Dakari Johnson is breaking records in the Chinese Basketball Association.
Playing overseas for the CBA’s Qingdao Eagles, the one-time Kentucky Wildcat center has become a dominating figure at China’s top-level. On Thursday, Johnson recorded a wild stat line that consisted of 27 points, 24 rebounds, 10 (!) blocks, and seven assists in a 103-94 win over the Shanxi Loongs–the first player in CBA history to put up those type of figures in a single game. He was named the Interperformances Player of the Week for his impressive play, per Asia-basket.com.
The 25-year old Johnson has also recorded a stat line of 35 points, 25 rebounds, seven assists, and five blocks this season to go along with another showing of 28 points, 23 rebounds, six assists, five steals, and five blocks. He’s putting up numbers that haven’t been accomplished in the CBA in decades, according to International basketball analyst Dmitry Planidin.
Some of Dakari Johnson's best games in the CBA this season
35p/25r/7a/5b vs Liaoning
28p/23r/6a/5s/5b vs Shanxi (first 5×5 game in decades)
27p/24r/10b/7a vs Shanxi (first 10-block triple-double in decades)
Dakari is averaging 20.8 PPG, 12.8 RPG, 4.1 APG, 2.1 BPG this season.
— Dmitry Planidin (@DmitryPlanidin) January 21, 2021
Johnson leads the CBA in rebounds at nearly 12 per game while shooting over 66 percent from the floor. His Eagles squad is just 16-15 on the season, good enough for 8th out of 19 total teams, but they’d be in far worse shape without the Wildcat big man.
Dominating Dakari ?
?Dakari Johnson @DakariJohnson tallied 27 PTS, 24 REB, 10 BLK (career-high), 7 AST in Qingdao's 103-94 win over Shanxi.
?First player in #CBA history to get 20+ PTS, 20+ REB, 10+ BLK, 5+ AST in a single game. @DmitryPlanidin @loveqingdao @Sportando pic.twitter.com/fp05GmMxlz
— CGTN Sports Scene (@CGTNSportsScene) January 22, 2021