The team is young, established in 2011, but don’t let their youth deceive you. The Jets have been a force in the B.LEAGUE ever since their inception. During the 2017-2018 season, the Jets won the Eastern conference championship of the B.LEAGUE, but fell short in the finals. The team is stacked with young players and national team veterans. The Jets are the most popular team in the B.LEAGUE, accumulating the largest following across their social media platforms. They also draw in the biggest crowds amongst B.LEAGUE teams, drawing in an average of 5,200 fans in attendance per game.
The team made some serious moves before the start of last season, including acquiring Aki Chambers from Shibuya and Gavin Edwards from Mikawa. Both turned out to be major additions, helping the team add even more offensive threats. The team’s roster runs so deep, that during The Emperors Cup, they managed to defeat the Ryukyu Golden Kings in the Quarter-Finals even without injured star Guard, Yuki Togashi. The Jets have quickly become a fan favorite and their finals game against Tokyo attracted more than 12,000 fans.
After winning The Super 8 last year, the Jets are back and have their sights on consecutive championships. The team has some new faces, but they’ve kept their core intact. Head coach Atsushi Ono, who has guided the Jets to 44- and 46-win campaigns in 2016-17 and this past season respectively, will remain in charge. Assistant coaches Calvin Oldham and Yoshinori Kaneta are also both being retained. The Jets have a number of players that they can go to when they need someone to step up. Standout Forward Michael Parker, Center Gavin Edwards, Small Forward Aki Chambers, Shooting Guard Kosuke Ishii and Small Forward/Power Forward Ryumo Ono have all finalized deals to return to the team. The team will be even more dangerous after a year of experience playing together.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Ryumo Ono plays a pivotal role in Chiba’s success. He is praised by his teammates and coaches as the best SF/PF combo in the B.LEAGUE. He’s a big man that can play inside and out, and previously represented Japan’s national basketball team at the FIBA Asia Championship in 2015, where he was his team’s best 3-point shooter.
Michael Parker continues to rack up all kinds of awards in Japan. 4x bj League scoring leader (2008-12), 5x bj League steal leaders (2008-13), 5x bj League All-Star, 2x bj League MVP (2010, 13), the list goes on. He brings leadership and experience to a team full of rising young stars. This will be his third season with the Jets and he’s shown no signs of slowing down.
|1||Josh Duncan||Power forward, Small forward||5/12/1986|
|3||Michael Parker||Power forward, Small forward||12/5/1981|
|5||Shigehiro Taguchi||Shooting guard, Point guard||3/25/1990|
|7||Trey McKinney-Jones||Shooting guard, Point guard||8/27/1990|
|8||Hiromasa Omiya||Power forward, Small forward||9/4/1983|
|10||Aki Chambers||Shooting guard, Point guard||9/19/1990|
|11||Fumio Nishimura||Shooting guard, Point guard||9/24/1986|
|15||Yoshiaki Fujinaga||Shooting guard, Point guard||4/10/1992|
|21||Gavin Edwards||Power forward, Small forward, Centre||1/15/1988|
|27||Kosuke Ishii||Shooting guard, Point guard||9/29/1987|
|34||Ryumo Ono||Power forward, Small forward, Centre||1/6/1988|
|Atsushi Ono||Head Coach|
|Yoshinori Kaneta||Asst. Coach|
|Calvin Oldham||Asst. Coach|
|Yuho Ikeda||Athletic Coach|