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Old 06-24-2009, 02:41 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Hollinger
True free agents

Translated stats for players with at least 200 Euroleague minutes
Player Pts/40 Reb/40 Ast/40 FG Percent PER
D'Or Fischer 15.4 12.5 2.1 61.7 17.97
Ioannis Bourosis 17.3 16.0 1.8 52.0 17.90
Terrell McIntyre 16.7 3.8 7.5 45.1 16.54
Ksistof Lavrinovic 13.0 12.2 1.6 40.7 13.79
Carlos Arroyo 12.9 3.7 6.4 34.6 10.21
Carlos Cabezas 11.8 4.0 4.0 39.0 7.90
D'Or Fischer wasn't drafted when he came out of West Virginia in 2005, but it's becoming increasingly clear he should have been. The 27-year-old center for Maccabi Tel Aviv put together an outstanding season, though it was cut short when he was attacked outside a Tel Aviv nightclub and cut with a bottle. His offensive numbers weren't as strong as in previous stops, but at 6-foot-11 and 242 pounds, one has to think he's a decent backup center at the absolute worst.

Ioannis Bourosis is a Greek big man whom the Spurs reportedly covet, and it's clear to see why from those phenomenal rebounding numbers he put up last season. Take it with a grain of salt, as his 2008 numbers weren't nearly as strong -- 9.1 points, 12.9 boards per 40 minutes and a 10.49 PER -- and he hasn't exactly dominated in his minutes with the Greek national team. On the other hand, he reportedly only took up the game at age 18 (he's now 25), which means he could still be on the upswing.

Terrell McIntyre has two pretty huge strikes against him -- he's 5-foot-9 and he'll be 32 in October. Nonetheless, the veteran from Clemson starred for Montepaschi Siena the past couple of years and was good enough this season to at least make you wonder how he'd fare in the NBA as an Earl Boykins-type energizer off the bench.

Ksistof Lavrinovic is a Lithuanian big man whose name sometimes appears as Ksystofas Lavronivicius; adding further confusion, he has a twin brother named Darius. By any name, he's a good rebounder but mostly hangs out on the perimeter offensively, and would likely be a pick-and-pop backup center in the NBA. He's also 29 and coming off the best season of his career, so this is probably about as good as it gets for him.

Carlos Arroyo was one of several U.S.-based players to take the European plunge this past summer, and while several weren't in the Euroleague, his team was. Arroyo didn't put up particularly good numbers by his standards, but they're within the range you'd expect from a backup point guard, which is exactly what he'll be if he decides to come back to the States.

There were rumors earlier this year the Knicks had interest in Carlos Cabezas, but based on his European numbers it doesn't seem like he'd provide much help. If he does jump to the NBA, I at least hope he ends up on the same team as Luther Head -- providing a two-headed backcourt in any language.
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Translated stats for players with at least 200 Euroleague minutes
Player Pts/40 Reb/40 Ast/40 FG Percent PER
Nikola Pekovic 21.7 9.9 1.0 55.8 18.36
Erazem Lorbek 17.4 11.4 2.0 51.4 17.16
Tiago Splitter 16.4 10.0 3.2 57.6 16.52
Fran Vazquez 13.7 11.7 1.8 59.3 15.86
Lior Eliyahu 15.5 11.5 4.7 54.2 15.25
Ersan Ilyasova 15.3 16.0 2.1 40.2 14.48
David Andersen 16.0 9.3 2.1 44.7 12.86
Georgios Printezis 13.8 8.0 1.6 56.0 11.51
Josh Childress 10.7 8.8 2.4 41.4 9.77
Nikola Pekovic (Timberwolves) has been the highest-rated player in the Euroleague each of the past two years. An onerous contract is likely to keep him in Europe for a few more years, and the Wolves aren't exactly hurting for bruising big men right now. But he projects as a quality power forward with an impressive scoring rate, and sooner or later he'll be in the NBA.

Erazem Lorbek (Pacers) has put together reasonably good seasons before, but this one was his best to date by far. He plays the NBA's least scarce position, power forward, so there may not be as much urgency to bring him over. But looking at his track record of the past few years, he's clearly an NBA player, and possibly a pretty good one.

Tiago Splitter (Spurs) likely will be jumping to San Antonio a year from now, when the Spurs will no longer be bound by the rookie salary scale in signing him. The Brazilian has been arguably the best center in Europe the past two seasons and while his rep is for defense and rebounding, he projects to be surprisingly potent offensively.

Fran Vazquez (Magic) has given no inclination whatsoever that he'll come to Orlando, but with the Magic looking to trim salary in other areas, it's worth bringing up his name as a low-cost possibility in the frontcourt. The Magic will no longer be bound by the rookie salary scale, but Vazquez hasn't seemed interested in leaving Spain at any price.

Lior Eliyahu (Rockets) is a bit of a tweener as a combo forward, but this is the second time in three years he's put up very strong translated numbers and at 23 he could be ready to make the jump as the league's first Israeli player. The bigger issue may be fitting him into Houston's complicated dance with the luxury tax.

Ersan Ilyasova (Bucks) didn't do a whole lot in his first go-round in Milwaukee, but those rebounding numbers from last year jump off the page. He's a restricted free agent until or unless the Bucks renounce him, so for now they still have first dibs. But it's hard to imagine the Bucks signing him this summer with their cap issues.

David Andersen (Hawks) projects as a halfway decent pick-and-pop 4, but I've never heard anybody in Atlanta talk about him. Ever. Truth is he's probably not good enough to bother buying him out and bringing him over, and if there was a time to do so, it passed several years ago.

Georgios Printezis (Raptors) is still at least a year away, but he showed some nice progress last season and could fill a role as a backup center down the road.

Josh Childress (Hawks) probably was the worst per-dollar value in Europe last season, because like Brandon Jennings, he struggled to adjust to the different game. The biggest change to note is the shooting percentage, since he shot 52.2 percent from the floor in four seasons in the NBA. He's a restricted free agent and the Hawks may look to trade his rights.
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