XINJIANG FLYING TIGERS
When this team gets going, they’re almost impossible to stop. You go high; they go low. You cover this guy; they go to that guy. You contain this; they exploit that. Under Coach Goorjian, this team plays aggressive defense and ups the pace. They like to light up the scoreboard like a pinball machine.
The 2017-2018 season was a trying year for the Flying Tigers. Andray Blatche was injured for the majority of the season and they were without star Center, Zhou Qi, who left for the NBA with the Houston Rockets. Despite their foreign import struggles, the team’s strong Chinese talent carried them to a top six seed going into the playoffs following the 2017-2018 CBA regular season.
After a disappointing early exit in the playoffs following the 2017-2018 regular season, the club brought in new management and a new coaching staff. Brian Goorjian takes over as Head Coach for the 2018-2019 season. After two decades playing and coaching professionally in Australia, Coach Goorjian accumulated multiple awards including six NBL Coach of the Year and six NBL championships. Coach Goorjian has also spent time coaching with the Chinese National Team as well as the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and 2006 FIBA World Championships with Australia.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Xinjiang has made some major changes to get back to championship form. In addition to bringing in Brian Goorjian and his new coaching staff, they also signed former McDonald’s All-American and 15th overall pick by the Boston Celtics, Al Jefferson. Al will make his debut with the Xinjiang Tigers. He’s spent his entire career (14 years) in the NBA. He has previously played for the Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz, Charlotte Hornets and Indiana Pacers. He’ll play alongside Darius Adams, who won the championship with the Tigers just two years ago and led the CBA in scoring last year with 40.1 points per game.
Xinjiang arguably has the most talented cadre of Chinese players in the league. Li Gen is one of the most dynamic Forwards in the league. He’s a 110-kg big man with a consistent outside shot and fantastic vision. After an injury-plagued season last year, he’ll look to bounce back early in The Terrific 12.
|1||Li Gen||Power forward, Small forward||15/8/1988|
|4||Darius Adams||Shooting guard, Point guard||17/4/1989|
|6||Zeng Lingxu||Shooting guard, Point guard||12/4/1987|
|7||Yu Changdong||Power forward, Small forward||26/10/1991|
|8||Hou Peizuo||Power forward, Small forward||11/5/1999|
|10||Deng Qunfei||Shooting guard, Point guard||28/1/1999|
|12||Liu Yunan||Shooting guard, Point guard||18/11/1994|
|13||Makam Kelanbaike||Power forward, Small forward||27/9/1992|
|14||Abudushalamu Abudurexiti||Power forward, Small forward||20/5/1996|
|16||Jiang Wen||Shooting guard, Point guard||22/1/1996|
|18||Tang Caiyu||Shooting guard, Point guard||8/8/1997|
|27||Chou Yi-Hsiang||Shooting guard, Point guard||4/2/1991|
|30||Wang Zirui||Shooting guard, Point guard||28/3/1993|
|Brian Goorjian||Head Coach|