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China aim to rule the Asia Cup with gigantic frontline

BEIJING (FIBA Asia Cup 2017) - The Chinese may not be bringing their deepest or most talent-laden squad, but they sure are bringing maybe the most imposing team to the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 in Beirut.

The Chinese will make their way to the Lebanese capital with a veritable walking Great Wall that has certainly made it its mission to rule over the entire field.

Li Muhao (CHN) - India v China, 2015 FIBA Asia Championship, Changsha - CSWC Dayun (People's Republic of China), Quarter-Finals, 1 October 2015
Coach Du Feng will have at his disposal a lineup with an average height of 2.01m, which is the tallest in the whole competition. Leading the way are a trio of centers standing at least 2.10m each: national team newcomer Han Dejun, FIBA Asia veteran Li Muhao and teenage Hu Jinqiu.

Dejun is one to watch as he is considered the "Shaquille O'Neal of China." At 2.15m and 136kgs, it's no wonder that's the case. Muhao was a third-string center 2 years ago on China's champion team, but he will definitely have a bigger part to play here. Jinqiu is perhaps the most interesting prospect, though, as he is being compared to Yi Jianlian and may eventually join compatriot Zhou Qi in the NBA.

Aside from Muhao, there are three other holdovers from the Chinese team that beat the Philippines in the FIBA Asia Championship 2015 Final: shooter Li Gen, siwngman Zhou Peng and All-Star Five guard Guo Ailun. All three will play major roles for China this year, but Guo is the one who expected to surface as this team's vocal leader and barometer.

Guo is this team's main floor general and their best perimeter threat. He put up around 11 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal per game in 2015 and famously outplayed one of Asia's finest, Jayson Castro, in the Final. Guo's steady play at the point guard position is exactly what China need to complement their size, and if he can muster that same kind of magic in Beirut, the defending champions should be in excellent shape.

China 12-Man Roster for FIBA Asia Cup 2017   

Gu Quan    
Guo Ailun    
Han Dejun     
Hu Jinqiu
Li Gen    
Li Muhao    
Liu Xiaoyu     
Ren Junfei
Wu Qian     
Yu Dehao     
Zeng Lingxu     
Zhou Peng

Source: http://www.fiba.com/asiacup/2017/news/china-aim-to-rule-the-asia-cup-with-gigantic-frontline

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