This year’s World Cup, the Japanese men’s basketball team lost all 5 games, averaging 26 points per game, ranking last from the bottom
Despite the bleak record, the Japanese men’s basketball team has seen hope, because the performances of two young NBA players Hachimura and Yuta Watanabe are remarkable.
Rui Hachimura is the No. 9 pick in this year’s NBA, and his talent is beyond doubt.
If nothing else, Rui Hachimura has a good chance to become the number one basketball player in Asia in the future.
Compared with Rui Hachimura, Yuta Watanabe’s experience is more inspirational.
After graduating from George Washington University, Yuta Watanabe participated in the NBA draft, but unfortunately lost.
Yuta Watanabe could have returned to the Japanese league to develop and easily get a high salary, but he insisted on hitting the NBA.
With his outstanding performance in the summer league, Yuta Watanabe won a two-way contract with the Grizzlies.
Although Yuta Watanabe doesn’t have many opportunities to play in the NBA, he has been actively trained in the Development League.
In this year’s World Cup, Yuta Watanabe averaged 15.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. His improvement can be seen with the naked eye.
Encouraged by Yuta Watanabe, another Japanese player has chosen to go to the United States to develop!
On September 18, , Baba Yuda held a press conference in Tokyo and officially announced his plan to go to the United States. He received a contract from the Lone Ranger and will participate in the Lone Ranger NBA preseason training camp starting at the end of this month.
Although Baba Yuda did not disclose the details of the contract, it is basically confirmed that it is an Exhibit10 contract.
Most fans will not be unfamiliar with the Exhibit10 contract. Ding Yanyuhang signed such a contract with the Lone Ranger last year.
According to the regulations, the team can convert the player’s Exhibit10 contract to a two-way contract before the start of the regular season.
However, with the great strength of the horse farm, the hope of turning into a two-way contract is very slim.
This means that before the start of the new season, Bachang Xiongda is likely to be waived by the Lone Ranger, and then join the subordinate Texas Legend to compete in the Development League.
Baba Xiongda must have expected such a result, but even if there is a chance, he will work hard to get it.
In fact, Baba Xiongda has always had the idea of hitting the NBA. This summer, he played in the summer league on behalf of the Mavericks.
Baba Xiongda knew very well that this was his last chance to hit the NBA, so he went all out.
In order to go to the United States to develop and improve himself, in terms of personal interests, Baba Yuda made a lot of sacrifices.
You know, the 24-year-old Baba Yudai is entering the peak of his career. He was the FMVP of the Japanese B-League last season.
There is no doubt that Baba Yuda is the local super giant of the Japanese B-League. His annual salary is equivalent to about 2 million yuan, which is definitely considered a high salary in the B-League.
And how much money can you get for playing in the Development League?
The annual salary is about 35,000 US dollars, equivalent to about 250,000 RMB, and the annual salary has shrunk by 8 times!
In other words, in order to develop in the United States, Bachang Xiongda’s annual salary has shrunk by 8 times, which is very admirable!
The rise of the Japanese men’s basketball team is predictable because they are already on the right path.
Just like the Japanese men’s football team in the past, more and more players are turning to overseas development.
In the 2020 Olympic Games and the 2023 World Cup, the Japanese men’s basketball team will be the host, which will undoubtedly accelerate their upward momentum.
In fact, we also have players who are willing to sacrifice their personal interests for their dreams.
Last summer, Ding Yanyuhang, the two-time CBA MVP, resolutely gave up the high salary of the CBA when he was at his peak, and jumped out of his comfort zone to develop in the United States.
In fact, Ding Yanyuhang also knows that his hope of landing in the NBA is very slim, but in order to improve himself, he still accepted the Exhibit10 contract of the Lone Ranger, even if he can only play in the Development League with a meager salary.
However, due to injury problems, Ding Yanyuhang did not appear in the development league, which is really regrettable.
What makes Chinese fans even more desperate is that there will be more players in Japan, and we probably won’t have the next Ding Yan Yuhang, because the domestic league is too comfortable.
Look at Zhou Qi, his starting point is much higher than that of Yu Watanabe, but he doesn’t cherish the opportunity.
After being waived by the Rockets, Zhou Qi returned to China. Although he said that his goal was to return to the NBA, in fact he had already decided to return to the CBA, and he immediately became popular.
In order to sign Zhou Qi, the Liaoning men’s basketball team offered an annual salary of 25 million, and the Beijing men’s basketball team offered an annual salary of 30 million.
Faced with such a generous offer, Zhou Qi must have no desire to return to the NBA.
After the Basketball Association awarded Zhou Qi’s ownership to the Xinjiang Men’s Basketball Team, Zhou Qi stated that he would go to the European League to play.
Anyone with a discerning eye can see that Zhou Qi doesn’t really want to play in the European League, it’s more like raising the price.
In the end, Zhou Qi got the 20 million annual salary offered by the Xinjiang Men’s Basketball Team as he wished.
It is reported that some European teams are really interested in Zhou Qi, but they only offered an offer of 300,000 euros (equivalent to RMB 2.35 million).
Looking back now, Zhou Qi’s development in the United States was more like exporting to domestic sales, just for gold plating, so that he could return to CBA to get a higher annual salary.
During the one and a half years of playing for the Rockets and Vipers, Zhou Qi didn’t show a little bit of aggressiveness, he just looked like dawdling, and didn’t make any progress at all.
I have to say that the local players are so comfortable nowadays, they can easily get high salaries in the CBA, and big-name players can also get a lot of advertising endorsements, so they are even less interested in going out.
For the Chinese men’s basketball team, this is a very negative reality