Wed, 22 Sep 2021

JERUSALEM, July 26 (Xinhua) -- Israeli basketball Super League club Bnei Herzliya has signed former Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) MVP Courtney Fortson, the club announced on Monday.

The 33-year-old point guard played in China between 2016 and 2020, spending three years with the Zhejiang Lions and one season at the Sichuan Blue Whales.

Fortson was named the Chinese league's MVP in 2018, at the end of his second season with the Lions as they finished runners-up in that year's CBA.

That season, Fortson averaged 31.1 points and 12 assists with 39.6 minutes per game across 36 games.

His four-year average in China included 27.8 points and 9.6 assists in 38.8 minutes per game in 146 games in total.

During his career in China, Fortson also topped the assists list twice and the steals list once.

Fortson's career also includes college basketball at the University of Arkansas and a total of 10 NBA games for the Los Angeles Clippers and the Houston Rockets.

Herzliya's team manager Zufer Avdija said that "Fortson is a very tough player with great experience and fantastic abilities on both sides of the court."

The club's head coach Oren Aharoni added that "Courtney is a very high-quality player, is a real point guard with a lot of experience and a glorious career."

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