September 11, 2017, 11:42 pm
With the EuroBasket tournament currently making headlines, we decided it would be a good time to shed some light on the best international players in NBA history. Since we are a fantasy website, we are only looking at that aspect to rank the players. Throw out championships, career-longevity, consistency and all of that nonsense.
We are looking only at what is important, and that is 9-Category Fantasy Leagues of course. More specifically, we are taking the single BEST season of each player and consider where that season would have ranked in 2016-17. For comparative purposes, Kevin Durant finished #1 in standard leagues in 2016-17 with a rating of 80.5. This gives you a sense of how incredible The Dream’s 92-93 season actually was.
There is an ongoing debate whether to consider certain players are “international.” Players such as Kyrie Irving and Dominique Wilkins were born internationally but are considered American based on their parents’ heritage. Just for the fun of it, we decided to include them anyway.
International players are becoming more mainstream in the NBA as 11 of the 52 players on this list recorded their best season in 2016-17. This number is sure to go up in the coming years. Per Wikipedia, there were only 23 international players in the 1991-92 season. In the 2016-17 season, there were 113.
Editor’s Note: If you want more tools to crush it in fantasy hoops this season, you might want to check out the Hoop Ball Draft Guide.
Some of the young international rising stars that could potentially join this list in the future are Bogdan Bogdanovic (Serbian), Ben Simmons (Australian), Dario Saric (Croatian), Jamal Murray (Canadian), Dennis Schroder (German), Clint Capela (Swiss), Nikola Mirotic (Spanish/Montenegrin), Jusuf Nurkic (Bosnian), Jordan Clarkson (American/Filipino), Emmanuel Mudiay (Congolese) and Lucas Nogueira (Brazilian).
So, without further adieu…
July 19, 2019, 5:52 pmKostas AntetokounmpoPF, Dallas Mavericks
The Raptors are planning to claim Kostas Antetokounmpo off waivers, per Eurohoops' Nikos Varlas.
Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports that the Raptors were interested in adding Antetokounmpo last season, but had their plans dashed when Dallas took Antetokounmpo with the final pick in the draft. He's incredibly raw still, but has the physical build that the Raptors seem to love in their developmental projects.
Source: Nikos Varlas on Twitter
July 19, 2019, 5:38 pmB.J. JohnsonPF, Sacramento Kings
The Kings have waived B.J. Johnson.
Johnson had a decent showing in Summer League but never seemed likely to last in Sacramento given the team's depth at forward. After making seven appearances on a pair of 10-day contracts with the Hawks last season, Johnson will look to find more concrete footing in the league this season.
Source: Jason Jones on Twitter
July 19, 2019, 5:07 pmKostas AntetokounmpoPF, Dallas Mavericks
The Mavs have waived Kostas Antetokounmpo, per Shams Charania.
The youngest Antetokounmpo was Mr. Irrelevant in the 2018 draft but only appeared in two games with the Mavs last season. Dallas opens up a two-way contract slot and will likely find a more NBA-ready player on the market, while Antetokounmpo will look to latch on with another team for camp. Perhaps the 20-year-old can make it a family affair, with both of his older brothers playing in Milwaukee.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 19, 2019, 4:46 pmChrist KoumadjeC, Philadelphia Sixers
The Sixers have agreed to a one-year, partially-guaranteed deal with rookie Christ Koumadje according to Michael Scotto of The Athletic.
Rich Hofmann of The Athletic reports that it will be an Exhibit 10 deal. Koumadje went undrafted but flashed his defensive potential by averaging 2.4 blocks in only 13.6 mpg at Summer League. The 7'4" big man will be a developmental project for Philly and is not part of the fantasy landscape for the time being.
Source: Michael Scotto
July 19, 2019, 4:34 pmJames HardenPG, Houston Rockets
James Harden has taken his name out of consideration for the FIBA World Cup this summer.
Harden will be focusing his efforts on getting ready for next season. There figures to be a large adjustment coming with Russell Westbrook replacing Chris Paul, and Harden playing alongside a ball-dominant scoring guard rather than a distributor will be something that figures to have a rough patch or two. Still, Harden reportedly told the Rockets that he's comfortable with playing off the ball more, so it should work out. Team USA, meanwhile, figures to be just fine considering the depth of talent available.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
July 19, 2019, 4:12 pmJosh GrayG, New Orleans Pelicans
Josh Gray has agreed to a two-way deal with the Pelicans.
Gray had a cup of coffee with the Suns back in 2017-18 and spent last season playing in Korea. The former LSU product has always been adept at stacking up steals, but he's unlikely to see much playing time given the backcourt depth in New Orleans.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 19, 2019, 4:08 pmChristian WoodPF, Detroit Pistons
Christian Wood will be competing for backup center minutes this season, per Keith Langlois of Pistons.com.
Markieff Morris and Thon Maker will be his primary competition, and Wood has the edge if Detroit is looking for some strength and rebounding. If they're looking for shooting, then it's safe to say that we'll see some smaller bench groups this season. Wood has been dominant at the G-League level and had some monster games at the end of last season but it's not a great landing spot for fantasy value given that Detroit's roster is built on their frontcourt stars. Deep-league owners should keep an eye on that battle in the preseason.
Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter
July 19, 2019, 2:24 pmJustin HolidaySG, Indiana Pacers
Justin Holiday has agreed to a one-year deal with the Pacers as of Friday's reports.
Holiday will likely be a wing option off the bench for a secretly deep Pacers squad. There's some potential here if he can find an appropriate minute load.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 19, 2019, 1:08 pmIsaiah PineiroPF, Sacramento Kings
The Kings agreed to a one-year, partially guaranteed deal with Isaiah Pineiro on Friday.
This seems like just a depth move for the Kings to have a G-League option for this upcoming season. He played for the Kings in Summer League and clearly impressed enough to get a contract.
Source: Michael Scotto on Twitter
July 19, 2019, 11:34 amKosta KoufosC, Sacramento Kings
Kosta Koufos has reached an agreement with CSKA Moscow according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo.
Haynes goes on to say that Koufos' deal will make him the highest paid American in all of Europe next season, so it's safe to say that it was an easy sell for Koufos who appeared to be facing a rather tepid market. His deal will also include an NBA option that will allow him to opt out of his contract should he decide to return to the States.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter