It’s official: The Fubon Braves have signed two more stars for their upcoming debut season in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).
Consistent to our earlier reports, former Chinese Taipei national team big man Tseng Wen-Ting and former NBA star Ovinton J’Anthony ‘OJ’ Mayo have both reached an agreement to sign with the team, ahead of their first campaign in Asia’s first regional league.
The 6-foot-8 Tseng is popular among Asian fans for his many international competitions with the Chinese Taipei national team, reaching the peak of their success when they defeated the hosts Philippines to advance to the semifinals of the 2013 FIBA Asia Championships.
Tseng is returning home from an 8-year career in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), where he has built a solid career after leaving Taiwan in 2011. However, he continued to serve the national team in international competition for more than a decade since making his FIBA Asia debut in 2001, and is regarded as one of the best players from Taiwan.
Meanwhile, the former third overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2008 NBA draft, Mayo himself is no stranger to Taiwanese basketball, spending a year with the Taipei Dacin Tigers in the Super Basketball League (SBL).
Mayo previously teamed up with current Singapore Slingers center Anthony ‘Biggie’ McClain and the Dacin Tigers, where he averaged 22.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game and was voted as an SBL All-Star, and also won the Three-Point Shooting Award.
Chinese Taipei’s latest champion club, Fubon has continued to strengthen their team as built a solid local roster after bringing in Lin Chih Chieh while also successfully retaining key local players Joe Lin and Venti Hung, solidifying their status as a legitimate playoff contender even before playing their first ABL game.
The Fubon Braves are set to open their maiden ABL campaign on November 16 at home against the Macau Black Bears.
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