Sorry for the long long break, but I couldn't really get myself to write those lately because of time issues, also didn't really had the time to watch any Euroleague or see how all the prospects were doing. I won't catch up with the 5 rounds of play we've missed but will go on from here - Round 11.
|EA7 Emporio Armani Milan||8||3||55||105,1||105|
|Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul||5||6||-11||118,2||108,3|
|Anadolu Efes Istanbul||2||9||-79||99,4||106,2|
|Laboral Kutxa Vitoria||2||9||-123||105,3||109,2|
|Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv||7||4||29||110,7||104,1|
|Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar||5||6||-11||104,8||106|
|Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul||5||6||-13||108,4||113|
|FC Bayern Munich||5||6||-44||110,2||109,8|
|Partizan NIS Belgrade||3||8||-106||98,9||111,9|
|Sergio Rodriguez||Real Madrid||442||0,73||0,69||26,69||1,65||133||0,365|
|Nikola Mirotic||Real Madrid||474||0,71||0,65||21,14||1,76||138||0,343|
|Ante Tomic||FC Barcelona||471||0,66||0,63||23,82||1,55||125||0,270|
|Keith Langford||Emporio Milano||600||0,58||0,52||28,09||1,42||117||0,189|
|Joffrey Lauvergne||Partizan Belgrade||668||0,58||0,53||17,93||1,38||111||0,096|
|Bogdan Bogdanovic||Partizan Belgrade||601||0,53||0,49||28,95||1,19||101||0,046|
|Kenan Sipahi||Fenerbahce Istanbul||190||0,61||0,59||11,07||1,41||116||0,069|
|Alessandro Gentile||Emporio Milano||463||0,52||0,49||25,07||1,18||98,4||0,030|
Several prospects that are potential material for NBA 2014 Draft had nice games over the course of the last few weeks.
Most notably, as already mentioned in a few threads by some Spanish posters here, Mario Hezonja has finally been seing consistant minutes the last few weeks. Last week against La Bruixa d'Or - which featuers interesting prospects in Denmark's Rasmus Larsen and Sweden's Markus Eriksson - Hezonja had a little breakout game in which he pretty much displayed the whole reportoire of why so many euro scouts see him as a very VERY special prospect: Very good athleticism, nice reading of opponent's defense with a multi-faceted scoring, a quick release in the spot-up and pull-up, driving ability and a sick up-and-under finish.Sometimes a little selfish and absolutely trying to prove something. So sad that he's not on a team that would have given him constant minutes from the first day on.
Please watch this highlight reel of Mario's great night: Barca seriously ran a side out of bounds alley-oop play with 0.3 seconds to go... and even though it didn't work, that's about how confident this kid is in his own ability and what he is capable of doing with his athleticism. Later in the game, he finished with a reverse alley-oop.
Against rather weaker competition, Hezonja has averaged 18 minutes the last three games in which he is 10/14 from the field. In the game against Valladolid two weeks ago, Hezonja had six assinsts in 20 minutes. He's turned 19 years old not a month ago.
NURKIC DESTROYS, DESTROYS, DESTROYS BUT SOMETIMES FOULS AND THUS DOESN'T PLAY ALL THAT MUCH.
78% of Adriatic League big men had to be seen by a psychiatrist up until now after being found curled up into a ball at night, rocking back and forth with a blank expression, stumbling 'Nurkic....Nurkic....Nurkic' without stop. My special nickname for Nurkic is 'Blitzkrieg' as he checks in, crushes opposing frontlines like a tornado with his positioning and especially physicaility before getting into foul trouble and having to go back into the bench. Nurkic is absolutely playing at an MVP level in the ABA despire averaging just 16.3 of possible 40 minutes per game.
Four weeks ago, against 'Radnicki KG', Nurkic danced himself to 16 points on 7 shots and 15 reboudns (7 offensvie) in just 20 minutes - yes, you read right - 20 minutes. Foul trouble has been his big kryptonite so far as he averages 3.3 fouls in his 16 minutes of play. After two games in which he saw as few as 13 minutes, Nurkic bounced back last week when he logged 20+ minutes for just the fifth time this season (24 games played!) and recorded 16 pts, 9 rebs, 3 stls, 2 assts and 1 blk in 22 minuts. Just two more weeks of Adriatic League basketball and the last game will be an interesting matchup between rebounding monsters Nurkic and Partizan's Joffrey Lauvergne.
There's been rumors in Croatia that Grizzlies scouts have been especially present at Cedevita games, maybe with Nurkic as a potential Zach Randolph replacement alongside Marc Gasol. But with the hype he's gettign from US outlets now too, Nurkic might end up a surprise lottery entry in the NBA draft, should he enter. Meanwhile, Nurkic has extended his contract with Cedevita until 2018 without a word on NBA exit. Nurkic won't turn 20 before late August 2014.
DARIO DOES HIS THING *FACEPALM*
Dario has the Adriatic League figured out as if he had its source coude. He's boring the hell out of himself to double-double-after double-double. After recording 10+ rebounds in just 3 of his first 13 games of the season, Dario has gotten double-doubles in 8 of his last 11 games. During that time frame he's averaged a pretty incredible 19 pts, 11 rebs, 3.5 assts, 1.5 stls but hasn't been very efficient from the field and is still qutie turnover prone.. check the stats:
Oh ya, also, Dario is all cool with his dad again who called him a bust in some newspaper just a few months ago. I guess I'm happy for Dario. Also, there is a speculation that Dario will get a big offer from Anadolu Efes Istanbul over 5 years that will have an NBA exit in 2016 and that Dario and his dad are seriously considering this. His dad also said that Real oder Barca are also in the mix, especially if Mirotic leaves for the NBA. Drazen Petrovic is a Real Madrid legend and Dario is from the same city like Drazen so it would seem natural for him to go there. I don't even know whether Dario will enter this year's draft btu it seems certain taht he will at least play two more seasons in Europe. http://www.sportando.com/en/europe/turkey/113180/anadolu-efes-ready-to-put-6m-on-the-table-for-dario-saric.html
CLINT CAPELA CAN NOT BE STOPPED AT THE RIM
Sometimes it seems to me like Clint is not getting the attention he deserves if compared to the hype generated by Nurkic, Saric, maybe Hezonja and maybe even some euro draftees of last year like Gobert, Schroeder, Giannis. While Nurkic is playing an monstrous outstanding domestic season for a young upstarter, he did seem to struggle against tougher international competition in the EuroCup where he looked rather mediocre without the context of age... much like Dario and just how you should expect from a player his age. Clint doesn't remotely have the usage of Nurkic but has been a monstrous performer domestically as well as in the EuroCup where he was just as much an unstoppable load as in the rench league.
Chalon Basket's EuroCup dream ended after just ten games, but Clint shot an incredible 71.8% on 71 FGA, got 2.2 offensive boards and blocked 1.1 shots in just 19 minutes of international ball. In two matchups against Nurkic' team, he averaged 13 pts, 7.5 rebs and 1.5 blocks in 24 minutes. Nurkic didn't play much in the first matchup, but had 11 pts, 6 rebs, 2 blks and a stl in 16 minutes while Capela had a double-double with 14 pts, 10 rebs and 2 blks in 23 minutes.
Ever since January, Capela is finally seing 20+ minutes per game and is showing some intrigue as a passer too. His best game of the sason came in February aganist Roanne when he had a ridicolous boxscore of 21 pts on 13 shots, 9 rebs, 7 assts, 6 blks and 2 stls ...in 28 minutes. In his last three games, he's converted 21 of 27 field goal attempts. That is Nurkic-level production while commiting just 1.9 fouls in 21 minutes. For a player with that physicality and inside prowess, he's having a somwhat low free throw rate of 34% while Nurkic has an incredible 73% and even Saric has one of 65%.
ALEKSANDAR ALMOST SINKS OLYMPIACOS, NOBODY CARES
18-year Bulgarian Aleksandar Vezenkov (not turning 19 before August 2014) is playing a terrific season as a lights out stretch power forward in the Greek league, yet is not getting any love from draft portals like DraftExpress who don't even list him in their International Top 100.
Vezenkov has been in a groove lately, scoring in double digits in his last six games, among them Euroleague teams Panathinaikos and Olympiacos. He's been accumulating his points very efficienty with a 2FG% of eye-popping 75% over that stretch. He's lost his stroke from range recently with just 29% after shooting almost 40% on 80 3FGA over the season.
Vezenkov has been a little Olympiacos headache this season. In the first matchup in November, Vezenkov scored 19 points, 4 rebs and 2 assts in a blowout loss. Last week, in a narrow five point loss against the EL champs, Vezenkov scored 15 points with 9 rebounds.