I hope you’ve enjoyed reading part 1 as much as I enjoyed writing it, Lana Del Rey’s lips incident aside. I’ve been suggested a couple of comparisons (thanks Andrew, thanks Jorge!) in the meantime, and I really encourage everyone (yes, all three of you readers!) to hit me up on my Twitter profile, where you will find also some brief thoughts and recaps about daily occurrences in the Chinese league. That said, let’s cover 4 more players you’ll find in the league!
Rookies are a valuable commodity, when you can make good use of them. This, though, is the right year to talk about them, given how well a couple of them has performed. League-wise, this is also a nice way to understand which teams are actively putting new faces on the floor.
Beware: some of them have already played in the NBL; they get the nod because of their young age.
Just as I was compiling this a doubt came into my mind and I had to look up Bayi’s stats. We can officially confirm that probably Wang Zhizhi is safe: he only played one game, he can probably now retire in peace. Probably.
That’s all the good news you’ll get from the bottom half of the league, however.
We’ve finally turned the page. The first half of this regular season is in the books and some sentences have already been handed out. There basically is a chunk of 8 teams far behind, among which some have already given up. That, in itself, probably isn’t a surprise, as isn’t unheard of to see so many import changes. Most of those newcomers, however, aren’t competing for a playoff spot; how much personal success will be a priority in their half-season in the CBA?
“Six characters in search for an author” could make a fitting alternative title for this (it being an Italian play makes it all the more intriguing for me. Patriottism, y’know); besides that, I’ll get that out there at the start: I missed a couple predictions on some of these guys, and you’ll soon see how and why.
Disclaimer: from this point on, as rankings are getting progressively stabler, Shotsuey! will have power rankings only on a biweekly basis. Fear not, though, as I will still post something here on either Sunday or Monday. Still no clue whether it’s going to be a new column or just casual ideas, but you (and hopefully I) will soon find out.
There’s little to add to what results already highlight: Liaoning is the best team around, Guangdong and Guangsha are runners-up and Beijing comes 4th. Since this is no power ranking, let’s stray away from sheer standings and focus on three teams: Beijing, Guangsha and Tianjin. What do they have in common?
Let’s now focus on the bottom half of the league. Which teams are already doomed to irrelevancy, which teams will eventually rise back up for a playoff fight?
P.s. I don’t like to anticipate, but it must be noted that the three newcomers (Sichuan still counts as one) are at the bottom. Will the CBA find an answer to this or is it just a problem that will solve itself?
I’ll admit it: these rankings might help you readers just as much as they help me as a fan an sort-of-an-analyst. Really helps me keep track of how momentums shift from team to team. Last week I talked about a growing rift between top and bottom teams, and while this rift keeps growing when it comes to top-6 and bottom-6 squads (and, noticeably, between Liaoning and
the rest of the league) it’s not necessarily the case for middle-of-the-pack sides.
3 little treats for you readers in this edition of “Se son rose…”.