A Guide to China's CBA Basketball League

CBA stands for Chinese Basketball Association. It is the most popular basketball league in China. All of the teams are owned by corporations or local governments. The total number of teams participating in the league is different each year, but there are always at least 20 teams that compete in the CBA season, which starts in November and ends in March.

A professional basketball player’s typical contract with a team lasts for 12 months, and they can play up to 7 games a week. They have one day off every week, and during this day they will usually go to a kung fu class or visit friends and family who live nearby.

The top players on each team make salaries anywhere between $1 million to $8 million per year depending on their skills and experience. And if you’re wondering who earns the most? Stephon Marbury (former NBA player). He made $12.2 million playing for Shanxi Zhongyu in one season!

The Players

Many of the players on each team are from China and the other Asian countries. There are also some international players that were born outside of Asia, but have naturalized to become Chinese citizens. The top players on each teams make salaries anywhere between $1 million to $8 million per year depending on their skills and experience.

How the New NBA CBA Will Change the League Forever

The CBA is the most popular basketball league in China and has been around since 1995. They have a total of 20 teams, which play a 50-game schedule over 3 months during the winter time. Almost all of their players come from China or other Asian countries - many are naturalized Chinese citizens who were born outside of Asia! The good news is that they have a salary cap, which means salaries vary based on skill and experience.

The Game

Basketball is a team sport that combines aspects of both team and individual sports, making it a very popular game. There are 5 players on the court at one time on each team, but there are only 4 people who can touch the ball at any given time. Before the game starts, there is a coin toss to determine which team will start with the ball. The game can be played in different ways but most often it's an indoors game where two baskets are placed on either end of the court and teams try to throw the ball through their opponent’s basket by shooting from outside of its boundaries or from within it.


The game starts with a jump ball, which is when two opposing players jump for the ball in mid-air, to start play. Each time you advance the ball down the floor, you need to advance it past half-court so that your opponent has less chance of getting it before you do. Points are typically earned by scoring baskets or throwing the ball into your opponent’s hoops while defending them successfully.

A basketball player typically practices 2 hours per day and plays games usually around 1-3 hours per week depending on what league they're playing in.

How Does this Compare to Other Leagues?

The NBA and the CBA are two of the world’s largest basketball leagues. The NBA or National Basketball Association is by far the most popular league in North America, but it has a very limited presence outside of North America. On the other hand, the CBA is popular in China and can be found throughout Asia.

The CBA has a 12-month season while the NBA has a 10-month season. As for how many games each team plays each year, that really depends on what year you’re talking about because both leagues vary in terms of number of games played per season.

In terms of salaries, it’s not that difficult to guess which league pays players more. The average salary for an NBA player is around $4 million per year with some players making up to $20 million annually! In contrast, an average CBA player starts at $900k a year with some players earning as much as $8 million annually.


The Chinese Basketball Association, or CBA, is the highest level of professional basketball in China. There are currently 26 teams in the CBA, and all games are played on a home-and-away basis. The season lasts from November to March, with the playoffs lasting until mid-April.

The CBA is a relatively young league compared to other professional leagues throughout the world. However, it has grown steadily in popularity and the 2017-2018 season had over 100 million viewers for live games, making it one of the most watched sports in China. It really is now a huge part of the Chinese sport culture.

The players are fundamental to any sport. The Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) is no exception. Some notable players who have played in the CBA include Stephon Marbury, Tracy McGrady, and Kobe Bryant.