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Rui Hachimura

たった2人の日本人 ーNBAでドラフト指名された日本人選手ー

As you all know, Rui Hachimura was the first Japanese player to be nominated for the first draft in the 2019 NBA Draft . However, although he was the first draft “1st round” nominee, he was not the “first ever” nominee. There was only one other Japanese player in front of him who received a draft nomination. That is Yasutaka Okayama, who was nominated in the 8th round in 1981. I would like to take up the NBA Draft nominees, who are only “two” Japanese, here.

The first Japanese NBA player to become a phantom

Born in 1954, Yasutaka Okayama started playing basketball late, after entering college. The reason was that the director of the basketball club at Osaka University of Commerce recruited him, who was 2m30cm, which was an exceptional height for a Japanese. As a result, he wasn’t a good compliment in terms of technology, but he’s tall enough to stand out quickly.

Okayama, who graduated from university in 1979 and became a member of the adult team “Sumitomo Metal Industries” as a basketball player, will play an important role in the Japanese league. He was nominated in the 1981 NBA Draft for the eighth round (currently up to two rounds) by the Golden State Warriors, an NBA team that took notice of his success and non-standard height.

However, Okayama did not receive this nomination. At that time, professional athletes could not participate in the Olympics. It wasn’t until the 1992 Barcelona Olympics that professional athletes were able to participate in the Olympics . He chose to aim for the Olympics as a representative of Japan. In this way, the appearance of the first NBA player in history will be waiting for Yuta Tabuse in 2004.

After 38 years

The 2019 NBA Draft, 38 years after Okayama was nominated. There, the name of Rui Hachimura was read aloud. At this moment, he became the first Japanese player in history to be nominated in the first round of the NBA Draft, and the first Japanese player to enter the NBA world after the draft. This was also a feat of being the third Japanese NBA player after Tabuse and Yuta Watanabe.

Unlike Okayama, it was not surprising that he was nominated as a leading candidate for the draft at a prestigious university in the United States, but for the Japanese basketball world, a huge step forward. It can be said that it was. The history of the Japanese basketball world, which had stopped, began to move the needle again.

NBA 2021 Season

NBA 2020-21シーズン展望

The 2019-20 NBA season ended with the Los Angeles Lakers victory. Although I was forced to hold an irregular event due to the new corona infection, I managed to reach the final, but the problem caused by the corona excess is affecting the upcoming 2020-21 season.

NBA Aiming to Open with Audience

The NBA is currently aiming to open a new season with spectators. However, the number of people infected with the new corona in the United States is still increasing. In other words, the situation hasn’t improved since the NBA spent more than 15 billion yen to build the quarantine facility “Bubble” to continue the league. The NBA and the Players’ Association have reached an agreement in principle at the opening of the NBA on December 22, but it is still unpredictable whether the opening can be done as planned.

NBA Teams

Introducing leading teams

Even in such a situation, as a fan, I cannot help thinking about the coming new season. Therefore, I would like to introduce here the leading teams of the new season.

  • Los Angeles Lakers: The Lakers, the champion team who finished the league match with the highest winning percentage at the conference and won the playoffs, finals and all of them. Anthony Davis , the team’s top scorer, and LeBron James, the team’s absolute ace, have renewed their contracts and will be the top candidates for the new season.
  • Denver Nuggets: The Lakers showed the difference in power in the playoffs, but the young players are at the center of the team and the new seeds will be back with further growth. In particular, Jamal Murray, who is only 22 years old , recorded a personal best average of 18.5 points last year. He showed an activity approaching Nikola Jokić of Ace.
  • Miami Heat: It was a surprising breakthrough in last season’s heat, but it was a well-organized team centered around Jimmy Butler. We have also extended the contract with Bam Adebayo and aim to come to Makido in the new season.
  • Toronto Raptors: The Raptors lost to the Celtics in the playoffs while finishing the league with the highest NBA win percentage. Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol have been transferred, but succeeded in extending the contract with Fred VanVleet. Aim for the top again.

Featured rookie

Finally, let’s touch on the rookie of interest. It’s James Wiseman, C, nominated by the disappointed Golden State Warriors as a trump card for a resurrection that has fallen to the bottom of the earth. If he can control the rebound, Stephen Curry’s three points will reignite.

Slamdunk Mobile Game


Game features

You can freely operate the character with virtual putt, and you can choose between PvE (player vs. environment) to relive the original animation and PvP (player vs. player, a type of internal battle between two or more players). Players can be organized regardless of team high school, and you can choose your favorite character and arrange the team. Each character’s specialty is expressed by skill.

Synopsis and characters

The main character, Sakuragi Hanamichi, is expected to have good physical ability suitable for a basketball, and Haruko Akagi recommends joining the Shohoku Basketball Club. Hanamichi, who fell in love with Haruko at first sight, joined the club for her purpose, but soon she was inspired by the spirit of basketball and demonstrated her talent. In the basketball club, Haruko’s older brother and captain Akagi Takenori (King Kong under the goal), Deputy captain Kiminobu Kogure (a good understanding of Hanamichi), Rookie Rukawa Kaede (star player and rival of Hanamichi), and later Miyagi Ryota and Hisashi Mitsui also joined.

Eventually, Ryota will be appointed as the new captain, Haruko will be greeted as a manager, and the team will challenge with Ryukawa and others who were selected as the representative of All Japan Junior as a new system for winter selection. On the other hand, Hanamichi waits for the time to stand on the court again while continuing to rehabilitate the body that was hurt in many games.

How to play on your smartphone

Use blocks to interfere with the opponent, press the rebound at the right time, press and hold the shoot button to shoot, and use the buttons for acceleration and breakthrough. When playing on the half-court, once out of the 3-point line , restart again. Even if the shot is misaligned and the ball spills, the player under the goal decides a dunk shot. You can choose your favorite character and play against it. Since the techniques that can be used differ depending on the character, it is necessary to cover unique techniques.

Japanese National Baskbetball Team


The Japan men’s basketball team, whose participation in the Tokyo Olympics has already been decided depending on the host country frame. Although we will face the Olympic Games since the 1976 Montreal Games without fighting a tough qualifying, the Japanese national team is still receiving a lot of attention. That’s because this team is said to be the “strongest ever”.

Introducing members who are touted as the strongest in history

The domestic team will hold a training camp in November 2020, so let’s introduce the strongest representative players while referring to the convened members.

  • Rui Hachimura (PF): No explanation required, the current main player of the Japanese national team. As he enters the second season of NBA at Washington Wizards, he is still 22 years old and has a large growth margin, and will support the Japanese national team for the next 10 years.
  • Yuta Watanabe (SF): I haven’t won a formal contract yet, but I’m a talented player who is about to enter the third season of the NBA challenge. Last season, the success rate of outside shots improved significantly, and it is expected that the offensive power will increase further this year.
  • Yuki Togashi (PG): Japan’s immovable command tower. Characterized by speedy play, he won the B League Most Valuable Player Award in 2019.
  • Daiki Tanaka (SG): The main player of Alvark Tokyo who achieved the first two consecutive final titles in B League history. It features a stable play in all.

Battle for naturalized players

According to FIBA ​​regulations, only one naturalized player can be registered for an international match. And now, three excellent players are fiercely competing for that one slot. Let’s introduce those three people.

  • Nick Fazekas (C): A player with an attractive height that the Japanese national team does not have. The track record as a representative player is the top.
  • Ryan Rossiter (PF): A very high level all-rounder. It is also attractive to be able to hit 3 points.
  • Gavin Edwards (PF): An all-rounder similar to Rossiter. He is a player who boasts high physical ability and excellent defensive ability.

These three people are difficult to compare, but in the end you have to choose someone. What style will the Japanese national team choose? This will change the players selected.

Towards the Olympics

It is arguably the strongest team of all time, the current Japan national team, but even so, the difference with the world is wide. In the world ranking announced by FIBA, it is ranked 40th as of May 3, 2020. The World Cup in 2019 also ended without a win. In order to shock the world at the Olympics, it will be necessary to improve both one rank and two ranks from now on.

NBA players who never won a championship



1. チャールズ・バークレー


2. カール・マローン


3. ジョン・ストックトン


4. アレン・アイバーソン


5. スティーブ・ナッシュ


6. エルジン・ベイラー


7. ジョージ・ガービン


8. パトリック・ユーイング


9. ドミニク・ウィルキンス


10. レジー・ミラー


Fiba Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers

FIBA アジアカップ2021予選

Window 2 of the FIBA ​​Asia Cup 2021 qualifying was scheduled to be held in November 2020, but due to the influence of the new Corona, some games of Group B, Group C, Group F, and Group A to which Japan belongs will be held. It has been postponed. Due to the change in the hosting of the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, the scheduling of the Asian Cup itself is currently uncertain. However, some groups have managed to hold the event by using an isolation facility called a bubble, and the people concerned should continue to make constant efforts to establish the tournament.

Although it is the Asian Cup qualifying in such a situation, I would like to introduce the teams and players to watch here with the meaning of wishing for the continuation of the tournament.

Fiba Asia Cup Groups

Featured team introduction

The Asian Cup qualifiers are divided into 6 groups, each group with 4 countries. In other words, it is a tournament held by all 24 teams. Among them is China, the champion of the 16th Asian Cup championship, who is in Group B, the same as Japan. Including Iran, who has won the Asian Cup three times in recent years, has shown stable strength. We will introduce these strong teams based on the qualifying results so far.

  • China: China has shown its strength in the Asian Cup with 16 wins, which is far ahead of other countries, but it has not played a single match so far due to the spread of the new corona infection, which is the fastest in the world. However, the ability is of course with origami. Former NBA player PF Yi Jianlian is still alive and well. Guo Ailen, who leads the team, is now at the age of 27 and is in the mature stage.
  • Iran: Iran, who entered Group E, has completed four qualifying matches and is currently in the lead with 3 wins and 1 loss. However, in Window 2 the other day, Syria suffered a historic defeat. There is no doubt that it will break through the qualifying, but it is necessary to further inspire former NBA player and core player C, Hamed Haddadi.
  • Philippines: The old-timer Philippines, who is currently the leader of Group A with three consecutive victories. Keep an eye out for the team’s top scorer, SG, Thirdy Ravena , who plays in Japan’s B League .
John Wall - Russell Westbrook Trade


On December 2nd, local time, about three weeks after the opening, a trade between the big names that made NBA fans crazy was established. Russell Westbrook of the Houston Rockets and John Wall of the Washington Wizards have traded. The Wizards have also transferred the 2023 Conditional Draft 1st Round Nomination to the Rockets.

Two big NBA players

Westbrook, who plays as a PG, won the top scorer in the 2014-15 and 2016-17 seasons and was also a league MVP in the 2016-17 season. He has been an All-Star player nine times so far, representing the NFL in both name and reality. However, the NBA has made it to the finals only once in the 2012-13 season. Once again, he lost to the Miami Heat, led by LeBron James.

So in 2019, he was transferred to the Rockets, led by NFL top scorer James Harden , on a three-year contract with options, but the journey to the final challenge at the Rockets ended with this trade. is.

On the other hand, this is also a wall that has been active as a representative PG of the NBA, but its career has diminished due to the rupture of the Achilles tendon in 2019. Few players in the past NBA have regained their pre-injury play level from an Achilles tendon rupture. No matter how proud of his five all-star appearances and Wall, who was the face of Wizards, the team had to give up working with him.

Who is the winner of this trade?

From the Wizards side, it’s definitely a profitable trade. Wall is a good player, of course, but the team is accelerating the formation of another flagship player, Bradley Beal . Westbrook is attractive for his scoring ability, but he is also an excellent player for rebounds and assists. Playing to support the ace, as shown in the Rockets, will surely make the beer shine.

It’s actually unclear how much the Rockets see the Wall as a force. Because their release of Westbrook seems to be a manifestation of their intention to dismantle the team once. So the 2023 draft nomination was their true purpose. This trade is actually an event that could affect the movement of Harden, the ace. It will be judged whether this trade was successful or not, including future team building.




























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