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Sun Yue
孙悦
Sun Yue with the Beijing Aoshen Olympians.jpg
Point guard/shooting guard/small forward
Born November 6, 1985 (1985-11-06) (age 24)
Cangzhou, Hebei, PR China
Nationality Chinese
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Draft 2nd round, 40th overall, 2007
Los Angeles Lakers
Pro career 2003–present
Former teams Beijing Aoshen Olympians (2003–2008) Los Angeles Lakers (2008–2009)

Beijing Aoshen Olympians (2009-present)

Awards 1x NBA Champion
(2009)
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Sun.

Sun Yue (simplified Chinese: 孙悦traditional Chinese: 孫悅pinyin: Sūn Yuè, born November 6, 1985 in Cangzhou, Hebei) is a 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) Chinese professional basketball player. He is currently playing for his Chinese team, the Beijing Olympians. He became the fifth Chinese player to play in the NBA.[1]

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Professional career

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Beijing Aoshen (2002–2008)

Sun started playing with the Beijing Olympians, which was the only privately owned club of the CBA, in 2002 at the age of 17.[2] In 2004, Sun was selected to the Chinese national under-20 team,[2] but when his team refused to release him to play, the CBA banned the Olympians from playing in the CBA.[2] After touring in Taiwan, the team moved to play in the ABA. In Sun's first year in the ABA, the 2005-06 season, his final numbers included 9.5 points per game, 7 rebounds per game, and 6.7 assists per game.[2] Sun also had his first triple-double of his career, with 12 points, 14 assists, and 12 rebounds,[3] and was named to the All-ABA 2nd team.[2] In the following year, Yue improved his numbers, making the All-ABA First Team with averages of 13.5 points per game, 6 rebounds per game, 10.5 assists per game, 1.9 steals per game, and 2 blocks per game.[2]

Los Angeles Lakers/D-Fenders (2008–2009)

After originally entering the 2006 NBA draft, but subsequently withdrawing,[3] Sun entered the 2007 draft. At a pre-draft camp in Orlando, Sun was measured as having a 34" vertical leap, a 5.1% body fat ratio, and a time of 10.68 seconds in lane agility,[2] and he was taken by the Lakers in the second round, 40th overall.[4] However, Sun stayed with the Olympians for another year, before signing with the Lakers in August 2008.[5] But only a few days after he arrived in the US in September, Sun suffered from a bout of mononucleosis (glandular fever), and had to be taken to the hospital.[6] After recovering from his illness, Sun finally made his NBA regular season debut on December 7, 2008 against the Milwaukee Bucks, recording 4 points in 5 minutes of play.[7] He played in 10 games, and scored a total of 6 points in 28 minutes, before being assigned on March 6[8] to the Lakers' National Basketball Development League affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders. He played 6 games with the D-Fenders, averaging 9.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.3 spg, and 2.3 bpg.[9] Sun Yue then suffered a left ankle sprain during practice with the D-Fenders and missed the remaining D-League games. [10] He eventually recovered and practiced and traveled with the Lakers during the playoffs, but he was not activated for any playoff games for the Lakers. Sun Yue became the second player, but the first ethnic Chinese player, from China to ever win an NBA championship after the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic in the 2009 NBA Finals.

Sun was waived by the Lakers on July 31, 2009 [11] and by the Knicks on October 7, 2009. [12] Since Sun Yue is no longer in the NBA, the Lakers said they planned to ship his championship ring to him. [13]

Chinese national basketball team

Sun Yue competed in the NBA Summer Pro League (Held from July 6–13 at Las Vegas, Nevada) with the Chinese national team in the summer of 2007. Team China was the only international team in the competition and was competing against 16 other NBA teams. This was seen as a chance for the Chinese national team to gain further experience against international competition in preparation for the 2008 Olympic Basketball Tournament, which Sun would also compete in.

Sun also participated in the 2007 Stanković Continental Champions' Cup Championship and played vital roles in the wins against the Venezuelan national team and the New Zealand national team. He also competed in the NBA China Games with the Chinese national team against the Orlando Magic. Sun Yue ended up with 8 points, 4 assists, and 1 block in 24 minutes in the game against the Magic.

Sun earned a silver medal in the 2009 FIBA Asia Championship along with New Jersey Nets player Yi Jianlian and former NBA player Wang Zhizhi as members of the Chinese national team. Sun averaged 6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists through the competition.

References

  1. ^ "NBA's New Chinese Face". Beijing Review. October 16, 2008. http://www.bjreview.com.cn/quotes/txt/2008-12/25/content_172086.htm. Retrieved 2009-02-11.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Sun Yue Scouting Report". CBSSports.com. http://www.cbssports.com/nba/players/draft/1229858. Retrieved 2009-02-11.  
  3. ^ a b "Yue Sun 2007 Draft Profile". NBA.com. http://www.nba.com/draft2007/profiles/YueSun.html. Retrieved 2009-02-11.  
  4. ^ "Yi, Sun Picked in NBA Draft". china.org.cn. June 29, 2007. http://www.china.org.cn/english/sports/215544.htm. Retrieved 2009-02-12.  
  5. ^ Hine, Chris (August 09, 2008). "Lakers agree to terms with guard Sun Yue, 2007 second-round pick". LA Times. http://articles.latimes.com/2008/aug/09/sports/sp-lakers9. Retrieved 2009-02-12.  
  6. ^ Bresnahan, Mike (September 26, 2008). "Lakers rookie Sue Yue has mononucleosis". LA Times. http://articles.latimes.com/2008/sep/26/sports/sp-lakers26. Retrieved 2009-02-12.  
  7. ^ "Chinese star Sun Yue makes NBA debut for Lakers". Bangkok Post. December 8, 2008. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/sports/135236/sun-makes-nba-debut-for-lakers. Retrieved 2009-02-12.  
  8. ^ Turner, Broderick (March 6, 2009). "Lakers send Sun Yue to D-League". Los Angeles Times. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2009/03/lakers-send-sun.html. Retrieved 2009-03-08.  
  9. ^ http://www.nba.com/dleague/playerfile/index.jsp?player=sun_yue
  10. ^ http://lakers.freedomblogging.com/2009/03/25/sun-goes-down/13937/
  11. ^ Lakers waive guard Sun Yue
  12. ^ http://www.newsday.com/blogs/sports/the-knicks-fix-1.812055/yue-pruitt-among-four-waived-by-knicks-1.1507645
  13. ^ http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-lakers-fyi31-2009oct31,0,2629442.story?page=2

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