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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 (UPDATED Nov 18th 2011)

This is an update of a list I originally made on October 6th.

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 Nov. 18th) 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 progress.

Players added since the last list (Oct. 6th) are in Bold Italics.

Below: The List!

Euroleague (1st Tier)

Group A

Olympiacos Greece

No NBA players signed

Caja Laboral Spain

Joey Dorsey (Raptors)

Kevin Seraphin (Wizards)

Tiago Splitter (Spurs)

Reggie Williams (Warriors)

Fenerbehce Ulker Turkey

Bojan Bogdanovic (Nets)

Thabo Sefolosha (Thunder)

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)

Serge Ibaka (Thunder)

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv Israel

Omri Cassipi (Kings)

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

Zaza Pachulia (Hawks)

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)

Ronny Turiaf (Knicks)

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)

BC Donetsk Ukraine

Darnell Jackson (Kings)

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



Alexis Ajinca (Raptors)

Saint Thomas Basket Le Havre

Ian Mahimni (Mavericks)

Strasbourg IG

LaVoy Allen (76ers)

Justin Harper (Magic)



B.J. Mullens (Thunder)

Jon Diebler (Trailblazers)


Maccabi Ashdod

Craig Brackins (76ers)


Dinamo Sassari

Keith Benson (Atlanta)

Gruppo Triboldi Basket Cromona

Von Wafer (Celtics)

Virtus Bologna

Chris Douglas-Roberts (Bucks)


Zastal Zielona Gora

Gani Lawal (Suns)


BC Krasnye Krylya Samara

DeJuan Blair (Spurs)


Lucentum Alicante 

Kyle Singler (Pistons)

Joventut Badalona

Christian Eyenga (Cavaliers)

Pooh Jeter (Kings)


Domestic Second Tier


JSA Bordeaux

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



Garrett Temple (Bobcats)

Scaligera Basket Verona

Mario West (Nets)


Outside of Europe



Andres Nocioni (76ers)


Melbourne Tigers

Patrick Mills (Trailblazers)



Leandro Barbosa (Raptors)


Guangdong Southern Tigers

Aaron Brooks (Suns)

Yi Jianlian (Wizards)

Liauning Panpan

Josh Powell (Hawks)


Dan Gadzuric (Nets)

Xinjiang Flying Tigers

Kenyon Martin (Nuggets)

Zhejiang Lions

J.R. Smith (Nuggets)

Wilson Chandler (Nuggets)


Melli Haffari

Hamed Haddadi (Grizzlies)


A Few Facts About the Updated List:

  • The Guangdong Southern Tigers, historically the strongest team in China, have made a late power play in signing Yi and Brooks. This will undoubtedly help them continue their run at the top, especially considering their strong stock of domestic players. And considering that Yi is technically a Chinese player, they still have room to sign another NBA player should they choose. (CBA teams are capped at two.)
  • Australia's NBL has really had a fall from grace. Due to some recent instability and previous failed experiments with old NBA players, the only player so far to sign in Australia is favourite son Patty Mills.
  • The Euroleague teams that have recently signed players haven't necessarily been in trouble. Rather, they're mostly middling teams needing to put themselves over the top.
  • With recent signings, French teams have signed 11 former NBA players, the most in the world. Closely behind are Turkey with 10, Italy with 9, China and Russia with 7, and Spain with 5.
  • Panathinaikos and Olympiakos, two of the strongest teams in the Euroleague, have still not signed any players.
  • 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.
  • The only teams with no overseas signings are the Miami Heat, the Houston Rockets, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Detroit Pistons only have a rookie, Kyle Singler, playing overseas.
  • Check the previous list for more observations.