In the 2022~23 professional basketball regular league, 1st place Anyang KGC and 3rd place Seoul SK face off, but looking at the guard matchup, the championship match (champion) was the 1st place team’s guard Byun Jun-hyeong (27 1m85cm) and the 3rd place team’s guard Kim Seon-hyeong (35, 35 cm). 1m87cm) is challenging.
KGC and SK met again following the championship match last season. In the 2021-22 season, SK won, and Kim Seon-hyung also took the playoff MVP.
This season is still a complete victory for KGC in terms of team competition. In the regular league, he won the wire-to-wire championship (not missing first place from start to finish) and became the first East Asian Super League (EASL) champion.
However, in the ‘Individual Exhibition’, Kim Seon-hyung won a decision victory over Byun Jun-hyung. Kim Seon-hyung won the regular league MVP for his outstanding individual performance.
Regarding this, Byun Jun-hyung said, “I respect (respect) senior Kim Seon-hyung because he is such an excellent player,” and said that he had no regrets about not winning the award. However, KGC coach Kim Sang-sik, who rarely reveals his true intentions, said in an unusual way, “It was really unfortunate that Byun Jun-hyung didn’t receive the MVP. The young guard leading the wire-to-wire championship is not a record, so it is a great achievement.”
So, for Byun Jun-hyung, this championship challenge is special. This is because it is a battle of pride for the position of the best guard in professional basketball.
After his professional debut, Byun Jun-hyung experienced one championship victory (2020-21 season). At the time, the center of the team was Lee Jae-do and Jeon Seong-hyun. After all of them left KGC, this is the first time that Byun Jun-hyung stands in the center and challenges to win.
Byun Jun-hyung said, “I expect that they will defend me mainly with SK Oh Jae-hyun. He will only focus on breaking through the defense well.” Whether or not Omari Spellman is active is expected to play a decisive role in saving Byun Jun-hyung’s pride. Spellman won the EASL Finals by dominating Warney. It is also a challenge for Spellman, who has had a lot of ups and downs in the recent offense, to increase his momentum in the championship game.
On the other hand, SK Kim Seon-hyung is attracting attention for his improved skills this season. He played a crucial role in helping SK win 15 consecutive victories until the semifinal playoffs.
One of the factors that helped SK beat KGC in the championship game last season was the presence of forward Choi Jun-yong, who has been on hiatus since February due to a sole injury. Also missed the championship game.
In this crisis, SK coach Jeon Hee-cheol reorganized the team around Kim Seon-hyung and Warney. Kim Seon-hyung, whose strength is speed, ran, and Warney exploded the attack. This is the reason Kim Sun-hyeong stood out more this season. 메이저사이트
While continuing the winning streak, SK had a lot of come-from-behind and extra-time victories. KGC coach Kim Sang-shik analyzed the reason why SK is called ‘the master of reversals’ because “there is Kim Seon-hyeong and Warney who are clear solvers.” Kim Sun-hyeong is good at both penetration and outside shots, and in particular, plays the role of a clutch shot that is so bold that it is said that he cannot block a floater even if he knows it.
Kim Seon-hyeong was blocked by the opponent’s defense in the quarterfinals against LG, and his movement was atrophied. Although Kim Seon-hyung’s score fell sharply, SK advanced to the championship game as scores came from other positions such as Heo Il-young and Choi Bu-kyung. The point to watch in the championship match is to see if Kim Seon-hyung can break through KGC’s defense and make a big success, or whether he cleverly uses other teammates.
KGC has many high-quality players in all positions and has a more stable offensive and defensive balance. SK is slightly inferior in terms of power, but its strength is that it has a 15-game winning streak and a clear solver. It is not easy to predict the winning team.
The first leg of the championship between KGC and SK starts on the 25th in Anyang.