The Utsunomiya Brex, who are built to win now, upgraded their roster in recent weeks.

The addition of veteran forward Jawad Williams, who played an integral role for the Alvark Tokyo in their back-to-back B. League championship seasons (2017-18 and 2019-20), and rookie point guard Kai Toews has bolstered the team's talented rotation.

Utsunomiya has the luxury of not needing Williams or Toews to be primary scorers. Nor are they needed to shoulder the defensive load.