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NBA’s Renaldo Balkman Signs In Bahrain

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NBA’s Renaldo Balkman Signs In Bahrain

Former NBA player and South Carolina star Renaldo Balkman has signed with Al Ahli in Bahrain’s Premier League.

 

The 6-8 forward comes from Puerto Rico, where he averaged 15.9 points and 8.4 rebounds on 55 percent field goal shooting for Bayamon last season to lead the team to the BSN league championship.

 

Balkman was the Finals MVP and finished the year as the league’s 10th leading rebounder.

 

He also played in the Mexico LNBP league last season, averaging 15.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 4 assists for Fuerza Regia Monterrey.

 

The previous year, Balkman was in the NBA D-League where he averaged 16 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 2.1 steals (top 5 in the NABDL) for the Texas Legends.

 

He also was back in Puerto Rico that season, where he averaged 15.7 points and 7.2 rebounds for Arecibo, leading the team to the BSN Finals.

 

For his stellar play he was named the Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Forward of the Year, and was selected to the All-Puerto Rican BSN First Team.

 

In 2013-14, Balkman was again in Mexico where he was the LNBP league’s second-leading scorer at 22 points a game with Halcones Rojos. That year he was LNBP Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year, and Defensive Player of the Year.

 

A first round 2006 draft pick by the Knicks (20th overall), Balkman averaged 4 points and 3.5 rebounds in six NBA seasons with the Knicks and Nuggets.

 

A star at South Carolina, Balkman led the team in rebounds and steals in his junior season before entering the NBA Draft.

 

The well-traveled Balkman has also played overseas in Venezuela and the Philippines.

 

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