TAIWANESE sharpshooter Lin Chih-chieh, Korean gunner Kim Min Goo and a still undisclosed prospect are currently on NLEX’s radar as the Road Warriors look to bolster their PBA Governors' Cup campaign with an Asian import.
NLEX team manager Ronald Dulatre said Lin, a five-time All-Star in the Chinese Basketball Association while playing for the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions, is seriously being considered because of his ability to shoot from long range.
“Shooter ito na Taiwanese guard, pero may iba pa rin naman kaming tinitingnan, gaya nung Korean shooter na na-aksidente lang,” Dulatre told Spin.ph on Monday.
Lin, listed at 6-foot-3, played for the Chinese-Taipei national squad that bowed to Kim’s South Korean side in the battle for the bronze medal during the 2013 Fiba-Asia men’s championships in Manila.
The 32-year-old Lin is coming off an impressive season with Guangsha Lions which he embellished with averages of 15.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists a game.
The Chinese Taipei top gun is dubbed the “Beast” back home in Taiwan’s Super League, where he has won two Finals MVP awards and a regular season MVP after leading the Taiwan Beer to the 2007 and 2008 championships.
On the other hand, Kim, one of the top guns of Korea's national team, figured in a car accident last year which forced him to sit out Korean Basketball League season as well as the Incheon Asian Games.
Dulatre said NLEX is keen to tap the 23-year-old Kyoong Hee University standout if he's healthy.
The 6-foot-2 Kim averaged 12.7 points, 2.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds in 19.9 minutes per game during the 2013 Fiba-Asia cage showpiece. He also banged in 27 points, spiked by five three-pointers in South Korea’s 86-79 loss to Gilas Pilipinas in the semifinals.
Outside the two Asian shooters, Dulatre said they still have a third prospect, which, for the time being, is being kept under wraps.