Tyler Lamb claims the number 5 spot as well as the mantle as the highest-ranked local on the list. Lamb has already accomplished much in the ASEAN Basketball League with him winning the championship in 2017 with Hong Kong Eastern as well as Heritage Import MVP.
Lamb has proven to be a reliable contributor throughout his four seasons in the ABL evidenced by his career averages of 19.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. Although he saw a dip in his statistics last season with Mono Vampire, we can expect to see Lamb back to his old form once the new campaign starts.
With a full offseason with Mono Vampire under his belt, Lamb will definitely be more comfortable with his team come tipoff. The 6’5″ guard could also arguably be the favorite to win Local MVP this ABL season.
After sweeping the second-seeded San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the quarterfinals, Hong Kong Eastern ran into a big obstacle in the form of Xavier Alexander and the Singapore Slingers. They were outclassed and were ousted in the tournament by way of a sweep as well. Looking to turn his fortunes, the one-time ABL champion decided to join the Singapore Slingers.
Making a name for himself as one of Eastern’s most potent offensive weapons, Elliott carried the team to the ABL championship in their very first year in the league back in 2016. During that season, Elliott averaged a stellar stat line of 24.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 6.5 assists in 26 games.
Now a member of the Singapore Slingers, Elliott has got to be ecstatic as he’s pairing up with one of, if not, the most dominant player in the ABL in the form of X-Man himself. Elliott is expected to handle the guard duties for the Slingers while Alexander will continue to demolish the opposing teams’ frontcourt. The deadly duo will look to make a splash this season and possibly bring the Slingers to the promised land.
With the departure of Anthony Tucker, Mikh McKinney is left alone to carry the load for the Macau Black Bears this season. What this does is allow McKinney to shine more on the offensive end as it will most definitely run through him. And we’re not complaining at all.
He’s projected to have the biggest season of his career in the ABL thus far because he will be heavily relied upon by the team in order to potentially carry them to a playoff appearance. Going into the 10th season of the ASEAN Basketball League, McKinney’s scoring 25.1 points per game at a 51% clip and it’s not far fetched to assume that his scoring production will go beyond that this season. It goes without saying that he is poised to lead the league in scoring once again.
There may be two other imports joining McKinney in the form of an athletic center in Brandon Edwards and a well-rounded player in Kenny Manigault, but McKinney’s advantage over them is his wealth of ABL experience in the past 2 years. He’s going to be relied upon even more as soon as the season starts.
If one were to make a list of the Top 30 players in the ASEAN Basketball League, Singapore Slingers great Xavier Alexander has to be in the top five. Spending just five seasons in the league, the X-Man has made his name as one of the most dominant forces to grace the league. Just to show how dominant he was, he averaged a triple-double in last years’ Finals. If that doesn’t speak dominance, we don’t know what will.
Undoubtedly the face of the Singapore Slingers, Alexander has his eyes set on the title this year and the Slingers are pulling out all the stops in their quest for the franchise’s first title. Bringing in Marcus Elliott from Hong Kong Eastern was considered to be a game-changing move for them while at the same time raising questions of who’ll be the primary ball-handler. It’s a foregone conclusion that the Slingers are Alexander’s team.
Although a championship continues to elude him and the Singapore Slingers, there’s no doubt in our minds that he’s the Slingers’ number one player. Yes, there will be adjustments that will have to be made along the way this season, yet they’ll still find a way to work together. Elliott has championship experience while Alexander is the ABL’s version of LeBron James.
When you have a player with the caliber of OJ Mayo, he will most definitely be an opposing team’s nightmare on the offensive end. With his ability to score from anywhere, Mayo automatically draws any opposing team’s best defensive player which opens up his teammates for any potential mismatches.
Joining a Taiwanese club that has had great domestic success, the eight-year NBA veteran is bringing career averages of 13.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1 steal. For his strong showing in his first year in the NBA, he was named to the 2008-2009 All-Rookie First Team. Mayo continued to flourish as an offensive-centric player that demolished defenses with his quick handles and smooth midrange game.
Despite having no prior ABL experience, the former NBA star will most definitely shine with the Taipei Fubon Braves. Of all the players who’ve had experiences outside of the ABL, OJ Mayo is the most storied one of them all which makes him deserving of his spot in the ABL Top 30 for this season.