Thursday, September 14, 2006

Chen Jianghua named MVP

According to AsiaBasket and Arthur Volbert, Chen Jianghua was, surprise, suprise, the MVP of the Asian Under-18 Championships. His officials averages were 19 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists.

Arthur Volbert, who does an excellent job running AsiaBasket, posted in YaoMingMania recently that "On the national team he [Chen] could easily see time at the Asian champion alongside Sun Yue, with Sun playing point guard on offense but guarding the opponent's shooting guard on defense." That is an excellent idea (that is, if you forget about Liu Wei completely). But I don't think Chen can play shooting guard in international or NBA-level play. He played PG exclusively in the World Championships, and you'll see him doing the same next year and the year after in the Olympics. Against lesser talent like those in these Asian Championships, he did it (the lack of assists shows that), but not elsewhere. Well, take that back, he can also do that in the CBA. But with Wang Shipeng (starting shooting guard for China) on the team, I don't think he'll be playing it that much.

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