Asian Basketball Journal - November 15, 2014

Here in the Philippines there is no site (or person) really dedicated to the Asian hoops scene, which is why this series exists. Through this series of Asian Basketball Journals, I hope to address just that void. I believe that Asian basketball is such a vibrant source of stories, and I think this should be shared with hoop nuts here in the Philippines and beyond.

Like in previous posts, I won’t be going into a lot of detail. I’ll use mostly images and then just add captions to each one that will, hopefully, capture the essence of the latest developments in Asian hoops.

Action in Asian pro hoops continues to heat up!

Here are the highlights of this past week in Asian hoops:
- The Ulsan Mobis Phoebus are riding high on a 10-game winning streak in the KBL!
- Korean legend Hur Jae faces his eldest son, Hur Ung, for the first time in the pros!
- The Hitachi Sunrockers continue to dominate in the NBL!
- The Liaoning Flying Leopards are the only remaining unbeaten club in the CBA!
- BK Kapshagay and Kaspiy Aktau split their back-to-back in the Kazakh Div. 1!
- The Taiwanese SBL is about to start!!!

2014-2015 Korean Basketball League (KBL):
- images from

Heo (Hur) Ung helped the Wonju Dongbu Promy survive a close one against the Jeonju KCC Egis, which are coached by his father, legendary sniper Hur Jae.

Kim Min-Soo unloaded a great game as the Seoul SK Knights tripped the Seoul Samsung Thunder this week. Kim had 20 points on 9/14 FG shooting.

Moon Tae-Jong has struggled so far from the field this season, which is a big reason why the Changwon LG Sakers are just at 6-8 in the standings.

Moon Tae-Young tries an air reverse in this snapshot from Ulsan Mobis Phoebus's win over Wonju Dongbu Promy.

Park Sung-Jin of the Incheon ET Land Elephants led his team with 16 points in defeating Busan KT Sonic Boom.

Coach Yoo Jae-Hak of Ulsan is glowing with pride at his team's 10-game winning run.

2014-2015 Japanese National Basketball League (NBL): 

Atsunobu Hirao and the rest of the Hiroshima Dragonflies remain near the top of the Western Division as they stamped their class on the Kumamoto Volters this past week.
(image from the Hiroshima Dragonflies)

Fumihiko Aono and the Levanga Hokkaido club continue to struggle in the new season, remaining at the bottom of the Eastern Division with a 2-9 record.
(image from NBL-Japan)

Hiroyuki Kinoshita shouts out orders as the Hitachi Sunrockers defeated the Tsukuba Robots early this week.
(image from NBL-Japan)

Kei Igarashi tries to defend against Kenji Hilke of the Kumamoto Volters. The Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins swept the Volters late this past week.
(image from NBL-Japan)

Daiki Terashita and the rest of the Wakayama Trians continue to have a frustrating season as star scorer Takuya Kawamura remains injured.
(image from the Wakayama Trians)

2014-2015 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA): 
- images from

Andray Blatche has really burst into the CBA scene, becoming a constant double-double threat. Oh, and he also just dropped a 43-10-8 line today against Tianjin.

Promising wingman Ding Yanyuhang of Shandong tries to evade the D of the Guangsha Lions' Li Jinglong.

Hamed Haddadi erupts in celebration after the Qingdao Eagles beat the Zhejiang Golden Bulls. Haddadi had 28 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 assists.

Han Dejun, Li Xiaoxu, and Yang Ming are all smiles as the Flying Leopards are the only ones remaining undefeated in the CBA.

Former NBAer Von Wafer has been tearing it up in China, averaging about 28 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists for the Shanxi Brave Dragons.

Yi Jianlian emphatically slams one home as the Guangdong Southern Tigers moved up to 5-1 after beating the Foshan Long Lions.

2014-2015 Kazakhstan Division 1 Basketball:
- images from

Azim Yagodkin of BC Kaspiy Aktau tries to outrun Daniil Seleznev in this transition play. Kaspiy Aktau won, 79-61, and moved up to 4-4.

Maxim Smirnov gets bottled up by tight interior defense as 19-year old 6'8 phenom Robert Pan gets in position.

Nika Ramishvili protects the ball against Vasili Savchenko as BC Kaspiy Aktau seems to be on the rise.

2014-2015 Taiwanese Super Basketball League (SBL):
- images from Yahoo! Taiwan.

6'10 Darian Townes joins Taiwan Mobile in its bid to dethrone Ulsan Mobis Phoebus this season.

Tyler James (right), at 7'2, is easily one of the biggest players in the country.

Lu Cheng-Ju and the Yulon Luxgen just made things official. The deadly sniper renewed his contract and will continue to ply his trade for Yulon.

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