Foshan And Jiangsu Sign New Imports Marcus Haislip And Marcus Williams

With just over 15% of the season in the books, two underperforming teams are looking to shake up their imports in an attempt to turn things around. Yesterday, both Jiangsu Nangang and Guangdong Foshan announced the signings of two new imports. Jiangsu will bring on point guard Marcus Williams, while Foshan will add forward Marcus Haislip. For Jiangsu, the plan to bring in another guard was inevitable. The team had been cold on the guy they originally signed, Mardy Collins, since the pre-season and were close to signing Luther Head in Round 2 before Head suffered an ankle injury. Perhaps motivated by the rumors, Collins picked up his play the last two games. He scored 28 in a win against DongGuan in Round 3 and in Round 4 against Fujian, also a win, he put up a great all-around effort with 28 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists and 7 steals. In the end though, Jiangsu’s mind had already been made — citing an injury, Jiangsu kept Collins in Nanjing and out of the lineup for the team’s road loss against Xinjiang on Wednesday. In four games, Collins averaged 21.5 points, 7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.8 steals. Williams, a former UCONN product and former 22nd overall pick of the 2006 NBA Draft, spent four years in the NBA from 2006-10, playing for the New Jersey Nets, Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies. In August 2010, he signed in Russia with BC Enisey Krasnoyarsk. In 27 games, he averaged 14.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 6.8 assists. The move could be an indication that Jiangsu is worried about the health of their longtime point guard and primary ball handler, Hu Xuefeng. Knowing that they can rely on Hu to run the show, Jiangsu has almost always gone with two big men or one big and one wing player in years past. But the 31 year-old isn’t what he once was — he has been battling a variety of ailments over the years, most recently a knee. On Wednesday against Xinjiang, Hu only played four minutes. Without Collins and Yi Li, who was out with a throat, head coach Xu Qiang may have held back Hu in an effort to save him for more winnable games down the road. However, at least in our minds, Williams’ arrival says something about Hu’s role with the team this season. Expect to see either his minutes cut down, or his position switch to a more off the ball role. The Marcus Williams who will play for Jiangsu is not to be confused with the Marcus Williams who currently plays for Shanxi — they’re two completely different players. Keep that well in mind, because the two will be going up against each other tonight when Shanxi and Jiangsu play in Taiyuan. Meanwhile Foshan, who has also has started the season slow at 1-3, is going through with a change of their own, swapping out Gerald Green for Haislip. Chinese fans, especially ones hailing from Guangdong province, should be quite familiar with the versatile and athletic 6’10 forward. Haislip spent last season with CBA champions, Guangdong, averaging 22.6 points and 6.6 rebounds in the regular season last year. But he came on strong in the playoffs, especially in the Finals. In an epic championship-clinching Game 6, Haislip went 7-8 from three en route to a game-high 35 points. In four games, Green averaged 26.5 points and 4 rebounds. Via (NiuBBall)

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