Promising Qingdao center Liu named in CBA's Most Improved Five of the Week

2020-07-30 06:41:26 GMT2020-07-30 14:41:26(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

Qingdao Eagles center Liu Chuanxing has been named in the Chinese Basketball Association's (CBA) Most Improved Five of the Week.

Liu, who celebrates his 23rd birthday on Thursday, posted 16.7 points, 13.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per match over the past week.

Despite playing without overseas players, Qingdao ranks eighth after the regular season to reach the playoffs for the first time in five years. They will square off against the Shandong Heroes for a spot in the last eight.

Sichuan Blue Whales' Jing Hanyi and He Siyu from the Tianjin Pioneers took up spots in the forward position of the weekly most improved roster.

Jing averaged 15.3 points, 7.7 boards and 1.0 steal, while He shot 56.3 percent from the field to register an average of 17.7 points and 3.0 steals.

The two berths in the guard position went to Shandong Heroes' Zhang Hui and Shenzhen Aviators' Bai Haotian.

Zhang logged 10.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals per contest over the week. Bai averaged 12.7 points and 3.7 assists thanks to a 70.8 percent field goal shooting performance.

The CBA announced the Most Improved First-Team after the league's restart, including He, Bayi Rockets center Zou Yuchen, Shanxi Loongs guard Zhang Hanjun and Zhejiang Golden Bulls backcourt duo of Lu Wenbo and Cheng Shuaipeng.

Liu and Jing were named in the Most Improved Second-Team, which also included Xinjiang Flying Tigers' Qi Lin, Sichuan's Yuan Tangwen and Guangdong Southern Tigers guard Xu Jie.

Nanjing Monkey Kings guard Joseph Young was the winner of the Best International Player after the league's resumption with an average of 43.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists. He scored 74 points, the third-highest personal single-game total in CBA history, against Shandong on July 13.