Fan Ziming, China’s Newest Phenom, Will Debut In Forthcoming CBA Season

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High level Chinese prospects, like comets, don’t come around all-too-often but when they do, it makes sense to put time aside and be there for the moment. Indeed, given the widespread dominance of imports and increasing irrelevance of Chinese players in their own league, there’s currently not a lot of homegrown guys to get pumped over. This seems set to change with the looming debut of Fan Ziming.

The teenage seven-footer, who reportedly weighs in at a solid 250lbs, has been on the radar in China for several years but was only cleared to play in the CBA once he turned eighteen back in April. In the meantime, he has been gathering solid numbers at the youth level and like Zhou Qi and Wang Zhelin (who both turned pro after similar gap years dominating their school-age counterparts in 2012 and 2014 respectively), is now a source of huge interest.

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Summer Of The Dragon Part 3: How Smallball Can Take Over The CBA

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In the third and final part of his look at Chinese basketball, their tactics and and the national team’s traditional stubbornness to change its ways, Marco Catanzro looks at how the best teams in China can embrace modern NBA playbooks and help improve the NT product through leading by example. Continue reading “Summer Of The Dragon Part 3: How Smallball Can Take Over The CBA”

Shark Fin Hoops Interview: Bryce Cotton

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After a sudden late season move, the Xinjiang Tigers cut combo guard Andrew Goudelock and replaced him with former Utah and Phoenix point guard Bryce Cotton. Cotton averaged 21.2 ppg during his run with the Tigers before they eventually lost in the CBA Semi-Finals to eventual champions, Sichuan Blue Whale. He now talks to Shark Fin Hoops about his time with the Tigers and his thoughts on Chinese basketball. Continue reading “Shark Fin Hoops Interview: Bryce Cotton”

The Summer Of The Dragon Part 2: Team China At The Olympics

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In the second part of his wide ranging look at high profile Chinese basketball,  Marco Catanzaro takes a look at how the Chinese National Team will fair in the 2016 Olympics. With some in the Middle Kingdom getting a little anxious that it could go winless for the second Games in a row, where the wins can come from remains a point of contention. Now its time to find out if and how they might rise. Continue reading “The Summer Of The Dragon Part 2: Team China At The Olympics”

Summer Of The Dragon Part 1: Why Is The National Team So Bad Right Now

 

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In the first of three pieces, Marco Catanzaro is breaking down the nuts and bolts of Chinese basketball and trying to make sense of why tactics are not succeeding and suggesting what needs to change. In light of the Chinese National Team recently getting SMOKED by the USA over two games, his first task is to run the rule over why Team China got so comprehensively beaten.  Continue reading “Summer Of The Dragon Part 1: Why Is The National Team So Bad Right Now”

China’s Best Kept Secrets? Profiling Shanghai’s Wu Guanxi and Shanxi’s Ge Zhaobao At Summer League

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Just when you thought you had seen it all, we have another Chinese guy making an NBA appearance, although only for some Summer League action. While last year He Tianju, while largely unproven by any NBA standard, was surely a top tier player by CBA standards, this year’s new additions are far more of a mystery, sometimes even by CBA standards.

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Breaking Down Zhou Qi’s Potential Fit With The  Rockets and NBA

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Making his debut for Shark Fin Hoops, Rolling Wave (aka Richard Chen) breaks down the potential of Zhou Qi in an NBA environment. The young shot blocker made national headlines in China after getting drafted by “Yao’s team”– now it’s time to see what the Rockets have on their hands.
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