Phoenix Suns forward Yuta Watanabe and Japan capable for the 2024 Olympics in Paris with the best document of FIBA Asia teams in the 2023 FIBA Planet Cup.
Watanabe and Japan received a few games one particular in group play from Finland and then two as opposed to Venezuela and Cape Verde. Japan won qualification for the Olympics for the to start with time given that 1976 (they ended up hosts of the 2020 Olympics and mechanically capable).
Watanabe, who is the only NBA player on Japan’s roster, exceeded 20 details three times in the tournament. He concluded with averages of 14.8 factors and 6.2 rebounds.
Below is how he reacted to Japan’s Olympic berth. Through Suns on X:
“This signifies a whole lot to us. I am quite happy of us.”
🗣️ @wacchi1013 on Japan qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympic Video games! 🇯🇵
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— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) September 2, 2023
“This means a whole lot to us,” Watanabe reported. “It’s the initial time in like 40-some years, 48? 48 years. You know, we created record. This is the very first time we conquer [a] European workforce in the Globe Cup (Finland).
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“…So, this suggests a good deal to us. I’m very very pleased of us.”
— Yuta Watanabe 渡邊 雄太 (@wacchi1013) September 2, 2023
Watanabe performed through a lower leg/ankle injury all over the tournament. He will now transform his aim to the Suns’ standard time, in which he is expected to be a vital piece for a championship group.
Watanabe signed a two-calendar year minimal deal with the Suns in totally free company. He shot 44.4 percent (60-of-135) from 3-level array in 2022-23, such as above 50 p.c on corner attempts.
Watanabe played with Suns forward Kevin Durant with the Brooklyn Nets before he was traded. Durant assisted Watanabe 14 times this earlier year.
Watanabe experienced at least two blocks in four of Japan’s five games in the Globe Cup. The Suns are coached by Frank Vogel, who aided direct teams to the top rated defensive ranking a few situations as coach.