After seriously stepping up their pursuit of Iranian big man Hamed Haddadi (218 cm) recently, the Qingdao Double Star Eagles (China-CBA) finally was able to secure his services for 2014-15. Haddadi is a ten-year (2004-2014) veteran of the Iranian national team and represented his country in the recently concluded FIBA World Cup 2014 in Spain. He kicked off his 2013-14 season playing Foolad Mahan Esfahan (Iran-Superleague) in the Asian Club Championships where he was able to average 17.5 ppg and 12.3 rpg. Haddadi then signed with the Sichuan Blue Whales from China’s CBA and there he posted averages of 14.2 ppg and 13.4 rpg in 25 games. In February 2014 he moved back home to Iran, joining Mahram Tehran (Superleague), where he averaged 20.5 ppg and 11.1 rpg in 15 games.
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