The ace of Incheon Shinhan Bank is definitely Sonia Kim (30). He is averaging 19.2 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in 29 league appearances. He was named the league’s all-time leader in scoring and second in rebounding. However, if one were to be the player leading Shinhan Bank ‘these days’, it would be Kim Jin-young (27). He was a player who showed his strength in defense and dirty work, but he is playing a decisive role in the team’s victory by showing off his latest offensive power.
Kim Jin-young played a big role in the match against Yongin Samsung Life Insurance held at home on the 26th. While Sonia Kim performed a storm with 33 points and 16 rebounds, Jinyoung Kim also contributed with 23 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. In particular, his performance at the end was great. It was also thanks to Kim Jin-young’s consecutive goals that Shinhan Bank was able to turn the game, which was losing 68-70 in the 4th quarter, to 74-70스포츠토토. In the end, Shinhan Bank won 77-73.
It was a valuable victory that could not be limited to simply one win. It was a game that Shinhan Bank had to catch to take second place in the league. With this victory, Shinhan Bank recorded 16 wins and 13 losses and tied for third place with Samsung Life Insurance. The gap with second place Busan BNK Some (16-12) was also narrowed by a semi-train.
Shinhan Bank will play the last regular league game against Asan Woori Bank on the 1st of next month. Although it is said to be the first team, there is a possibility that it will come out without strength given that the championship has already been confirmed. This is positive for Shinhan Bank. If this match is won, Samsung Life Insurance and BNK can also take second place depending on the results of the remaining matches. That’s why Kim Jin-young’s performance was so important.
The results of the team game were not good, but Kim Jin-young recorded 8 points and 11 rebounds in the match against HanawonQ in Bucheon on the 23rd, and 16 points and 7 rebounds in the BNK match on the 19th. He took on roles that the team needed, such as attacking when attacking and defending when defending. As evidenced by this, Kim Jin-young played 29 league games this season, averaging 32 minutes and 06 seconds of playing time, averaging 12.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists. It is a career high record. The attack potential exploded properly. This season is the first time Kim Jin-young has averaged over 10 points in 9 professional seasons. His 3-point shooting percentage is also good at 33.3%.
After starting his professional life at KB Stars in Cheongju, Kim Jin-young played an active part in BNK for three seasons from 2019 to 2022. Prior to his season, he wore a Shinhan Bank uniform. He is playing as the team’s main player without any adaptation period. On the 18th of last month, against Woori Bank, he also scored 30 points, the most in his personal career.
Shinhan Bank, ahead of the playoffs, also has a new weapon. There are many benefits. As Kim Jin-young played an active part, Sonia Kim’s physical burden and risk of injury were alleviated. He can also disperse his opponent’s defensive line of sight. The increased number of tactical options is also a plus factor. Previously, coach Gunadan Shinhan Bank was satisfied, saying, “Kim Jin-young has melted a lot and is good at defense. It seems to be growing more and more.”