FIBA Asia 2013: Highlighting Top Performers from Group Action in Manila

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IAugust 7, 2013

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The 2013 FIBA Asia Championship is heating up, with the group stage giving way to the quarterfinals on Friday.

But after a week of intense group action, a number of players have begun separating themselves from the pack with extraordinary individual performances. 

Below we'll highlight a trio of stars who have stood out during group play this past week in Manila, Philippines.


Jarvis Hayes, Qatar

Seven-year NBA veteran Jarvis Hayes has been lighting up the FIBA Asia Championship this summer, averaging 18 points per game for a surging Qatar squad.

The 31-year-old forward scored 25 points in 24 minutes against Hong Kong in his most notable performance and has scored 15 or more points in four of his side's five games this August.

Hayes has also been showing off his versatility offensively in Manila, shooting 49 percent on two-point field goals and hitting nearly 44 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. He's also putting his big frame to work, averaging six rebounds per game to go along with his impressive scoring output.

Hayes last played in the NBA in 2009-10 with the then-New Jersey Nets and currently plays overseas for Ironi Ashkelon in Israel.


Hamed Haddadi, Iran

Iran's Hamed Haddadi has been a force at the FIBA Asia Championship this summer, averaging 17.2 points per game in under 20 minutes per outing.

The 7'2" center is shooting 63 percent from inside the arc and is also reeling in nearly nine rebounds per game for an Iran squad that has yet to drop a game this August.

To put Haddadi's outstanding production in proper perspective, over 70 players at this year's tournament are averaging more minutes played than Haddadi, but only one is scoring more points per matchup than the Iranian star. 

Haddadi should be a familiar name for NBA fans. The massive center has played for the Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns in recent years but has struggled to make an impact against the world's best players, averaging a career-high 4.3 points per game with the Suns last season.


C.J. Giles, Bahrain

C.J. Giles had been an absolute beast on the boards for Bahrain before suffering an ACL injury this summer. Despite missing the past three games, he's currently leading the tournament in rebounding, averaging 14.7 per game in just three appearances. 

No other player is averaging more than 11 per outing.

In addition to excelling on the glass, Giles was averaging 14.3 points per game in Asia. That ranks him eighth-best among players in the tournament.

The 6'11" center is a native of Seattle and played his high school basketball at Rainier Beach High School in Washington in the early 2000s. He would go on to play at the collegiate level for Kansas and Oregon State before going undrafted in 2008.

Giles currently plays overseas for Bahraini club Al-Muharraq.  


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