Two years ago

NBL Non-Restricted Asian Prospects

Last year the Bullets brought in Makoto Hiejima, are there chances we could see some players this season, under the new rule?

I can only think of a couple that would make strong cases;

- Christian Standhardinger (Fil-German) - 6'8 PF/C
- Matthew Wright (Fil-Canadian) - 6’4 SG/SF
- Abudushalamu Abudurexiti (China) - 6’8 SF
- Zhou Qi (China) - 7’1 C

Any more that I might’ve missed?

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Two years ago

Joe Alexander Taiwan EXNBA PLAYER

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Two years ago

AFAIK, the Asian player rule doesn't apply to naturalised Asians (eg Quincy Douby, Andre Blatche, Ricardo Ratliff, Nick Fazekas) or any other foreign raised Asians with mixed heritage especially including Standhardinger, Wright, Jason Brickman and Stanley Pringle among many others....If Jordan Clarkson ever expresses an interest in the (A)NBL, would an Asian player exception be made for him?

From a pure $$ perspective, and has been discussed several times before Zhou Qi and Abudushalamu Abudurexiti wouldn't play on NBL money is as... Other full Asian prospects of interest in the same boat include Japan's Yuta Watanabe, Yudai Baba (was in the Mavericks mini-camp), Lebanon's Wael Aralkji, a Goran Dragic style lefty guard, in addition to a gamut of South Koreans and Iranians.

A point to consider are that (again AFAIK), the Asian/Oceania player rule was changed to only include player's from select Asian countries (Iran and Lebanon are excluded, this rule directly affected Guam international Tai Wesley).

To stimulate real debate here, this set up could be workable by taking a leaf out of the A-League's book who top of a club's salary to overseas marquees with their own contribution fund. Perhaps a combination of club payments, league contributions and personal sponsors (perhaps from the country of origen of said player- eg Huawei for Chinese players) would move the needle somewhat.

Finally, In many cases, we probably also underestimate the transition not just from a playing, but a living perspective to the (A)NBL. Some people here criticised Brisbane's handling of Hiejima, this article may provide some perspective.

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Two years ago

Theres no way in hell the two from china would play here, less court time for even less money

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A A Ron  
Two years ago

Would love to see Gabe Norwood in the NBL

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Two years ago

Thanks Roofman for the info!

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Two years ago

What about that giant from india who played summer league with dallas?

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Two years ago

Satnam Singh?

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Two years ago

IMHO it's a fundamentally flawed concept.

The aim is to make our league popular so we can attract viewers and/or sell the broadcasts. So we're only interested in countries where there is already a huge market and big dollars for BBall.

We want players of sufficient quality that they would bolster our squads and get minutes, and that already have a sufficient profile to generate interest from their home country.
Yet any such players would already be able to make better money in those same home leagues!!

We could target countries where even the best local players get paid a pittance (Indonesia for example) but that probably means there is limited money available for BBall, so we won't get much by selling our games there.

It only works for Next Stars, because we are exploiting a gap year.

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Two years ago

Wildcats have had discussions with Zhou Qi

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Two years ago

discussions dont mean anything

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Two years ago

baba would be a great get,

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Two years ago

Yudai Baba- Elite sg.
Yugi Togashi - Japan's starting pg playing in Japan.
Yuta watanabe - g league unlikely to get.
Hugh watanabe - young 6’10 centre that has surprised me

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Two years ago

Yugi Togashi 5'6 PG / Chikara Tanaka 6’4 PG
Yudai Baba 6’4 SG / ?
Yuta Watanabe 6’9 SF / ?
Rui Hachimura 6’9 PF / Avi Schafer 6’9 PF
Hugh Watanabe 6’10 C / ?

Could really push Australia going forward, just need a couple more elite guys.

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