NBA opening night rosters are complete, with the pool of free agents not only full, but very rich with teams in Europe eyeing the American market. SPORT24 lists the best goalkeepers, strikers and centers available.
What a cut, cut. The 30-team NBA rosters were announced at midnight Monday (10/23) before opening night (early Wednesday 10/25 with two games, Nuggets vs. Lakers and Warriors vs. Suns), and it’s not just the free agent pool The free-to-play game is just full, but now it’s overflowing with talent and players for every taste, for every wallet, for every need.
Teams in Europe that anticipated the situation and kept money aside can now make good names. And in the guards, the attackers, and the midfield position.
This concerns not only Olympiacos and Panathinaikos who have the potential to invest large sums of money, but also the smaller teams in the Greek League who, if they move methodically, can exploit the circumstances and generate excitement.
Countless guards, for every need
staff? Creative people? scorer; Good perimeter defenders? Anything can be found on the list of available guards for any team that needs a short period to rise to the top level.
Kendrick Nunn who is now looking our way, Romeo Langford, Goran Dragic, Will Burton, Terence Davis, Hamidou Diallo, Terrence Ross, Bryn Forbes, Austin Rivers, Karlik Jones are players at different stages of their careers.
Some are very experienced, others are very athletic, many of them can play two positions, and the question for most of them is one: Do they have the motivation to come to Europe and play basketball at a high level, with focus and professionalism?
Kevin Porter is also available, but he will hardly make it across the Atlantic, at least for now, even if the NBA door appears to be closing in his face, perhaps forever. Beyond that are Michael Carter Williams, George Hill, Ace Smith, John Wall, Wyatt Krejci, Theo Pinson, Elfrid Payton, Jaylen Nowell, Omari Moore, R.R. Hunter, Sharif Cooper, Buddy Beheim, David Nwaba, Rodney McGruder, Shaquille Harrison. , Keon Johnson.
Some of these cases are very interesting and attractive, like the Czech Veit Krejci who can help from one to three people, and is of a great age and motivated to play at a high level.
Also interesting is the case of Elfried Peyton, who played for the New Zealand Breakers in a friendly match against the Raptors in Toronto and showed that he is in amazing form. He’s waiting for another chance in the NBA, but…
Do you want to move on? Choose and take
Small or powerful? Three or four? Three four or four three? Whatever your team’s needs are, they can be filled by the NBA’s free agent pool, which now has great cases at the forward positions.
From Justise Winslow and TJ Warren to Darius Beasley and Isaiah Roby. And from Juan Toscano Anderson to JaMichael Green, Javonte Green, Rudy Gay, and Kevin Knox.
Some free agents tried through training camps to find a place in the league, many of them came and left within a few days. For some, the door to the NBA was closed, but they could not come to terms with the idea and the reality.
Also available are Jeremy Lamb, Stanley Johnson, Justin Jackson, Mamadi Diakite, Xavier Cox, James Johnson, Ka Okpala, Jordan Bell, Blake Griffin (likely to retire), DJ Wilson, Jack White, Sheke Diallo and Justin Anderson.
Keep the names Diakite – Wilson – White, the first is an athletic forward who can play even in the fifth position, the second is a versatile forward who at some point has to stop insisting on the NBA dream and the third is very difficult. Three-four who played against Australia in MundoBasket.
Centers, even if they exist.
Not many teams are looking for five, but those who need a center can certainly turn things around if they put money on the table. Partizan is one of the organizations that needs support, so it will almost certainly attract talent from the American market, especially since Želimir Obradović said so.
The names of Bismack Pigiopo and Nerls Noel stand out in the list, and from there there are Kim Birch, Derek Favors, Taz Gibson, Madgers Leonard, Gorgui Zheng, Tony Bradley, Dwayne Dedmon and Wenen Gabriel, but also Kai Jones who reminds us of the status of goalkeeper Kevin Porter. He was released by the Charlotte Hornets due to a series of social media posts, making it difficult for any NBA organization to trust him.
Montrezl Harrell also remained a free agent, but due to his injury, his return to the field was limited to the second half of the season, after the break on All-Star weekend. A European team that is not worth dealing with.
Keep that too: Many of those mentioned favor the prospect of the Premier League. There the money is small, around $40-45 thousand for a five-month season, but the fact that they will be in affiliate teams and on American soil, gives them the possibility of chasing a call-up to the NBA to increase their numbers. Profits.
It’s just that in this case, they will have to wait until the ten-day signing period begins (January 10, 2024), or do things and wonders until then to earn a spot in the NBA.
In general, the Super League is not the best option, especially for players with good experience in the NBA, but being close to their families is important for many, more important than playing for example Olympiacos or Panathinaikos, AEK or PAOK, for some European team. .
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