How Blatche fare with other Asian team’s imports in World Cup
The ongoing 2019 Fiba World Cup has tuned out to be Andray Blatche’s worst tournament while donning the Philippine colors. His showing in China was a mile apart from his prolific performance in the 2014 World Cup in Spain where he led the Philippines to go toe-to-toe against some of the best teams in the world.
In Spain, Gilas Pilipinas was arguably the most fearsome Asian team. A stark contrast in the 2019 version where the Philippine national team is on the brink of finishing the tournament as the last placer.
Blatche’s performance in China is so poor he’s been outperformed by other Asian team’s naturalized players.
For Jordan, 6’3 Dar Tucker didn’t actually need to post eye-popping numbers as the team relied on their balanced attack. The American-Jordanian player is averaging 17.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.
Nick Fazekas is averaging 15.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game for Japan while his fellow former PBA import Ricardo Ratcliffe normed for 22.3 points and 12 rebounds per game.
Blatche, for his part, has 16.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per outing.
Looking by the numbers, Ratcliffe can be considered the best Asian import to date. Ratcliffe and Fazekas also proved not to be a liability for their teams as they averaged 2.5 and 2 turnovers per game, respectively.
Meanwhile, Blatche is leading Gilas in turnovers with 4.8 per game.