Long-time Hong Kong national player Duncan Reid banners the initial roster of the Bay Area Dragons set to compete in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup and the coming East Asia Super League (EASL) in October.
The club announced the lineup on Thursday as it starts its preparations for two major campaigns under multi-titled head coach Brian Goorjian.
The 6-foot-9 Reid is widely regarded as the best player in Hong Kong SAR, who’s a five-time Hong Kong A1 Division champion and played in the country when it hosted the 2013 FIBA Asia Men’s Championship.
Reid will be joined by 7-foot-5 China national team center Liu Chuanxing, along with China national team youth and 3×3 player Zhang Zhiyuan, guard Kobey Lam of University of Charleston, former Hong Kong scoring champion Scotty Ewing, Song Jianhua, Zheng Qilong, among others.
“We’re building this team to be competitive right off the bat,” said Goorjian, the six-time Australian National Basketball League champion who led the Boomers to their first ever Olympic medal in the previous Olympics.
“Ultimately, our goal is to win games and establish a strong culture that will allow the players to excel and sharpen their skills against the best competition the region has to offer.”
Goorjian and Bay Area Dragons general manager Liu Quansheng have also established a coaching staff made up of world-class individuals with extensive experience and robust networks, such as former National Basketball Association (NBA) executive Bryan Colangelo.
In addition to top Chinese talent, the club will also employ two top foreign imports with former NBA or top European league experience as well as one Asian import.
“Adding Coach Goorjian was the first step in building a team that competes with the best,” Quansheng said.
“Now, we’re working with top players from Greater China to deliver a product that Chinese fans everywhere can be proud of and continue to elevate the level of Chinese basketball.”