Retro Reblog: Grading the International Talent in the NBA Draft Over the Past 15 Years

In honor of NBA draft week, thought I would bring this post up from last year and add on to it.

2016 NBA Draft International talent: Bender, Papagiannis, J. Hernangomez, Yabusele, Zizic, Luwawu, Korkmaz, Zubac, Zagorac, Michineau, Qi, Cordinier, Zipser, Zhelin.

Sabonis (Gonzaga), Poeltl (Utah), Bolomboy (Ukraine) were European players who played in college. Pretty stacked international class. Probably a B as of now, with potential to be an A class in a couple of seasons. Much better than the international talent in this upcoming draft, which was hurt by a lot of players dropping out at the last minutes.

Euroleague Jam

How will Dragan Bender and the rest of his international 2016 NBA Draft classmates fare in the NBA? Let’s take a look at previous ones to get some perspective.

With the 2016 NBA Draft coming up tomorrow, there has already been a lot of discussion about some of the European and International talent that can be taken in the draft. With Kristaps Porzingis having a sterling year with the New York Knicks last season, and the precedent set by European-born NBA superstars such as Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs, and Pau Gasol of the Chicago Bulls, demand for foreign basketball talent is higher than ever. And for good reason, as basketball development in Europe has garnered high praises for focusing on “developing” skills in their youth academies rather than trying to win games (as is the issue with the…

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2 thoughts on “Retro Reblog: Grading the International Talent in the NBA Draft Over the Past 15 Years

  1. Πάτε καλά; June 22, 2017 / 8:25 am

    Good morning Pierre. I would put a B+ on the 2016 draft people like Sabonis have potential and there are a lot of good, decent players; not superstars but useful role players. Besides, the majority of international players fall under this description so a draft with many players of this style is a decent, solid one.

    Otherwise, predictions for Mr March?

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  2. Πάτε καλά; June 22, 2017 / 1:32 pm

    Btw, do not listen to crap: no surgery for Pascual. Trust us, DPG owns one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in Europe (the biggest in Eastern Europe) and he has also a spin-off start-up working on hypertension issues.
    Xavi had a PSTD (!!!) after the Greek finals; nothing else. He goes back to Barcelona to take a second opinion but hell: If the president of the club he coaches owns a pharmaceutical company which sells antibiotics to China worthing 15 million dollars (under an exclusive contract from Eli Lilly), he must know some reaaaaaaaally good doctors. If they say that Xavi has absolutely NO issue, I think Xavi is safe.

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