This year, Chinese basketball fans may finally get to see one of their very own playing in the NBA once again in the form of 21-year-old Zhou Qi.
The Houston Rockets drafted the 7-foot prospect with the 43rd overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft before signing him to a four-year deal last month prior to the start of Summer League.
With a nice shooting touch, mobile feet and a ridiculous 7-8 wingspan, Zhou is China’s next great hope on the hardwood, but even his biggest supporters would agree that he still needs to gain a lot of experience and weight before he’s ready to play and make an impact in the league. Most expect Zhou to spend the upcoming season working on his game with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA G-League.
At this year’s Las Vegas Summer League, Zhou averaged just 6.2 points in 25 minutes per game while shooting only 30% from the floor. Still, he showed some flashes of the dynamic player that many believe he could become.
Over the weekend, the Rockets released a behind-the-scenes look at how Zhou is adapting to life in America and in the NBA. Watch below.
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