I was writing about Mark Payne and I got to thinking, speaking of 6'8" pointguards, whatever happened to Sun Yue.
For those who don't know, sun yue was a 6'9" point from china who is a good 3 point shooter (Kobe compared him to Sasha vujacic in that suit) and a very good athlete.
The lakers drafted him in the second round a couple years ago (2008?) anyway he wasn't getting much pt so they traded him to the knicks and now he's not on their roster.
So my question is, what happened to him and will he ever get a chance at playing time in the league
He plays for the Beijing Olympians
"Beijing Olympians or Beijing Aoshen are a professional basketball team that formerly played in the Chinese Basketball Association and now play in the West Coast Pro Basketball League, as well as the American Basketball Association."
he had some skills, but i dont think he was good enough for the nba. He wasnt terrible at anything but he wasnt great at anything either. And i serioously doubt he had the speed to play pg in the nba.
I mentioned a while back that he played well in the Olympics in '08, and i nearly got shot to death. People don't seem to think that it counts towards scouting or talent evaluation at all. I think he's decent.
He was a terrible defender and he did nothing at an NBA level. Other than being tall and athletic for a "PG". He wasn't even a PG, it was just the only position he could play to have his best chance at an NBA roster spot.
Sasha Vujacic was very similar to Yue, except Yue was a better athlete and not as good a game-situation shooter. Vujacic was actually a PG when he played overseas and at the very beginning of his Laker career, most don't know that
yeah, sasha played pg his first year or two in the nba. Im pretty sure Yue only played like a total of 30 minutes in his nba career, so its hard to really analyze him too much. What I saw was a decent shooter, decent passer, decent defender, decent ball handler. But to make it in the league, you have to do something better then at a decent level. He was intriguing prospect because of his height, but it just didnt materialize into an nba player.
Sun Yues NBA Career:
10 Games Played
28 Minutes Played
0.6ppg 6 points
3/11 FG 27.3% FG%
0.2apg 2 assists
Career High:4 points
When i did get to see him play in the nba, he looked like a completely different player than when i saw him in the summer league games team china played in. He looked more like Diaw then but in the NBA he looked lost