Despite being a star and household name in the Chinese basketball scene, Jason Dixon shifted his sights of glory to the newly established ASEAN Basketball League. In 2009, he signed a deal with the Philippine Patriots to be their starting big man.
Dixon invigorated the Patriots’ chances to the ABL throne as he made big contributions to give them the best record of the ’09–’10 season and a ticket to the inaugural ABL playoffs. With his efforts during the season, Dixon was awarded as the first World Import MVP due to his on-court performance and authority inside the painted area.
In the very first ABL Playoffs, he played a major role in the Patriots’ postseason dominance—sweeping both the semifinal and final rounds to bring home the first ABL championship. After his momentous first ABL season, he then found a new home in Thailand after inking a deal to play for the Chang Thailand Slammers.
Dixon continued to be an unstoppable force with the Slammers with his intensity on grabbing the boards and punishing his opponents in the paint. He helped the franchise turn around their disappointing ‘09–’10 season into becoming the number one seeded team come the ABL Playoffs. In the 2011 ABL Finals, Jason met with his former team, the Patriots, in a best-of-3 series battle for the championship. The series did not extend to a do-or-die Game 3 as the Slammers capped off their season by winning the championship title—giving Dixon his second hard-earned championship.
Jason Dixon is an enduring image to the ABL as one of its storied champions in league’s history and indeed a pioneer center. As the league prepares its tenth-year milestone, the ABL will never forget his illustrious career through nominating him to be included in the Final 21 players vying for the ten all-time greats.
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