Draft and Stash Report: Yabusele plays in Chinese league All-Star Game

The “Draft and Stash Report” is published every Thursday to give fans a look into the drafted players that the Celtics currently have playing in other leagues. Boston currently holds the draft rights to Abdel Nader, Marcus Thornton, Guerschon Yabusele and Ante Zizic. Last week’s “Draft and Stash Report” can be found here.

 

Abdel Nader//Maine Red Claws (NBA D-League)//2016 2nd Round (58th overall)
The theme of the week in Boston seems to be injury and Nader fits right in with the Red Claws as an ankle injury kept him out of last night’s game against the Westchester Knicks, which wound up costing Maine their five game winning streak. This injury occurred over the weekend in a win against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants just minutes into the contest and right now there is no timetable for his return. Nader did score 32 points in a win over the Long Island Nets last Friday as he flirted with a triple-double, finishing with ten rebounds and eight assists.

Marcus Thornton//Consultinvest VL Pesaro (Italy)//2015 2nd Round (45th overall)
It was a light week for Consultinvest VL Pesaro but a lot of positives still came out of it for the struggling Thornton. The former William & Mary star dropped 19 points off the bench in the team’s lone game over the past seven days, which matched a game high as his team edged out Betaland Capo. Thornton shot 8-for-13 from the field in the process while also grabbing a rebounds and recording an assist in 31 minutes. He’s currently averaging 11.5 PPG through 15 games played, bouncing between the starting lineup and a bench role.

Guerschon Yabusele//Shanghai Sharks (China)//2016 1st Round (16th overall)
It was All-Star week in China and Yabusele made Boston fans proud by putting on a show. The 16th overall pick from last June’s draft came off the bench to score 26 points while also notching nine rebounds and two assists as he and the “South Team” lost to the “North Team.” Yabusele’s raw number are impressive at first but the final score was 149-147 so it’s pretty clear that the guys in the Chinese league play absolutely no defense in their All-Star Game just like we do here in the United States. If you don’t believe that, here’s some visual proof as the French power forward gets to ease his way to the rim multiple times before throwing down. While knowing these numbers are a tad tainted because the level of effort was pretty low, it’s still good to know that Yabusele made it to the All-Star Game. This was well deserved as he is the second leading scorer and leading rebounder on the first place Shanghai Sharks.

Ante Zizic//Darussafka Dogus (Turkey)//2016 1st Round (23rd overall)
The Dougs played two games over the last week and it looks like Zizic is finally getting more involved with his new team. After averaging just 13 and 16 minutes respectively in his first two games with Darussafka, the Croatian big man played over 25 minutes in these past two games and was even a starter in Sunday night’s win over Buyukcekmece Basketbol. He scored 16 points on 5-for-7 shooting in that start on Sunday to go along with eight rebounds, three blocks and an assist. Zizic played another great game off the bench in a losing effort on Friday, when he scored 14 points 6-for-8 shooting to go along with nine rebounds and a block.

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