TERRIFIC 12: Speights and the other (former) NBA players in Macau

Paul Lintag on Sep 16, 2018 01:06 PM
Speights and the other (former) NBA players in Terrific 12
2015 NBA Champion Marreese Speights will play for the CBA's Guangzhou Long Lions in the Asia League's Terrific 12 tournament in Macau. (AP)

The Terrific 12 is the Asia League's premier tournament and it sure comes through when it comes to the talent present in all 12 teams.

Several ball clubs will feature NBA talent in the week-long joust set to tip off Sept. 18 at the Studio City in Macau.

Before actions starts, here's the list of former NBA players seeind action in the Asia League's Terrific 12 tournament.

 


Al JEFFERSON, Xinjiang FLYING TIGERS

A former first round pick, Al Jefferson will play import for China's Xinjiang Flying Tigers, or the former team where Gilas Pilipinas' Andray Blatche used to play for in the CBA.

Jefferson has career averages of 15.7 points and 8.4 rebounds and he last played in the NBA for the Indiana Pacers.

 


Jeff AYRES, Ryukyu GOLDEN KINGS

Ayres played for four NBA teams including the San Antonio Spurs where he won an NBA title in 2014.

A former second round pick, Ayres last played in the NBA for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2016.

 


Marreese SPEIGHTS, Guangzhou LONG LIONS

Playing for the Orlando Magic in the past NBA season, Mo Speights finds himself in the CBA after signing with the Guangzhou Long Lions, the winner of the Asia League's Super 8 tournament two months ago.

Speights will debut for the Long Lions in the Terrific 12 and he has NBA averages 7.9 oints and 4.5 rebounds. He won an NBA title in 2015 with the Golden State Warriors.

 


Andrew GOUDELOCK, Shandong GOLDEN STARS

Goudelock was drafter by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the 2011 Draft.

The scoring guard had two stints with the Lakers and another one with the Houston Rockets before he embarked on his international career.

Goudelock previously played for the Flying Tigers and after spending time in the EuroLeague, the former NBA D-League MVP is back in the CBA to play for the Golden Stars.

 


Donatas MOTIEJUNAS, Shandong GOLDEN STARS

The Lithuanian forward was drafted by the Timberwolves in the first round of the 2011 Draft but Motiejunas spent most of his NBA career with the Houston Rockets where he averaged a career-best 12 points per game in the 2014-2015 season.

Motiejunas also played for the New Orleans Pelicans two season ago before moving to China.

 

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