Mitnick Column: Ranking American Players In European Cups

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While NBA training camps may be getting under way, players such as Jordan Farmar, Sonny Bo McCalebb (shown here playing for Macedonia) scored 21 points as Fenerbahce of Turkey defeated the Boston Celtics on Friday in Istanbul. Weems, Shelden Williams, Craig Smith and Bo McCalebb are getting ready to start their seasons in Europe. McCalebb has begun with a bang, as his team, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul, managed to beat the Boston Celtics during their European tour, showing that European

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Mitnick Column: Ranking American Players In European Cups, Part 2

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11. Patrick Beverley, G, Spartak St. Peteresburg (Russia), College: Arkansas This former second-round pick was one of the most effective guards at the Eurocup level this past season. With a very versatile game, Beverley rebounds very well for a ballhandling guard, can defend both backcourt positions and is able to get a high rate of steals without cheating defensively. A Chicago native, Beverley played for the Bulls in the Las Vegas Summer League and drew some interest as a possible training camp

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Mitnick: All Eurobasket Qualifying Team

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With the 2013 Eurobasket qualifiers coming to an end, the table is set for the highest level international competition in European basketball next summer. European stars Marcin Gortat, Mirza Teletovic and Marcin Gortat led their teams to successful campaigns, where they now will have the opportunity to challenge the likes of Spain, France, Russia, Greece and Lithuania in next summer’s tournament. The teams that successfully qualified included Montenegro, Israel, Serbia, Germany, Sweden, Croatia, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Latvia, Poland, Finland, Belgium

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Mitnick: European Championship Qualifying Update

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From fibaeurope.com Every player in the NBA is on vacation now, right? Wrong. Danilo Gallinari, Marcin Gortat, Omri Casspi and Jonas Jerebko are among the NBA players still playing international ball for their home countries in the qualification tournament for Eurobasket ’13. There are over 25 guys in qualification who are current NBA players, former NBA draft picks, or future NBA prospects. Next summer’s tournament will be held in Slovenia and will serve as the qualifier for the newly rechristened 2014

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European Championship Qualifying Update – Part II

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11. Petteri Kaponen, Guard, Finland, (Dallas owns draft rights) Kaponen has been moving up the food chain in European basketball since he was drafted in the first round back in 2007. Kaponen is the clear leader of the undefeated Finnish squad, pouring in 22.8 points a game to go along with 5 assists, as he prepares to take the step up to the Euroleague with the Russian giant, Khimki Moscow. He has excellent size for a point guard at 6’5”, and

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European Championship Qualifying Update – Part III

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21. Dairis Bertans, Swingman, Latvia, (Spurs own NBA draft rights) This versatile wing has been a leader for Latvia offensively, as a scorer and distributor. Bertans is a strong shooter, and can contribute in many ways, but it is tough to find a niche right now that could make him contribute right away in the league, and his defense certainly isn’t up to Pop’s standards just yet. With his natural skill set and athleticism, Bertans has the chance to make the

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Eurobasket ’13: A primer

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The European Championship Qualifying tournament is divided into six groups, of which the top two teams in each group and the top four third-place teams advance to next summer’s European championship. The European Championships is played every other year, in which teams compete not only to be the champions of Europe, but for spots in the World Championships, or the Olympics, depending on the year. With the European championships being the only way for a team to qualify for a chance to

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Mitnick: Coming to America — The NBA’s International Rookies

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Basketball is an increasingly global game, and more worldwide flavor is on the way for the 2012-2013 NBA season. One or more foreigners will soon be playing at an arena near you, and these international men of mystery shall remain enigmas no longer. With a wide range of youngsters and seasoned veterans heading to the NBA for their rookie seasons, this year’s international rookie crop should provide some interesting additions to the league. They come in all sizes and shapes, some are young

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