TBT stars dominate first two rounds of CBA season


By: Josh Brown | @josh_brown31

A quartet of TBT notables are off to a hot start in China

What happens when you put four of TBT's most prolific players in the same country? Well, as you might expect, they absolutely dominate the competition. With the first two rounds of the Chinese Basketball Association slate in the books, let's check in on some of TBT's brightest stars.

Jimmer Fredette (Team Fredette) - Shanghai Sharks

It's business as usual for Jimmer, who is in his third season with the Yao Ming-owned Shanghai Sharks. After starting the season with a 41-point, 9-rebound outburst against the Houston Rockets in exhibition play, TBT's all-time leader in points per game has continued doing what he does best: scoring the basketball. In the Sharks opening night win against the Bayi Rockets, Jimmer finished with a stat line of 38 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 steals. He followed it up on Tuesday with a 31-point, 5-rebound, 3-assist outing versus the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. The BYU legend is coming off a summer where he led Team Fredette to the TBT 2018 Semifinals in Baltimore and earned All-Tournament Team honors. Jimmer averaged 31 points, 5 assists and 4.8 rebounds in five games. 


Kyle Fogg (Overseas Elite) - Guangzhou Long-Lions

When you're a two-time TBT MVP, lead your team to $7 million in earnings and drop 20+ points on NBA teams in back-to-back seasons, you'd think that nothing would surprise us with Kyle Fogg anymore. Still, the Overseas Elite star always finds a way to raise the bar. Just a couple weeks after scoring 20 points against the Washington Wizards in a preseason matchup, Fogg has picked up right where he left off. Although his squad suffered an opening night loss to Jared Sullinger and the Shenzhen Leopards, Fogg had a near triple-double with 23 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. The Long-Lions bounced back on Tuesday with a 114-103 win over the Tianjin Gold Lions. Fogg poured in 32 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, and 5 steals. The Arizona grad averaged 14 ppg and 3.7 rpg in Overseas Elite's run to the TBT 2018 title.


Dominique Jones (Team DRC) - Jilin Northeast Tigers

Last summer, an opponent described Dominique Jones as the "most explosive player" in TBT. After watching him lead Team DRC to the Super 16 and once again put up BIG numbers in China this season, that sentiment is getting harder and harder to argue. The 2011 NBA Champion kicked off his second stint with the Jilin Northeast Tigers by racking up 21 points, 3 rebounds, and 6 assists in a win over the Tianjin Gold Lions. That was just his opening act. On Tuesday night, Jones exploded for 44 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists against the Shandong Golden Stars. This is all coming after the South Florida product averaged 22 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists in three TBT games this summer. Jones' 23.6 ppg over six TBT contests ranks third all-time behind Fredette and Albuquerque Hoops star Scott Bamforth.


Jared Sullinger (Scarlet & Gray) - Shenzhen Leopards

If you're wondering why Jared Sullinger still doesn't have an NBA contract, don't worry,  so are we. Regardless, the Scarlet & Gray big man and TBT 2017 All-Tournament Team member is picking up right where he left off last season for the Shenzhen Leopards. Sullinger began his second season with the team with a double-double (20 points, 14 rebounds) in a win over Fogg and the Long-Lions. Just two days later, he collected his second double-double of the season, racking up 32 points and 14 rebounds in a tight loss to the Beijing Ducks. In three games for Scarlet & Gray in TBT 2018, Sullinger averaged 20 ppg and 11.3 rpg. 


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