Yessir. We’re gonna have some scouting notes on some CBA youngsters as well. Of course, this is not at the expense of the weekly thoughts I’ll keep sharing with you.
Since I imagine that emptying my notebook on a player who is supposedly the next – or maybe another – big thing in Chinese basketball would suit pretty well as the main entrée of this number of Se son rose…, let’s just go for it without further ado:
Zhou Qi – 1996, C, 7’1″/210
– knows how to use his great length: tries to attack passing lanes, racks up steals, blocks and deflections, can keep the ball alive on the offensive board; at this level can be a great rim protector even without major athleticism
– efficient on the offensive end, doesn’t take shots if they’re not available (hasn’t missed more than 1 shot per game in first 5 games)
– can take a charge, plants his feet on the ground, doesn’t need to jump to contest shots
– not afraid to step to the perimeter to switch on pick and rolls, stays active
– can make a mid-range shot, shows promising touch and good instincts
– trust his length way too much, tries to go for the steal even when there’s no chance, lacks discipline on defense
– incredibly thin, doesn’t shy away from contact by any means but gets pushed away, can’t hold his ground as a post defender as he lacks lower body strength
– elevation isn’t there, can hurt his upside at the next level
– at this point is obviously lacking experience: should stay closer to the basket to use his length on offense, instead tends to linger on the perimeter
– his wiry body doesn’t allow him to be a threat on the post, footwork looks still a bit raw, vs Liaoning his only miseed shot was due to a wrong-footed elevation for what would have otherwise been an easy layup
In a nutshell:
Lengthy, efficient center with good touch that will only get better with time and experience, as he learns where to be on the court. Will be a force in the CBA, but the lack of quality lift and a frame that needs major work in the weight room (but can his body endure it?) hurt his upside as an NBA prospect.
Of course, more updates will follow as clearly this kid needs time and no pressure.
On a separate note, let me introduce you to the concept named Chi l’ha visto?. This, of course, is another Italian reference you didn’t ask for; there’s this TV show bearing the aforementioned name (translatable to “Who saw him/her?”) that discusses the fate of some missing persons in hope to help rescue or retrieve them in some form or fashion; there are local players in the CBA whose minutes have dropped from a couple of years ago despite their elite production; some because of health issues, some because of better players stealing their starting spot, some because the CBA just works in mysterious ways.
This is not an analysis or a heap of unstable theories; this is a scream for help. Let us know, please!
Wasn’t Li Muhao supposed to be good? I understand he’s had some injuries, but can he please play more than 20 meaningless minutes per game once in his career?
Why are Li Gen’s minutes dropping year after year since his arrival in Beijing? Seriously, he keeps playing great. There’s no reason.
I know Han Dejun hasn’t disappeared at all, but I also know that he was supposed to be much more than a CBA center, and then things didn’t pan out, mostly because of his bad conditioning. We will always doubt whether he could really make it, but looking at today’s game vs Xinjiang, man, his touch his surprising for a guy who never shot that efficiently. He’s had two crazy and-ones. Why, Han? Couldn’t you just hit the gym?
On the bright side, everybody clap your hands and give it up for the return of Chang Lin, who’s finally played major minutes somewhere in his incredible journey between China and USA and is averaging 20+ ppg. Finally.
Last but not least, I really enjoyed today’s match between Liaoning and Xinjiang. Blatche is a pleasure to watch, 20-9-6 is a great stat line. I’ve also been surprised by how often I’m seeing teams fielding three guards and two centers in the fourth, as the Flying Tigers did today with Zhou Qi, Su Wei, Crawford, Liu Wei and my man Xire, who is by far the best Chinese defender there is. So physical, so tough, I love that man.
See you on Sunday for week 2’s Power Rankings!