My man Black Thought once taught me something extremely useful: “Never do what they do.”
Fujian SBS either listened intently to Illadelph Halflife (highly unlikely), or they just went against the grain on their own (much more reasonable).
While almost everyone else is going for inefficient, shoot-first ex-NBA point-guards , Fujian completed a deal with Patrick O’Bryant, whom you (aka Warriors fans) may remember as the ninth overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. O’Bryant spent the last four years in the NBA with Golden State, Boston and Toronto.
The seven footer who came out of Bradley after his sophomore year struggled to realize the potential that lead him to become a lottery pick. After two disappointing seasons in Golden State, the team pulled the plug on O’Bryant and declined his third-year option. He signed a two year deal with Boston in the summer of 2008, but after failing to catch on, was traded to the Raptors in a three-team deal for a protected 2014 second-round draft pick. He played 11 games last season for the Raptors, averaging 1.7 points and 1.0 rebounds.
To supplement O’Bryant, Fujian is also in talks with C’ote D’voire international Herve Lamizana, who played for Tianjin last year, and former Nugget, Rodney White.
As a big man with NBA experience, O’Bryant will be expected to produce 20-10 numbers this season for Fujian. Too skinny and way too unpolished for the NBA, he could very well thrive on his undeniable length and athleticism against lesser talent here in China, especially on the defensive end.