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    Top 10 players after 2 rounds:
    1. Nigel Dixon, Yunnan (1-1) 33.0p 19.0r 2s
    2. Anthony Myles, Dongguan (1-1) 35.5p 12.5r 2a 2s
    3. Mengke Bateer, Xinjiang (2-0) 20.5p 15.5r 6a 2s
    4. Wang Zhizhi, Bayi (2-0) 26.0p 8r 2.5a 2.5s 2.5b
    5. Soumaila Samake, Zhejiang (1-1) 15.5p 19.5r 2.5b
    6. Jerod Ward, Shanghai (0-2) 34.0p 16.0r 2a
    7. Ernest Brown, Liaoning (2-0) 24.5p 9r 2s 4b
    8. Hu Xuefeng, Jiangsu (2-0) 25.0p 3r 3.5a 7s
    9. Brandon Robinson, Shaanxi (0-2) 24.0p 11.5r 1.5a
    10. Herve Lamizana, Shandong (1-1) 24.0p 12.5r 2s 2.5b
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    Quote Originally Posted by sinobball
    1. Nigel Dixon, Yunnan (1-1) 33.0p 19.0r 2s
    Wow. I'm glad to see that he's doing well. I think he was last in the NBDL and having some weight problems. It's good to see that he's playing well in a better league. He's one of the biggest players in the sport.
    3. Mengke Bateer, Xinjiang (2-0) 20.5p 15.5r 6a 2s
    4. Wang Zhizhi, Bayi (2-0) 26.0p 8r 2.5a 2.5s 2.5b
    Is "a" assists? Is Bateer averaging 6 assists?

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    Nigel Dixon, the #1 pick of the CBA import draft, is the heaviest player in the league and thus unstoppable on offense and boards. Despite not playing any defense whatsoever he is the focus of their offense.

    Yes, Bateer is averaging 6 assists. Not surprising if you know his game, he's always been a top 5 passer in the CBA.

    And CBA is hardly a "better" league than NBDL.
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    Hopefully the arrival of guys like Dixon will encourage Chinese players to bulk up. Guys like Chen Jianghua and Xu Yong are already extremely athletic, but they would really benefit from better conditioning and more body strength.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinobball
    Yes, Bateer is averaging 6 assists. Not surprising if you know his game, he's always been a top 5 passer in the CBA.
    Yeah. He's a very talented big man, but 6 assists per game? I just looked up his statistics, and I saw that he averaged 5 last year.
    And CBA is hardly a "better" league than NBDL.
    I respectfully disagree. The NBDL has so little consistency in players and coaches. I'm mean, they're good players in the NBDL, but the game is just not organized. Just my opinion.

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    Tang leads Dragons past Beijing in CBA's second round

    BEIJING - Jiangsu, Xinjiang, Bayi and Liaoning all won for the second consecutive games at the start of the Chinese CBA season.
    Chinese international Tang Zhengdong dominated with 31 points and eight rebounds as Jiangsu, the Dragon club, beat Beijing, 110-102.
    Tang, a seven-footer, had to go up against 6ft 10in Olumide Oyedeji of Nigeria, who plays for Beijing.
    "I've competed with him (Oyedeji) in the CBA many times," Tang said.
    "At the beginning, he has some certain advantages. As I've matured, though, Oyedeji can't overwhelm me any longer.
    "He's not the type of player I'm scared of. Physically, I'm far stronger than he is."
    Tang and Co led 29-17 after the first quarter and that strong start propelled them to victory. Xie Libin had 23 points in a losing cause.
    Liaoning blew a 15-point lead at the end of the first quarter but still edged Zhejiang Wanma 87-85.
    They stormed out to a 32-17 advantage after the opening 10 minutes but Zhejiang Wanma with Ding and Sui Xiaolong each pouring in 15 points, battled back only to come up just short. Bian Qiang's 20 points and five rebounds led the winners.
    Bayi got 27 points from Wang Lei in their 101-95 triumph over Dongguan.
    Xu Guozhong had 30 points as Xinjiang rolled to a 108-95 win over Jilin. Dejuan Tate finished with a game-high 34 points in a losing cause.
    Shanxi Zhongyu prevailed 102-95 over Shanghai, whose Jerod Ward led all scorers with 36 points. Zhang Xuewen finished with 22 points and eight rebounds for Shanxi Zhongyu.
    Nigel Dixon had 35 points and 20 rebounds in Yunnan's 122-114 victory over Shanxi Dongsheng.
    Zhang Nan caught fire and scored 26 points to lead Zhejiang Guangsha to a 98-88 victory over Shandong. Zhang was also a force on defense, coming up with a league-high five steals.
    Fujian slipped to an 89-84 home defeat to Guangdong, who got 29 points from Chinese international Wang Shipeng.
    Standings :
    No. Team Win Loss
    1.Jiangsu 2-0
    2.Xinjiang 2-0
    3.Bayi 2-0
    4.Liaoning 2-0
    5.Zhejiang Wanma 1-1
    6.Fujian 1-1
    7.Zhejiang Guangsha 1-1
    8.Beijing 1-1
    9.Yunnan 1-1
    10.Dongguan 1-1
    11.Guangdong 1-1
    12.Shanxi Zhongyu 1-1
    13.Shanghai 0-2
    14.Shandong 0-2
    15.Shanxi Dongsheng 0-2
    16.Jilin 0-2
    source:fiba.com
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    Champions Bayi march on

    BEIJING - Wang Zhizhi contributed 18 points and 10 rebounds as defending champions Bayi extended their unbeaten record to 4-0 with a 100-83 win over Beijing in the CBA on Sunday.
    Chen Lei scored 25 points for Beijing but it was to no avail as Li Ke supported Wang with 18 points of his own.
    Xinjiang are the only other team with a 4-0 record, although they had to work hard for a 96-95 victory over winless Shandong.
    David Jackson scored 24 points for Xinjiang to see them home by the narrowest of margins.
    Jiangsu lost for the first time this season, going down 91-84 at Zhejiang Wanma, despite 23 points and 26 rebounds from Tang Zhengdong.
    Samake Soumaila was the main contributor for Wanma with 31 points and 18 rebounds, to take his sides record to 3-1.
    Last year's beaten finalists Guangdong slipped to 2-2 after a 122-106 defeat at Dongguan, for whom Anthony Myles added an incredible 45 points and 11 rebounds.
    Jerod Ward scored 33 points to lead Shanghai to a 95-93 win over Zhejiang Guangsha, Shanxi Dongsheng defeated Liaoning 91-83 and Fujian went down 106-103 at Shanxi Zhongyu despite 22 points and 13 rebounds from Chris Porter.
    Finally, Jilin recorded their first win of the season with a 111-104 overtime victory against Yunnan, Dejuan Tate scoring 37 points.
    source:fiba.com
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    Bayi out on their own

    BEIJING - Reigning champions Bayi are the only unbeaten team in the CBA after five rounds following their 84-75 win over Zhejiang Guangsha on Wednesday.
    Bayi were slow to get into their stride against second-bottom Guangsha (1-4), heading in at the interval locked at 37-37.
    But the champions gradually stretched their legs in the closing quarters, opening up a nine-point advantage at the buzzer courtesy of an inspired performance by Mo Ke, who poured in 32 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.
    David Lucas also registered a double-double (21 points and 19 rebounds) in a losing cause for Guangsha.
    Xinjiang lost their 100% record with a 104-87 reverse against Jiangsu, who recovered from defeat last time out to join Xinjiang on 4-1 for the season.
    Ryan Forehan-Kelly and Hu Xuefeng poured in 25 points apiece for Jiangsu while David Jackson's game-high 31 points were in vain for Xinjiang.
    Zhejiang Wanma (4-1) moved into second place following a 95-82 win over Shanghai, who could not capitalise on 26 points from Jerod Ward.
    Ding Jinhui top-scored for the victors with 21 points.
    Elsewhere, Mack Tuck's 32 points led Shandong to a 121-106 win over Shanxi Dongsheng, Beijing suffered a narrow 104-103 loss to Fujian, who had Chris Porter's 34 points and 13 rebounds to thank for their third win of the season.
    Jilin are bottom of the pile after a thumping 131-97 defeat at the hands of Liaoning, while Yunnan were led by Dontae Jones' 31-point haul in a 106-99 win over Dongguan, who had 34 points from Anthony Myles.
    In Tuesday's game, Guangdong moved into fifth place after crushing Shanxi Zhongyu 137-90.
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    Let's see how the ranking is after 11 rounds (Jilin and Shandong played 1 less game, their game delayed due to weather)

    1. Guangdong Southern Tigers (9W-2L)
    Last season: 2nd
    Preseason ranking (by me!): 2
    Coming off 2 early losses, Guangdong has won 7 in a row. Wang Shipeng (24.9p 46%3P, almost 10 3p attempts a game) has stepped up to lead the team, and reportedly the team will upgrade Cassiano Matheus with ex-NBA player Lamond Murray to solidify their position. Most of their remaining games will be played at home, oh, and Chen Jianghua has not played yet (injury).

    2. Jiangsu Dragons (9-2)
    Last season: 3rd
    Preseason ranking: 3
    Jiangsu picked up Ryan Forehan-Kelly in the offseason, who starred for the team in 04-05 before leaving China for Europe. Well he's back and better than ever, averaging 24.3p 9.1r 4.2a. Tang Zhengdong (21.9p 13.0r), as always, is unstoppable and the team is #1 in scoring with 112 a game.

    3. Xinjiang Flying Tigers (9-2)
    Last season: 9th
    Preseason ranking: 5
    While some were initially suspicious, it turns out that Mengke Bateer's offseason signing was the very reason the non-playoff team metamorphized into a title contender. Bateer (16.1p 12.5r and 4.8a) made his teammates better with his accurate passing, and David Jackson (26.1p) is one of the league's best scorers.

    4. Fujian Sturgeons (7-4)
    Last season: 5th
    Preseaon ranking: 6
    Chris Porter (26.9p 12.5r) is the reason that Lu Xiaoming can average 8.0 assists a game.

    5. Bayi Army Rockets of Ningbo (7-4)
    Last season: 1st
    Preseason ranking: 1
    Bayi started the season 6-0, but has since lost 4 of 5 games, 3 of which against weak teams. Wang Zhizhi (25.5p 9.6r 2.4b) is still putting up MVP-like numbers, but the other players are too inconsistent.

    6. Liaoning Pandas (7-4)
    Last season: 4th
    Preseason ranking: 7
    Liaoning is still undefeated at home. Ernest Brown (22.2p 9.9r) needs to be a little more consistent.

    7. Beijing Ducks (6-5)
    Last season: 10th
    Preseason ranking: 9
    The 2 centers must share a total of 60 minutes per the CBA import rule, but Olumide Oydeji (16.6p 15.5r) and Michael Fey (16.1p 6.7r) have contributed nicely to the team.

    8. Zhejiang Horses (6-5)
    Last season: 7th
    Preseason: 4
    Zhejiang has the best defense in the league (giving up 90.5p a game) thanks to Soumaila Samake's (17.7p 15.3r 2.4b) inside presence. Young star Ding Jinhui (18.5p 8.2r) is doing well.

    9. Dongguan Leopards (5-6)
    Last season: 11th
    Preseason: 13

    10. Shandong Lions (4-6)
    Last season: 7th
    Preseason: 8

    11. Yunnan Honghe Running Bulls (4-7)
    Last season: 16
    Preseason: 11

    12. Shaanxi Kylins (4-7)
    Last season: 13
    Preseason: 16

    13. Jilin Northeast Tigers (3-7)
    Last season: 12
    Preseason: 14

    14. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (3-8)
    Last season: 14
    Preseason: 10

    15. Shanxi Fierce Dragons (3-8)
    Last season: 15
    Preseason: 15

    16. Shanghai Sharks (1-10)
    Last season: 8
    Preseason: 12
    Past CBA winner Shanghai, with a stable franchise, is surprisingly having a truly terrible season. It is paying the price of having too many young players -- 6 of the 10 losses are within 10 points, and only the last game was a blow out (37p loss). Hoepfully Anthony "Pig" Miller can bring better fortunes.

    PS: All my preseason rankings and current rankings differ within 4 positions. While this season has been more unpredictable, there is still a big difference between strong and weak teams.
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    Top Chinese players:
    1. Wang Zhizhi, Bayi 25.5p 9.6r 1.8a 2.0s 2.4b
    2. Mengke Bateer, Xinjiang 16.1p 12.5r 4.8a 1.3s
    3. Tang Zhengdong, Jiangsu 21.9p 13.0r 2.2a
    No surprises in the top 3.

    4. Zhang Kai, Dongguan 18.0p 12.0r 1.7a 1.2s 2.8b
    Zhang Kai is the rail-thin athletic 7-footer who represented China in FIBA-Asia. He was allegedly born in 1982, and even if that could be trusted was still relatively old when he first played in CBA in 2005. He has a lot of natural talents and maybe, as avolbert said in the 13th post of the thread, could deserve a look by the NT next year.

    5. Zhang Nan, Zhejiang Lions 19.7p 6.0r 3.2a 2.0s
    Who? Like Zhang Kai, Zhang Nan (no relation) had been in the CBA for a few years, but never got much recognition due to always playing for weak teams (first for Yunnan). He is an 197cm forward allegedly born in 1981. Thin, loves to drive, good footwork and touch, not much defense.

    6. Wang Shipeng, Guangdong 24.9p 3.3r 2.7a 2.0s
    National Team mainstay has become a 3p shooting specialist which hopefully can translate well in Beijing Olympics. Still, almost as many turnovers as assists as a guard, and this is only the CBA.

    7. Zhu Fangyu, Guangdong 20.4p 5.5r 2.2a 1.5s
    Also doing well in CBA, like he did for the past 8 years or so.

    8. Ding Jinhui, Zhejiang 18.5p 8.2r 1.5a 2.1s 1.1b
    Like I predicted, last year's rookie of the year will have a great season before the Olympics.

    9. Lu Xiaoming, Fujian 9.6p 5.5r 8.0a 3.4s
    Diminutive point guard having a good season. However, China NT doesn't take players under 6 feet.

    10. Tian Yu, Shaanxi 19.2p 4.9r 1.0a 1.8s
    Tian sat on the bench last year in Liaoning because he's short (barely 200cm center) and slow. But he's a good shooter, and after he transferred to Shaanxi which has no other center, shot the lights out, including his career-high 26p, coincidentally, against his former team Liaoning.

    Next 10:
    11. Mo Ke, Bayi 15.8p 7.3r (NT bench player)
    12. Hu Xuefeng, Jiangsu 16.5p 3.6r 3.3a 2.8s (always good in CBA, not in NT)
    13. Xue Yuyang, Xinjiang 16.0p 5.6r (NBA draft pick)
    14. Cao Zhenhua, Shandong 14.4p 7.2r 2.0s (last year college league's MVP)
    15. Wang Bo, Jilin 14.4p 8.1r 4.8a (stats are good, percentage is low)
    16. Liu Wei, Shanghai 16.0p 5.3r 6.1a (can never lead a team to win)
    17. Xu Yong, Shanghai 16.1p 5.7r 2.0a (best NBA potential, far from ready)
    18. Chen Zhaosheng, Yunnan 17.8p 4.7r (smart player, almost 40 years old)
    19. Yen Hsing-Su, Yunnan 10.1p 4.9r 7.3a (Taiwanese actor!!)
    20. Xu Guochong, Xinjiang 16.6p 3.5r (3p shooter)
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    Great reports and opinions, Sino. Thanks for the updates and information.

    Lamond Murray is still a world class player. Just a few years ago he was one of the Cavs big players, scoring something like 15+ points per game. He's going make Guangdong a big team.

    ...so Bayi is 7-4? Well, that's not bad. Obviously they're not where I thought they would be, but Wang is still a beast. They'll pick up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinobball
    Top Chinese players:
    1. Wang Zhizhi, Bayi 25.5p 9.6r 1.8a 2.0s 2.4b
    2. Mengke Bateer, Xinjiang 16.1p 12.5r 4.8a 1.3s
    3. Tang Zhengdong, Jiangsu 21.9p 13.0r 2.2a
    No surprises in the top 3.

    4. Zhang Kai, Dongguan 18.0p 12.0r 1.7a 1.2s 2.8b
    Zhang Kai is the rail-thin athletic 7-footer who represented China in FIBA-Asia. He was allegedly born in 1982, and even if that could be trusted was still relatively old when he first played in CBA in 2005. He has a lot of natural talents and maybe, as avolbert said in the 13th post of the thread, could deserve a look by the NT next year.

    5. Zhang Nan, Zhejiang Lions 19.7p 6.0r 3.2a 2.0s
    Who? Like Zhang Kai, Zhang Nan (no relation) had been in the CBA for a few years, but never got much recognition due to always playing for weak teams (first for Yunnan). He is an 197cm forward allegedly born in 1981. Thin, loves to drive, good footwork and touch, not much defense.

    6. Wang Shipeng, Guangdong 24.9p 3.3r 2.7a 2.0s
    National Team mainstay has become a 3p shooting specialist which hopefully can translate well in Beijing Olympics. Still, almost as many turnovers as assists as a guard, and this is only the CBA.

    7. Zhu Fangyu, Guangdong 20.4p 5.5r 2.2a 1.5s
    Also doing well in CBA, like he did for the past 8 years or so.

    8. Ding Jinhui, Zhejiang 18.5p 8.2r 1.5a 2.1s 1.1b
    Like I predicted, last year's rookie of the year will have a great season before the Olympics.

    9. Lu Xiaoming, Fujian 9.6p 5.5r 8.0a 3.4s
    Diminutive point guard having a good season. However, China NT doesn't take players under 6 feet.

    10. Tian Yu, Shaanxi 19.2p 4.9r 1.0a 1.8s
    Tian sat on the bench last year in Liaoning because he's short (barely 200cm center) and slow. But he's a good shooter, and after he transferred to Shaanxi which has no other center, shot the lights out, including his career-high 26p, coincidentally, against his former team Liaoning.

    Next 10:
    11. Mo Ke, Bayi 15.8p 7.3r (NT bench player)
    12. Hu Xuefeng, Jiangsu 16.5p 3.6r 3.3a 2.8s (always good in CBA, not in NT)
    13. Xue Yuyang, Xinjiang 16.0p 5.6r (NBA draft pick)
    14. Cao Zhenhua, Shandong 14.4p 7.2r 2.0s (last year college league's MVP)
    15. Wang Bo, Jilin 14.4p 8.1r 4.8a (stats are good, percentage is low)
    16. Liu Wei, Shanghai 16.0p 5.3r 6.1a (can never lead a team to win)
    17. Xu Yong, Shanghai 16.1p 5.7r 2.0a (best NBA potential, far from ready)
    18. Chen Zhaosheng, Yunnan 17.8p 4.7r (smart player, almost 40 years old)
    19. Yen Hsing-Su, Yunnan 10.1p 4.9r 7.3a (Taiwanese actor!!)
    20. Xu Guochong, Xinjiang 16.6p 3.5r (3p shooter)
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    ^Liu Xiaoyu is not even close to being one of the top CBA players. He has promise, but right now we just have to wait to see how his game develops.

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    Great analysis Sinoball!

    Btw, does anyone know when Chen Jianghua will be back from his injury?

    Also, I'm interested in seeing Xu Yong. Anyone know where i can watch/download Shanghai Sharks games?

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    My All-CBA domestic teams (only 1 round to go in regular season)

    First
    PG- Lu XiaoMing, Fujian 10.5p 4.9r 7.7a 3.9s
    SG- Wang ShiPeng, Guangdong 22.5p 3.2r
    PF- Zhang Kai, Dongguan 17.0p 11.9r
    PF- Wang ZhiZhi, Bayi 26.2p 7.2r
    C- MenkBateer, Xinjiang 17.3p 13.9r 4.6a

    Second
    PG- Liu Wei, Shanghai 18.4p 5.0r 6.9a
    SG- Zhang Nan, ZJ Lions 17.8p 5.9r
    SF- Xu Yong, Shanghai 18.5p 6.4r 3.4a
    SF- Zhu FangYu, Guangdong 18.8p 4.7r
    C- Tang Zhengdong, Jiangsu 21.3p 11.9r

    Third
    PG- Hu XueFeng, Jiangsu 16.6p 4.4r 3.9a
    SG- Li Nan, Bayi 17.9p 4.9r
    SF- Wang Bo, Jilin 14.9p 7.6r 5.1a
    SF- Ding Jinhui, Zhejiang 18.6p 7.4r
    PF- Chen Zhaosheng, Yunnan 18.2p 5.3r
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    what are the cba rules? do players from taiwan count as import players? what was with this stuff i saw on asiabasket about xinjiang getting busted for using a chinese american? (cun song) if chinese-taiwanese are ok then why not chinese-americans?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sime0n
    what are the cba rules? do players from taiwan count as import players? what was with this stuff i saw on asiabasket about xinjiang getting busted for using a chinese american? (cun song) if chinese-taiwanese are ok then why not chinese-americans?
    Because political policies dictate that Taiwan is considered part of China, whereas one cannot define a Chinese-American (American citizen, since China does not accept double citizenship, no Chinese citizen) this way.

    CBA today released the result after intensive investigation involving contacting airports, Macau SAR (where he was born), national security offices: Due to using Cun Sau Song for 18 games, Xinjiang, who finished 2nd in the regular season tying Guangdong record, is ineligible for the playoffs and Zhejiang Lions, regular season 9th place is the replacement.

    China has these rules that anyone not a citizen of China (or Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR AND Taiwan/Republic of China) is considered an import, which you may or may not agree with but these are rules that should be enforced. To play in China, Cun forged 2 passports. One, issued by local police stations in Harbin, Heilongjiang, lists his real Chinese name (instead of Cun Sau Song it is Guan Xiu Chang in pinyin), and this is the basis for CBA registering him this year. Three years ago, Cun played briefly for Yunnan Running Bulls (2 games), under the name Ma Xiu Chang (fake name) as a resident of Mengzi, Yunnan.

    Back then everything sounded fishy (Press release: "Ma Xiu Chang is a local who studied in US for a number of years and returned") but since he did not play much for a terrible team nobody bothered to make any noise. But this season while he started horrible, he gained his momentum in early December, including a 20p game vs Shandong. This coupled with Xinjiang's league-best record, began to attract media attention as they requested the CBA to investigate. CBA initially were reluctant to do so as they were the one who allowed him to participate, but later gave in to the pressures "above" (aka China Sports Bureau). As a result, Cun left the team on Dec. 20 but it was too late for Xinjiang's sake.

    But I don't think this is the main issue. The main issue was, how could a person who used 2 fake IDs successfully register twice with the CBA? If you know anything about China, even dates of birth of players can "fluctuate" year-by-year and CBA always register them without any question asked, because as they explaine they only register with "official, authentic" documents. But how trustworthy can "official documents" be? A little bribe is all you need when you want to do something illegal in the local police station.

    Thankfully Cun is just a player, and not a terrorist. Now CBA has banned him from playing in China for life.
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    http://familysportslifetoday.com/blo...s/default.aspx

    American coach Tom Newell's blog on coaching in CBA (Jilin Northeast Tigers). He writes a lot, (surprises, frustrations) and while his blog contains a lot of errors, I find it to be worth reading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by avolbert View Post
    A very good analysis. There are a few comments I would like to make.

    I believe that Liu Xiaoyu is more likely to be Guangdong's point guard than is Chen Jianghua. Chen is more likely to play the role that import Terrence Greene played last year, more of an offensive threat than leader of the team. Both Guangdong imports this year are big men. How Su Wei and Wang Zheng develop will also be highly important to Guangdong's prospects for overtaking Bayi.

    Wang Lei is the key to Bayi's success since Li Nan was more likely born in 1974 than 1976, and could be even older. Wang needs to be ready to fill Li's role on the team for Bayi to win the championship.

    The key to Zhejiang making a run for the title may be the play of Zhao Hang. Zhao was the second-best player on China's team at the Albert Schweitzer youth tournament in Mannheim, Germany in 2006. He was not as good as Zhou Peng but better than Chen Jianghua assurance décès . But he got injured and missed the entire 2006-2007 season. If Zhao returns to form, he can provide offense at center. Soumaila Samake only provides rebounds and shot-blocking.
    In fact, I think it's the combination of these two players that make them relentless markers in the field.

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