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Superleague Standings
 1. Petrochimi 20-4 
 2. Chemidor 18-6 
 3. Naft Abadan 17-7 
 4. Arak 15-9 
 5. Azad 13-11 
 6. Gorgan 11-13 
 7. Samen 8-16 
 8. Shah.Tabriz 3-21 
 9. Army 3-21 
 10. Ayandeh Sazan 3-21 
Last:2/18/2016
D1 Standings
 1. Mazandaran 13-2 
 2. Chemidor II 12-3 
 3. AF Thunder 10-3 
 4. Mashad 9-6 
 5. Kashan 8-5 
 6. Petrochimi II 8-5 
 7. Yount NT 8-5 
 8. Omidiyeh 7-6 
 9. Mahram 7-8 
 10. Shahin Ahvaz 6-7 
 11. Kurdistan 6-9 
 12. Qom 6-9 
 13. Dezful 4-4 
 14. Kerman 3-10 
 15. Qazvin 3-10 
 16. Dmys Minab 1-12 
 17. Ararat 1-13 
Last:2/25/2016
Points Per Game
 Mohammad Samad NIKKHAH BAHRAMI
  Azad
  (199-F-83)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Nikkhah Bahr., Azad26.5 
 2. Buljan, Arak22.6 
 3. Richards, Sagesse20.9 
 4. Zandi, Gorgan20.5 
 5. Cukinas, Maurienne18.3 
 6. Marshall, Arak17.0 
 7. Sosa, Petrochimi16.8 
 8. Weeden, Azad16.4 
 9. Jamshidi, Naft A.16.0 
 10. Kardoust, Arak15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mohammad HASSANZADEH
  Naft A.
  (203-PF-90)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Hassanzadeh, Naft10.8 
 2. Kardoust, Arak10.1 
 3. Vranes, Ayandeh9.8 
 4. Richards, Sagesse9.0 
 5. Toure, Chemidor8.6 
 6. Nasajpour, Samen7.9 
 7. Sahakian, Chemidor7.6 
 8. Arghavan, Azad7.4 
 9. Cukinas, Maurienne7.0 
 10. Zangeneh, Petro.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Erfan NASAJPOUR
  Samen
  (177-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Nasajpour, Samen6.1 
 2. Rush, Azad4.5 
 3. Rezaei, Shah.Tabriz4.3 
 4. Nikkhah Bahr., Azad4.3 
 5. Koochoie, Gorgan3.8 
 6. Aslani, Chemidor3.8 
 7. Nezafat, Gorgan3.7 
 8. Davoudi, Naft A.3.7 
 9. Sosa, Petrochimi3.4 
 10. Afagh, Arak3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Erfan NASAJPOUR
  Samen
  (177-PG-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Nasajpour, Samen3.2 
 2. Afagh, Arak2.8 
 3. Falahat, Ayandeh2.4 
 4. Beigi, Army2.4 
 5. Rezaei, Shah.Tabriz2.3 
 6. Doraghi, Gorgan2.2 
 7. Mashayekhi, Chemi.2.2 
 8. Davoudi, Naft A.2.1 
 9. Dalirzahan, Army2.1 
 10. Zandi, Gorgan2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Slavko VRANES
  Ayandeh .
  (230-C-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Vranes, Ayandeh2.9 
 2. Haddadi, Petrochimi2.5 
 3. N'Doye, Naft Abad.2.3 
 4. Toure, Chemidor2.2 
 5. Akingbala, Shah.Ta.1.6 
 6. Kardoust, Arak1.4 
 7. Nikkhah Bahr., Azad1.3 
 8. Fall, Azad1.2 
 9. Arghavan, Azad1.1 
 10. Torabi, Chemidor0.9 
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Behdad Sami to Aisa Basket: - Apr 26, 2012


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Here we have a catch-up interview with Behdad Sami (183-G-86, college: Linn Benton CC), who became the worlds first pro Iranian basketball player to play at any level in the USA when he signed with the Georgia Gwizzlies back in 2007. Since then, Behdad has played professionally in 4 countries as well as a couple other stints in the American Basketball Association, and NBA-DLeague workout camps prior to playing in Portugal last season.

How has your career progressed since it began in 2007?

Well, it has definitely been a tough road. No one sees the underdog story and especially what happens behind the scenes. Everyone always sees NBA players and it looks so magical, yet no one pays attention to the sacrifices, dedication, and tough route us overseas ball players take. Its not easy to just get up and leave, and be gone 6-9 months out of each year, but I do it to eventually reach my main goal of the NBA. Ive had some bumps in the road but I cannot complain. Im living my dream of playing basketball for a job, travel the world, and meet people who I consider friends, that I would have never knew existed.

What happened in Portugal? You started the season on a high note, but comparing stat wise to your previous years, it wasnt as good of a season.

Portugal was a roller coaster ride for me. I came in to a team who had just been moved up to the pro league. I wanted to bring all the leadership and skill to help them win as many games as possible. Prior to coming to Portugal, I was having difficulties with my shin, what I assumed was shin splits. Starting the season, I had a couple great games. I felt very comfortable with how I was playing and my stats at the beginning. As the season went on, my shin got progressively worse and it was to the point that before each game and practice, I was taking 4-6 ibuprofens each practice/game day. My shin started heavily affecting my gameplay. There were moments where I couldnt even jump a couple inches off my right leg. However, despite all the pain I was in, I practiced and played everyday and still gave my all. I dont make excuses for my gameplay, and I will admit, I had a bad season last year, but what basketball player hasnt had a bad season? Im looking forward to playing next season and playing the way I know I can, which is at the highest level.

Why didnt you play this 2011/12 season, any specific reason?

YES!!! Besides the NBA lockout domino effect, the main reason I couldnt play is my shin. As I mentioned before, my shin was terrible while I was in Portugal. Little did I know that the ENTIRE season in Portugal, I was playing on a broken shin! When I got back to Los Angeles, I went to one of the best soft tissue specialist in the nation and after a couple MRIs, CT-Scans, and X-rays, the results showed that I not only played my entire season in Portugal on an actual broken shin, but had 5-8 individual stress fractures to go along with it. The worst part was finding out that I could have actually snapped my shin in half and ended my career, thank God that didnt happen. Im currently being treated everyday and doing major physical therapy getting myself back to 100%. Due to this injury, I had to turn down deals from Germany, Mexico, and a couple other countries this last year. I didnt want to play and risk not only having a bad season, but having a career ending injury.

So what are your plans now? What will you do once your shin is healed?

The most important thing is that Im 100% healthy before I contact agents and teams. I want to be able to give them 100% of me and not be limited to what I can do. Im currently feeling better everyday and will be season ready by July and I plan on making a huge comeback, not only for myself, but for my career. I dont like the stats I put up last year especially when I know I can play 10x better than that, broken shin or not. My goal is to get signed to a high level team, and do what I know I can, which is help lead my team to victory. I plan to keep working hard and taking it day by day until I get my chance to get back out there and eventually get to the NBA stage.
  




Povilas
Cukinas
Povilas Cukinas signs back in Iran - 5 days ago

Chemidor Tehran (Superleague) signed 33-year old Lithuanian ex-international power forward Povilas Cukinas (210-103kg-83). He played last season at Maurienne in French ProB. In 9 games he had 7.1ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.0apg. Cukinas also played that season for Samen where in 26 Superleague games he was third best scorer with impressive 18.3ppg and averaged 7.0rpg and 2.0apg. A very impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague 2nd Team. By Eurobasket Data Center...   [read more]

Zlatko
Jovanovic
Jovanovic re-signs at Naft Abadan !! - 12 days ago

32-year old Bosnian ex-international point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-85kg-84, agency: BeoExcell). He played there last season and averaged 14.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 42.4%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 78.0% in 33 games. He was voted Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague 2nd Team in 2016. Jovanovic was a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina Senior National Team back in 2009. He is quite experienced player. Jovanovic's career allowed him to visit t...   [read more]

Benny
Koochoie
Azad welcomes back Koochoie - 13 days ago

Azad University Tehran (Superleague) inked 30-year old former international guard Benny Koochoie (190-90kg-86, college: CS Stanislaus). It is actually his comeback to Azad as he has played here before. Koochoie played most recently at Shahrdary Gorgan (Superleague). In 24 games he averaged 13.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.8apg and 1.4spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague Honorable Mention. The previous (2015) summer Koochoie was te...   [read more]


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