China Daily takes a look at each of the 17 teams which will be chasing glory in what could be a watershed year for the league
The new CBA season, which starts on Saturday night with a clash between defending champion the Beijing Ducks and the Shanghai Sharks, promises to be the best ever staged in this country. NBA stars continue to look at the league as a viable way to continue their professional careers, a la seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady, while the clubs are becoming more and more willing to spend big bucks to attract major talent - and boost their local stocks. Of course, the greater the talent on the court, the more people who will come to watch. The 2012-13 season promises to be vibrant on and off the pines as the country's most popular domestic competition goes from strength to strength.
In order of how they finished last season