“I am the youngest. You have to run more than your brothers. That is my role.”
Kim Jun-il (202cm, C) debuted in the 2014-2015 season. From his debut season, he averaged 13.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists. However, he has not shown significant growth since then. And in the 2021-2022 season, he also moved the team from Samsung to Changwon LG.
However,토토사이트 in his first game with LG, he suffered an Achilles tendon rupture and was out for the season. Afterwards, he returned for the 2022-2023 season. He didn’t get many opportunities early in the season, but he got more and more as time went on.
LG introduced an unusual rotation last season. A variety of players were employed through two rotations. During the process, Kim Jun-il was the player who led the second unit with Dante Cunningham (203cm, F). This is why Kim Jun-il’s playing time was rather short, but he fully revealed his own value. In this way, Kim Joon-il played an average of 15 minutes, showing excellent efficiency with 8.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists.
Looking back at the time, Kim Jun-il said, “I played as a sixth man at LG. It may be an experience he will never have again. During the process, he felt a lot of things. It is because he has experienced various things while playing various things. Sometimes he would go in briefly and change the mood. Then he would sometimes come off the bench and play the rest of the time. So I fully learned what role I had to play no matter how and when I entered. I am so grateful,” he said, looking back at last season.
He continued, “At the same time, I received a lot of attacking opportunities from the bench. Coach Cho Sang-hyun orders a lot of quick attacks after a strong defense. That’s why I also ran a lot. Then, when it got blocked, my attack weight was high among the second units. There were many cases of scoring through freerolls. At the same time, I found my skills and found my confidence.”
Kim Jun-il, who sufficiently proved his own health and skills, welcomed free agency this off-season. And his choice was Ulsan Hyundai Mobis. There are already big men in Hyundai Mobis, Ham Ji-hoon (198cm, F) and Jang Jae-seok (204cm, C).
When I mentioned this, “People around me were worried about the fact that Hyundai Mobis already had big men. In fact, when I was young, I was greedy for playing time. However, as he played like that last season, he felt that playing time was not the only thing that mattered. Of course, I didn’t completely put down the playing time. As an athlete, of course I want to run a lot. (Laughter) Still, while experiencing various things at LG, my understanding of basketball increased. Now, no matter what situation I enter, I have the confidence to quickly change the atmosphere.”
He continued, “I can play briefly at Hyundai Mobis. Even at LG, it was difficult at first. However, with experience, you can overcome it. The important thing is that I do well,” he said.
Later, when I asked Kim Joon-il to compare him with Ham Ji-hoon and Jang Jae-seok, he said, “Both older brothers are very good players. But I also have certain advantages. i am the youngest (Laughs) I have to run more than my brothers. I guess that’s my role. I want to help the team through a lot of activity in the airborne.”
Hyundai Mobis has many players born in 1999. Seo Myung-jin (187cm, G) and Lee Woo-seok (196cm, G) are the main characters. In response, Kim Jun-il said, “I am looking forward to playing with young players. But no big ideas. (Laughter) It was because there were many young players in LG. Still, through last season, Myung-jin definitely improved. (Lee) Wooseok is also a player with his own talent. I haven’t done much, but I want to help the players grow as much as possible. I look forward to that part a little.”