dragons, who are in the process of recovering from their worst season in history in 2011/12 when they finished bottom of the table with a 9-23 record. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Jiangsu Dragons (2-4)”
In further proof that supporting the Shanghai Sharks is bad for your health, the boys from the Yuanshen held on against a frenzied late fight back from the Jiangsu Dragons to record their second away win of the season but more impressively, have now won four out of their last five games. Coach Panaggio will be pleased with how his side kept its cool amidst the ebb and flow of gritty defense and instant fast breaks to ultimately dismantle an underperforming but still dangerous Dragons side. Continue reading “Jiangsu Dragons 96 – Shanghai Sharks 98”
Having had an extra day to rest following their overtime loss to Zhejiang Bulls, the Shanghai Sharks remain on the road but this time will be playing against the vastly underperforming Jiangsu Dragons.
Though Shanghai are hardly setting the CBA on fire, their mid table target were considerably lower than the Dragons, who had ambitions of making the play-offs once again following a successful 19-12 finish last season. Instead the team from Nanjing find themselves in free fall and currently sit at the bottom of the table with a 3-10 record along with the Tianjin Lions.
This was not part of the plan for a side who were semi-finalists in last year’s tournament. The team have already released one set of overseas players, Marty Collins and Dan Gadzuric, and retooled their line-up with Marcus Williams and Jackson Vroman, but this has still not helped the situation and the Dragons have lost their last three games.
Shanghai will arrive as guests against a side whose overal record is terrible but do have a 3-5 record when playing infront of their home crowd. That said, the Sharks have won three out of the last four games as well as pushing a championship contender all the way before running out of gas in overtime.
Jiangsu’s yet-to-settle Americans duo of Vroman and Williams will be dangerous, as will the willy trio of Hu Xuefeng, Meng Da and Li Yi but the Sharks must show their ruthless streak against a side that have clearly lost their way so far this season. The Sharks could be considered the favorite for this game and now have to play like it against a disorientated side that are here for the taking