Sun Yue (basketball)
|No. 9 – Beijing Ducks|
|Position||Shooting guard / Point guard|
|League||Chinese Basketball Association|
6 November 1985 |
Cangzhou, Hebei, China
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|NBA draft||2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40th overall|
|Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers|
|2008–2009||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2009||→ Los Angeles D-Fenders|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Sun Yue (simplified Chinese: 孙悦; traditional Chinese: 孫悅; pinyin: Sūn Yuè, pronounced [su̯ə́n yɤ̂], SWUN yoo-EH; born November 6, 1985) is a Chinese basketball player who currently plays for Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association.
Sun Yue signed his first professional contract with Chinese Basketball Association side Beijing Olympians in 2002 at the age of 17. In 2004, Sun was selected to the Chinese national under-20 team, but when Beijing refused to release him to play, the team was banned from playing in the Chinese Basketball Association. After touring in Taiwan, the team moved to play in the American Basketball Association. In Sun's first season in the American Basketball Association, he scored 9.5 points per game and seven rebounds per game with 6.7 assists per game. Sun also had his first triple-double of his career with 12 points, 12 rebounds, and 14 assists and was named to the All-ABA second team. In the following season, Sun improved his numbers, making the All-ABA first team with 13.5 points per game and six rebounds per game with 10.5 assists per game. Sun rejoined the Beijing Olympians after he was released by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009.
After playing several more seasons with the Beijing Olympians (remaining with the club until its eventual disbanding in 2013), Sun then signed with the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association in 2013. He played a vital role in helping Beijing win their second CBA championship title during the 2013-14 season.
After originally entering the 2006 NBA Draft but subsequently withdrawing, Sun decided to enter the 2007 NBA Draft and was taken by the Los Angeles Lakers as the 40th overall pick. With Sun being drafted alongside Yi Jianlian that year, it marked the first time in NBA draft history that two different Chinese born players would be drafted in the same year. That feat would not be repeated again, though, until 2016. It would also be the first time in modern NBA history that a Chinese basketball player would be drafted outside of the CBA. However, Sun stayed with the Beijing Olympians for another year before signing with Los Angeles in August 2008. But only a few days after he arrived in the United States, Sun suffered from a bout of mononucleosis and had to be taken to the hospital. After recovering from his illness, Sun finally made his debut on 7 December 2008 against the Milwaukee Bucks, scoring 4 points in five minutes of play. He played in ten games and scored a total of 6 points in 28 minutes before being assigned to D-League side Los Angeles D-Fenders. He played six games with the team, averaging 0.7 points per game, 0.2 assists per game and 0.0 rebounds per game. Sun then suffered a left ankle sprain during practice with the Los Angeles D-Fenders and missed the remaining D-League games. He eventually recovered and traveled with the Los Angeles Lakers during the playoffs, but he did not play in the playoffs. Sun became the second ever Chinese player, after Mengke Bateer with the 2003 San Antonio Spurs, to win the NBA championship after Los Angeles defeated the Orlando Magic in the 2009 NBA Finals. Sun was then waived by Los Angeles on 31 July 2009 and by the New York Knicks, which he joined before the season started, on 7 October 2009.
Sun competed in the NBA Summer League with the Chinese national basketball team in the summer of 2007. This was seen as a chance for the Chinese national team to gain further experience against international competition in preparation for the 2008 Summer Olympics, which Sun would also compete in. He also participated in the 2007 Stanković Continental Champions' Cup and played a vital role in the wins against Venezuela and New Zealand. Sun earned a silver medal in the 2009 FIBA Asia Championship after China finished as runners-up in the tournament. He earned a gold medal in the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship as his side won against Jordan.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
|†||Denotes season in which Sun won an NBA championship|
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- "Yi, Sun Picked in NBA Draft". china.org.cn. June 29, 2007. Retrieved 2009-02-12.
- Hine, Chris (August 9, 2008). "Lakers agree to terms with guard Sun Yue, 2007 second-round pick". LA Times. Retrieved 2009-02-12.
- Bresnahan, Mike (September 26, 2008). "Lakers rookie Sue Yue has mononucleosis". LA Times. Retrieved 2009-02-12.
- "Chinese star Sun Yue makes NBA debut for Lakers". Bangkok Post. December 8, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-12.
- Turner, Broderick (March 6, 2009). "Lakers send Sun Yue to D-League". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-03-08.
- "NBA Development League: Sun Yue Playerfile". Nba.com. 1985-11-06.
- Lakers waive guard Sun Yue Archived August 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- Alan Hahn (2009-10-07). "Yue, Pruitt among four waived by Knicks". Newsday.com.
- "FIBA ASIA - China book place in London in front of record TV audience". Fiba.com.
- "26th FIBA Asia Championship : News Details". Wuhan2011.fibaasia.net.
- "26th FIBA Asia Championship - Wuhan, China". Wuhan2011.fibaasia.net.
- Profile at Eurobasket.com