For the fourth time in the season, the Zhuhai-based Wolf Warriors will replace their world import.
Former New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls center Eddy Curry came to Zhuhai as arguably the most tenured NBA player to ever play in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), having won a championship with the Miami Heat, while also averaged double-digit in scoring throughout his 12-year career in the best basketball league in the world.
However, six years without any real professional basketball stint seemed to have affected the player who once led the NBA in field goal percentage as Curry could not live up to the hype. After a promising debut game with 18 points and 16 rebounds (15 offensive boards), the 7-foot big man struggled to be a major factor in a Wolf Warriors squad that lost eight games to start the season.
And after the defeat at Malaysia last Sunday, Curry have become the fourth import after Mario Wuysang, Deshawn Mitchell and Eric Tisby, to part way with the Chinese club. In 12 games for the Wolf Warriors, he averaged 11.5 points and 6.6 rebounds while playing only around 24 minutes a game, which is very low for the standard of an ABL world import.
It did not take long for coach Skillman to have a replacement for Curry as the team has reportedly signed 6’7 forward Shawntez Patterson.
The 28-year-old wing suited up for three different schools in his college days (Duquesne, Troy and Alabama State) and average about six markers, four rebounds per game before starting the professional career with the Surrey Scorchers in the British Basketball League. Since then, he has travelled across Europe and played in top leagues in Finland, Turkey, Norway and Italy.
Patterson last played for ACS Targu Jiu in the top-tier league of Romania where he put up 18.9 points, 8.9 rebounds, annd 1.2 steals per game on over 50 percent shooting.
As Patterson’s natural position is a small forward, his arrival will move Mike Bell to the center position where the 36-year-old regularly excelled at during his time with the Hanoi Buffaloes in the Vietnam Basketball Association (VBA) 2018.
The Detroit-native has the ability to score from both inside and outside will also reduce the pressure on Wolf Warriors’ scoring leaders Cai Chen and Mike Taylor while his advantage to be used for stretching the floor will benefit Wolf Warriors local shooters like Cris Shentu, Yan Xu and Jenning Leung.
With the new weapon added and having its confidence boosted, the Wolf Warriors will look to notch their second victory of the season on 20th January against the Macau Black Bears, who are currently on a three-game losing streak.
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