Another Chinese Player Zhou Qi Picked by the Rockets in NBA Draft

u4nba Date: Jun/27/16 23:13:13 Views: 2561

Another Chinese player in NBA! The Houston Rockets selected the Chinese Center Zhou Qi with the 43rd pick of the 2016 NBA Draft. Zhou Qi is the seventh Chinese players selected by the NBA draft, the previous 6 players are Song Tao, Wang Zhizhi, Yao Ming, Xue Yuyang, Yi Jianlian, Yue Sun. Even more surprising is that another Chinese player Wang Zhelin was unexpectedly selected by the Grizzlies in the 57th pick.




Zhou Qi just so happened to be in Italy playing for the Chinese national team. The interpreter on the call was legendary Rocket and newly elected Hall of Famer Yao Ming. Morey said with a smile, “Yao Ming was acting as a very expensive translator for us.”

Adam Silver, NBA Commissioner, made the announcement as Rockets selected Zhou Qi “With the 43rd pick of 2016 NBA draft, the Houston Rockets selected Zhou Qi from Xinjiang, China. He last played for Xinjiang Flying Tigers in China.”

When Zhou will play for the Rockets is uncertain given his contract status with the CBA. The Rockets hope it's soon, because they’re getting a 7-foot-2, 218-pound center who averaged 15.8 points while shooting 60.3 percent from the floor last season for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers.

Morey said, “He has as high an upside as anyone in the draft, he’s a skilled, high-basketball-IQ player. He can shoot the ball, rebound the ball, block shots, very mobile for his size. When he makes the NBA, he will have one of the top two or three wingspans in the league, so he has potential on both ends.”

“He’s a very thin player, very similar body to Tyson Chandler when he came out in the draft,” Morey said of Zhou. “A lot of players come in thin and develop over time. It’s not uncommon. He has a thin frame right now and it's something obviously as he gets older will change.” "The stuff Zhou Qi can do at that size, if he really is just 20 years old, is crazy," former NBA guard and CBA veteran Bobby Brown told Bleacher Report in a story about Zhou. "He needs confidence and guidance. He reminds me of Kristaps Porzingis but not as good."

We all know that since 2014, the NBA has been without a Chinese player when Yi Jianlian returned following a mediocre NBA spell. Simmons was very much looking forward to joining the team, he said “I feel relaxed and comfortable with the system - great coaches, great people and young team. I am really looking forward to it.”

At the same time, LA Lakers selected Duke freshman Brandon Ingram with the No. 2 overall pick. He is also accurate from long range. As the third pick, the Boston Celtics selected California freshman Jaylen Brown, a 6-foot-7 forward. Adam Silver said, “Next Season starts tonight. And for the players and families gathered here, this is the beginning of a new journey. These young men kept dreaming of this day since the moment they picked up a basketball.”

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