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Imports, imports, imports…

October 15, 2011

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Since the China took home gold FIBA Asia Championship, we admit that the blog has been rather quiet. And while we’d like to have you believe that we’ve been celebrating China’s achievement for the last three weeks, the real reason is that we’re settling into a new job that has taken us away from our blogging duties. For the blog, and most importantly our valued viewers, our separation from our keyboards couldn’t have come at a worse time — post-Championship, there has been a number of foreign signings, both American and Asian. We abandoned you at arguably your biggest time of need, and for that we offer our apologies.
But never fear. At NiuBBall, we always aim to please. Which is why for your convenience (and because we like you), we’re working on adding a permanent section of the site that will list each team’s foreign players and (possibly) other cool stuff about them as well. No timetable as to when that’s getting done, but just know that it’s in the works. In the meantime, we offer these handy-dandy bullet points as a way for you to get caught up on all the import signings that have gone down post-Asia Championship. If we missed one, its because we’ve been a little out of the loop the last few weeks, so please feel free to hit up the comments section and tell us who we left out.

 

  • After signing 9 year NBA pro, Dan Gadzuric, to a deal in the beginning of October, Jiangsu Nangang general manager, Wang Min, has announced the addition of 2004 lottery pick, Sebastian Telfair. According to HoopsWorld, Telfair had offers from Chinese teams since September, but was cold on the idea of moving overseas. However, with no clear end to the lockout in sight, it looks as if Bassy reevaluated his options and decided to play in China this year. The terms of the deal were not disclosed by Wang. We’re already looking forward to Telfair going head-to-head against his cousin, Stephon Marbury, when Jiangsu and Beijing match-up this season.
  • After missing out on Kobe Bryant, Shanxi has decided to go with two extremely reliable imports with CBA experience, Charles Gaines and Marcus Williams. In his second season playing in China last year, Gaines averaged 33 points and 12 rebounds for Qingdao Double Star, while the triple-double machine Williams put up 29.6 points, 5.4 assists, 8.2 rebounds and 2.4 steals over 26 games after coming over as a replacement for Mike James at Zhejiang Chouzhou. The combination puts 40% of NiuBBall.com’s All-First Team on the Brave Dragons this year, which should excite fans and (maybe) even their crazy owner, too. The two should put up monster numbers again this season, but with Shanxi’s Chinese roster as thin as always and their owner as crazy as ever, the team is hardly considered a lock for the playoffs.
  • Foshan Guangdong — aka the team that Stephon Marbury played for last year — who had been among the last few teams who hadn’t signed a single import in late September, officially signed Marcus Douthit. Drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the 2004 NBA Draft, Douthit has an extremely diverse basketball resume, playing for teams in Belgium, Turkey, Russia, Korea and the Philippines. Last June, Douthit became a naturalized citizen of the Phillipines, and played for the national team last September in the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship. Foshan has yet to sign their second import.
  • The three-time defending champion Guangdong Hongyuan Southern Tigers added another layer to the intracrate rivalry they have between the Xinjiang Flying Tigers, the team they’ve beaten in the Finals the last three years, by signing the Flying Tigers’ import from last year, James Singleton. NiuBBall’s first ever interview, the rugged and versatile Singleton enjoyed NiuBBall.com All-First Team status last year and should be a good fit among Guangdong’s core of Chinese national team players. He should also be a good fit alongside head coach, Li Chunjiang, who unlike Singleton’s old coach in Xinjiang, Jiang Xingquan, does not have a reputation of being a militaristic dictator.
  • This we just flat out fell asleep on: Fujian SBS has had their entire import roster rounded out since mid-September, a fact which we inexplicably failed to mention. Anthony Roberson and Will McDonald will serve as the team’s two imports, while Zaid Abbas will fill in the team’s Asian import slot. They’ll all play under new American head coach, Joseph Stiebing, who coached the Qatari National Team from 2004-2006.
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These guys should be playing in China

March 2, 2011

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Often when talking about the Chinese Basketball Association, we discuss players who would do better if they played elsewhere, whether professionally in Europe or other places of the world, or collegiately in America.

But, Andrew Lowman over at Asia Basketball Update is wondering who should be playing in the CBA:

With all of the action of well-known NBA players bouncing in and out of China this season I got to thinking about which players which players should be playing there. Part of the issue I see is that the CBA teams have felt that an NBA stint on the resume was enough to fill their arenas and take their teams to the top of the standings. This is not the case anymore. So then who should be coming over to play?

That got us thinking.  Here’s what we came up with:

Sun Yue: Sun is Chinese, starts for the Chinese National Team and has played for the Los Angeles Lakers.  He’s a 6-9 guard who causes a lot of match-up problems against vertically challenged opposing perimeter lineups, not by doing the things most tall guards do on offense (posting up, backing guys down), but by recently figuring out how to drive and dish, and also — somewhat shockingly if we may add — how to shoot the crap out of the ball from three.

So why isn’t he playing in the CBA?  Because he plays for Winston Lee and Beijing Aoshen, one of the weirdest professional teams in the entire world.  Instead of playing in China’s national professional league, Sun has been relegated to playing in an international invitational basketball tournament in his home province of Hebei, where he racks up 44 points against the San Francisco Rumble.

Yeah, we think Sun should be playing in the CBA, too.

Hamed Haddadi: Really tall and relatively skilled, the 7-3 Iranian center, despite being under contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, has made his name mostly on the international scene in recent years.  Since most of those international matches have come in and/or against Team China, Chinese fans are quite familiar with him.  In 2007, Haddadi led Iran to their first ever FIBA Asia Championship in Japan, though with Team China’s place in the 2008 Beijing Olympics already having been booked as the host nation, the the 14-time champs sent out their “B Team” and finished in 7th.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Haddadi followed up his success in Japan by becoming the only player to average a double-double (16.6 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.6 blocks) in the competition.  His excellent individual play on the world stage led the Grizzlies to sign him to a three-year deal.

After only playing 120 minutes in his NBA rookie season, Haddadi rejoined Team Iran for their FIBA Asian Championship title defense in Tianjin, China.  Against a Yao Ming-less China that was otherwise at full-strength, Haddadi went for 19 points and 17 rebounds in a 70-52 drubbing of the host nation in the finals, securing Iran’s first back-to-back Asian Championship and capturing tournament MVP.

With Haddadi’s contract with Memphis due to expire this summer, its unclear what the 25 year-old has in his plans for next year.  Now in his third year with the team, he’s still been unable to secure a spot in Lionel Hollins’ regular rotation. If he were to bolt from his usual spot on the bench to a league where he could play and develop more, China would be a place to consider.  The money’s good, the season is short and the playing time would be ample.  And if he was signed as an Asian import next year by one of the teams who finished in the bottom four this year,  he could play unlimited minutes alongside two other imports.

If he were to play professionally in Asia outside of his native Iran, he’d likely have to receive a pretty big salary, but if the league and teams are serious about attracting the best talent in Asia to the CBA, Haddadi should be at the top of their list this offseason.  The problem is however, Haddadi would also probably be at the top of several big name European clubs’ wish list this summer — Partizan Belgrade and Barcelona reportedly both made unsuccessful attempts to sign him in years past, and if he were to hit the open market, its likely that teams with similar reputations would also try to attract his services.

Sebastian Telfair: You know who his cousin is, right?

And now we ask you, our beloved readers: Have we missed anyone?  Who else should be playing in China?

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