Basketball has been making rapid strides across Asia in the last half a decade. The spread of the game has resulted in quite a few talented players from Asia stepping up and some of them have even featured in the NBA. In this latest top 10 piece, we look at the top basketball players in Asia.
1. Hamed Haddadi (Iran)
The 7 ’2″ former NBA player has been the best in all Asian competitions till now in which he has participated. He was named the tournament MVP and was amongst the tournament’s top five players(called All Star team) during the FIBA ASIA Championships at Manila,Phillipines. The player has won three gold medals at the FIBA ASIA Championships and one bronze in the Asian Games at Doha in 2006. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he led the league in blocked shots per game and rebounds per game.
2. Yi Jianlian (China)
He is one of the best Chinese players to ever play the game. The 7-footer was the #6 overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft. He played with the Chinese national basketball team in the 2004 summer Olympics and the 2006 FIBA World Championships. He was the tournament’s most valuable player at the 2011 FIBA Asia Championships at Wuhan,China. He has won 3 gold medals at FIBA Asia Championships and 1 gold at the 2006 Doha Asian Games, which make him one of the best players in Asia.