Thursday, June 03, 2010

2009-2010 Terps Overseas Wrap-Up

This season, former Terps played pro basketball in Greece, Italy, Spain, Austria, Romania, Israel, Australia, Argentina, Turkey, France, Ireland, Switzerland, Russia, and the Ukraine. Below, you'll find a brief summary of how they (and their teams) did this season, with links to their stats from Eurobasket.

Lonny Baxter played for Besiktas Istanbul of the Turkish Basketball League. Lonny averaged 17.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in league play (stats). Besiktas finished in 4th place in the TBL and made it to the semi-finals of the TBL playoffs. They also competed in the Eurocup tournament, but finished in 3rd place in their opening round group and did not advance.

Andre Collins played for Canadian Solar Bologna of the Italian SerieA league. Andre averaged 11.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.7 steals per game (stats). CS Bologna finished in 5th place in SerieA's regular season, but lost in the quarter-finals of the playoffs.

Nik Caner-Medley played for Estudiantes Madrid of the Spanish ACB league. Nik averaged 12.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game (stats). Estudiantes finished in 7th place in the ACB and lost in the quarterfinals of the league tournament.

Juan Dixon left the NBA and headed to Europe this season. He started in Greece, playing for Aris Thessaloniki, where he averaged 12.5 points in 11 games in the Greek League and the Eurocup. In January, he left to play for the ACB's Unicaja Malaga. But Juan's season was cut short in February after testing positive on a drug test for using a banned supplement. In 7 games with Unicaja, Juan averaged 16.1 points per game (stats). Unicaja finished in 5th place in the ACB and lost in the semi-finals of the ACB playoffs. They also made it to the Top 16 of the Euroleague tournament, but finished in 3rd place in their round-robin group (Juan only played in the first 3 games of that round before his suspension). Aris ended up #7 in the Greek league and lost in the quarter-finals of the playoffs and also made it to the quarter-finals of the Eurocup.

Rodney Elliott played for Paris-Levallois of the French LNB Pro A league. Rodney averaged 7.1 points and 4.6 rebounds in 30 games (stats). Paris finished in 7th place in the regular season, but was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the playoffs.

Travis Garrison started the season with Dalaman A.S. Pamukkale in Turkey's TB2L, and finished for Khimik-OPZ Yuzny of the Ukranian Superleague. Travis averaged 9.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in 10 games for Khimik, and 21.1 points and 10.2 rebounds with Pamukkale (stats). Khimik finished 10th in their league and missed the playoffs, while Pamukkale finished 11th in the TBL B Division.

John Gilchrist played for the Australian NBL's Adelaide 36ers. John averaged 16.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists for the team (stats). The 36ers finished a disappointing 8th (last) place in the league and missed the playoffs.

James Gist played for Locomotiv Kuban of the Russian Superleague. James averaged 11.4 points and 4.2 rebounds in 17 league games, and 8.0 points, 6.0 rebounds in the teams Eurochallenge tournament games (stats). Kuban finished in first place in the Superleague's A2 division, but lost in the first round of the playoffs, and was eliminated in the opening round of the Eurochallenge tournament.

Ekene Ibekwe played for Genc Banvitliler of the Turkish TB2L (2nd division league). Ekene averaged 21.2 points and 10.6 rebounds per game (stats) in 10 games. The team finished in 10th place in TB2L Group B, and did not make the playoffs.

Sarunas Jasikevicius played for Panathinaikos in the Greek A1 league, along with teammate Drew Nicholas. Sarunas averaged 8.3 points and 2.5 assists per game in the regular season, and 5.2 points and 2.5 assists in 6 Euroleague games (stats). Sarunas was injured in February and missed a large chunk of the season in both Greek league play and Euroleague games. Panathinaikos made it to the Euroleague Top 16, but finished 3rd in their group and did not advance. Panathinaikos finished the regular season in 1st place in the Greek league and is currently still playing in the Finals of their playoffs. (Update: Panathinaikos Wins Greek Championship!)

Mike Jones spent the winter with two teams in Argentina, starting out with 7 games for Penarol Mar del Plata, and finishing with 11 games for Gimnasia Esgrima Comodoro Rivadavia. Overall, Mike averaged 8.2 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 1.0 assists for the two teams (stats). Gimnasia finished in 13th place in the regular season and missed the playoffs, while Penarol went on to finish in 1st and win the national championship without Jones.

Terence Morris played for Regal FC Barcelona of the Spanish ACB league. Terence averaged 6.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in the ACB and 7.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in 20 Euroleague games (stats). Regal Barca won the Euroleague championship, finished the regular season in 1st place in the ACB, and is currently still playing in the Finals of the ACB playoffs. (Update: Regal Barca runners-up for Spanish Championship.)

Dave Neal played for the Ulster Elks of the Irish Superleague. Dave averaged 19.6 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 2.1 steals (stats). Ulster finished in 4th place in the Superleague North division, but won the championship in the Ulster Premier League, a smaller league they also play in, and were runners-up in the College Varsity League. During the season, Dave blogged about his experiences playing in Northern Ireland.

Drew Nicholas played for Panathinaikos of the Greek A1 league, along with teammate Sarunas Jasikevicius. Drew averaged 9.6 points and 2.0 assists in Greek league play, and 10.9 points and 2.0 assists in 15 Euroleague games (stats). Panathinaikos made it to the Euroleague Top 16, but finished 3rd in their group and did not advance. Panathinaikos finished the regular season in 1st place in the Greek league and is currently still playing in the Finals of their playoffs. (Update: Panathinaikos Wins Greek Championship!)

Bambale Osby played for three teams this year, starting with Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan in Isreal, then Allianz Swans Gmunden in Austria, and finally finishing up the season with BC Arges Pitesti of Romania. His biggest success came in Romania, where he averaged 12.6 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks in 7 games (stats). Pitesti finished 6th in the league and lost in the quarter-finals of the playoffs. Gmunden went on without Osby to finish 2nd place in the league regular season and win the Austrian championship. Ramat Gan finished in 11th place in the Israeli league and missed the playoffs.

Laron Profit played for Libertad Sunchales of Argentina's LigaA. Laron averaged 16.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in league games, and 14.3 points and 3.2 rebounds in 6 South American Liga Sudamericana tournament (stats). Libertad finished 4th in the regular season, but were upset in the quarter-finals of the playoffs, and they lost the decisive final game of the Liga Sudamericana.

Ryan Randle played for MGS Grand-Saconnex Basket of the Swiss LNA league. Ryan averaged 10.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game (stats). MGS finished in last place in the league and missed the playoffs.

Jamar Smith played for Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia of the Italian Lega2. Jamar averaged 13.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game (stats). Trenkwalder finished in 5th place in the regular season, but lost in the semi-finals of the Lega2 playoffs.

[Also, see: 2009-2010 Terps in the NBA, 2009-2010 Terps in the Minor Leagues]

2 comments:

ckstevenson said...

I know a few of those leagues, and a few of the teams, but is there any chance you can provide some more details are the most prominent/prestigious leagues and teams? Hard to tell if double digit points in Australia compares at all to 7 or 8 points in Spain, etc.

Thanks for the blog

Mike said...

Spain's ACB is probably the strongest national league outside of the NBA. Italy and Greece are probably next, followed by Turkey, Israel, Russia, France, and Lithuania. What you find a lot of times in European national leagues is that the top 1-3 teams are very strong (built by wealthy owners to compete in the Euroleague), and the rest of the league is much weaker.

You can get a feel for the European leagues because the top teams from all countries come together for the Euroleague and other continent-wide tournaments. In this year's Euroleague Final Four, the teams were from Spain, Russia, Greece, and Serbia.

I really don't have a feel for how leagues like Argentina and Australia compare. For instance, Argentina as a nation does very well in FIBA events and the Olympics, so you'd have to believe there was some strength in their LigaA to produce that talent level. But it's hard to tell because their top teams don't go head to head with the European top teams.