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Scrutinizing the DraftExpress Overseas Free Agent Rankings (Part One)
by: Jonathan Givony - President
December 6, 2009
We take a look through our soon to be released Overseas Free Agent rankings through a variety of parameters, analyzing the players who have been added and removed from the list with a scouting eye's look at those who moved up or down the most.

Europe was all the rage last summer, as high profile signings like Josh Childress, Jannero Pargo and Earl Boykins made many around the NBA wonder whether the overseas market would soon become a major factor in free agency.

This was more than just a bunch of European players like Bostjan Nachbar, Nenad Krstic and Juan Carlos Navarro packing their bags and heading back home-- European franchises were now competing with NBA teams for coveted role-players in their prime.

All of a sudden Kobe Bryant and LeBron James were fielding questions in press conferences about the possibility that they might consider crossing the ocean as well, with those savvy superstars doing very little to discourage that notion.

Alas, the collapse of the global economy quickly brought everyone back down to earth, as those that decided to sign in Russia (Pargo, Nachbar, Krstic, etc) appeared to get burned badly as their teams could no longer afford their contracts. Thus, a number of major players in the (already limited) luxury free agent market were taken out of the mix.

With Dynamo Moscow near bankruptcy and Russian powerhouses CSKA and Khimki having slashed their budget substantially, only a handful of teams capable of spending 7-figures on players still exist. Most of them (with the exception of Olympiacos) seem to prefer signing proven veterans who have played in Europe rather than rolling the dice on a Von Wafer type--an experiment that already seems to have backfired on the Greek team that signed him.

Many of those that left last summer are now back in the NBA, which creates the first category we'll look at, players who were on our Overseas Free Agent rankings list in 2009 who are now being removed.

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

Part One: Made the NBA:

#2 Jannero Pargo PG/SG
30 years old, 6' 2" 170lbs.
Dynamo Moscow/Olympiacos-->Chicago Bulls


As documented on this site already, Pargo took the big money overseas after failing to receive the type of offers he expected from the NBA in the summer of 2008, but wasn’t able to fully show his potential at the European level due to a combination of injuries and financial difficulties on the part of the team he played for in Russia.

Despite the setbacks, he still describes his overseas experience as being a positive one, at least in conversations with us. He quickly found a 1.99 million dollar contract in his hometown of Chicago this summer, struggling somewhat with nagging injuries early this season, but is still the same microwave scorer off the bench.

#3 Marcus Haislip PF
28 years old, 6' 10" 230lbs.
Unicaja Málaga--> San Antonio Spurs


Haislip didn’t appear to be in the biggest rush to return to the NBA when we sat down to speak with him at the Copa del Rey in Spain last February, but he nonetheless finds himself on San Antonio’s roster right now. He signed a two year contract for 1.77 million dollars, with the second year being non-guaranteed until July 1st, 2010.

Not only did Haislip take a massive pay cut to come back to the NBA—he could be making far more than the veteran minimum in Europe—but he really hasn’t enjoyed much playing time to justify his sacrifice. He’s seen a grand total of four minutes in the entire season thus far.

As we’ve discussed numerous times when profiling his strengths and weakness, Haislip was always going to be a poor fit on a team (like the Spurs) that put such a large emphasis on defense and rebounding (his two biggest shortcomings) from their role-playing big men.

The fact that San Antonio may be the deepest team in the NBA at his position (Antonio McDyess, DeJuan Blair and Matt Bonner are all outstanding options, besides Tim Duncan) obviously doesn’t help matters much. On a different team that values his scoring, athleticism and shot-creating ability more, Haislip would probably be in much better shape.

Right now it’s still too early to gauge whether Haislip made a mistake in passing up a much larger guaranteed contract in Europe in the prime of his career for the sake of warming San Antonio’s bench. It’s not looking good so far, though.

#20 Carlos Arroyo PG
30 years old, 6' 2" 220lbs.
Maccabi Tel Aviv--> Miami Heat


Despite the gaudy stats, Arroyo’s European adventure was mostly a bust, as it was clear that Maccabi Tel Aviv couldn’t replace him quick enough (with Andrew Wisniewski) this summer. Arroyo, a proven NBA backup point guard with seven years of experience underneath his belt, ended up signing a non-guaranteed deal with Miami—clearly a sign of how desolate the market was at the time. Things seemed to have worked out well for him, though, as he’s seeing over 15 minutes per game and is performing fairly well thus far.

#37 Primoz Brezec C
30 years old, 7' 2" 243lbs.
Lottomatica Roma-->Philadelphia 76ers


The 7-2 Slovenian center didn’t have the type of year many expected from him alongside Brandon Jennings in Lottomatica Roma, although much of that had to do with the limited playing time he saw next to Andre Hutson. He averaged under 19 minutes per game in both the Euroleague and Italian league, looking somewhat frustrated along the way, but that didn’t stop Philadelphia from offering him a guaranteed contract for the veteran minimum (1.1 million dollars) this summer. Not surprisingly, he hasn’t done much for them. Were there better candidates out there considering their rebuilding status? Possibly.

#41 Earl Boykins PG
33 years old, 5' 5" 135lbs.
Virtus Bologna-->Washington Wizards


The 5-5 point guard signed a massive contract with Virtus Bologna last summer for over 3 million dollars, and for the most part did a pretty good job for them, even if there were obviously some growing pains along the way. He still wasn’t able to help the team get out of the quarterfinals of the playoffs, though.

With the 7-figure contract European market drying up quickly this summer, Boykins was left with offers that paled in comparison with the deal he had just finished, forcing him to sit and wait for something better to open up. A rash of injuries in Washington in mid-November did exactly that, and Boykins has been playing 20 minutes per game on a minimum contract since.

Also Notable:

Non-Free Agents who moved from Europe to the NBA

-Carlos Delfino- Rights were owned by the Toronto Raptors, who signed and traded him to the Milwaukee Bucks.

-Ersan Ilyasova- Rights were owned by Milwaukee, signed by Bucks for three years. Looking like a major steal for them so far.

-David Andersen- Rights were owned by Atlanta. Traded to Houston for a 2nd round pick and cash. Also looking like a very good acquisition thus far.

-Serge Ibaka- Drafted by Oklahoma City in 2008. Played the 2008/2009 season for Manresa in the ACB, and signed by the Thunder this summer after an excellent summer league campaign. Obviously a project, but shows huge potential to develop down the road.
 


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

 

Josh Childress
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 196 lbs.
Birthday: 06/20/1983
31 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Mayfair
Previous Team: Sydney , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #6 in 2004 Draft
by the Hawks
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
19.0 Pts, 9.5 Rebs, 2.0 Asts


Jannero Pargo
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 168 lbs.
Birthday: 09/22/1979
35 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Robeson
Previous Team: Dynamo Moscow , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG/SG,
NBA: PG/SG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
9.7 Pts, 1.8 Rebs, 2.8 Asts


Earl Boykins
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 135 lbs.
Birthday: 06/02/1976
38 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Cleveland Central Catholic
Previous Team: Virtus Bologna , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
4.9 Pts, 1.4 Rebs, 2.1 Asts


Bostjan Nachbar
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 221 lbs.
Birthday: 04/03/1980
34 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Barcelona , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #15 in 2002 Draft
by the Rockets
Positions:
Current: SF/PF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF/PF
Quick Stats:
6.5 Pts, 4.0 Rebs, 0.5 Asts


Nenad Krstic
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 11"
Weight: 240 lbs.
Birthday: 07/25/1983
31 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Anadolu Efes , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #24 in 2002 Draft
by the Nets
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
15.0 Pts, 6.0 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Juan Carlos Navarro
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 175 lbs.
Birthday: 06/13/1980
34 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Barcelona , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #11 in 2002 Draft
by the Wizards
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
8.0 Pts, 1.7 Rebs, 1.3 Asts


Kobe Bryant
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 200 lbs.
Birthday: 08/23/1978
36 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Lower Merion
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #13 in 1996 Draft
by the Hornets
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
19.0 Pts, 3.0 Rebs, 4.0 Asts


LeBron James
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 245 lbs.
Birthday: 12/30/1984
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: St. Vincent-St. Mary
Previous Team: Cavaliers , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #1 in 2003 Draft
by the Cavaliers
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
15.0 Pts, 4.0 Rebs, 5.0 Asts


Von Wafer
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 210 lbs.
Birthday: 07/22/1985
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Heritage Christian
Previous Team: Xinjiang , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #9 in 2005 Draft
by the Lakers
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
20.7 Pts, 3.7 Rebs, 3.2 Asts


Marcus Haislip
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 221 lbs.
Birthday: 12/22/1980
33 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Marshall City
Previous Team: Malaga , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #13 in 2002 Draft
by the Bucks
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
23.7 Pts, 6.6 Rebs, 0.7 Asts


Antonio McDyess
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 230 lbs.
Birthday: 09/07/1974
40 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Quitman
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #2 in 1995 Draft
by the Clippers
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
5.3 Pts, 5.4 Rebs, 1.2 Asts


DeJuan Blair
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 277 lbs.
Birthday: 04/22/1989
25 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Schenley
Previous Team: Pittsburgh , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #7 in 2009 Draft
by the Spurs
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
5.7 Pts, 5.7 Rebs, 0.9 Asts


Matt Bonner
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 242 lbs.
Birthday: 04/05/1980
34 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Concord
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #16 in 2003 Draft
by the Bulls
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
3.8 Pts, 1.0 Rebs, 0.4 Asts


Tim Duncan
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 7' 0"
Weight: 249 lbs.
Birthday: 04/25/1976
38 Years Old
Teams:
High School: St. Dunstan Episcopal
Previous Team: Wake Forest , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #1 in 1997 Draft
by the Spurs
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
13.5 Pts, 7.5 Rebs, 1.8 Asts


Carlos Arroyo
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 220 lbs.
Birthday: 07/30/1979
35 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Colegio Santiago Apostol
Previous Team: Galatasaray , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
22.0 Pts, 1.5 Rebs, 5.0 Asts


Andrew Wisniewski
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Birthday: 09/01/1981
33 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Staten Island
Previous Team: St Petersburg , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG/SG,
NBA: PG/SG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
10.0 Pts, 2.3 Rebs, 3.0 Asts


Primoz Brezec
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 7' 1"
Weight: 243 lbs.
Birthday: 10/02/1979
35 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Roma , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #27 in 2000 Draft
by the Pacers
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
13.4 Pts, 4.1 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Brandon Jennings
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 169 lbs.
Birthday: 09/23/1989
25 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:
8.8 Pts, 2.7 Rebs, 7.3 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


Carlos Delfino
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 230 lbs.
Birthday: 08/29/1982
32 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #25 in 2003 Draft
by the Pistons
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
Pts, Rebs, Asts


Ersan Ilyasova
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 209 lbs.
Birthday: 05/16/1987
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Fenerbahce , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #6 in 2005 Draft
by the Bucks
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
10.3 Pts, 7.7 Rebs, 1.3 Asts


David Andersen
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 11"
Weight: 242 lbs.
Birthday: 06/23/1980
34 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Australian Institute of Sport
Previous Team: Villeurbanne , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #8 in 2002 Draft
by the Hawks
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
12.5 Pts, 9.0 Rebs, 0.5 Asts


Serge Ibaka
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 220 lbs.
Birthday: 09/18/1989
25 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Manresa , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #24 in 2008 Draft
by the Supersonics
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
11.3 Pts, 5.7 Rebs, 0.7 Asts


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