The Shenzhen Leopards have always been a CBA powerhouse. From 2009 to 2015, they made the playoffs in five consecutive seasons, and reached the semi-finals twice. They have 7'2" big man Li Muhao, who can run the floor well and is a key piece for the China National Team; as well as Gu Quan, one of the top-five small forwards in the CBA.. Known as the “Chinese Garnett”, Shen Zijie is one of the top players in the league.
Official Website: http://www.dongguan.hupu.com
Sina Weibo: http://www.weibo.com/cbafans
Wechat Account: “szliebaoclub”
Zhejiang Guangsha Lions
The Lions have solidified their position as a top five CBA team, advancing to the playoffs every year since their inception in 1996. The team revolves around their strong domestic players, such as the dominant big man Hu Jinqiu, who also plays for the National Team. The Lions is led by the rising basketball Taiwanese star Lin Chih-chieh, who also plays for the Chinese Taipei National Team. This year, Guangsha’s strong cadre continues to be on the rise.
Sina Weibo: http://www.weibo.com/guangshabc?is_hot=1
Wechat Account: “zhejiangguangsha”
One of the top teams in the Japanese B. League that won the third place in the 2016-2017 regular season. They are also one of the most popular teams in Japan, with their point guard Yuki Togashi, who is known for playing with the Dallas Mavericks during the Summer League and for the Santa Cruz Warriors in the D. League. The team constantly releases new media and content on their YouTube, which has gained over 5,000 followers.
Official Website: https://chibajets.jp/
With four league championships since its establishment in 2007, the Kings have solidified their position at the top. The team has elite foreign talent with former NBA draft pick, Reyshawn Terry. The team enjoys an incredibly supportive fan club, Kings Gold Club, and hold weekly meetings during the season.
Official Website: https://www.goldenkings.jp/
The Fubon Braves have long been a powerhouse in Chinese Taipei. They develop elite talent that just seems to get better and better each year. Now they’ll look to Joe Lin, an elite guard, and head coach Roger Hsu to lead the team to The Super 8 top honor. The Fubon Braves are poised for a deep run in this year’s tournament.
Official Website: http://www.fubonbraves.com
Joe Lin Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/joe_linstagram
Pauian Archiland is a dynasty in Chinese Taipei, winning five championships in the past six years. Led by dynamic swingman, Ching-pang Lin and head coach Ben Metcalf, Pauian has helped bring Taiwanese basketball to the world stage. Their fast-paced offense and unyielding defense will cause problems for any team.
Seoul Samsung Thunders
A top team in the league since its inception almost 20 years ago, Samsung Sports has invested heavily in their basketball team and drawn in fans with elite national and foreign talent. The team’s head coach, Lee Sang-min, is highly sought after in Korea and well-known for his time playing in the Asian Games and Olympics. This year the Thunders advanced to the Finals and finished as the league’s runner-up.
Official Website: http://www.thunders.co.kr
The reigning champions from the previous year, Goyang Orions fell to the Thunders this year in the Semi-Finals. They are a young and exciting team that is only getting better. They have two of the most famous players in Korea; Heo-Il young – one of the best forwards in the league – and Moon Tae-jong.
Official Website: http://orions.co.kr/orions
Moon Tae-jong Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/moontaejong