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Yuta Tabuse

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Yuta Tabuse 田臥 勇太, Tabuse Yūta, born October 5, 1980 is a Japanese professional basketball player A point guard, Tabuse is 175 metres 5 ft 9 in and 75 kilograms 165 lb1 He is currently with Link Tochigi Brex of the Japan Basketball League2

Tabuse has enjoyed popularity in Japan since his high school playing days, when he led his school to three straight national championships, and has been referred to as "the Michael Jordan of Japan" for his celebrity status34

Michael Cooper, former NBA player and Tabuse's coach with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, said of him, "He automatically changes the game because of his quickness and distributing the ball He's the best fundamental player I've been around in a long time", and Suns assistant coach Marc Iavaroni said, "I liked his energy, I liked his courage"56


  • 1 Career
    • 11 Early years
    • 12 NBA
    • 13 Return to Japan
  • 2 See also
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


Early yearsedit

Tabuse, who was born in Yokohama and grew up in what he calls "a sports family", began playing basketball at the age of nine, because he was not good at baseball and not interested in soccer7 He attended Noshiro Technical High School in Akita Prefecture, where he led his team to national championships all three years he was there and lost only a single game48

After graduation from high school in March 1999, Tabuse chose to enroll at Brigham Young University-Hawaii for its English as an International Language program7 He sat out his first two seasons at BYUH because of eligibility rules and played one season before turning pro He averaged 76 points and led the Pacific West Conference with 66 assists

Tabuse returned to join the Toyota Alvark, with whom he won the Japan Basketball League Rookie of the Year award for the 2002–03 season3


After leaving the Toyota Alvark in 2003, Tabuse became the first Japanese national to play in the NBA's summer league, playing six games in the Rocky Mountain Revue for the Dallas Mavericks, averaging 45 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists in 13 minutes per game9 Tabuse's first attempt at making it to the NBA made the headlines in Japan, and drew large media attention On September 27 of that year, Tabuse joined the Denver Nuggets' training camp,910 but he was waived on October 24,10 before the start of the regular season

Tabuse spent the 2003–04 season with the American Basketball Association champion Long Beach Jam, averaging 53 points, 24 rebounds, and a team-high 63 assists per game in 18 games

In 2004, Tabuse joined the Phoenix Suns' training camp and made the opening night roster He scored seven points in his first NBA game against the Atlanta Hawks on November 3, 2004, becoming on that day, the first Japanese player ever to play in an NBA regular season game11 However, he was waived by the Suns on December 16, 2004 after playing in four games and rejoined the Jam for the remainder of the season12

In 2005, Tabuse signed with the Los Angeles Clippers, but was waived before the start of the regular season1314 That fall, Tabuse appeared on a limited edition cover of NBA Live video game in Japan, even though he did not play a single NBA regular season game15 That year, he was drafted by the Albuquerque Thunderbirds of the NBA Development League D-League and averaged 65 points and 40 assists in 34 games before he was waived on March 16, 200616

Yuta Tabuse at Link Tochigi Brex

In 2006, Tabuse decided to forsake an opportunity to play with the Japanese national team in the world championships that took place between August 19 to September 3 across five cities in Japan, and instead play with the Dallas Mavericks' summer league team13 In November 2006, Tabuse was drafted into the NBA D-League with the 11th pick of the third round 35th overall by the Bakersfield Jam17 In November 2007, Tabuse was cut by the Bakersfield Jam before the 2007–08 season18

On December 8, 2007, Tabuse was acquired by the Anaheim Arsenal of the D-League,19 and he made his debut on December 9 against the Bakersfield Jam, scoring 4 points and adding 3 assists in almost 13 minutes of play20 For the 2007–08 season, Tabuse averaged 45 points, 12 rebounds and 20 assists in 39 games21

In July 2008, Tabuse joined the New Jersey Nets' squad in the Orlando Pro Summer League2223

Return to Japanedit

In August 2008, Tabuse signed for Japan Basketball League side Link Tochigi Brex Tochigi's head coach Mitsuhiko Kato was in charge of the basketball club of Noshiro Technical High School when Tabuse played for the school24

In April 2009, Tabuse was named to the 22-man roster for the Japan national basketball team The team will play at the FIBA Asia Championship for Men25 In May 2009, ESPN reported that Tabuse would leave the national team after receiving an invitation by the Dallas Mavericks to compete in their summer camp26

In 2010, his team won the JBL Basketball League championship game Tabuse was named Finals MVP

See alsoedit

  • List of shortest players in National Basketball Association history


  1. ^ According to the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Tabuse is listed at 5 ft 9 in but stands 5 ft 7 in 170 m link: BYUH alum Tabuse signs with Nuggets
  2. ^ Kaz Nagatsuka May 4, 2006 "Tabuse still has eyes on NBA dream" The Japan Times Archived from the original on June 1, 2014 Retrieved June 1, 2014 
  3. ^ a b "A year of firsts and lasts" Honolulu Star-Bulletin May 17, 2002 Archived from the original on August 9, 2010 Retrieved June 1, 2014 
  4. ^ a b Song, Jaymes December 14, 2001 "'Jordan of Japan' living up to nickname" Honolulu Star-Bulletin Archived from the original on August 10, 2011 Retrieved July 14, 2006 
  5. ^ Fowler, Jeremy December 22, 2005 "Japan's Yuta Tabuse is a whirlwind of speed and excitement on the court for the Albuquerque Thunderbirds" The Albuquerque Tribune Archived from the original on March 17, 2006 Retrieved July 14, 2006 
  6. ^ Green, Josh September 7, 2004 "Tabuse Signing Expands Suns' International Flavor" Sunscom NBAcom Archived from the original on November 23, 2005 Retrieved July 14, 2006 
  7. ^ a b Toth, Catherine E December 20, 2001 "BYUH's Japanese point guard learning about celebrity" The Honolulu Advertiser Archived from the original on September 6, 2005 Retrieved July 15, 2006 
  8. ^ バスケの能代から全てのバスケファンへ 8 August 2015 "'96 東北大会 決勝 田臥1年 仙台に敗れる" Retrieved 12 November 2016 
  9. ^ a b "Sports Briefs" The Taipei Times September 28, 2003 p 23 Archived from the original on December 5, 2004 
  10. ^ a b Denver Nuggets Transactions 2002-03
  11. ^ http://wwwcomplexcom/sports/2013/09/the-complete-history-of-asian-players-in-the-nba/yuta-tabuse
  12. ^ "Suns Waive Guard Yuta Tabuse" NBAcom December 18, 2004 Archived from the original on June 30, 2007 Retrieved July 20, 2006 
  13. ^ a b "Tabuse chooses summer league over playing for Japan" ESPN Reuters May 2, 2006 Archived from the original on October 26, 2012 
  14. ^ "Clippers Set Opening Night Roster" NBAcom October 31, 2005 Archived from the original on November 2, 2005 Retrieved July 15, 2006 
  15. ^ "EA Sport Promotes Bench Warmer" Kotaku October 5, 2005 Archived from the original on January 13, 2007 Retrieved July 15, 2006 
  16. ^ "2005-06 Transactions" NBAcom Archived from the original on January 12, 2007 
  17. ^ Walker, Richard July 13, 2006 "2006 Summer Pro League - Day Five" DraftExpress Retrieved July 20, 2006 
  18. ^ "Jam cuts ties with fan favorite Tabuse" The Bakersfield Californian November 17, 2007 Archived from the original on February 24, 2009 Retrieved November 25, 2007 
  19. ^ "Yuta Tabuse, Will Blalock Acquired By Anaheim Arsenal" December 8, 2007 Archived from the original on June 1, 2014 
  20. ^ Arsenal 119, Jam 109 - Box score
  21. ^ NBA Development League: Yuta Tabuse Career Stats and Totals Archived March 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ "Arsenal players make summer league rosters" The Bakersfield Californian July 7, 2008 Archived from the original on February 28, 2009 Retrieved July 10, 2008 
  23. ^ "2008 Orlando Summer League Rosters" ESPN July 8, 2008 Archived from the original on September 6, 2008 Retrieved January 19, 2009 
  24. ^ Nagatsuka, Kaz September 1, 2008 "NBA trailblazer Tabuse signs for JBL's Brex" The Japan Times Archived from the original on June 1, 2014 Retrieved February 10, 2009 
  25. ^ "Tabuse, Orimo named to national team roster" The Japan Times April 8, 2009 Archived from the original on June 1, 2014 Retrieved June 1, 2014 
  26. ^ Associated Press May 30, 2009 "Japan's Tabuse leaves national team" ESPN Associated Press Archived from the original on May 7, 2014 Retrieved May 30, 2009 

External linksedit

  • Official site
  • NBAcom D-League profile
  • NBAcom player profile
  • NBAcom Yuta Tabuse Press Conference Transcript

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