There is no doubting that the National Basketball League (NBA) is one of the best basketball leagues in the world and a place for some of the exciting talents to show their skills. We look at some of the European players who have made their mark in the league.
The 2016-17 NBA campaign was a season to remember for Antetokounmpo who became the youngest player in NBA history to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. He almost repeating the feat by leading the team in 4 of those categories in the 2017-18 season.
What makes this youngster an exciting prospect is he is strong, fast and has the ability to score and block points inside the paint. The only weapon that’s missing is hooting skills from outside the arc and if he does manage to add that to his game this season he will undoubtedly be a force to reckon with.
The Latvian basketball players have been the cornerstone of the New York Knicks team. Freed of Carmelo Anthony’s shadow he had a breakout season at the Garden, forcing his way into Knicks starting 7. Despite having a good season he tore his left ACL and was subsequently ruled out for the rest of the season, and as a result the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, and is expected to be sidelined for at least 10 months after surgery. The injury also ruled him out of his first All-Star Game nod in the process.
While it is unclear how many games he’ll appear in this season, the fact the fact remains that he is the best international players in the league today.
Drafted by Grizzlies in 2008 Marc was an impact player for Memphis last season, but with Mike Conley healthy again and young talent brought into the side, Gasol will be looking to be back as the best defensive, passing and shooting player in the NBA. His 3-point shot will serve him well when he is in the twilight years of his NBA career.
The Grizzlies will look to bring back the old magic at a time when 3-point shots have become an important part of play.
The player from Slovenia has been a journeyman plying for various teams in NBA as well as in European League.
It was in February this year the Slovenian made his first bow at All-Star weekend festivities replacing Cleveland forward Kevin Love, who broke his left hand.
Dragic was the best player on a Miami Heat team last season and this year as well the Heat will be relying on Dragic to take them far in the Eastern Conference playoffs.