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Yi Jianlian, Guo Ailun to lead at CBA All-Star Weekend 2019
11/01/2019
Asia
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Yi Jianlian, Guo Ailun to lead at CBA All-Star Weekend 2019

QINGDAO (FIBA Asia Champions Cup) — The city Qingdao will be hosting the 2019 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) All-Star Weekend from January 12 to January 13 featuring the top players from all over the league. The weekend festivities will include the Skills Challenge Contest, the Three-point Contest All-Star, the Slam Dunk contest, and the All-Star game which is the main event.

Tsingtao Beer Skills Challenge Contest

 

Showcasing some of the brightest versatile talents in the league, the Skills Challenge Contest will crown the most skillful of them all. The 5 contestants are:

Jiang Weize (Jilin Northeast Tigers) – 7.7 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 1.4 APG
Luo Hanchen (Shanghai Sharks) – 9.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 2.7 APG
Guo Haowen (Bayi Rockets) – 8.4 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.5 APG
Cheng Shuaipeng (Zhejiang Golden Bulls) – 9.8 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.7 APG
Jia Mingru (Special Invitation, Civil Aviation University of China)

Luo already a 7 year veteran in the CBA and is making strides in his 2nd season as the lead guard for the Shanghai Sharks. Cheng Shuaipeng is in his second CBA season, all with the Golden Bulls. Jiang and Guo were teammates for the China U18 National Team during the FIBA Asia U18 Championship, but have started CBA careers on different teams.

Debon Express Three-Point Shooting Contest

 

Three-point shooting is a big part of the modern game and these 7 have been the best of the best in the CBA:

Chai Changyi (Jilin Northeast Tigers) – 70 3PM, 38.4 3P%
Xirelijiang Muhetaer (Guangzhou Long Lions) – 92 3PM, 37.1 3P%
Du Runwang (Guangdong Southern Tigers) – 47 3PM, 48.0 3P%
Chen Linjian (Fujian Sturgeons) – 70 3PM, 38.7 3P%
Yu Changchun (Nanjing Monkey King) – 70 3PM, 42.6 3P%
Yang Jinmeng (Qingdao Doublestar Eagles) – 38 3PM, 43.2 3P%
Zhu Mingzhen (Special Invitation, Peking University)

The defending Three-point shooting champion is Yu Changchun who won the competition last year. Another former Three-point contest champion is Xirelijiang who won back in 2013. Chinese national team legend Li Nan has the most three-point shooting titles (2000, 2001, and 2003).

China Life Dunk Contest

 

The Slam Dunk contest has been a part of the CBA’s All-Star weekend for the past 22 seasons and this year expects the same level of excitement with these 7 high-flyers in participation:

Jiang Yuxing (Jilin Northeast Tigers)
Wang Tong (Shanghai Sharks)
Joseph Young (Nanjing Monkey King)
Huang Rongqi (Sichuan Blue Whales)
Wang Zailu (Zhejiang Golden Bulls)
Sun Xin (Jiangsu Kendia)
Zhang Jianhao (Special Invitation, Guangdong University of Technology)

Last season’s winner, Zhang Jianhao, returns to defend his title after a darkhorse run in 2018. Returning to the contest is Wong Tong of the Shanghai Sharks who won the contest back in 2016. Hu Guang is the only Chinese player to have won the Dunk contest 3 consecutive times from 2004-2006.

CBA All-Star Game 2019

 

The CBA All-Star game will be between two teams, the Northern Stars and the Southern Stars. The Northern Stars will be coached by Guo Shiqiang of the 2nd place Liaoning Flying Leopards who are currently on a 19-game winning streak. He will go up against Du Feng who leads the top ranked Guangdong Southern Tigers with a 27-3 record. The players on each team are:

Northern Stars

Starters

Han Dejun (Liaoning Flying Leopards) – 13.2 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 1.3 APG
Guo Ailun (Liaoning Flying Leopards) – 22.0 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 6.1 APG
Abudushalamu Abudurexiti (Xinjiang Flying Tigers) – 18.1 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 1.5 APG=
Zhai Xiaochuan (Beijing Ducks) – 15.2 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 2.5 APG=
Fang Shou (Beijing Ducks) – 8.4 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 3.7 APG

Reserves

Dakari Johnson (Qingdao Doublestar Eagles) – 22.3 PPG, 15.0 RPG, 3.5 APG
Zhang Chengyu (Qingdao Doublestar Eagles) – 12.2 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.1 APG
Tao Hanlin (Shandong Golden Stars) – 11.7 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 0.8 APG
Li Gen (Xinjiang Flying Tigers) – 11.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.4 APG
Pierre Jackson (Beijing Fly Dragons) – 39.8 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 9.3 APG
Shabazz Muhammad (Shanxi Brave Dragons) – 28.9 PPG, 11.4 RPG, 3.0 APG

Southern Stars

Starters

Yi Jianlian (Guangdong Southern Tigers) – 21.4 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 0.8 APG
Zhao Rui (Guangdong Southern Tigers) – 12.3 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 3.6 APG
Wang Zhelin (Fujian Sturgeons) – 24.6 PPG, 13.6 RPG, 2.3 APG
Hu Jinqui (Zhejiang Guangsha Golden Lions) – 19.5 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 1.0 APG
Wu Qian (Zhejiang Golden Bulls) – 15.3 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 5.0 APG

Reserves

Fu Hao (Bayi Rockets) – 14.4 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.3 APG
Shen Zijie (Shenzhen Leopards) – 12.0 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.0 APG
Wu Guanzxi (Jiangsu Kendia) – 9.7 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 0.9 APG
Jimmer Fredette (Shanghai Sharks) – 37.2 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 5.5 APG
Zhou Peng (Guangdong Southern Tigers) – 16.4 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 2.4 APG
Chen Linjian (Fujian Sturgeons) – 16.2 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.7 APG
Joseph Young (Nanjing Monkey King) – 36.8 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 5.0 APG

All-Star leading vote-getter, Yi Jianlian, was the MVP of the 2018 All-Star game which was also his second All-Star MVP award of his career. He will aim to collect a third MVP title to tie Wang Zhizhi’s record (2000, 2008, and 2009). If he does so, he will also be the 3rd player to repeat as All-Star MVP after Wang and Michael Beasley.