The Westports Malaysia Dragons’ upcoming ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season will run through Amir Bell after tapping the world import as the team’s floor general.
After missing the playoffs in three consecutive seasons following its 2015-16 championship title, the Westports Malaysia Dragons are be hoping latest import signee Amir Bell can help lead the team back to the ABL postseason and ultimately, another league crown.
Bell, a 4-year player at NCAA Division 1 school, Princeton University, averaged 10.9 points and 2.7 assists as a senior before making a move to play professionally with Fortitudo Agrigento in Italy, where the 22-year-old put up similar numbers.
“I’m excited, it’s my first year in Asia,” Bell shared on playing professionally in Asia. “Excited to be on the Dragons and just experience the ABL competition.”
In comparison to some of the league’s veteran guards, the 6-foot-3 Bell may look underwhelming in terms of size and experience. However, in Bell, Jamie Pearlman may have found just the type of player he is looking for as the Dragons head coach had previously been open on his desire to sign young, hungry imports who are ready to prove themselves in the ABL during the league’s press conference.
Fortunately for the Dragons, it appears Bell and Pearlman are already on the same page as the young guard is poised to prove his new coach and himself right in the tenth edition of the ABL.
“Personally, I just want to prove the type of player I am and show what I can do,” said Bell. “Most important for me is winning the games with my team.”
With the signing of former NBA player OJ Mayo to the Fubon Braves, the competition level of the league is at an all-time high. And to extreme competitors like Bell, the level of play that the ABL offers is just what he is looking for on a per-nightly basis.
“I’m excited as a basketball player. That’s what you want. Playing against high level competition, I’m just excited to compete against this guy [Mayo] to prove myself night-in and night-out.”
The flashy point guard eventually led the Dragons to victory against ABL counterpart Formosa Dreamers in day one of MABA International Invitational Tournament. He showed off his quickness as he dropped 15 points, six boards and five dimes in just 25 minutes of action.
The Dragons will then open their tenth ABL campaign against Fubon Braves away from home at 17th of November 2019.
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