The Chinese Basketball Association, often abbreviated to the CBA, is the pre-eminent men’s professional basketball league in Asia.
The league is commonly known as the CBA, and this initialism is often used even in Chinese. There is also a Women’s Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) for women.
The CBA should also not be confused with the National Basketball League (NBL), which is a professional “Division 2” minor league.
A few Chinese CBA players, such as Wang Zhizhi, Yao Ming, Mengke Bateer, Yi Jianlian, Yi Hung Chen, and Sun Yue, have also played in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Conversely, a limited number of foreign players are allowed for each CBA team. Notable players include NBA All-Stars Stephon Marbury, Steve Francis, Gilbert Arenas, Tracy McGrady, Al Harrington and Metta World Peace, as well as NBA players who were CBA All-Stars Kenyon Martin, J. R. Smith, Aaron Brooks, and Shavlik Randolph. Emmanuel Mudiay was drafted in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft as well, which made him the first foreign player to have been drafted right out of the CBA.