Su Wei (212-C-89), Wang Zheng (216-C-90), Sun Zhe (220-C-90), Zhang Dayu (210-C-91) and Li Muhao (216-C-92) are five huge, talented young centers who should provide China with talent in the middle for years to come.
Su is currently the most advanced of the five, and provided Guangdong with valuable minutes in the CBA finals. But Wang is taller, quicker, and likely a year younger. Wang has a bigger upside than Su.
Sun just came back from to China from the United States, where he spent this season developing his body strength. He is now 221 cm tall and weighs 240 pounds. He likely will be added to the Dongguan roster next season, having worked on body development this year.
Zhang is the most accomplished of the five centers at the moment. He started for Zhejiang for most of the season and recently made an impression in helping the World Team to victory over Team USA in the Nike Global Hoop Summit, scoring 6 points on 3 of 6 shooting.
Li is currently the most hyped of the five. He is the youngest, listed as being born in 1992. He recently played on China's team at the Australian Olympic Youth Festival and was named to China's new version of the Olympic Hope Team. He is still growing at 216 cm, having sprouted from 208 cm in the past two years. He is projected to reach 220 cm. He has not yet been given the heavy weight training that Sun just received, likely because he is still growing. Sun and Li both have a body type similar to Yao Ming.
Like Sun, Li belongs to Dongguan. So four of these five talented young centers are playing in the province of Guangdong. Likely Guangdong and Dongguan will each have to choose between their two young centers, shipping one out for an opportunity to be a starting center elsewhere.
We do not know which of these five players will have the most successful career. But all five could eventually play in the NBA one day, though most likely not all of them will.
2012. Donewald , arguably one of the most successful Chinese NT head coaches with a resume that included never losing to an Asian country while he was the front man and leadi... [read more]
In a stunning revelation, the Iranian media sources are claiming that the Iranian National Team has moved Coach Donewald Bob to the top of their coaching list.
This would be a huge hire for the Iranians and a direct shot at the under achieving Chinese National team, same team Donewald led to the London Olympics in 2012.
Donewald , arguably one of the most successful Chinese NT head coaches with a resume that included never losing to an Asian country while he was the front man and leading the 2010 Chinese team in the World Championships without Yao, and was able to get to the final 16 teams.
If rumors are true, Donewald will inherit one of the Chinas top competitors, and with Hamed Haddadi and a group of experienced players, and the coaching of Donewald , Iran would be the team to watch not China.
Donewald currently has a perennial underachieving club in the CBA, the Jilin Northeastern Tigers sitting only 3 games out of the 8th and final playoff spot, with a budget smaller then some NBL clubs.
26-year old American center Alex Kirk (211-114kg-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports). He supposed to play at Guangzhou Securities in Chinese CBA league, but left the team in Nov.'16. In 7 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.9bpg this season. The last season Kirk played at The Flexx Pistoia in Italian Serie A where in 33 games he averaged remarkable 16.3ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.3bpg. A very spectacula... [read more]
Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) added to their roster 26-year old American center Alex Kirk (211-114kg-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports). He supposed to play at Guangzhou Securities in Chinese CBA league, but left the team in Nov.'16. In 7 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.9bpg this season. The last season Kirk played at The Flexx Pistoia in Italian Serie A where in 33 games he averaged remarkable 16.3ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.3bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. He represented USA at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago. Kirk has played previously professionally in NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks) and D-League (Canton Charge). He attended University of New Mexico until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player. The scouts decsribe him following way:
For a big man, he is a very good passer and can make shots from 15-20 feet.
Chinese CBA round 27 best performance: Hamed Haddadi - 2 days ago
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218-C-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Sichuan BW, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 27. The 31-year old player had a double-double of 51 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Shenzhen L. (#6, 18-9) 118-111. Sichuan BW maintains the 9th position in Chinese CBA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sichuan BW will need more victories to improve their 15-12 recor... [read more]
Iranian Center Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Sichuan BW, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 27. The 31-year old player had a double-double of 51 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Shenzhen L. (#6, 18-9) 118-111. Sichuan BW maintains the 9th position in Chinese CBA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sichuan BW will need more victories to improve their 15-12 record. Haddadi turned to be Sichuan BW's top player in his first season with the team. Hamed Haddadi has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 15.6rpg) and averages impressive 1.9bpg and 61.0% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was young French Guerschon Yabusele (201-PF-95) of league's leader Shanghai S.. Yabusele had a very good evening with a double-double of 34 points and 15 rebounds. It was enough for Shanghai S. to edge the lower-ranked Liaoning H. (#4, 20-7) 100-96. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Shanghai S. consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team lost just four games this season, while they won 23 matches. Yabusele is a newcomer at Shanghai S., but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was Palestinian center Sani Sakakini (204-C-88) of TianJin S. (#13). Sakakini got into 30-points club by scoring 37 points in the last round. He went also for fifteen rebounds and five assists. He was a key player of TianJin S., leading his team to a 131-113 easy win against the lower-ranked Zhejiang CB (#16, 8-19). The chances of TianJin S. ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Sakakini could help TianJin S. to bring them higher in the standings. Sakakini has a great season in China. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 13.2rpg (7th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Lorenzo Brown (196-G-90) of Zhejiang CB - 44 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists 5. Dominique Jones (193-G-88) of Qingdao E. - 40 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists 6. Ikechukwu Diogu (204-C/F-83) of Jiangsu TX - 32 points and 22 rebounds 7. Malcolm Thomas (206-F-88) of Jilin NE T. - 31 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Eugene Jeter (180-PG-83) of TianJin S. - 30 points, 9 rebounds and 13 assists 9. D.J. Kennedy (198-G/F-89) of Guangzhou - 27 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists 10. Dwight Buycks (191-PG-89) of Fujian QB - 30 points, 7 rebounds and 13 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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