Former Toro Justin Dentmon signs with China’s Fujian Quanzhou

By Quixem Ramirez

April 11, 2012; Toronto, ON, CANADA; Toronto Raptors guard Justin Dentmon (1) carries the ball around Philadelphia 76ers guard Jodie Meeks (20) during the second half at the Air Canada Centre. Philadelphia defeated Toronto 93-75. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-US PRESSWIRE

Justin Dentmon played an extensive role for the NBA D-League champion Austin Toros last season, earning MVP honors and averaging 22.1 points, 5.5 assists and 3.7 rebounds in 37.3 minutes per game.

Dentmon earned a brief reprieve from the D-League, appearing in six games with the San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors.

Though he is undersized at 5-foot-11, Dentmon is more than capable of carrying the scoring burden. Not only did he do so last season — he utilized 26.8% of Austin’s possessions while he was on the floor — but he did not compensate efficiency.

Of course, his size is an obvious deterrent for NBA team. Unless you are Earl Boykins, there is little margin for error for players of Denmon’s ilk at the NBA level. Denmon possesses a modicum of talent, as he does score rather effortlessly against lesser talent, but not enough to garner more consideration in the professional rank.

Instead, Denmon will play with Fuhian Quanzhou of the Chinese League this season.

“Free agent guard Justin Dentmon has signed with Fujian Quanzhou of the Chinese League, agent Bill Neff told HoopsHype. The 6-foot Dentmon was named MVP of the D-League last season, when he won the title with the Austin Toros. Dentmon also signed 10-day contracts with the Spurs and Raptors, averaging 4.3 ppg for the year.”

The Chinese League, even though Yi Jianlian asserts that the CBA has incrementally closed the gap on the elite European leagues, is still a mid-tier league. Denmon will face decent competition, sure, but the Chinese League won’t provide stiff competition compared to other European squads.