The Beijing Shougang Ducks are a professional basketball team based in Beijing, China. They play in the North Division of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) and have won three CBA Championships (2012, 2014, 2015). They currently play out of the MasterCard Center / Shougang Gymnasium and their mascot is a Duck.
The club had a formidable frontcourt duo in the early days of CBA competition with Mengke Bateer, who debuted for Beijing at the age of 18, and Shan Tao, who was considered to be one of the top Chinese centers at that time. The two helped the Ducks to a third-place finish in the team’s CBA debut season.
Beijing started the 2011-12 CBA season with a 13-game winning streak, and eventually finished second in the regular season. The club then advanced to its first CBA Finals match-up, thanks largely to the play of former NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury. They won their first CBA title by defeating the Guangdong Southern Tigers 4 games to 1. The Ducks are the first-ever CBA team to earn the title without any previous trips to the CBA Finals, as well as the league’s fourth different club to win a championship.
They were eliminated in the semi-Finals of the 2013 CBA Playoffs, Beijing returned to the Finals at the end of the 2013-14 campaign and won their second trophy. The Ducks then repeated as champions in 2014-15, making it three titles in four years.