Sharks Sign Elijah Millsap

In their first significant player-related move of the summer, the Shanghai Sharks have brought in Elijah Milsap, a 6″6 swingman who last played for the LA Defenders in the NBA D-League. Millsap, whose brother Paul plays for Utah Jazz, will be playing his first season in Chinese basketball.

A graduate of the University of Alabama, Millsap went undrafted in the 2010 NBA draft before getting picked up firstly by the Oklahoma City Thunder and then with the LA Lakers. He didn’t play an NBA game for either team but saw extended time with both side’s D-League organisations.

Millsap’s last season in American basketball suggests that the Sharks have acquired themselves a decent starter for the upcoming CBA campaign.  With the Defenders, he averaged 21.2 ppg (and shot close to 40% from three-point range in the process) along with 6.3 rpg and 3.2 apg, which was good enough to get him to the 2012 D-League All-Star game.

With one signing left- presumably a power forward- the Sharks are quickly and quietly putting the pieces together for what they hope will be another run at the playoffs this season.

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