When the Houston Rockets selected Zhou Qi last year with the 43rd overall pick, they knew he was more of a project, who can be part of their team in the future. Only a season after they stashed him in China though, they decided he was ready to play in the league. Now with him in their fold, he has become a crowd favorite, despite the lack of playing time.
Not only are the Rockets supporting Zhou Qi’s big leap to the NBA, as Nike also showed their belief in him by recently releasing a video dedicated to him. It features his fellow Chinese players, both amateur and professionals, who want him to know that he should not go back to their home country, as there are a lot who will gun for his spot at the highest level.
This Nike commercial they aired in China for Zhou Qi is dope pic.twitter.com/elin59u0d2
— Cyrus (@TrashJet) November 7, 2017
The 21-year-old has been a regular with the Chinese National Team, and is arguably one of their most important players today. He has also proven himself in the CBA, winning a title there last season, and was named their Defensive Player of the Year as well.
This season in the NBA, Zhou Qi has only appeared in seven games so far, averaging 1.3 points and 1.0 rebounds in 4.7 minutes. The playing time may not be there yet, but as he continues to improve his skill set, it can be expected that his time to shine will come, with all of his countrymen in China cheering for his success.