Shanghai Sharks

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Shanghai Sharks
Shanghai Sharks logo.png
Leagues CBA
Founded1996;25 years ago (1996)
HistoryShanghai Sharks
Arena Yuanshen Sports Centre Stadium
Location Shanghai, China
Team colorsBlue, Orange, White
President Yao Ming
Head coach Neven Spahija
Ownership Shanghai Jiushi Group [1]
Championships1 (2002)
Shanghai Bilibili
Traditional Chinese 上海哔哩哔哩
Simplified Chinese 上海哔哩哔哩
Alternative Chinese name
Chinese 上海西洋

The Shanghai Sharks (simplified Chinese :上海哔哩哔哩大鲨鱼; traditional Chinese :上海嗶哩嗶哩大鯊魚; pinyin :Shànghǎi Bīlībīlī Dàshāyú) are a Chinese Basketball Association team based in Shanghai. [2]


It is best known outside China as the club that developed Yao Ming before he entered the National Basketball Association. With Yao on the team, the Sharks made the finals for three seasons in a row (in 1999–2000, 2000–01, and 2001–02), facing the Bayi Rockets each time. They were runners-up the first two years, but won the CBA championship for the first time on their third try, snapping a string of six Bayi Rockets championships in a row.

The team faced serious financial issues in the 2008–09 season, and were in danger of not being able to compete in the 2009–10 season due to their shaky finances. On July 16, 2009, Chinese media reported that Yao had stepped in to purchase the team. [3]


Champions (1): 2001–02
Runners-up (2): 1999–2000, 2000–01
Merlion Cup
Winners (1): 2016



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

Shanghai Sharks roster
F 0 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Yan Peng 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)82 kg (181 lb)
F 1 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Cai Liang 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)90 kg (198 lb)
G 5 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Meng Lingyuan 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)91 kg (201 lb)
F 11 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Tian Yuchen 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)92 kg (203 lb)
F 12 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Lu Wei 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)92 kg (203 lb)
G 13 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Luo Xudong 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)85 kg (187 lb)
C 16 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Dong Hanlin 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)112 kg (247 lb)
C 21 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Huang Shigan 2.12 m (6 ft 11 in)89 kg (196 lb)
C 23 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zhang Zhaoxu 2.21 m (7 ft 3 in)118 kg (260 lb)
F 25 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Wang Tong 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)77 kg (170 lb)
G 33 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Luohan Chen 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)80 kg (176 lb)
Head coach

  • (C) Team captain
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured

Updated: September 21, 2020

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