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BASKETBALL | Perrin Buford is Having an MVP-Caliber Season for the Shimane Susanoo Magic

The veteran forward, who joined the club in 2020, is the only player in the B.League in the top 10 in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and blocks.

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Shimane Susanoo Magic forward Perrin Buford is one of the B.League's best all-around players.(B.LEAGUE)

This article first appeared on SportsLook, JAPAN Forward's dedicated sports website.

Perrin Buford has played in 102 regular-season games for the B.League's Shimane Susanoo Magic since joining the club two years ago. His impact has been profound.

Buford has helped transform the Susanoo Magic into one of the West's premier teams. 

In Buford's time as a do-it-all small forward for Shimane, the club went 28-32 in 2020-21 (under a pair of head coaches, Yukinori Suzuki and Ryuji Kawai), then improved to 40-15 in New Zealand coach Paul Henare's first season at the helm in 2021-22.

Through Sunday, October 23, Shimane (6-2) is once again among the top teams in the West, tied with the Hiroshima Dragonflies and Nagoya Diamond Dolphins for the second-best record among the division's eight squads. 

West powerhouse Ryukyu Golden Kings (7-1), who have the league's best record, won their fifth straight game on Sunday, a 77-67 road victory over the Akita Northern Happinets.

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Author: Ed Odeven

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