Joe Alexander - Why is there no discussion of him coming over? I have watched a few of his games this season on Futurecast this season and he seems to be palying very well. He is averaging 19 pts and 9 rebs for the Texas Legends. More importantly for the CBA he used to live in Beijing and reportedly speaks basic Mandarin. Wouldn't the CBA fans eat up a homecoming? Plus his game translates over well to the CBA - athletic big man who likes to shoot.
Marcus Jordan - I know he is still playing college ball, but wouldn't it make perfect sense to not waste a few years in the D-League while hoping for an NBA chance and instead take his game and name to China? I am sure Nike would love to place a Jordan in the CBA to battle the Chinese apparel compaines on their home turf. He is putting up good numbers this year, and with two more years of development should be ready to make a splash in the CBA.
Yao Ming - Why is there not more talk of this? Why should he even try to play 100+ games a year in the NBA when he could move back to China and ply half the games and make money hand over fist in side ventures and endorsements? The chances of a return to form in the NBA seem remote at this point. While in the past a foreign player returning home would be seen as a failure, I think we have moved to a point where you can legitamely be an icon in a foreign market.
Jet Chang - I know this is not as big of news to most as the other names, but I think this actually may be the most likely of all four. Chang is currently playing at BYU-Hawaii (DII) and is the future of Taiwanese basketball (you can read all about him in the "Player Update" section of this site). Will he even bother with the SBL, or will he cash in on day one in the CBA?
I would love to hear from other people about other players who should be coming over to China soon.