Sun Yue (basketball)

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Sun Yue
Sun Yue with the Beijing Aoshen Olympians.jpg
Personal information
Born (1985-11-06) 6 November 1985 (age 33)
Cangzhou, Hebei, China
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Playing career2002–2017
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Career history
2002–2008Beijing Olympians
2008–2009Los Angeles Lakers
2008–2009Los Angeles D-Fenders
2009–2013Beijing Olympians
2011–2017Beijing Ducks
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Sun Yue (simplified Chinese: 孙悦; traditional Chinese: 孫悅; pinyin: Sūn Yuè [swə́n yɤ̂]; born November 6, 1985) is a Chinese former professional basketball player who last played for the Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association.

CBA career[edit]

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[1] 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. Not only that, but he also provided a useful role in helping Beijing repeat as champions a year later.

NBA career[edit]

After originally entering the 2006 NBA Draft but subsequently withdrawing,[1] Sun decided to enter the 2007 NBA Draft and was taken by the Los Angeles Lakers as the 40th overall pick.[2] With Sun being drafted alongside Yi Jianlian that year, it marked the first time in NBA draft history that two China-born players were drafted in the same year. That feat would not be repeated 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.[3]

Only a few days after his arrival in the United States, Sun suffered from a bout with mononucleosis and had to be hospitalized.[4] 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.[5]

He played in ten games and scored a total of 6 points in 28 minutes before being assigned[6] 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.[7] Sun then suffered a left ankle sprain during practice with the Los Angeles D-Fenders and missed the remaining D-League games.[8]

He eventually recovered and traveled with the Los Angeles Lakers during the playoffs, but he did not play in the playoffs. Sun was waived by Los Angeles on 31 July 2009.[9][10] He then joined the New York Knicks, but was waived on 7 October 2009, before the next season started.[11]

International career[edit]

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.[12][13][14]

Career statistics[edit]

CBA statistics[edit]

2013–14 Beijing 49 5.1 4.0 .456 .721 13.7
2014–15 Beijing 49 3.9 3.7 .480 .846 11.1
Career 98 4.5 3.9 .468 .784 12.4

NBA statistics[edit]

  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

Regular season[edit]

2008–09 L.A. Lakers 10 0 2.8 .273 .000 0.000 .0 .2 .1 .1 0.6
Career 10 0 2.8 .273 .000 0.000 .0 .2 .1 .1 0.6


  1. ^ a b "Yue Sun 2007 Draft Profile". Retrieved February 11, 2009.
  2. ^ "Yi, Sun Picked in NBA Draft". June 29, 2007. Retrieved February 12, 2009.
  3. ^ Hine, Chris (August 9, 2008). "Lakers agree to terms with guard Sun Yue, 2007 second-round pick". LA Times. Retrieved February 12, 2009.
  4. ^ Bresnahan, Mike (September 26, 2008). "Lakers rookie Sue Yue has mononucleosis". LA Times. Retrieved February 12, 2009.
  5. ^ "Chinese star Sun Yue makes NBA debut for Lakers". Bangkok Post. December 8, 2008. Retrieved February 12, 2009.
  6. ^ Turner, Broderick (March 6, 2009). "Lakers send Sun Yue to D-League". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 8, 2009.
  7. ^ "NBA Development League: Sun Yue Playerfile". November 6, 1985. Archived from the original on March 11, 2009.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 12, 2012. Retrieved May 20, 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Sun Yue Stats -". Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  10. ^ "Page Not Found - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  11. ^ Alan Hahn (October 7, 2009). "Yue, Pruitt among four waived by Knicks".
  12. ^ "FIBA ASIA - China book place in London in front of record TV audience".
  13. ^ "26th FIBA Asia Championship : News Details". Archived from the original on November 8, 2011.
  14. ^ "26th FIBA Asia Championship - Wuhan, China". Archived from the original on July 22, 2012.

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