The reigning ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) World Import MVP Anthony Tucker will be back for another run after he re-signed with the Macau Black Bears (formerly Chong Son Kung Fu) for the upcoming season.
During his first go-around in the league, the sweet-shooting American guard was a perennial triple-double threat every night as he averaged 22.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 7.8 assists, and 1.6 steals per game, all while shooting 46 percent from the field and impressive 41 percent from beyond the arc during the past season.
Tucker led Kung Fu to a league-best 15-5 record, totalling 453 points scored in the regular season in 20 games played. He also led the league in three-point field goals with 79 makes.
“It feels great to be back,” said Tucker through a message to ASEANSports. “I’m really excited to be back with our General Manager Lukas Pang. We feel like we have unfinished business.”
The franchise has closed up shop in the laid-back city of Foshan in China to be the first ever professional sports team in one of the biggest entertainment hubs of Asia. The transfer to Macau will also usher in a new batch of local Macanese players that will be joining Tucker in the new-look team this upcoming season.
“The move to is going to be a great new experience that I am looking forward to it. It’s going to be exciting being the first professional basketball team in Macau and hopefully we can inspire the youth and create a great fan base and atmosphere there.”
Even after losing Filipino-American forward Caelan Tiongson to the defending champions San Miguel Alab Pilipinas, the commitment of the reigning World Import MVP and the return of teammate and Heritage Import MVP Mikh McKinney will help push the franchise to try and improve on their already impressive debut last season.
The ninth season ASEAN Basketball League is set to return in November.
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