Jimmer Fredette has made a major splash in China as a member of the Shanghai Sharks, carrying them to a 30-win season and one of the top seeds in the CBA playoffs. He has been one of the league's top scorers and a fan favorite ever since stepping on the floor.
As he heads into his first playoffs in China, here are six things you need to know about Fredette, the Sharks and the CBA.
• 1. There are three rounds for the eight-team playoffs and each round has a different format. The first round is a best-of-five series with the lower seeded team hosting the first game. The higher ranked team then gets two games at home before trading off games four and five if necessary.
The second round is the same as the old NBA Finals format with the higher seeded team hosting the first two games followed by three games on the road. Game six and seven would be back on the higher seeded team's home floor if needed.
The finals use the most often used format of 2-2-1-1-1 with the better ranked team getting games one, two, five and seven at home.
• 2. The Sharks earned the No. 3 seed and will play the No. 6 ranked Shenzhen Leopards, who finished the season with a record of 26-12. The two teams split a pair of games earlier in the season as the Sharks won 112-108 in November while the Leopards took home a 103-101 decision in January.
The Leopards have two familiar faces to NBA fans in Jeremy Pargo and Maciej Lampe. Pargo is leading the way with 24.1 points, 6.9 assists and 4.8 rebounds while Lampe adds 23.5 points, 12.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists.
• 3. It is the first time the Sharks have made the playoffs since the 2013-14 season where they were swept in the first round by the Guangdong Southern Tigers.
The last time that Shanghai made it past the first round of the playoffs was in the 2009-10 season when former Jazz guard John Lucas led the team in scoring at 27.9 points a game.
• 4. Fourteen former NBA players are on CBA playoff rosters, including Andray Blatche, Donald Sloan, Yi Jianlian, Lester Hudson, Shavlik Randolph, Josh Smith, Hamed Haddadi, Jason Thompson, A.J. Price and former Jazzman Carlos Boozer.
Boozer is averaging 16.7 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists for the No. 2 seed Guangdong Southern Tigers who finished with a 30-8 record on the regular season.
• 5. The top 10 scorers in the CBA were all American guards, but only three managed to make the playoffs. Fredette came in at No. 2 averaging 37.3 points a night. Hudson was No. 7 at 32.5 points while Darius Adams came in at No. 8 putting up 31.3 points a game.
• 6. Sharks owner Yao Ming was elected as the new president of the Chinese Basketball Association this past week and will reportedly look to sell the team before the start of next season.