Lenny Daniel had a monstrous season with the Saigon Heat last year in the ASEAN Basketball League. The team has faith that he can duplicate that success and re-signed him again to return for another season with the team.
The high-flying forward scored 22.3 points per game, the second highest scorer all season, and added 13.8 rebounds (4th in the ABL) as well. Daniel quickly became a fan favorite in Ho Chi Minh City for his tendency to create gravity-defying highlights every time he takes the court.
Now, one of the most athletic players in the ABL (as claimed by his peers) will be returning to take the Saigon Heat to further success. Not only does this display how talented Daniel is, it also shows how much faith both the Heat and Daniel have towards each other. Daniel is the first World Import the Heat have signed for a consecutive season and the Heat is the first professional team that Daniel will have played for two straight seasons as well.
Daniel and the Saigon Heat wasted no time in getting the deal done as the Saigon Heat announced Lenny Daniel’s signing way back in August, shortly after Daniel’s stint in the Thailand Basketball League. Since then, Daniel has mainly been in Vietnam, rooting his team in their Vietnamese Basketball Association (VBA) league campaign.
“I feel good about returning to the Heat,” Daniel says. “Not only do we have a really talented team that can compete for a championship, the fans factored in me coming back. The atmosphere at the games are incredible.”
“Getting to play for Coach Tony and the coaching staff, playing with David Arnold for another season, and how well the upper management have treated me since the day I arrived have all been a huge part of me deciding to return.”
It’s been a busy summer for Daniel, having played in the Thailand Basketball League as mentioned above. Saigon Heat fans won’t have to worry about their superstar being rusty and should also look forward to seeing some new skills Daniel has been working on.
“I’ve improved my strength and stability to be able to take more contact to finish at the basket,” Daniel says of what improvements he’s made this past summer. “My dribbling and three point shot has improved as well. I try to attack my weaknesses each and every summer.”
To find out what improvements Daniel has made and how it will change the Saigon Heat’s game, check in when they tipoff their ASEAN Basketball League campaign on December 3 against the Singapore Slingers at CIS Arena, Ho Chi Minh City.