Like every year, the Spanish King?s Cup becomes one of the hottest spots in NBA international scouting, a perfect opportunity to watch the cream of the ACB League (probably the strongest in Europe) in a very competitive environment in one arena over a few days. Unlike what happens in other countries with monotonous cup competitions, the Cup in Spain is a very prestigious tournament that every team looks forward to participating in and winning. The fans love it as well, as they proved once again packing the Madrid Sports Palace last week for every single game.
Previous editions of this same tournament saw the likes of Pau Gasol
and Rudy Fernandez
blossoming. From last year, three participants were selected in the 2005 draft (Fran Vazquez, Mickaël Gelabale
and Axel Hervelle
), while four more signed as free agents with an NBA team (Arvydas Macijauskas
, Fabricio Oberto
, José Manuel Calderón and Pat Burke
). It wouldn?t be a stretch to say that because of the fact that every team in the NBA is represented here, including numerous GM?s and player personnel directors, these could be the most important games of the year as far as showing NBA potential is concerned.
Part two of our two part series looks at the undrafted free agents in Spain as well as players that have already been drafted in the past few years and whose rights are still owned by NBA franchises.