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Now that the CBA season has come to an end – the Xinjiang Flying Tigers were crowned the league champs in a four-game sweep over Guangdong – Asia-Basket.com has released its All-Chinese CBA Awards for the 2016-17 season, and Jimmer Fredette absolutely cleaned up.

The former BYU guard was generously decorated for his outstanding play as he led the turnaround of the Shanghai Sharks from an also ran to one of the top teams in the league during his first season.

He took home three major honors as he was named Guard of the Year, Import Player of the Year and the overall Player of the Year.

All three honors were well deserved as Fredette carried the Sharks to 30-win regular season and a trip to the playoffs. Along the way, he put up masterful scoring displays, including four 50-point games and a 73-point night where he scored 22 straight points in overtime to keep the Sharks in the game.

For the regular season, Fredette averaged 37.3 points a game on 48.1 percent shooting from the floor, including 41.1 percent from beyond the arc and 92.8 percent from the foul line. He also chipped in with 7.9 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.7 steals in 39.3 minutes.

He bumped those numbers up to 40.3 points a night in the playoffs with 11.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals, but couldn’t propel the shorthanded Sharks past the first round.

Fredette was also one of three imports to earn First-Team All-CBA, along with Darius Adams and Andray Blatche. The other two players named to the First-Team were Yi Jianlian and Ding Yanyuhang.

Here are some of Fredette’s best highlights during the season.

In other Sharks related news, Guerschon Yabusele joined the D-League’s Maine Red Claws following the CBA season and has played very well. In two regular season appearances, he averaged 18.5 points on 64.7 percent shooting from the floor, including 66.7 percent from distance to go along with 10 rebounds in 26.8 minutes.

 

 

 

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Another monster performance from Jimmer Fredette wasn’t enough to carry the Shanghai Sharks into the second round of the playoffs as the fell to Shenzhen Leopards 102-95 in overtime on Sunday.

Fredette put on a show offensively as he finished with 50 points – his fourth 50-point game of the season – on 14 for 32 shooting from the floor and 20 for 20 from the free-throw line. He added 10 rebounds and two assists in 50:32 of action.

Fredette was especially good from inside the arc as he hit 12 of 20 shots, but struggled from 3-point land as he connected on just 2 of 12 in the season-ending loss. He wasn’t the only one that was cold from the outside for the Sharks as they hit on 9 of 41 from distance, including 1 for 8 from Guerschon Yabusele and 1 for 7 from Liu XiaoYu.

Another area that cost the Sharks was on the backboards. The Leopards won the rebounding battle 67 to 56, including 24 to 17 on the offensive glass.

Maciej Lampe led the way for Shenzhen with 28 points on 12 for 27 shooting and hit a dagger three in overtime to push the game out of reach. He added 15 rebounds and five assists in 38:53. Jeremy Pargo also had a solid all-around game as he totaled 20 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Meng Duo added 21 points, six rebounds and three assists while Li Muhao contributed 13 points and 14 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end.

The only other players to reach double figures in scoring for Shanghai were Zhang ZhaoXu who finished with 14 points on a perfect 7 for 7 shooting from the floor and Cai Liang who had 10 points to go along with seven rebounds.

Yabusele returned from the ankle injury that sidelined him for most of game 4, but clearly wasn’t himself as he totaled just seven points on 3 for 13 shooting from the field and 0 for 2 from the foul line. He added a team-best 11 rebounds and a pair of steals in 26:28.

XiaoYu also had a tough shooting night in the loss as he registered just four points on 1 for 12 shooting from the floor, but did manage four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 51:53.

In the playoffs, Fredette averaged 40.3 points a game to go along with 11.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals in 45.3 minutes.

Jimmer Fredette had another big night, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the loss of Guerschon Yabusele as the Shanghai Sharks fell to the Shenzhen Leopards 100-93 on Friday night.

Yabusele rolled his ankle midway through the second quarter and was unable to return, leaving Fredette to carry the load as the only import. He put up a valiant effort as he finished with 39 points on 13 for 29 shooting from the floor, including 6 for 13 from beyond the arc and 7 for 8 from the free-throw line. He added 11 rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block.

After a slow start that saw him score just five first-quarter points, Fredette got things going in the second as he took over after the departure of Yabusele. He started it out with a steal that he converted into a fast break lay-up. He then drilled a three from the right corner before picking up a technical foul for slapping an opposing player on the backside who had just fouled Fredette. Jimmer added a pair of free throws before he hit an off-balance jumper from just inside the 3-point line to finish the half with 17 points.

He got back to work in the third quarter with a left corner three followed by a pull-up three in transition to tie the game at 58. He then started pulling out the spin move to score his next two baskets while adding two free throws as the Sharks tried to keep up with the Leopards.

Fredette got back into a rhythm from beyond the arc in the fourth as he hit a three off the dribble from the top of the key followed by a right-wing three to cut the Leopards lead to 89-87. He knocked down two more free-throws and another scoop shot in the lane after another pretty spine move to finish his scoring efforts.

While the Leopards came away with the much-needed win, they had some struggles of their own as Maciej Lampe and Jeremy Pargo got into an altercation on the bench and had to be separated.

Lampe finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds while Pargo chipped in with 18 points, five rebounds and four assists. Gu QuAn paced Shenzhen with 24 points and eight rebounds as the Leopards evened up the series at two games apiece.

Zhang ZhaoXu totaled 14 points and four rebounds for Shanghai while Zhai Yi had 10 points, six rebounds and three assists. Yabusele finished with five points and five boards before the injury.

The deciding game of the best-of-5 series is back in Shanghai on Sunday.