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2020 NBA Draft: The International Men of Mystery

There’s a lot of talent to be found all around the world, and more front offices are searching through Europe, Asia, South America, etc. to find the next great import. This season, 108 players from 38 countries were on an NBA roster for opening night, which includes reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Even though the league…

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We May be Missing the Greatest Men’s Basketball Tournament Ever

The fate of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo had been hanging in the balance ever since the COVID-19 outbreak began in China months ago. However, pressure truly began to mount on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the virus rapidly spread throughout the world.  The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced last weekend that they…

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Predicting NBA’s Top 10 International Players in 2019-20: Nikola Jokić (1)

Nikola Jokić is not your average superstar. He doesn’t look the part. He doesn’t have jaw-dropping athleticism. He isn’t zipping up and down the floor at a fast pace. He won’t leave you mystified with his ability to shoot from deeper and deeper away from the basket. He’s not going to shut down an opposing…

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Predicting NBA’s Top 10 International Players in 2019-20: Joel Embiid (3)

Joel Embiid’s progression throughout his NBA career has been far from a linear one. When he entered the 2014 NBA Draft, rumors quickly spread about his talent as he made the pre-draft workout rounds.  However, he would then suffer a foot injury and be forced to shut things down. A lot had already been seen…

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Predicting NBA’s Top 10 International Players in 2019-20: Rudy Gobert (5)

Rudy Gobert was once thought of as the last of a dying breed. As “small ball” became increasingly popular across the NBA, it seemed players like Gobert were getting played off of the court.  At 7’1” and 245 pounds, how could the relatively range-less Frenchman be expected to hold his ground on the perimeter against…

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Predicting NBA’s Top 10 International Players in 2019-20: Luka Doncic (6)

There have only been five rookies in NBA history to average 20 points, five rebounds and five assists per game: Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Tyreke Evans and Luka Doncic.  Leading up to the 2018 NBA Draft, there was a lot of debate over just how good the Slovenian teenager was. Unlike other big-name…

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Predicting NBA’s Top 10 International Players in 2019-20: Kristaps Porzingis (7)

Kristaps Porzingis didn’t play a single minute last season. He tore his ACL the year prior and opted to spend the entire 2018-19 calendar rehabbing in hopes of returning back to action fully healthy. In the midst of all that, New York’s crowned prince was jettisoned out of the Big Apple. Porzingis was famously booed…

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Predicting NBA’s Top 10 International Players in 2019-20: Jamal Murray (8)

Jamal Murray has always been different. In high school, he would meditate prior to games in hopes of gaining an edge over his opponent (SPOILER ALERT: it worked).  During his one season with the Kentucky Wildcats, he became the only freshman to average 20 points in Lexington under John Calipari. When you do something that…

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Predicting NBA’s Top 10 International Players in 2019-20: Lauri Markkanen (10)

A lot of times, the best way to judge international players is based on how they performed at FIBA events.  Unlike AAU in America, playing for your country’s Junior National Team provides a more structured experience. Tournaments start at the under-12 level and go all the way up to the under-20. However, Lauri Markkanen didn’t start…

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