Lee Jung-hyun and Ha Yoon-ki, there was no motive for this draft
Never before have rookie draft picks scored 175+ points side-by-side in the same round. Lee Jung-hyun (SONO) and Ha Yoon-ki (KT) broke that barrier.
The first round of the 2023-2024 Korean Professional Basketball League is over. Lee Jung-hyun and Ha Yoon-ki, the third and second picks in the 2021 rookie draft, ranked seventh and eighth in scoring with an average of 20.9 and 19.6 points, respectively. They are first and second among Korean players.
They have played in all nine games and have totaled 188 and 176 points, respectively.
Since the inception of professional basketball until last season, there have been 143 times a Korean player scored 175+ points in a single round.레모나토토
Seo Jang-hoon has the most with 36, followed by Moon Sung-eun with 12, and Kim Young-man and Moon Tae-young tied for third with 11.
The highest single-round score by a Korean player is Woo Ji-won’s 284 points (31.6 average) in the sixth round of the 2003-2004 season. As you may know, this includes a 70-point performance in a push game.
Excluding that, Cho Sung-won’s 274 points (30.4 average) in the first round of the 2000-2001 season is the highest, and the only Korean player to average 30+ points in a single round.
There have been many instances where two or more Korean players have scored 175+ points in a single round. The most recent example was by Jeon Seong-hyun (231 points) and Heo Woong (177 points) in the third round of last season.
In the fifth round of the 2000-2001 season, six players averaged 20+ points (180). This is because the undrafted basketball generation showed off their scoring prowess in the early days of professional basketball.
In other words, not many players who debuted through the domestic player draft since 1998 have done it. In fact, 13 players have done it a total of 33 times.
None of these players were drafted in the same round as their teammates, which was the case with Lee Jung-hyun and Ha Yoon-ki.
Furthermore, Lee and Ha are now in their third year of professional play. If Lee Won-seok, who Samsung selected based on his potential, develops as expected, the big three could be as good as any draft.