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Moving Off the Overseas Free Agent Rankings (Part Four)- Americans
by: Jonathan Givony - President
December 14, 2009
The following American players have probably reached the point in their career where it might be too late to justify coming or returning to the NBA—either from their perspective, most NBA teams’, or both. We’ve thus decided to remove most of their names from the list for now, even if it’s obvious that we’re talking about some of the best players in European basketball here. The ones who remain on the list are marked with an asterisk.

Part One: American players who returned to the NBA

Part Two: Players making significant jumps in our rankings

Part Three: European players coming off the list

Part Four: American players coming off the list

The number you'll see next to the player's name is his ranking from last year on the overseas free agent list. This year's list will be released shortly.

#12 Terrell McIntyre* PG
32 years old, 5' 9" 180lbs.
Montepaschi Siena


Terrell McIntyre continues to hold the title of “best American point guard” in Europe, with no clear-cut challenger in sight. He’s proven to be an incredible winner for Montepaschi Siena—as we documented in a feature article on DraftExpress –and has also vocally expressed interest in playing in the NBA. So why hasn’t it happened yet? That’s a good question, one that probably starts with his diminutive size (5-9) and advanced age (32). Still, it’s a bit difficult to see the same mediocre point guards (Jason Hart, Mike Wilks, Lindsey Hunter, Chucky Atkins, Royal Ivey, Kevin Ollie, etc etc) recycled by NBA teams year after year and not wonder if they aren’t missing or already did miss the boat on a terrific backup. As opposed to previous seasons, though, McIntyre will be a true free agent this summer, which removes at least one hurdle from the way. If he wants to come start working on his NBA pension plan, likely on a minimum contract, now would be the time.

#17 Lynn Greer PG
30 years old, 6' 1" 180lbs.
Fenerbahce


One of the top shooter/scorers in European basketball, Green moved Euroleague addresses from Olympiacos to Fenerbahce this summer, and is continuing to do what he does best—put the ball in the net. Considering his age, massive salary and the fact that he already “did the NBA thing,” he probably won’t mind that we bump him off the list in favor of the next generation.

#21 Trajan Langdon SG
33 years old, 6' 3" 197lbs.
CSKA Moscow


Probably still best remembered by casual NBA fans as just another lottery bust from Duke, all Trajan Langdon has done since then is win win and then win some more at the highest level of competition of European basketball. In Europe he’ll be remembered as one of the smartest and most productive American players of this generation, but unfortunately for NBA fans he never had a chance to redeem himself in his home country and show how much playing for a coach like Ettore Messina helped him become a more complete player. Turning 34 at the end of the season, it’s safe to say that’s not going to happen at this point.

#23 Travis Hansen SF
31 years old, 6' 6" 210lbs.
Real Madrid


A fairly athletic wing player with a very nice perimeter jumper, Hansen has reportedly had some interest in making his way back to the NBA at some point—he spent the 03/04 season with the Atlanta Hawks—but with each year that goes by that seems less likely. Hansen has a very valuable Russian passport in his possession and is fresh off signing a two year contract to play for Ettore Messina at Real Madrid this past summer. Combine that with the fact that he’ll be 32 before the end of this season and you can understand why he’s clearing his spot on this list for someone else.

#25 Terence Morris PF
30 years old, 6' 9" 221lbs.
Barcelona


Morris earned a spot on this list after his First team All-Euroleague performance for Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2007-2008. Since then he’s made a lot of money playing for CSKA Moscow and now Barcelona, but has not really shown quite the same form. Turning 31 next month, and with another year on his contract after this, it’s probably safe to take him off this list for now.

#32 Bonzi Wells SF
33 years old, 6' 5" 210lbs.
Puerto Rico


NBA teams shied away from offering Bonzi Wells a minimum contract this summer, for a variety of reasons, indicating that at age 33, his tenure in the League is likely over. He can probably only wonder now what would have happened if he accepted the reported 5-year, 38.5 million dollar contract that was offered to him in the summer of 2006 by Sacramento.

#33 DaShaun Wood PG
24 years old, 6' 0" 167lbs.
Free Agent


After a phenomenal rookie season in Italy in 2007-2008 playing for Cantu, Wood has been hampered severely by a knee injury, sitting out a big chunk of last year and electing to start off the 2009/2010 season at home. That doesn’t exactly sound like the credentials of a top overseas free agent, which means he’ll be clearing room for someone else. With his quickness, basketball IQ and perimeter shooting ability, it’s not out of the question that we see him back on here considering that he’s only 24 years old.

#34 David Harrison C
27 years old, 7' 0" 260lbs.
China


The former Indiana Pacers first round pick showed up for the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas looking severely overweight, indicating that he himself may have already given up on returning to the League. Considering the type of money big men like him usually make in China (upwards of 50k per month), no one is probably shedding any tears for him.

#35 Kris Lang C
30 years old, 6' 11" 260lbs.
Turk Telekom


The former North Carolina big man has improved in a major way since his collegiate days, emerging as a physical and hustling role player who understands his limitations and does a good job defensively and on the glass. He took a leap of faith in 2007-2008 by giving the NBA another shot with a brief cameo in the D-League, but eventually finished off the year making big bucks overseas. Having just recently turned 30, and apparently struggling with some nagging injuries, Lang’s NBA window is probably closing at this point.

#38 Michael Wright PF
29 years old, 6' 7" 238lbs.
Turow (Poland)


Wright was on his way to emerging as one of the best American power forwards in European basketball during the 2007-2008 season playing for Turk Telekom, until multiple knee surgeries set him back severely. Most big teams in Europe shied away from trying to sign him this summer, but he’s proven them wrong to a certain extent by playing incredibly well in Poland thus far this year. The NBA was probably a long-shot even back then, and almost certainly is now with his 30th birthday coming up in January. Still, it’s tough not to think that had Wright been a draft prospect now rather than 9 years ago, his lack of size might not have been as much of an issue in today’s NBA.

#43 Loren Woods C
31 years old, 7' 1" 245lbs.
Iran


Woods turned down a number of strong offers in Europe (from Prokom for example) and China to instead sign in Iran just recently. Although a 10-day contract might not be out of the question considering his physical attributes, the NBA has probably moved on at this point.

#44 Andre Hutson PF
30 years old, 6' 8" 260lbs.
Lottomatica Roma


We loved what we saw from Hutson last season playing alongside Brandon Jennings in Rome, but his performance (particularly his rebounding) has fallen off this year dramatically and considering that he turns 31 next month, his future is probably in Europe at this point.

#50 Marc Salyers SF/PF
30 years old, 6' 9" 220lbs.
Le Mans Sarthe


Salyers was the #1 scorer in the Euroleague in 2007-2008, but he fell off the radar screen after getting burned by the collapse of the Eastern European economy playing for Azovmash last year. He’s back in France but is not competing in the Euroleague. Considering that he turns 31 in February, the NBA is probably not a realistic goal.

#51 Rawle Marshall SF
27 years old, 6' 6" 186lbs.
ASVEL Villeurbanne


Marshall made the NBA as an undrafted free agent out of Oakland University and managed to hang on for two seasons with the Mavs and Pacers, and he’s still young and athletic enough to garner some attention from scouts. The problem is that he seemingly can’t stop shooting himself in the foot, first with the violent and unbelievably stupid fight he incited in the Adriatic league last season with Cibona Zagreb (which earned him a three month suspension), and most recently by being cut by Pamesa Valencia head coach Neven Spahija after reportedly refusing to enter a game late in the fourth quarter.

#52 Milt Palacio PG
31 years old, 6' 3" 195lbs.
Free Agent


Palacio was a revelation for Partizan in 2007-2008, emerging as one of the top point guards in European basketball in his first season playing overseas. It’s all been downhill ever since, though, as he struggled with conditioning issues after signing a fat two-year contract in Russia, and is now sitting at home waiting for his next gig. He’s the type of guy who could probably earn a 10-day contract playing in the D-League, especially if he can replicate his phenomenal play from two seasons ago.

#53 Mike Batiste PF
32 years old, 6' 8" 225lbs.
Panathinaikos


The former Memphis Grizzly continues to trudge along playing for Greek powerhouse Panathinaikos, having recently kicked off his 7th season with the team. This is a fairly amazing accomplishment in European basketball all things considered, as most American players consider themselves lucky to finish a single season with a team, let alone seven. While Batiste continues to put up points at a terrific per-minute rate on phenomenal efficiency numbers, it’s tough to see him getting anywhere near the same money he does in Europe at age 32, which is why he’ll be clearing his spot on this list for someone a little hungrier for an NBA opportunity.

#59 Mike Harris SF/PF
26 years old, 6' 6" 240lbs.
D-League


Harris is still an NBA prospect—from what we hear he could be in the League very soon actually--he just has moved from our overseas free agent rankings to our (soon to be released) D-League call-up candidate list. Harris is the only player of the 60 overseas free agents that elected to play in the D-League, which tells you something about how difficult it is to get top flight players to play for peanuts, despite the lure of a potential call-up.

Unranked Louis Bullock PG/SG
33 years old, 6’ 1” 180 pounds
Real Madrid


Unquestionably one of the best American guards in Europe, Louis Bullock continues to put up big numbers week after week in the highest levels of competition outside of the NBA. He’s now in his 6th consecutive season with Real Madrid after signing a two year extension this past summer, and considering that he turns 34 in April, he’s probably not a realistic NBA candidate anymore. In a different time and under different circumstances, Bullock surely could be doing what Daniel Gibson, Randy Foye, Ronnie Price, Luther Head or a host of other combo guards are doing in the NBA, if not much more.

Check back with us later this week as we explore some new faces in European basketball as well as some old ones that have made enough strides to be considered NBA prospects and/or we may have missed in the past.
 


Feedback for this article may be sent to jonathan@draftexpress.com .

 

Terrell McIntyre
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Physicals
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Birthday: 10/18/1977
36 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Hoke County
Previous Team: Siena , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
10.6 Pts, 1.9 Rebs, 3.9 Asts


Jason Hart
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Physicals
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 181 lbs.
Birthday: 04/29/1978
36 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Inglewood
Previous Team: Syracuse , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #20 in 2000 Draft
by the Bucks
Positions:
Current: G,
NBA: PG,
Possible: G
Quick Stats:
0.7 Pts, 1.0 Rebs, 0.3 Asts


Mike Wilks
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Physicals
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Birthday: 05/07/1979
35 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Rufus King
Previous Team: Rice , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
4.9 Pts, 1.4 Rebs, 1.7 Asts


Lindsey Hunter
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Physicals
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 193 lbs.
Birthday: 12/03/1970
43 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Murrah
Previous Team: Jackson State , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #10 in 1993 Draft
by the Pistons
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
3.4 Pts, 1.0 Rebs, 2.2 Asts


Chucky Atkins
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Physicals
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 168 lbs.
Birthday: 08/14/1974
40 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Maynard Evens
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: G,
NBA: PG,
Possible: G
Quick Stats:
2.7 Pts, 0.7 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Royal Ivey
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Physicals
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 200 lbs.
Birthday: 12/20/1981
32 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Blair Academy
Previous Team: Texas , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #8 in 2004 Draft
by the Hawks
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
3.7 Pts, 2.0 Rebs, 2.7 Asts


Kevin Ollie
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Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 195 lbs.
Birthday: 12/27/1972
41 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Crenshaw
Previous Team: Connecticut , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
1.8 Pts, 1.0 Rebs, 0.8 Asts


Lynn Greer
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Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 170 lbs.
Birthday: 10/23/1979
34 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Carver
Previous Team: Olympiakos , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
17.4 Pts, 3.1 Rebs, 4.4 Asts


Trajan Langdon
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Physicals
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 197 lbs.
Birthday: 05/13/1976
38 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Anchorage East
Previous Team: Duke , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #11 in 1999 Draft
by the Cavaliers
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
10.1 Pts, 1.8 Rebs, 1.3 Asts


Travis Hansen
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Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 200 lbs.
Birthday: 04/15/1978
36 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Mountain View
Previous Team: Dynamo Moscow , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #8 in 2003 Draft
by the Hawks
Positions:
Current: SG/SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
7.8 Pts, 1.5 Rebs, 0.5 Asts


Terence Morris
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Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 221 lbs.
Birthday: 01/11/1979
35 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Thomas Johnson
Previous Team: Maccabi Tel Aviv , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #5 in 2001 Draft
by the Hawks
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
5.9 Pts, 3.3 Rebs, 0.7 Asts


Bonzi Wells
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Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 213 lbs.
Birthday: 09/20/1976
37 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Muncie Central
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #11 in 1998 Draft
by the Pistons
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
1.5 Pts, 2.0 Rebs, 0.5 Asts


DaShaun Wood
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Physicals
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 167 lbs.
Birthday: 09/29/1985
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Crockett
Previous Team: Alba Berlin , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
14.2 Pts, 2.5 Rebs, 4.2 Asts


David Harrison
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Physicals
Height: 7' 0"
Weight: 260 lbs.
Birthday: 08/15/1982
32 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Brentwood Academy
Previous Team: Colorado , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #29 in 2004 Draft
by the Pacers
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
3.4 Pts, 2.4 Rebs, 0.0 Asts


Kris Lang
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Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 242 lbs.
Birthday: 12/12/1979
34 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Hunter Huss
Previous Team: Turk Telekom , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
4.2 Pts, 3.1 Rebs, 0.2 Asts


Michael Wright
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Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 247 lbs.
Birthday: 01/07/1980
34 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Farragut Academy
Previous Team: Arizona , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #10 in 2001 Draft
by the Knicks
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
20.9 Pts, 6.2 Rebs, 0.9 Asts


Loren Woods
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Physicals
Height: 7' 2"
Weight: 246 lbs.
Birthday: 06/21/1978
36 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Cardinal Ritter
Previous Team: Arizona , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #17 in 2001 Draft
by the Timberwolves
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
12.3 Pts, 9.0 Rebs, 1.5 Asts


Andre Hutson
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 244 lbs.
Birthday: 01/12/1979
35 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Trotwood-Madison
Previous Team: Roma , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #23 in 2001 Draft
by the Bucks
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
10.3 Pts, 4.8 Rebs, 1.1 Asts


Brandon Jennings
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Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 169 lbs.
Birthday: 09/23/1989
24 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Oak Hill Academy
Previous Team: Roma , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #10 in 2009 Draft
by the Bucks
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
15.0 Pts, 3.0 Rebs, 3.0 Asts


Marc Salyers
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Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 220 lbs.
Birthday: 02/28/1979
35 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Apollo
Previous Team: Azovmash , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SF/PF,
NBA: SF/PF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
12.8 Pts, 5.2 Rebs, 1.4 Asts


Rawle Marshall
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Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 187 lbs.
Birthday: 02/22/1982
32 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Mackenzie
Previous Team: Cibona Zagreb , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
11.1 Pts, 2.8 Rebs, 1.8 Asts


Milt Palacio
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 195 lbs.
Birthday: 02/07/1978
36 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Junipero Serra
Previous Team: Khimki , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
2.4 Pts, 1.7 Rebs, 2.1 Asts


Mike Batiste
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Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 225 lbs.
Birthday: 11/21/1977
36 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Long Beach Wilson
Previous Team: Panathinaikos , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
3.1 Pts, 1.5 Rebs, 0.2 Asts


Mike Harris
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 240 lbs.
Birthday: 06/16/1983
31 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Hillsboro
Previous Team: Rice , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: SF/PF
Quick Stats:
2.9 Pts, 2.9 Rebs, 0.7 Asts


Louis Bullock
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Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Birthday: 05/20/1976
38 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Laurel Baptist Academy
Previous Team: Michigan , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #13 in 1999 Draft
by the Timberwolves
Positions:
Current: PG/SG,
NBA: PG/SG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
1.7 Pts, 0.7 Rebs, 1.3 Asts


Daniel Gibson
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 190 lbs.
Birthday: 02/28/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Jesse Jones
Previous Team: Texas , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #12 in 2006 Draft
by the Cavaliers
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: PG/SG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
5.4 Pts, 1.3 Rebs, 1.8 Asts


Randy Foye
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Physicals
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 212 lbs.
Birthday: 09/24/1983
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Newark East Side
Previous Team: Villanova , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #7 in 2006 Draft
by the Trailblazers
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: PG/SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
13.2 Pts, 2.9 Rebs, 3.6 Asts


Ronnie Price
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Birthday: 06/21/1983
31 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Clear Brook
Previous Team: Utah Valley State , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG/SG,
NBA: PG/SG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
2.4 Pts, 1.4 Rebs, 2.1 Asts


Luther Head
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Physicals
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 179 lbs.
Birthday: 11/28/1982
31 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Manley
Previous Team: Illinois , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #24 in 2005 Draft
by the Rockets
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
Pts, Rebs, Asts


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