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    Kai is still at least 2 years away from his peak form,which is really good,this next two years are learning curbs,it will be exciting to see him peaking while some stars internationally will be in the decline.

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    I think Kai will peak at age 25-30. So, time is on his sode and if gets good trainers, he can be one of Asia's greatest, not just tallest

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    Quote Originally Posted by Labradoodle View Post
    I think Kai will peak at age 25-30. So, time is on his sode and if gets good trainers, he can be one of Asia's greatest, not just tallest

    At this point he's already going to the next level of competition,by going to Australia's NBL,and after that hopefully a pathway to the NBA,is in the future works and he will be totally ready at all levels in 2 to 3 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Labradoodle View Post
    I think Kai will peak at age 25-30. So, time is on his sode and if gets good trainers, he can be one of Asia's greatest, not just tallest
    The challenge now for Kai on his Gilas journey is this:
    1) A FIBA Asia gold medal for PHL-Gilas in his era
    2.) Bring Gilas to Olympics that Filipinos dreaming for
    3.) A FIBA Asia MVP trophy in his case
    4.) Being top 5 Asia's best player in Asian basketball history

    This are the challenge that Kai should task for.. Barring any injuries and complicated availabilities.. I'm sure he will do it all of these task...

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    I am curious, how does Adelaide play in the NBL? Any comparisons to any team we know of? Be it NBA, FIBA, PBA, etc.

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    Kaya nasabi kong superstar si rj eh, can be a good thing or a bad thing
    To becomes Asia's Best, we need to compete against the World's Best..

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    Quote Originally Posted by judasmartel View Post
    I am curious, how does Adelaide play in the NBL? Any comparisons to any team we know of? Be it NBA, FIBA, PBA, etc.
    I actually do not see much difference or any significant distinctive style from one NBL team to another , but more a difference of how NBL teams in generally play as compared to NBA and of course PBA. for one there is really less reliance on isolations. there are hardly any players who score 30 pts or more in any game. if a player does score a lot over 25 pts , it's really at a very efficient rate,, few touches and few attempts. a lot more ball movement .
    Generally the more productive big men , have had outside shots ( 3 pt line) like Landale. Additionally a big really needs to play decent pick and roll defense and show / switch to perimeter.. or else he will sit.. Cause opposing teams will expose that weakness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Labradoodle View Post
    I think Kai will peak at age 25-30. So, time is on his sode and if gets good trainers, he can be one of Asia's greatest, not just tallest
    With confidence, I say Kai Sotto would be in the same boat as prime Hamed Hadadi & Wang Zhizhi. I saw Hadadi's game when he was around 21 yrs old, I think skill wise (& I'd like to emphasize, skill wise lang ha), a 19-yr old Kai is better than him.

    With Wang Zhizhi-Kai Sotto comparison, its hard to tell becoz Wang was already so skilled even when he was 20 or 21 yrs old. But I think yung lamang ni Kai over Wang is in the ball handling skills. At 19 yrs of age, Kai's ball handling is already so impressive for a 7-footer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spidey102279 View Post
    So I think most of here agree now that Kai is a mobile big man. And can move laterally on defense.
    In the Asian basketball standards bro, Kai is quick/agile & highly mobile for a 7-footer. Of course when we talk of NBA standards, I can't say the same thing about Kai
    "A king may move a man, a father may claim a son, but that man can also move himself, and only then does that man truly begin his own game. Remember that howsoever you are played or by whom, your soul is in your keeping alone, even though those who presume to play you be kings or men of power, when you stand before God, you cannot say, 'But I was told by others to do thus,' or that virtue was not convenient at the time. This will not suffice." - King Baldwin IV

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAMSKIE View Post
    With confidence, I say Kai Sotto would be in the same boat as prime Hamed Hadadi & Wang Zhizhi. I saw Hadadi's game when he was around 21 yrs old, I think skill wise (& I'd like to emphasize, skill wise lang ha), a 19-yr old Kai is better than him.

    With Wang Zhizhi-Kai Sotto comparison, its hard to tell becoz Wang was already so skilled even when he was 20 or 21 yrs old. But I think yung lamang ni Kai over Wang is in the ball handling skills. At 19 yrs of age, Kai's ball handling is already so impressive for a 7-footer.
    Young wang was outplayed by marlou. Young hadadi was outplayed by asi. I am expecting that when he plays against yi or hadadi, he would be outplayed by the veterans. If not, he is potentially next to yao in asian atg

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    Quote Originally Posted by deku_midoriya View Post
    Young wang was outplayed by marlou. Young hadadi was outplayed by asi. I am expecting that when he plays against yi or hadadi, he would be outplayed by the veterans. If not, he is potentially next to yao in asian atg
    I watched the video of that Centennial team vs. China semis game in the 1998 Asian Games a month ago, & I think "outplayed" is not the right term to discribe how Wang Zhizhi played against Marlou Aquino. I think Wang & Marlou had almost identical stats. Marlou blocked Wang's shot but naka ganti naman si Wang kay Marlou with a block. Bottomline is, China beat our Centennial team.

    If I remember it right, when Wang Zhizhi faced Korea with 6-10 center Seo Jang Hoon spearheading Korea, Wang played an excellent game to lead China to the gold medal. Seo was considered among the elite big men of Asian basketball at that time.
    "A king may move a man, a father may claim a son, but that man can also move himself, and only then does that man truly begin his own game. Remember that howsoever you are played or by whom, your soul is in your keeping alone, even though those who presume to play you be kings or men of power, when you stand before God, you cannot say, 'But I was told by others to do thus,' or that virtue was not convenient at the time. This will not suffice." - King Baldwin IV

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAMSKIE View Post
    With confidence, I say Kai Sotto would be in the same boat as prime Hamed Hadadi & Wang Zhizhi. I saw Hadadi's game when he was around 21 yrs old, I think skill wise (& I'd like to emphasize, skill wise lang ha), a 19-yr old Kai is better than him.

    With Wang Zhizhi-Kai Sotto comparison, its hard to tell becoz Wang was already so skilled even when he was 20 or 21 yrs old. But I think yung lamang ni Kai over Wang is in the ball handling skills. At 19 yrs of age, Kai's ball handling is already so impressive for a 7-footer.
    yessir. completely agree with this if you are insinuating that this would be kai's basement. but i think his ceiling is much higher. aside from ball handling, kai is more athletic and mobile than the two. altho to be fair to the past asian legends, the game was different back then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAMSKIE View Post
    In the Asian basketball standards bro, Kai is quick/agile & highly mobile for a 7-footer. Of course when we talk of NBA standards, I can't say the same thing about Kai
    Kai is still a few pounds of muscle away from being a standard NBA big. He'll get there eventually.

    I'm just happy we now have a modern big man. Hoping to see Geo Chiu get that sort of mobility and shooting touch from the perimeter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sroth3839 View Post
    Kai is still a few pounds of muscle away from being a standard NBA big. He'll get there eventually.

    I'm just happy we now have a modern big man. Hoping to see Geo Chiu get that sort of mobility and shooting touch from the perimeter.
    My wish for Geo is that he becomes a bigger and more mobile version of Isaac Go. Kahit yun lang, I'd be happy na. he would be a perfect back up big for the NT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sroth3839 View Post
    Kai is still a few pounds of muscle away from being a standard NBA big. He'll get there eventually.

    I'm just happy we now have a modern big man. Hoping to see Geo Chiu get that sort of mobility and shooting touch from the perimeter.
    My wish for Geo is that he becomes a bigger and more mobile version of Isaac Go. Kahit yun lang, I'd be happy na. he would be a perfect back up big for the NT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAMSKIE View Post
    I watched the video of that Centennial team vs. China semis game in the 1998 Asian Games a month ago, & I think "outplayed" is not the right term to discribe how Wang Zhizhi played against Marlou Aquino. I think Wang & Marlou had almost identical stats. Marlou blocked Wang's shot but naka ganti naman si Wang kay Marlou with a block. Bottomline is, China beat our Centennial team.

    If I remember it right, when Wang Zhizhi faced Korea with 6-10 center Seo Jang Hoon spearheading Korea, Wang played an excellent game to lead China to the gold medal. Seo was considered among the elite big men of Asian basketball at that time.
    That was not the young Wang he was talking about. Wang went here to the Philippines with a team and played the national team which Marlou was a part of. that was the 19 year old Wang

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    Quote Originally Posted by wnox View Post
    That was not the young Wang he was talking about. Wang went here to the Philippines with a team and played the national team which Marlou was a part of. that was the 19 year old Wang
    1. wang zhi zhi was 17 years old when he came to d philippines in 1994.
    2. his team played games vs pbl teams, not d philippine team.
    3. wang debuted in d senior national team at age 18 in 1995 but never played a single game as far as i know.
    4. wang played his first senior NT game in an official tourney at age 19 in d atlanta olympics in 1996.
    5. wang came back in 1998 to play d centennial team and laguna lakesrs, he was 21 then.

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    Ok noted.

    I thought you're referring to the Marlou Aquino-Wang Zhizhi match-up in 1998 when Wang was 21 & Marlou was around 26
    "A king may move a man, a father may claim a son, but that man can also move himself, and only then does that man truly begin his own game. Remember that howsoever you are played or by whom, your soul is in your keeping alone, even though those who presume to play you be kings or men of power, when you stand before God, you cannot say, 'But I was told by others to do thus,' or that virtue was not convenient at the time. This will not suffice." - King Baldwin IV

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