So it recently occurred to me that our new international scout team of Pete Philo and Tony Ronzone are pretty much unprecedented in the NBA. The league knows these guys are the best, and we have a number of prospects that these guys have told us to pick up.
What happens if these guys all turn out?
The NBA is not known for being especially knowledgable about Euro players. There's a chance that our scouting staff will give us an enormous advantage over other teams when drafting in the second round, potentially adding consistent talent that is greater than what most teams find among college kids.
There is an added bonus in that we could legitimately be the first "international" NBA team. The cliche that Prokhorov has talked about and that the league craves.
We will know better after next year when we have our biggest talent, Rubio, in the fold, but with guys like Pekovic and possibly Bjelica joining us this year, maybe we'll see the first step to our new second round dominance.
One of the reasons that teams don't like to draft Euro players is that they often don't come to the NBA right away. A legitimate concern that our team could bypass be drafting one in the second every year, so that we have a constant stream of guys who want to be here, and with more developed games than their American counterparts.
Now, I don't expect us to always go Euro. BPA will always be the slogan, but if Philo and Ronzone can tell us the real deal on Euros, we'll be one step ahead of every other team on who the real BPA is.