Dallas Mavericks: Ding Yanyuhang and China win gold medal

Dallas Mavericks Ding Yanyuhang (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Ding Yanyuhang (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks offseason signing Ding Yanyuhang started and helped the Chinese National Team win the 2018 Asian Games gold medal.

The Dallas Mavericks signed Ding Yanyuhang to a non-guaranteed contract this offseason.  He just turned 25 years old and has seven years of professional experience in his native country of China.  Yanyuhang has blossomed into a CBA star the last two seasons.

Yanyuhang also starts from the Chinese National Team that just wrapped up play at the 2018 Asian Games.  They played Iran from the gold medal on Sept. 1.  Let us take a look at how Ding Yanyuhang performed.

Hard earned gold medal

China got off to a slow start and even trailed by four heading into halftime.  A strong second half saw the Chinese walk away with the gold medal and an 84-72 victory over Iran.

Yanyuhang led the team in minutes played at just over 32.  Remember it is only a 40 minute game in international basketball.  He also produced nine points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal, and three turnovers on three of 11 shooting from the field and two of three on free throws.

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It was not Yanyuhang’s best game, but he played a pivotal role in his team’s victory.

He will do similar things for the Dallas Mavericks.  Yanyuhang is not a flashy player or significant stats producer.  He is a good defender and contributes to the team many things that are difficult to define like hustle and ball movement.

Final thoughts

Dallas Mavericks signing Ding Yanyuhang helped propel China to the gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games.  Yanyuhang will likely return home for a small break before coming to Dallas and beginning his training camp preparations.  He has to earn a place on their roster this preseason, so expect Yanyuhang to be more than ready.

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