As a result of pure domination of the competition at the Chinese NBL level, Russ Smith will soon look to do the same versus a greater opposition.
In the past four games in which Louisville legend Russ Smith has appeared with Luoyang of the Chinese NBL, he has posted an average of 70.8 points per game. And no, there is no decimal typo.
Smith’s scoring output this summer with Luoyang has been truly “Russdiculous.” That is all there is to it. Week after week, you can count on hearing news of scoreboard-shattering numbers by the former Louisville Cardinals guard.
With greatness always comes criticism. Any critics of Russ Smith that may remain have wanted to point out the level of competition he has been facing. These critics do not realize that he is getting double- and triple-teamed on a daily basis.
Regardless of the defensive coverage, he is putting up an average of 60.5 points per regulation contest. Versus any professional competition on any level on any soil, you cannot honestly discredit how astounding Smith’s feats have been. This includes a whopping Kobe Bryant-esque 81-point performance!
Not only will Russ score at absolute will, but he is averaging 7.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. Any remaining critics cannot say he can only score. He has been controlling the game on both ends of the court.
Attempting to silence critics yet again, “Russdiculous” has agreed to a contract for the 2017-18 season in a league of higher competition.
After putting up massive numbers in China's NBL Russ Smith has signed with Fujian in China's CBA for 7-18. Was last in NBA in 15-16 w/ MEM.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) August 12, 2017
Russ will be joining the Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association — the country’s top professional basketball league.
Russ is the third player on the Fujian Sturgeon’s roster thus far, teaming up with Brandon Bowman and Christian Wood. Smith and Wood have familiarity with each other from their days spent together in the NBA’s Developmental League (Delaware 87ers) in 2016.
What more must Russ prove to NBA scouts? Has he not done enough yet to warrant — at the absolute minimum — a low-risk deal?
Perhaps total domination of the CBA — and winning games for the Fujian Sturgeons — will finally do it.
In the past six seasons, the Chinese club has not experienced a winning record. Russ will surely make a world of difference for the team, and a major jump in winning percentage could be a major key to the recognition he needs.
Regardless, Card Nation will always be supportive of No. 2 wherever he may be playing.