Yes, you read it right.
The Saigon Heat’s franchise player, David Arnold, has successfully obtained a Vietnamese passport and will now be classified as a local player on the team’s roster.
The 6-foot-2 guard from Colorado, USA, had no trouble in proving his eligibility to be registered as a local player since he has been playing professional basketball in Vietnam for more than three years and his mother, Mrs. Mai Arnold, is a Vietnamese-American.
Interestingly, unlike earlier rumors that Arnold’s ASEAN import slot would be filled in by reigning VBA champion Justin Young, who has already been seen making his return back to Ho Chi Minh City via social media, the Heat have decided to make another bold move by bringing in a whole new face to the team, Michael Williams.
Williams is considered a decent pick up by the Heat as the 6-foot-2 Filipino-American guard has professional experience in the NBA D-League with the Sioux Falls Skyforce where he averaged 4.7 PPG, 2.3 AGP, and 1.4 RPG.
By adding another explosive guard in the backcourt, the Heat will apparently continue to run their lethal small-ball, pace-and-space offensive system under basketball guru Kyle Julius. Moreover, adding more firepower behind the three-point line should strengthen a thin Heat lineup and help overcome foul trouble from their starters, an issue which cost them a painful lost in their previous game versus Mono Vampire.
The team’s record is now 1-2 after three games so far, but the cup is still half full for the Heat this season with reinforcements coming up. The Vietnamese representative will play their first game in 2018 in Changhua, Taiwan, where they will face-off against the Formosa Dreamers on January 6th.