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Seven collegiate 2013 second round draft picks have international contracts

Sep 20, 2013, 1:57 PM EDT

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We have mentioned this before, the draft and stash is not just for European players anymore. Used to be a time when teams drafted a young Euro in the second round, let him develop overseas, then brought him over if and when he was ready. See Marc Gasol as a prime example.

But now teams are drafting American born players and letting them head overseas to develop. The teams retain the rights and don’t have to pay the players a salary, the players get a much bigger check overseas then they would have if cut and put in the D-League. Most of those players never suit up in the NBA, but the trend is growing.

SLAM laid out the seven players who have already gone that route this year:

• Pierre Jackson, (drafted at No. 42, traded to the Pelicans) with ASVEL Villeurbanne in France.

• Mike Muscala (No. 44 by the Hawks) with Blusens Monbus Obradoiro in Spain.

Erick Green (No. 46 by the Nuggets) with Siena in Italy.

• James Ennis (No. 50 by the Heat with Perth in Australia.

• Colton Iverson, (No. 53 pick by the Celtics) with Besiktas in Turkey.

• Alex Oriakhi (No. 56 by the Suns) with Limoges CSP in France.

• DeShaun Thomas (No. 58 by the Spurs) with JSF Nanterre in France.

There could be more, remember that second rounders Grant Jerrett, Ryan Kelly, Romero Osby, Lorenzo Brown and Arsalan Kazemi all are without contracts.

The odds say not many of these guys will make it back to the NBA, but if they can show some development they will get a shot. Just some names to watch.

  1. eugenesaxe1 - Sep 20, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    They may get paid more, but do they improve their skillsets? Do they get playing time? And the Euro game is a different beast than the NBA, does playing overseas against inferior competition help them more than a season of the D-League?

    • zxrated - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      Most players that come from overseas are much more advanced than those whom stayed state side. Tony Parker, Brandon Jennings, Patrick Beverly, ETC… are examples. Jordan Farmar will likely be the next example. He states they stress much more stringent defensive principals and basic offensive fundamentals over there, which makes total sense because they are getting paid much bigger salaries than d-league players are. Andrew Goudelock stated he was getting just $25,000 a year playing in the d-league and he was the MVP. Farmar gave up 5 million to play for the Lakers this season. Goudlock is now getting paid overseas.

      • Kurt Helin - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:26 PM

        Brandon Jennings is advanced?

      • zxrated - Oct 10, 2013 at 1:42 AM

        When he came over his skill set was. And he’s still a good scoring PG in the NBA.

  2. chadley71 - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    The “D-League” is just that, a D rating full of players that were given bad advise and left too early from school instead of graduating from college.
    personal opinion Kentucky should be in the D-league as that’s all that college is for, full of over-hyped one and dones. that program will be caught cheating soon.

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