2017-18 CBA season rosters guide: From European stars to NBA vets

Chinese Basketball Association is back for the 23rd time and we are ready to check the talent level of the most lucrative basketball league in Asia.

For starters, there will be no Mr. MVP, Jimmer Fredette, last season best scorer with 37.6 PPG, and NBA veteran Andray Blatche on opening night. But something is never change, and that is Stephon Marbury and his never-ending amazing basketball journey in China. The only new thing is that he is now representing Beikong Fly Dragons and not Beijing Ducks.

Reigning Finals MVP, Darius Adams is also ready to continue his dominance in Asian part of the continent. The pack of other familiar faces who decided to stay, include MarShon Brooks, Jamaal Franklin, Lester Hudson, Dominique Jones, Pooh Jeter and Hamed Haddadi.

The list of newcomers is even more intriguing. Chinese were able to recruit two of the best European scorers. Keith Langford and Nick Minnerath were both shining in Russian squads last season, UNICS Kazan and Avtodor Saratov, respectively. Langford has claimed Euroleague scoring title, while Minnerath was at the top of VTB United League and Champions League. Ioannis Bourousis is another notable European player to reach Chinese shores. Even more incredible, that Euroleague legend has completely changed the direction of his career at the age of 33. It is highly recommended to follow Aaron Jackson and Edwin Jackson, too.

As always, the best material comes from NBA and this year brings a lot of new accomplished athletes. From savvy veterans Luis Scola, Carl Landry and Brandon Bass to “not done yet” group of Brandon Jennings, Ty Lawson, Tyler Hansbrough, Jared Sullinger and then to young guns, Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas.

If we talk about star power, then probably the most intriguing duo of the league will represent Shanxi Brave Dragons. But Luis Scola and Brandon Jennings will have to overcome a lot, considering all factors of success in the CBA. The first one and the most important is longevity. Absence of one foreign star will almost guarantee your club big problems. And Luis Scola is not the healthiest man on the list.

Another reason to avoid quick assumptions based simply on familiarity of the name is athleticism. Yes, that`s right, in China you still can carry your team on pure athletic abilities. That is exactly why not so glamourous, but powerful and explosive forwards and wings have had so much success here.

Finally, it`s worth to mention that despite heavy output by internationals, domestic players still play vital role in their squads. Especially, when we talk about members of Chinese national team. There is not much depth here, but as we already mentioned, you can`t win CBA title with just four hands. And here come the names of NBA vet Yi Jianlian, domestic MVP Ding Yanyuhang, 57th pick of 2012 NBA Draft Wang Zhelin and first Chinese player to sign with Jordan Brand, Guo Ailun.

For complete list of international players check out the information below.

Complete CBA imports list

Beijing Ducks

Justin Hamilton, Aaron Jackson

Beikong Fly Dragons

Shavlik Randolph, Stephon Marbury

Fujian Sturgeons

Christian Wood, Russ Smith

Guangdong Southern Tigers

Andrew Nicholson, Edwin Jackson

Guangzhou Long-Lions

Kyle Fogg, Tyler Hansbrough

Jiangsu Dragons

MarShon Brooks, Miroslav Raduljica

Jilin Northeast Tigers

Von Wafer, Carl Landry

Liaoning Flying Leopards

Brandon Bass, Lester Hudson

Nanjing Monkey Kings

Dominique Jones, JJ Hickson

Qingdao Eagles

Terrence Jones, Jonathon Gibson

Shandong Golden Stars

Ty Lawson, Donatas Motiejunas

Shanghai Sharks

Josh Akognon, Nick Minnerath

Shanxi Brave Dragons

Luis Scola, Brandon Jennings

Shenzhen Leopards

Keith Langford, Jared Sullinger

Sichuan Blue Whales

Jamaal Franklin, Hamed Haddadi

Tianjin Gold Lions

Pooh Jeter, Elijah Holman

Xinjiang Flying Tigers

Darius Adams, Shawn Long

Zhejiang Golden Bulls

Sonny Weems, Jarnell Stokes

Zhejiang Lions

Courtney Fortson, Ioannis Bourousis