If ever you find yourself in front of a full trophy case, it would probably belong to Chris Charles. The 7’1″ center has stacked up award after award in his six seasons with the ASEAN Basketball League.
Charles first joined the league in 2013 when he signed with the Thailand Slammers. It did not take long for the American to claim his first set of trophies. After a strong debut season, where he averaged a double-double, Charles was voted for both Import MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. The accolades proved that the big man was a force on both sides of the floor.
The following year, the newly-renamed Hi-Tech Bangkok City grabbed the second seed after a 20-game regular season. Charles once again put up big numbers — setting himself apart from the rest of the field. For the second season in a row, Chris Charles was named Import MVP.
When Playoffs came, Charles and Hi-Tech Bangkok City could not be stopped. The Thai squad bulldozed through the semifinal and final rounds — sweeping the Singapore Slingers and the Westports Malaysia Dragons respectively. Charles came out of the 2014 ABL season as a champion.
Chris Charles would go on to win the Defensive Player of the Year two more times, and eventually reach a career total of 1726 points — making him #4 in the All-Time Scoring List.
With an ABL title, 2 Import MVPs, and 3 Defensive Player of the Year Awards, it is safe to say that Chris Charles belongs with the ABL All-Time Greats.
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