Friday, May 25, 2012

JLin and Jet

Jet Chang is on the Taiwanese National Team. I thought this would be a pretty good backcourt before Jeremy made the US Olympic Select Team.


49 comments:

  1. Nice video, he has a very good jump shot and can create space for his own shot. Those skills got Jimmer Fredette drafted last year .... and Jet is way more athletic than Jimmer.

    He could be a surprise second round pick for a team like Raptors, Golden State, or Rockets who want to impress their Asian fan base.

    Can't wait to see him in Summer League ball games.

    ReplyDelete
  2. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Also he didn't do that great at the last FIBA Asia tournament for Taiwan. The problem with Taiwan isn't the guards, it's the size up front to contend with teams like China.

      Delete
    2. I'm not that impressed by his workout video. Yi Jianlian aka Chairman was supposedly killing it in his workouts too. If Chang, Tsung-Hsien ever makes it to the NBA, he will be playing as a backup SG. Perhaps a bigger sized Andrew Goudelock. NBA rosters can always use more shooters, but first things first and that's to see if he can make it onto a summer league team and impress.

      http://www.nba.com/2012/news/features/04/15/portsmouth-day-4/index.html

      He didn't really stand out at the Portsmouth Invitational according to this:

      "BYU-Hawaii's Jet Chang, a Division II All-American, finished on a solid scoring note, leading Sales Systems LTD with 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting. He also didn't have a single rebound or assist, which basically summed up his play here this week. When he made shots, he looked okay. When he didn't, he failed to move the needle as a serious prospect."

      ReplyDelet

      Delete
    3. "I'm not that impressed by his workout video. Yi Jianlian aka Chairman was supposedly killing it in his workouts too."

      I agree, everyone looks good in workout videos and shooting drills. The only way to gauge their talent level, is by going head to head with quality DIV I opponents.

      Let's see what Jet's got in the NBA Summer League. Maybe he can upstage a John Wall type player.

      Delete
    4. If Jet was a PG, he'd have legit size at his position with a 6'6" wingspan. But he's a SG. The one praise about him seems to be that he can get his shot off. He was originally known for slashing, but then improved his jumper. If he can pull that off in the summer league at least, upside could be a more athletic JJ Reddick or possibly a Leandro Barbosa. Wishful thinking would be Ben/Eric Gordon type of playing and the homer fan would say Monta Ellis.

      Good thing this summer though is that if Jet doesn't get drafted, there's a very good chance he'd make a summer league team since there's going to be a record 24 this summer. Worst case scenario, he starts off with a D-League team which isn't bad either because he could later get a NBA call-up.

      If any of you are going to be in Vegas around July 13-22, you can buy tickets here. They go on sale June 1st.

      http://www.unlvtickets.com/eventInfo/spe/311/nba-summer-league/

      Team USA vs Dominican Republic on July 12:

      http://www.unlvtickets.com/eventInfo/spe/310/usa-basketball/

      Delete
  3. wow he's good, i thought for a while that he was jeremy lin lol. well i wish him goodluck and i hope he make it to nba like jeremy. for me, there's only one in my heart and that's jeremy lin. i will forever support him and i will keep praying for his success. " God Bless You Jeremy Lin! We miss you so much!!!" im still watching his highlights videos and i wont get tired supporting him :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. The Taiwanese National missed their chances of this summers Olympics after failing to place Top 3 at last year's FIBA Asia Championship. That included "Jet" Chang. Jeremy being selected on the USA Select Team does not mean he's actually playing in an official game, therefore Jeremy is still eligible to play for the Taiwanese team if he so chooses.

    Soonest he could play for Taiwan would be next summer at the Asia Championship for a spot at the World Championships, which could feature the Philippines with JaValee McGee.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I took a look at some of Jet Chang's other youtube videos.

    So far, I don't think he's NBA material. He appears to me to not have the physical explosiveness that NBA guards need. While Jet Chang definitely has Division I talent, I simply don't think he's anything more than a practice player at the NBA level. I envision Jet Chang struggling to keep up with quicker change of pace guards in summer league and D league.

    Jet Chang plays the way I was expecting Jeremy Lin to play before I actually saw Lin exploding up and down the court.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Agreed, Lin is very explosive compared to Jet. I also saw some of Jet's college vids and he doesn't finish at the rim like Lin and other NBA guards. And this is at at the college level. He does seem to have quite a smooth jumper (when unguarded). His drives aren't hard as Lin's; I wasn't very impressed on a play where he drove in the lane where defenders were waiting and instead of drawing the foul or trying to finish, he did that sideways fadeaway thing which guys at pickup ball do and neveer make. And Jet did not make that one either.

      Delete
    2. Honestly, I think we should wait for the Jet Chang's results from the Draft camp and NBA Summer League (Maybe the Mavs will pick him up?)

      Right now the critics are attacking his defense and athleticism .... just like they attacked Jeremy Lin and any White ball player. We should not be doing the same.

      Just let Jet play, and we will know for sure if he is a bust or not. He might surprise us, just like Jeremy did....

      Delete
    3. Let's not forget the lessons of Ed Weiland.

      One reason Jeremy deserved serious consideration was how he stuffed a stat sheet with rebounds, steals and blocks (in addition to points and assists). That's a sign of NBA skill and athleticism.

      I can only find Jet's senior years stats but they just aren't encouraging despite playing in D-II:

      17.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg, 0.3bpg, 42%FG (30% from 3)

      http://www.portsmouthinvitational.com/players.php

      Delete
    4. Yeah, I'm a "critic".

      Let's make something clear. I'm not the same as the "critics" who say Jeremy Lin has no athleticism because he's Asian. I've been raving about Jeremy Lin's athleticism as his main basketball asset, especially on this thread.

      My basketball eyes tell me that Jet Chang is a good international pro but not a NBA player. There's no shame in being a good overseas pro, which Jet Chang surely would be. He is a very fine professional caliber athlete, but he appears to me to not be in the "elite" category that Lin is in.

      I consider Jeremy Lin as athletic a point guard as anybody else in the NBA game.

      Delete
  6. Ouch, Division II basketball ... Jeremy Lin would average a triple double in D2. Ronald "Flip" Murray, Charles Oakley, and Ben Wallace is all I can think of who came from Division II.

    Not all is lost, even if Jet doesn't get drafted or finds a team ... there are other opportunities in Euroleague, Asia, and D-League. Maybe he just needs better competition and coaching to make him better.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Def not gonna make it. He lacks court awareness and explosiveness. These are things that can't be taught. He does have a nice jumper though. He will be a huge huge defensive liability in the next level.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Totally agree.

      Actually, Jet Chang reminds me a bit of a guy who was drafted in the 1st round by the Cavs but couldn't stick in the NBA.

      That guy is Trajan Langdon, formerly of Duke and now a longtime overseas star who has played many years for CSKA Moscow. Langdon didn't have NBA reflexes or athleticism, and Jet Chang appears to me to be comparable to Langdon in his game. Keep in mind that Langdon was an absolute STAR for Duke.

      Jet Chang would have been a fine star in NCAA Division I. His scoring would definitely translate and he'd be a D1 star like Trajan Langdon was with Duke. But NBA? That's Jeremy Lin territory.

      Delete
    2. yeah! Jet looks good and Im happy for him if ever he can make it to NBA but there's only one Jeremy Lin in NBA history. People will always remember what happen on Feb. 4, 2012 so yeah I also believe that NBA is Jeremy's territory :)

      Delete
    3. Why are you guys putting down Jet Chang? Let him play his game to see if he can make it in the NBA. We need to support our fellow Asian ballers !!

      Right now there are only TWO Asian starting players in the NBA, JLin and Yi Jianlian. We need more much more representation in the NBA.

      Even if Jet can't make it in the big leagues, he can still play in Europe or Israel. European and Jewish women will go crazy over him. That's not a bad consolation prize for not being NBA material.

      Btw .... What ever happened to Yuta Tabuse, 5'9" Japanese PG who played for the Suns for one season ?

      Delete
    4. Most of us are true NBA fans who don't care what color a guy is as long as he can play.

      I follow Jeremy Lin not because he is Asian, but because he can PLAY. I can't say the same about Jet Chang.

      There will be future Asian ballers coming up that have NBA ability. I'll be following those guys, just like I follow all sorts of sleeper players of any ethnicity.

      I am proud of both Jeremy Lin and Jet Chang for pursuing their NBA dreams. However, let's see what Jet Chang actually does before writing him in as the "next Jeremy Lin". So far, I am completely unimpressed with Jet Chang's game even though I am also Taiwanese like he is.

      Yuta Tabuse never had NBA ability, so he flamed out quick. What enrages me is that Yuta Tabuse had more of a chance with the Suns than Jeremy Lin did. That should NEVER happen at any level of basketball.

      Delete
    5. Speaking of Europe and specifically Israel, there is a former NBA player who Jet Chang also reminds me of.

      Sarunas Jasikevicius of Lithuania nearly beat the US Olympic team by himself. Then Larry Bird picked him up for the Indiana Pacers. That didn't work out, and eventually Jasikevicius went back to Europe where he was a major star.

      Jet Chang has the shooting capacity and athleticism to be another Sarunas Jasikevicius. And if he stars in Europe, he might even end up marrying some HOT model like Sarunas did.

      Delete
    6. Jet Chang won't be playing in Europe if he doesn't make it to the NBA. He'll go straight to the Chinese Basketball Association, where he can be a star and where many Taiwanese players already play. He also would count as a domestic player.

      Delete
    7. Jet Chang won't be the next Asian baller in the NBA. Best chance for the next Asian baller right now is Chris Tang from China, whose playing High School ball in Virgina. Very good size and very athletic. He's also already playing AAU ball and being scouted by D1 teams. He will only be a junior next year.

      Delete
  8. Yuta Tabuse was fast, and he had good handles on his dribble, able to penetrate at will. He was also pesky on the defensive end, and was good at getting steals. He made the mid range jumpshots, but was ineffective behind the arc. Most NBA scouts were unimpressed by his size, even though Nate Robinson and Isaiah Thomas (Sacramento Kings) are the same height. I'm thinking if he were taller, he could have made an NBA roster.

    The European style of basketball might fit Jet Chang's skill sets, because it's more team oriented rather than iso-heavy like the NBA. European teams are usually better than the sum of their parts, because they use more jumpshooting, ball movement, and team defense.

    Kind of like how Papaloukas Theodoros led the Greek national team to beat the US team in 2006. Good teamwork always wins over any individual athleticism.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Good analysis.

      Theodoros Papaloukas is an incredible player. I consider him the European Magic Johnson, especially since he's 6'7" just like Magic actually was. Papa would have been an excellent NBA player, though not necessarily an All Star.

      I can easily see Jet Chang immediately stepping in and contributing on any of the top international teams. He can finish against international big men inside the paint and can shoot over the top of any international guard.

      That Greek national team had the "Greek Jeremy Lin" in Dimitrius Diamanditis. Dima was so athletic that he blocked one of Tim Duncan's jumpshots in a preseason game. But I don't think Dima is as athletic as Lin is.

      Delete
  9. Absolutely agree with ABC Baller, Yuta has speed but because of his lack of size he has to work harder than bigger players who were not only as quick but stronger. Yuta plays "small ball" just like almost every player 6 feet and under, so it's easy to see why scouts were unimpressed. He just doesn't have the athleticism like a Nate or Spud to make the NBA (and even they were role players at best).

    ReplyDelete
  10. Tabuse went back to the Japanese league, where 1/4 Japanese Robert Swift plays. He doesn't even play for the Japanese National Team anymore either. He tried to come back and make it on the summer league teams again but nothing ever happened.

    The last time Yuta Tabuse's name came up in the US was on TNT after the tsunami.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HMeTy_kVRA

    ReplyDelete
  11. Jet chang has nba skills to work with. He may not have the explosiveness as Lin but I like his core strength. You'd have to look at him in the mold of ray allen and sasha vujacic (formerly lakers now nets). Jet has a very good and balanced core that allows him to always end up with a straight shot even when he goes for a fadeaway, great form, and nba three range. Like a ray allen, jet seems to put up a jumper with ease. Doesnt have, to cock back the ball too far (unlike sasha), and has strong wrist. Actually jet is what I imagined and anticipated Lin to be like before I ever saw lin play. Hey guys, you dont need a whole lot of athleticism in the nba to make. tou just got to be really good at what you do. In other words, you have to be a specialist. For Jet it'd be three pointers. I got hopes for him from seeing one play. He picked up a loose ball rolling slowly to him at the arc. He picked it up and shot in in rythm with good form as a defender is coming fast at him. I imagine his career path like chris humphries.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. To finish my thoughts.....sasha was never a good defender but he was a pest. Im sure jets defense is better but hes got yo be pesky on defense in irder not to be a liability so he can earn more playong time which in turn will give him more confidence in hos shots and the occassional surprise highlight plays. Lin might have paved the way for jet to be drafted. If jet is drafted and represents well then itd be a snowballing effect for asian players just like for europeans. However asia still got a long ways to go in terms of physical and aggressive playing style. If I were jet id work on shooting with a defender in my face in practice all day. Dont run away from tgem, run to them and shoot in the face. Nothing more demoralizing to a defender than that. Why dont nba guys practice that?

      Delete
    2. EuroLeague teams understand the value of a good role player. While the NBA teams prefer individual stats, and guys who can score one-on-one.
      I don't think Jet can get very far in the NBA, but now that there is some hype about him that can go a long way. The Kings drafted Jimmer Fredette based on his hype, so that he be the face of the franchise and bring more fans.

      I think Jet Chang can be the Asian Jimmer. He's not the next Jeremy Lin, he is more of an undersized shooting guard than a point guard. He's looking to score, and since he can shoot from outside, he can draw the defense away from interior players.

      Delete
  12. I can't tell much from that workout video. Sure, his jumpers and dunks looked great against no defenders. But his college senior year per-game stats don't look very good:

    17.8 pts, 42% FG, 30% 3pt, 66% FT, 3.5 reb, 2.0 ast, 2.3 TO, 1.5 stl

    And that was in Division 2. People said Harvard was in a weak conference, but at least Lin played against (and did well) against top tier teams like U Conn, BC, Georgetown, etc. As a 6'5" SG from Division 2, your numbers need to be off the charts to make it in the NBA. By all means, I hope that Jet Chang does well in his future basketball career, but this does not look like a Jeremy Lin situation here.

    ReplyDelete
  13. WHY THE SPURS (REAL TEAMS) WIN

    http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2012/story/_/id/7982610/nba-playoffs-san-antonio-spurs-success-traces-back-david-robinson

    Has anyone else read this article? I can't imagine the Knicks ever embracing this type of thing with the personnel they have.

    I really wanted to put some quotes in here, but the entire article is gold.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. And this article too http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/sportingscene/2012/05/san-antonio-spurs.html.
      The problem is boring but winning team won't do with the Knicks. You must have have drama...lots of it.

      Delete
    2. Lakers always had a lot of drama in the Jackson-Bryant era and they won a lot.

      Delete
    3. They had drama yes, but they knew their roles and filled them. And they gave all and won. You would never ever ever hear Kobe saying something like melo about, "oh I didn't try to hustle give heart or play defense because I was playing for dantoni."

      Delete
    4. Oh also, u didn't have scrubs and role players adding to the bs like baron Davis, jr smith, etc etc.

      The Knicks also don't have a coach that can properly manage both the tactile chess game and the star egos like Phil Jackson or Greg pop.

      Delete
    5. Sure teams have drama, but looking at many of recent champs.

      It's all about teams coming together on the same page. Getting over the bs enough. Knowing their roles. Doing their job.

      Delete
  14. The Spurs have by far, the best scouting in the NBA. They have a long history of finding great players, most of whom were unknown or overlooked by other NBA teams. And about 90% of those players find success in Greg Papovich's system.

    So how did the Spurs pass on Jeremy Lin in the 2010 draft ? Why didn't they see his talent when he was playing PG on the same Reno Bighorns D-League team that they got Steve Novak and Danny Green from ?

    Or when Lin made this clutch layup in San Antonio during a pre-season game ? There is no mention of San Antonio trying to pick him up off waivers when he was cut by the Rockets.

    It looks like that Spurs front office that finds hidden talent ... overlooked Jeremy Lin.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. while I would agree with you for most teams..... Four Spurs rings and soon a fifth possibly says they did just fine overlooking Lin.

      Delete
  15. This clutch layup. Why didn't the Spurs coach say, "Hey this guy is pretty good, let's sign him, maybe he can backup Tony Parker."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqykmzmOSV4

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think that waiver rules dictate that Lin would go to the team that wanted him provided that they had the worst record of all the teams that were wanting to claim Lin.

      So if San Antonio wanted Lin, they would not have gotten him because the Knicks had a worse record in the previous system.

      Delete
    2. Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks tried to pick him up off the waivers. And there were news articles written about their desire to get Lin when the 'Linsanity' story came out.

      But there was no article written about the Spurs trying to claim JLin .... which probably means they didn't want him, maybe because TJ Ford was their backup ?

      Delete
    3. I believe k huang is right. Worst team gets dibs.

      Delete
  16. “We like to play for each other,” Parker said. “It’s not just one guy. It can come from anyone.”

    Exactly the opposite of the Melo-centric Knicks. I like the Spurs, no drama, pre-Madonnas or anything, just good flowing team basketball. And I hope they trash Miami real good.
    I wish Jeremy would end up there. Never mind less $$ or media coverage, he's be away from the celebrity culture of New York which will be good for his basketball.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Jeremy Lin is the kind of triple threat, Shoot/Pass/Drive, type of player who would be perfect for Greg Popovich's Spurs.
      Plus he can play some good defense on the perimeter against the other team's point guard or shooting guard. Ginobili is near retirement age...

      It's a shame that the Spurs didn't see his potential in that preseason game where he made a clutch layup over 4 defenders.

      Delete
    2. Yup. Even with Kobe and Shaquille "feud" they both knew if they were gonna win they had to pass to each other and let them each do their thing on the court.

      Delete
  17. Chris Tang has potential to be the next Asian Baller in The NBA...

    ReplyDelete
  18. hey guys,

    I don't mean to spam but my friend and I made a Jeremy Lin comedic short and I wanted to share with you guys. I'm an actor in LA, and my friend is a medical student at Columbia. Hope you enjoy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaV7DOXgCfA

    ReplyDelete

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.