THE recent play of Iran’s Mahdi Kamrany has been praised by his peers who insist he is the best point guard in Asia right now.
“I think he is the best point guard in Asia,” said teammate Mohammad Jamshidi following Iran’s 79-60 semifinal victory over Chinese Taipei on Saturday.
Iran coach Mehmed Becirovic agreed, pointing to Kamrany's all-around effort against the Taiwanese that earned the team a trip to the title match of the Fiba-Asia Championship and a ticket to the 2014 Fiba World Cup in Spain.
“He has more creativity from the other point guards,” said the Slovenian coach.
While Hamed Hadadi is arguably the most popular Iranian player in the tournament, Kamrany has made a name for himself in the Asian championships. In the semifinals, he had 19 points, six rebounds, six assists, and two steals as the Iranians trounced the Taiwanese in their Final Four match.
Becirovic credits Kamrany’s intelligence for his superb play that has helped Iran stay unblemished going into the finals match.
“Today, there are a lot of athletic players, but he has court vision. He knows when to pass and when to shoot,” said Becirovic.
But Becirovic declined to credit one player for their unbeaten slate so far.
“Never, because it’s a team sport. We have some players who have more creativity or more credit than the coach. But it’s still teamwork. Somebody scores, somebody made a good job defensively, but it’s still a team,” said Becirovic.