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09-28-2008, 02:21 AM
Source: InterBasket.net (http://www.interbasket.net/news/482/2008/09/27/sun-yue-profile-2008-olympic-breakouts/)

The Monkey King Cometh

Sun Yue didn’t exactly tear it up in any one category at the Olympics, but the self-proclaimed Monkey King made a lasting impression with his ability to do a little of everything on the floor. His final statistics, 6.8 points, 2.5 assists, 1.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1 block, didn’t sum up his contributions. Sun Yue’s effort, energy, and athleticism on the floor gave Team China another dimension.

In six Olympic games, Sun Yue played 28 minutes a game, and shot an efficient 46.7% from the field, 35.3% from three, and 87.5% from the free throw.

The 22-year old Sun has spent the majority of his professional career with the Chinese club Beijing Aoshen Olympian and while with the team, Sun was in the subject of a power struggle between the Chinese National Team and his club in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).

In 2005, when the Aosehn teammates, the then 19-year old Sun and teammate Zhang Songtao were called upon for the under-20 national team duty, the Beijing club refused to release either player. In response to Beijing’s dissension, the CBA would place a two-year suspension on Aoshen, which would disallow the team from participating in their league. Sun Yue and Aoshen would eventually end up in the ABA, the American Basketball Association.

In Aoshen’s first season in the ABA, Sun would display his all-around abilities by putting up 9.5 points, 7 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 1.9 steals, 2.5 blocks and 4.3 turnovers per game. Q-Tip, as he was known around the league was second in Rookie of the Year voting, was named to the 2005-06 ABA All-Star team as well as All-ABA second team.

The next season would be Sun’s last in the ABA, but he would significantly improve over his rookie campaign. Sun improved his overall floor game and averaged a double-double in the 2006-07 season. Sun averaged 13.5 points and 10.5 assists as well as 6 rebounds, 1.9 steals, 2 blocks and decreasing his turnovers to 3.8 per game. Sun was named All-ABA First Team along.

“In American basketball, everyone has confidence, basketball is much better here.” Sun would say about his experience in the ABA.

After bring drafted by the Lakers in the second round of the 2007 NBA Draft, Yue wouldn’t sign with the Los Angeles Lakers until after the 2008 Olympics and will join the team for the 2008-09 season, making Sun the fifth Chinese player ever to play in the NBA after Wang Zhizhi, Yao Ming, Mengke Bateer, and Yi Jianlian.

He’ll join other international players Pau Gasol, Sasha Vujacic, Vladmir Radmanovic, and DJ Mbenga on the Lakers squad.

Slightly less slight than the slight Shaun Livingston of the Los Angeles Clippers, Sun Yue is a 6-9, 212lb point guard that has a long wingspan and gets off the ground quickly. And like Livingston, a tall point guard in the greater Los Angeles area always brings up comparisons to another 6-9 point guard.

Though Sun Yue has made it clear he doesn’t want to be compared to Magic Johnson (some say he closer to Hedo Turkoglu), I am sure Sun hopes he can mirror at least half of the Magic man’s accomplishments in his time in Southern California.