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, Americans Moving off the Rankings
1 Yiannis Bouroussis PF/C
26 years old, 6' 11" 247lbs.
2 Timofey Mozgov C
23 years old, 7' 1" , 270lbs.
Mozgov was covered in depth in an article two weeks ago, which can be found here.
3 Keith Langford SG
26 years old, 6' 4" 203lbs.
Langford was covered in depth in an article two weeks ago, which can be found here.
4 Richard Hendrix PF/C
23 years old, 6' 8" 250lbs.
The move seems to be paying off quite well for Hendrix, as hes already established himself as one of the more productive big men in the leagueaveraging nearly 20 and 10 per-40 minutes pace adjusteddespite being a 23-year old rookie in the toughest domestic league in Europe. If anything, hes upped his value significantly in Europe by showing that he can translate his game over to a new style of play, and hes surely improved in his own right along the way.
What Hendrix brings to the table is quite obvious for those who have seen him or followed him throughout the years on this site. Hes a brute force underneath the basket with his terrific body, huge hands and 7-3 wingspan. Hes not a terribly skilled offensive player but is regardless fairly effective around the paint, particularly with his back to the basket. His main virtues lie in his rebounding ability, as he boxes out opponents extremely well and does an excellent job pursuing loose balls with his soft hands and long arms. He is yet to develop much of a face-up game and still a liability from the free throw line, two things he must address as his career moves on, but is a highly efficient player (leading the ACB in field goal percentage) who understands his limitations and comes off as quite an intelligent and fundamentally sound player.
Defensively, Hendrix is an undersized center who is effective guarding the post thanks to his strength, smarts and tenacity, but loses effectiveness the more he steps away from the basket. In todays NBA, though, where players like David Lee and Chuck Hayes are thriving at the center position that might not be as much of an issue as it was in years past, despite the fact that Hendrix cant be described as anything more than an average athlete at best.
As the Kurt Thomas and Reggie Evans of the world slowly get phased out in favor of younger big men, its only natural for teams to look in the direction of players like Hendrix to fill their void in their respective rotations. Considering the way hes produced at every stage of his career thus far, its not out of the question that he could surprise someone and develop into a valuable asset.
5 Tarence Kinsey SG
25 years old, 6' 6" 179lbs.
Kinsey is having a marvelous Euroleague campaign thus far, putting up far betters eight games into the season than he did in his previous go-around. His shooting percentages are up dramatically, as is his assist to turnover ratio, and hes making 50% of his attempts from beyond the arc, albeit on a limited number of attempts. He appears to be shooting the ball as confidently as we can remember from the perimeter, something that will be very interesting to keep track of as the season moves on, as his shooting range has always been considered one of his bigger weaknesses throughout his career. He remains a very quick and athletic slasher who can get to the basket or pull-up off the dribble from mid-range, making him extremely effective in transition, and he also does a good job taking care of the ball and getting to the free throw line at a very nice rate.
Defensively, Kinsey has an average wingspan and is not particularly strong, but regardless finds ways to be effective thanks to his athleticism and the effort he usually brings to the table. He gets in the passing lanes at a nice rate and can put solid pressure on the ball, but tends to lose focus at times and not play with great consistency, a problem that can be reflected on both ends of the court. Regardless, Kinsey is still only 25 and may not have reached his peak at this point, particularly if he can find a way to put more bulk on his frame.
6 Bostjan Nachbar SF
29 years old, 6' 9" 221lbs.
Nachbar was covered as part of the following article.
7 Terrell McIntyre PG
32 years old, 5' 9" 180lbs.
McIntyre was covered as part of the following article.
8 Jamont Gordon SG
22 years old, 6' 3" 225lbs.
Cibona VIP Zagreb
Gordon was covered in depth in an article two weeks ago, which can be found here.
9 Alan Anderson SG/SF
27 years old, 6' 6" 223lbs.
Maccabi Tel Aviv
Anderson was covered in depth in an article two weeks ago, which can be found here.
10 Romain Sato SG
28 years old, 6' 5" 196lbs.
Sato was covered in depth in an article two weeks ago, which can be found here.
11 Pete Mickeal SF
31 years old, 6' 6" 225lbs.
Regal FC Barcelona
Normally Pete Mickael wouldnt show up on a list of this nature, hes after all, already 31 years old and thus one of just two players (along with Terrell McIntyre) over 30 amongst our top 50 overseas free agent prospects. Mickeal is a bit different than your average American player, though, as he seems to have peaked a bit later on his career than most and was still expressing NBA sentiments this past summer in his
Its not out of the question that Mickeal could draw interest in free agency from a playoff team looking to add a tough, experienced veteran to bolster their rotation, and considering his status as one of the top small forwards in European basketball, coupled with his NBA friendly profile, he could emerge as quite a valuable asset.
12 Quincy Douby PG/SG
25 years old, 6' 3" 175lbs.
Douby is showing off his entire offensive repertoire, be it his terrific perimeter shot, his ability to get to the basket with either hand, or his outstanding mid-range game. He has phenomenal touch on his floaters and pull-ups and is extremely natural at creating shots for himself with his shifty change of pace dribbles. On the downside, he isnt much of a point guard despite standing just 6-3 and suffers from extremely poor shot-selection at times. The main thing likely holding him back from playing in the NBA is probably his lackadaisical demeanor on the defensive end, something that is just as evident in the Turkish league in his do-it-all offensive role, and isnt likely to change in the situation hes currently in.
Douby is easily the type of player who could earn himself another NBA paycheck with a string of excellent summer league games (something hes done before) or even single workout where he shows off his immense offensive skill-level. Until he becomes a better defender, though, he probably isnt much more than a marginal NBA player, which is something he may need to work on playing on a big team in Europe that competes outside of their domestic league as well.