Zhou Qi was signed by the Houston Rockets because of his size and versatility, but he still has weaknesses. What three areas can he work on to keep his spot on the Rockets?
Zhou Qi will become the NBA’s first Chinese player since Yi Jianlian, who last played for the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011-12 season.
On July 1, the Houston Rockets took a bet on Qi, signing him to a four-year contract. He played for the Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers last season, a team in the Chinese Basketball Association. Qi averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game on 36 percent shooting from three.
Because they’re both from China, Qi is often compared to former All-Star and Rockets great Yao Ming. While both tower over even NBA players, they’re styles of play are quite different.
Zhou Qi’s game fits in with the modern NBA. He’s a long, versatile power forward who can step out and hit a three-point shot and can run the floor. Yao was more of a traditional lumbering big, who preferred to overwhelm smaller defenders down low and he possessed a sweet touch from mid range.
Either way, so long as Zhou plays in the NBA, he will be linked to Yao Ming. Some say that Qi can become the best Chinese player since Yao and maybe even surpass him. Qi has shown a lot of potential, but he has a long way to go before he becomes a perennial All-Star or has his jersey hanging from the rafters.
So without further ado, here are three goals that Zhou Qi should work towards in his rookie season.
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