Former NBA center Hamed Haddadi (218 cm) has been added by the Sichuan Blue Whales, a newcomer to China’s CBA this 2013-14 season. The Iranian big man has been a member of the Iranian National Team from 2004 up to the present. He recently won M.V.P. honors as he led Iran to a gold-medal finish at the 2013 FIBA Asia Championships, securing their berth to the 2014 Basketball World Cup in Spain.
He began the 2013-14 season with Iranian club Foolad Mahan Esfahan. Haddadi was exploring options for an NBA return, but has since opted to test his luck in China instead. He logged six games for Foolad Mahan and averaged 17.5 ppg and 12.3 rpg. with 2.0 bpg.