Dallas Mavericks: Ding Yanyuhang and China advance past Indonesia

Dallas Mavericks Ding Yanyuhang (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Ding Yanyuhang (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks offseason signing Ding Yanyuhang started for China in their win on Aug. 27 over Indonesia to advance in the 2018 Asian Games.

The Dallas Mavericks are preparing for training camp which kicks off on Sept. 21.  Most of the players are already back in Dallas working, but one offseason signing is playing for his national team at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.

Ding Yanyuhang started in both of China’s wins in the group stage of the competition.  They began the knockout portion on the tournament on Aug. 28 with a quarterfinal matchup.  Let us take a look at how Yanyuhang performed.

Dominating win over Indonesia

China raced out to a 26-13 lead at the end of the first quarter and defeated the host country Indonesia 98-63 to reach the semifinals.  The large margin of victory allowed China to play every player on their roster.

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Ding Yanyuhang started yet again.  He produced ten points, five rebounds, one assist, and one steal in almost 18 minutes on the court.  Yanyuhang also sank two 3-pointers and went four of seven from the foul line.  He was not asked to play a massive role but will be called upon for heavier minutes as the tournament progresses.

Next game

The victory advances team China to the semifinals where they meet Chinese Taipei on Aug. 30.  Ding Yanyuhang should draw another start, and his team is the heavy favorite to advance to the final.  Regardless of the result, they will play again in either the gold or bronze medal game.

Final thoughts

Ding Yanyuhang and the Chinese National Team continued to roll at the 2018 Asian Games with a quarterfinal win over Indonesia.  Any other result besides a gold medal will be a disappointment for both the player and the team, so stay tuned to monitor their progress.

The Dallas Mavericks have a week-long two-game preseason trip to China and expect Yanyuhang to see plenty of action.  He is a superstar in the country, and that should give the Mavs a bit of an advantage against the Sixers.  It will cool to see how the local fans react to all the Mavericks players during the trip.

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