NBA Players Are Beginning to Sign in Europe, But Who is Actually Playing in the Euroleague? A List, by League, of All NBA Players Who Have Signed Overseas

With news yesterday that Tony Parker has signed with ASVEL Basket in France and that Andrei Kirilenko has signed with CSKA Moscow in Russia, it's looking more and more like players are giving up hope of a quick resolution to this lockout.

But some players are not actually signing up to play in Europe's top league.

As I explained in a previous post, only those teams who did well domestically last season are allowed into Europe's top league, the Euroleague. Other teams are playing in the second or third tier league, and some teams are only playing domestically and possibly regionally.

So, who is playing where?

To find out, I'm taking the list of players signed overseas via HoopsHype (as of Oct. 6th) and cross-referencing it with the list of teams currently in the Euroleague. I'll separate them into their respective groups as well, so you'll know who is likely to play who. I have added the team's country after their name for reference, but it is not part of their official name.

I have also included where the non-Euroleague bound players have gone. Scroll down to see who is playing in the second tier EuroCup, the third tier Eurochallenge, only domestically, and in countries outside of Europe. Keep in mind that regardless of whether a team is in the Euroleague, EuroCup, or EuroChallenge, they all play domestically.

I'll be updating the list in another post as things become more certain.

Below: The List!

Euroleague (1st Tier)

Group A

Olympiacos Greece

No NBA players signed

Caja Laboral Spain

Joey Dorsey (Raptors)

Kevin Seraphin (Wizards)

Reggie Williams (Warriors)

Fenerbehce Ulker Turkey

Bojan Bogdanovic (Nets)

Bizkaia Bilbao Basket Spain

No NBA players signed

NGC Cantu Italy

No NBA players signed

SLUC Nancy France

Nicholas Batum (Trailblazers)

 

Group B

Panathinaikos Greece

No NBA players signed

CSKA Moscow Russia

Andrei Kirilenko (Jazz)

Nenad Krstic (Celtics)

Unicaja Spain

No NBA players signed

Zalgiris Kaunas Lithuania

Sonny Weems (Raptors)

Ty Lawson (Nuggets)

Brose Baskets Germany

No NBA players signed

KK Zagreb Croatia

No NBA players signed

 

Group C

Real Madrid Spain

Rudy Fernandez (Mavericks)

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv Israel

Jordan Farmar (Nets)

KK Partizan Serbia

Acie Law IV (Warriors)

Nikola Pekovic (Timberwolves)

Anadolu Efes (Formerly Efes Pilsen) Turkey

Ersan Ilyasova (Bucks)

Sasha Vujacic (Nets)

Olimpia Milano (Emporio Armani) Italy

Danilo Gallinari (Nuggets)

Spirou Basket France

No NBA players signed

 

Group D

Regal FC Barcelona Spain

No NBA players signed

Montepaschi Siena Italy

David Andersen (Hornets)

DaJuan Summers (Pistons)

UNICS Kazan Russia

No NBA players signed

Asseco Prokom Gdynia Poland

Alonzo Gee (Cavaliers)

Union Olimpija Ljubljana Slovenia

Danny Green (Spurs)

Galatasaray Turkey

Darius Songaila 76ers)

 

Eurocup (2nd Tier)

Cholet Basket France

Chandler Parsons (Rockets)

BCM Gravelines France

Pape Sy (Hawks)

ASVEL Basket France

Hilton Armstrong (Hawks)

Tony Parker (Spurs)

ALBA Berlin Germany

No NBA players signed, though they did sign former Thunder player Kyle Weaver.

Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt Germany

Jon Leuer (Bucks)

BC Khimki Russia

Austin Daye (Pistons)

Chris Quinn (Spurs)

Timofey Mozgov (Nuggets)

Lokomotiv Kuban Russia

Ben Uzoh (Nets)

Hapoel Jerusalem Israel

Avery Bradley (Celtics)

Benetton Basket Bwin Italy

Brian Scalabrine (Bulls)

E'Twaun Moore (Celtics)

Jeff Adrien (Warriors)

KK Buducnost Montenegro

Nikola Vucevic (76ers)


EuroChallenge (3rd Tier)

Besiktas Milangaz Turkey

Semih Erden (Cavaliers)

Deron Williams (Nets)

Turk Telekom BK Turkey

Mehmet Okur (Jazz)

Mustafa Shakur (Wizards)

BC Armia Georgia

Sundiata Gaines (Nets)

BK Bemaco Spu Nitra Slovakia

Robert Vaden (Thunder)

 

Domestic/Regional Only

France

Strasbourg IG

LaVoy Allen (76ers)

Justin Harper (Magic)

Greece

Panionios

B.J. Mullens (Thunder)

Jon Diebler (Trailblazers)

Israel

Maccabi Ashdod

Craig Brackins (76ers)

Italy

Dinamo Sassari

Keith Benson (Atlanta)

Gruppo Triboldi Basket Cromona

Von Wafer (Celtics)

Virtus Bologna

Chris Douglas-Roberts (Bucks)

Poland

Zastal Zielona Gora

Gani Lawal (Suns)

Russia

BC Krasnye Krylya Samara

DeJuan Blair (Spurs)

Spain

Lucentum Alicante 

Kyle Singler (Pistons)

Joventut Badalona

Pooh Jeter (Kings)

 

Domestic Second Tier

France

JSA Bordeaux

Boris Diaw (Bobcats, He is the President of JSA Bordeaux.)

Italy

Casale

Garrett Temple (Bobcats)

Scaligera Basket Verona

Mario West (Nets)

 

Outside of Europe

Australia

Melbourne Tigers

Patrick Mills (Trailblazers)

Brazil

Flamengo

Leandro Barbosa (Raptors)

China

Liauning Panpan

Josh Powell (Hawks)

Jiangsu

Dan Gadzuric (Nets)

Xinjiang Flying Tigers

Kenyon Martin (Nuggets)

Zhejiang Lions

J.R. Smith (Nuggets)

Wilson Chandler (Nuggets)

 

Here's a few facts about the list:

  • The only teams to sign three NBA players are Caja Laboral of Spain and Benneton Basket Bwin of Italy. None of the players signed scored over 10 PPG last season.
  • Notable two-man NBA teamups include Andrei Kirilenko and Nenad Krstic for CSKA Moscow, Ersan Ilyasova and Sasha Vujacic for Anadolu Efes, Semih Erden and Deron Williams for Besiktas, and J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler for the Zhejiang Lions.
  • Notable players playing outside of the Euroleague are Tony Parker, Deron Williams, Semih Erden, Mehmet Okur, DeJuan Blair, and Kyle Singler.
  • Both of Greece's top teams (Panathinaikos and Olympiacos) have not signed any NBA players. In fact, the only team to do so has been Panionios, making two rather small signings of B.J. Mullens and Jon Diebler.
  • Of last year's Euroleague Final Four, only KK Partizan (Acie Law IV and Nikola Pekovic) and CSKA Moscow (Nenad Krstic and Andrei Kirilenko) have signed NBA players. FC Barcelona and Olympiacos have not.
  • The only current Thunder player to have signed abroad is B.J. Mullens, with a domestic-only Greek team. Robert Vaden has also signed with a Slovakian team, but he is not under contract next season.
  • Despite China's refusal to provide an NBA-out clause for signing players, they have a good crop of NBA talent, including Kenyon Martin, J.R. Smith, and Wilson Chandler (all from the Nuggets).
  • This list shouldn't be taken as a end all be all to whether a team will be good or not. Several teams include former NBA players who still have good skill, and players who are good enough for the NBA but decided to make the transition. Rather, it should be used as a reference for those who wish to keep track of their favourite players.

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