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Mighty Chinese tower over Fiba Asia Tournament roster

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CHINA might have lost seven-foot grinder Wang Zhizhi to retirement but the defending champion will still tower over other teams in the 27th Fiba Asia Championship slated Aug. 1 to 11 at MOA Arena.

Led by 7-foot-3 Li Muhao, seven-footer Yi Jianlian and Wang Zhelin (6-11), the Chinese are truly the epitome of the basketball adage “height is might” in their quest for a second straight Asian championship.

The triple towers of China’s Great Wall will be complemented by point guard Sun Yue and power forwards Zhou Peng and Li Xiaoxu, who all stand 6-foot-8, pushing the team’s average height to 6-foot-6, the tallest among the 16 countries in the fold.

Veteran guard Liu Wei and Chen Jianghua, both 6-foot-2, are the shortest players on the floor for the 2011 Fiba Asia champions.

Iran, the 2007 and 2009 champion, is not far behind in terms of length with 7-foot-3 Hamed Haddadi, seven-foot Rouzbeh Arghavan and the stocky 6-foot-9 Asghar Kardoust manning the paint.

The Iranians also have a trio of 6-7s in power forwards Hamed Sohrabnejad and Oshin Sakahian and shooting guard Saman Veisi. They have an average ceiling of 6-5.

Gilas Pilipinas is seventh as far as elevation is concerned. Naturalized center Marcus Douthit (6-10) will protect the shaded area along with the 6-9 Japeth Aguilar and 6-10 June Mar Fajardo.

Gilas, a collection of stars in the PBA, stands 6-foot-3 on the average but has an undersized set of guards in Jimmy Alapag and LA Tenorio, both 5-7, and 5-10 Jason Castro.

Jordan is the third tallest squad at 6-foot-5 average with Ahmad Hekmat Aldavairi (6-9), Mohammad Shaher Hussain (6-8) and Ali Jamal Zaghab (6-8) patrolling the shaded lane.

Qatar averages 6-foot-4 ½ followed by Japan (6-4) and South Korea (6-3 ¾). Thailand is the shortest at 6-1 average.

via Mighty Chinese tower over Fiba Asia roster | Inquirer Sports.

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