The Fubon Braves are set to sign former NBA All-Rookie First Team guard Ovinton J’Anthony ‘OJ’ Mayo as one of their world imports for their debut season in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).
Mayo is no stranger to Taiwanese basketball, as he teamed up with current Singapore Slingers center Anthony ‘Biggie’ McClain with the Taipei Dacin Tigers in the Super Basketball League (SBL) during the 2018-19 season. He averaged 22.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game and was voted as an All-Star, and also won the Three-Point Shooting Award.
Making a return to Taipei, Mayo is expected to sign with the team within the next few days, barring any unforeseen changes. Chinese Taipei’s latest champion club keeps making notable additions after previously signing in national team veteran Lin Chih Chieh and retaining key local players Joe Lin and Venti Hung earlier in the offseason.
The former third overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2008 NBA draft has also played for the Dallas Mavericks and the Milwaukee Bucks, before moving to play for Puerto Rico after being dismissed from the league for violation the anti-drug program.
Turning 32 years of age before the season opener, Mayo is still seen within his prime years and will be expected to help lead the team as he joins Charles Garcia Jr. as the Braves’ second world import. Meanwhile, it remains to be seen if the team decides to bring back Canadian-Indian center Sim Bhullar after the 7-foot-5 center reinforced the squad during their recent FIBA Asia Champions Cup campaign.
Fubon will have a plethora of talented guards when Mayo, who most recently appeared for Hunan Jinjian Miye squad in China’s second division National Basketball League (NBL), officially joins the squad as they gear up for the ABL season.
The Braves open their ABL campaign on November 16 at home against the Macau Black Bears.
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