Se son rose… – 2014 rookie mid-season stats.

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.

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CBA Power Rankings, half-season edition (part 2).

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.

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CBA Power Rankings, half-season edition (part 1)

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?

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Se son rose…half season: Half tweener, half amazing/Almost Dorado. 6 odds-defying destinies that clarify why the CBA is NOT for everyone.

“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.

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Shotsuey!’s handguide to (at least some) CBA local players, part 1.

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.

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Se son rose…week 6. Beijing, who could hardly be a better team; Guangsha, who still could be an even better team; Tianjin, who should have been a far better team.

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?

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CBA Power Rankings, week 5 (part 1).

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.

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CBA Power Rankings, week 4 (part 2).

I was tempted to begin this piece with a statement: from now on, every part 2 of my rankings will be named “How the other half lives”, quoting Jacob Riis’ famous work on portraying the poorest slums in New York. Then, you know, I decided to give up on that out of the respect I have for that book and let’s just say that the CBA is now undoubtedly about halves, and that we can state that every second half of my rankings will undoubtedly concern the less fashionable half of the league. Underachievers, absolute beginners (can I quote Bowie, at the very least?), average joes and uncategorized displays of hopelessness all inhabit the gutter of Chinese basketball.
Who, though, is looking at the stars among those teams?

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