NBA China Games 2018 to Feature Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers


Mavericks and 76ers to Visit China for the First Time,
Play in NBA’s 25th and 26th Games in the Country –

NEW YORK AND BEIJING, April 17, 2018 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that the NBA China Games 2018 will feature two preseason games between the
Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers.

The Mavericks and 76ers will both play in China for the first time when they meet on Friday, Oct. 5 in Shanghai at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, followed by a rematch on Monday, Oct. 8 in Shenzhen at the Shenzhen Universiade Center.

The announcement was made today at the Shenzhen Universiade Center by NBA China CEO David Shoemaker and Hall of Famer and NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo.

Following the NBA China Games 2018, which will mark the NBA’s 25th and 26th games in China, 17 NBA teams will have participated since 2004, in Beijing, Guangzhou, Macao, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Taipei.

The NBA China Games 2018 will feature a variety of fan activities, including the seventh annual NBA Fan Day on Thursday, Oct. 4 in Shanghai, which will provide thousands of fans with the opportunity to participate in oncourt games and watch the Mavericks and 76ers conduct basketball activities and skills competitions. In addition to the NBA Fan Day, the league and its partners will conduct a series of NBA Cares community outreach events in Shanghai and Shenzhen.

The Mavericks’ roster currently features 13-time NBA All-Star and 2011 NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki, 2015 NBA Champion Harrison Barnes and standout rookie Dennis Smith Jr. The 76ers are led by a young core featuring All-Star center Joel Embiid and Rookie of the Year candidate Ben Simmons. Philadelphia boasts a talented roster that includes the 2017 No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz, Dario Šarić and Robert Covington.

The games will be supported by promoter iRENA Group and by a roster of marketing and merchandising partners, and will be available in more than 200 countries and territories on television, digital and social media.

Executive and Player Quotes:

NBA China CEO David Shoemaker:

“We are excited to welcome the Philadelphia 76ers and Dallas Mavericks to China next preseason. The 25th and 26th NBA games in China mark another milestone in our efforts to bring the authentic NBA experience to our passionate Chinese fans.”

Dallas Mavericks Forward Dirk Nowitzki:

“When I played in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, I witnessed China’s enthusiasm for basketball firsthand. It will be a fantastic experience for our franchise to play in China for the first time. We’re also excited about the possibility of reconnecting with two great Chinese players who played for the Mavericks, Wang Zhizhi and Yi Jianlian.”

Dallas Mavericks Forward Harrison Barnes:

“It is such an honor playing internationally. I’ve been fortunate to play in China before and I remember how great the fans were. It’s going to be such a fantastic experience for our team.”

Philadelphia 76ers Center Joel Embiid:

“It will be an honor to be the first 76ers team to play in front of the amazing fan base in China in October.”

Philadelphia 76ers Guard/Forward Ben Simmons:

“Getting a chance to play all over the world has always been a dream of mine and I’m excited to play in China in October. I know the fans there are passionate about basketball and I’m really looking forward to the trip to Shanghai and Shenzhen.”

About NBA China
The NBA’s entity that conducts all of the league’s business in China was formed in January 2008 after its first office opened in Hong Kong in 1992. The NBA currently has relationships with a network of television and digital media outlets in China, including a 31-year partnership with CCTV. The league hosts hundreds of touring basketball events for fans, conducts community enrichment programs, and maintains marketing partnerships with a combination of world-class China-based corporations and U.S.-based multinationals.

NBA licensed apparel and footwear are available through retail and authorized online stores on e-commerce and social media platforms, including,,, and In 2004, the NBA became the first U.S. professional sports league to play games in China. Following NBA China Games 2018, 17 NBA teams will have played 26 games in China.
enrichment programs, and maintains marketing partnerships with a combination of world-class China-based corporations and U.S.-based multinationals.