Nba – Eight FUT http://eight-fut.com/ Tue, 17 May 2022 08:15:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://eight-fut.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/icon-2022-01-26T105543.185-150x150.png Nba – Eight FUT http://eight-fut.com/ 32 32 NBA expands global reach with international stars https://eight-fut.com/nba-expands-global-reach-with-international-stars/ Tue, 17 May 2022 04:00:43 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/nba-expands-global-reach-with-international-stars/ The Denver Nuggets basketball team released last week a video from a recent trip to Sombor, Serbia. Gathered beside a barn, people cheered to the sound of folk music as they greeted a tall man riding in the back of a horse-drawn cart. It was the near-official reception for Nuggets center Nikola Jokić, who last […]]]>

The Denver Nuggets basketball team released last week a video from a recent trip to Sombor, Serbia. Gathered beside a barn, people cheered to the sound of folk music as they greeted a tall man riding in the back of a horse-drawn cart.

It was the near-official reception for Nuggets center Nikola Jokić, who last week became the fourth foreign-born player to win the US National Basketball Association’s Most Valuable Player award multiple times. This year, for the first time since the league announced the MVP finalists, all three contenders were born outside of the United States. The award has been given to an international player for each of the past four years.

The success of international basketball players is the result of a decades-long effort by the NBA and other American professional sports leagues to export their products and grow their fanbases as effectively as world football.

The NBA has invested in talent scouting and development around the world and worked to expand local language media rights from Asia to Africa to Europe and beyond. Rival American professional leagues, including the National Football League and Major League Baseball, have also stepped up efforts over the past year to expand their overseas presence, in some cases emulating the NBA model.

Mark Tatum, the NBA’s deputy commissioner and chief operating officer, said international business accounts for about 10% of league revenue that officials expect to reach $10 billion for the 2021-22 season.

The international share has more than tripled over the past 15 years. China accounts for the lion’s share of revenue outside North America at around $400 million, a figure made public after fallout from a 2019 tweet about Hong Kong by a team executive. The league does not distribute revenue from other regions.

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid dribbles the ball during a game against the Miami Heat in the second round of this year’s NBA playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center © USA Today Sports

“It’s not just that these players are getting interest in their home markets, but they’re getting interest in the United States,” Tatum said of the MVP finalists. “It’s the quality of play, the style of play. When these international players come into the league, they do things that have never been done before.

In the home territories of the three MVP finalists – Jokić of Serbia, Joel Embiid of Cameroon and the Philadelphia 76ers, and Giannis Antetokounmpo of Greece and the Milwaukee Bucks – regional subscriptions to the NBA League Pass streaming platform increased by 17% , 40 percent, and 9 percent year-on-year, respectively, according to Tatum.

Getting to this point is the result of decades of planning and exposure. This year’s crop of MVP finalists are a generation removed from the “Dream Team” of the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, ​​where the dominating play of big names such as Michael Jordan and Larry Bird introduced millions to basketball. NBA-style ball.

Their fame eventually led to the establishment of various grassroots talent development programs by the NBA and the international basketball federation, FIBA, including Basketball Without Borders.

Embiid would have been the first BWB alumnus to win the MVP trophy, according to Troy Justice, NBA vice president and chief international development officer. He finished second in the overall vote for the award.

“When Embiid was on the program, we wouldn’t have expected him to be an MVP candidate,” Justice said, noting that “the best players in the NBA are usually late developers, not early developers.”

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during a game

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during a game against the Boston Celtics in the second round of the NBA playoffs at Fiserv Forum © USA Today Sports

In Milwaukee, where Antetokounmpo won the Bucks’ first league title in half a century last year and won back-to-back MVP trophies, executives talk about what they call the ‘Giannis effect’ on a once franchise. behind.

When current ownership acquired the Bucks franchise in 2014, “it was probably the most struggling asset in professional sports – or certainly the NBA – by any type of measure,” said Peter Feigin, president of the ‘team. With less than one million residents, Milwaukee is the league’s third-smallest franchise market, according to Sports Media Watch.

“What Giannis did was reverse the funnel,” Feigin said. “Now there is this opportunity to really be the world team, which we are looking for.” Antetokounmpo, whose parents migrated to Greece from Nigeria before he was born, enjoys a following across the board and last week prompted the league to select the Bucks as one of two teams to play the first-ever game. of the NBA in the Gulf, where they will face the Atlanta Hawks in an exhibition in October.

Also last week, MLB announced the formation of a long-term partnership with London to host professional baseball in the British capital for the next five years. The efforts follow an earlier announcement by the NFL to expand exhibition play abroad in continental Europe.

Jim Small, senior vice president of MLB International, said other U.S. leagues see the NBA as the frontrunner in building audiences and developing talent outside of the domestic market, but comparing those efforts doesn’t compare. is not always clear.

“In soccer or basketball, the concept is quite simple: there is a rectangle, and you put the ball in the goal or in the hoop. Baseball is a little more nuanced,” he said, referring to its complex rules. In the UK market, the league has around 5 million baseball fans, 1.3 million of whom are considered “diehards”, according to Small.

For the NBA, its target growth market is Africa. It is “the youngest continent in the world, it has more than a billion inhabitants and its growth is rapid. . . that’s why we chose it as the only place outside of North America to launch a league,” Tatum said, referring to the Basketball Africa League which is currently in its second season.

Last year, the NBA and private equity group Helios Fairfax Partners created NBA Africa, an investment vehicle with an enterprise value of $1 billion aimed at developing more basketball content on and for the continent.

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NBA Draft: Where will Ivey and Tre end up? https://eight-fut.com/nba-draft-where-will-ivey-and-tre-end-up/ Mon, 16 May 2022 12:10:39 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/nba-draft-where-will-ivey-and-tre-end-up/ Today begins the NBA Draft Combine’s 6-day trip to Chicago, Illinois. A chance for Scouts to see some of the world’s top stars up close and personal. For Purdue, Trevion Williams and Jaden Ivey both received an invite. Ivey, who is a lottery lock and Trevion who appeared in most mid to late round 2 […]]]>

Today begins the NBA Draft Combine’s 6-day trip to Chicago, Illinois. A chance for Scouts to see some of the world’s top stars up close and personal.

For Purdue, Trevion Williams and Jaden Ivey both received an invite. Ivey, who is a lottery lock and Trevion who appeared in most mid to late round 2 mock drafts, could see his stock increase with a strong showing this week.

But, what are some of the best fits for our old boilers? Where are they predicted?

Jaden Ivey – Second year

Position: shooting guard

Measurable: 6-4, 195

Simulated draft high: NBADraft.Net #1 Overall – Houston Rockets

Low simulated draft: CBSSports.com – Number 5 Overall – Indiana Pacers

Best Fit: Indiana Pacers

NBA Comparison: Anthony Edwards/Donovan Mitchell/Ja Morant

“Strengths: An aggressive 6’4 200lb explosive combo guard with a solid length (the wingspan would be somewhere in the 6’7-6’9 range) and a solid frame that should allow him to fit well on the perimeter … Very fast-paced, Ivey is a top athlete in the 2022 draft class who runs the floor exceptionally well given his exceptional burst and speed, and has the ability to explosively jump one or two feet to play over the edge with ease… An open-air terror runs, plays with high motor skills and is always looking to attack and pressure the defence; whether filling in lanes for ball outs or handling the ball himself in transition… Attentive to the ball and will slip behind defenders for easy cuts to the edge if his game is slow to react/out of position..Finishes well at the basket even when contested among the trees, has enough power and touch to score by contact…Does good things when the defense is undefined but only needs a half step on his man to smash the paint and get to the edge in the half court with or without a ball screen due to his very quick 1st step and long walk speed…Ivey is comfortable driving and walking gale and in pick and roll situations (especially on the right); rewards Purdue’s big front court players with a high percentage of looks near the edge of the attention he receives while cutting (3.3 apg as Soph.)… A very active and fast defender who plays a strong ball defense at collegiate level, but is equally adept at skipping passing lanes and causing deflections, likes to turn turnovers into points… Has the athleticism to get back into games after being beaten, able to make great chasing blocks… Projects very well to be able to defend anywhere on the perimeter at the NBA level given his physical tools and intensity level, and is among the best defenders in this class to come …Also a willing rebounder (5.2 rpg) who looks to initiate the offense on missed shots. -point shooter (41% 3FG currently as Soph. on 5 attempts per game, down from just 26% last season) who has made defenses pay when they gave him space this season…Ivey has speed and a decent output feel; showed flashes of being able to do shots on the move using screens, but mostly out of rebounding and cueing with his feet set…Has a few long back moves that he sometimes uses for separation to get his shot …Sporadicly uses runners and floaters in the midrange area, two shots that would be worth continuing to develop given his style of play…Became a very tough game at college level with his improved shot, as it doesn’t only adds to the pressure he can put on defense and put his matchups at his mercy for failures when closing on him… Overall scoring efficiency quickly improved (just under 40% FG the last season at 48% on increased volume up to a Soph.) hard-working player who plays to his strengths while taking time to improve his game elsewhere… Has fan-favorite traits, given his energy level and of his athleticism, but will also be t love coaches and teammates with his contagious effort and ground id intangible traits… Reaches the foul line at a decent pace and is an OK FT shooter once he gets there (career 74% over just over 4 FT per game)

Weaknesses: Ivey’s charge energy and style of play can be projected as both a gift and a curse, as he can also ride on being overly aggressive and being out of control. two sides… Plays and looks for steals and will pick up unnecessary fouls or make himself out of position, sometimes washing away plays… High IQ players will no doubt be able to have success using his aggressive approach against him , whether it’s stepping in for charges or baiting him into live ball turnovers by getting man-dirt… Offensively, if his speed doesn’t break down the assist level of defense he sometimes shows questionable patience and shot selection… Can stand to improve by changing the pace he plays more often… Should look to polish his mid-range game, would benefit from adding 1 and 2 dribbling pull shots when chased starred from the 3-point line… Improved passer but not quite a natural playmaker for others (3.3 apg / 2.2 topg); leaves his feet to pass often, which telegraphs and will give defenders time to recover and close passing angles quicker…Has some misdirection in his game, but is mostly an average ball handler who prefers to use his speed and long strides for maneuvering… Gets low lift on his jumper and fires a set piece, which worries him less from the 3-point line given the improvement and range of shots he has shown this season, but that will likely make his floater and runner development more imperative at the NBA level… watchman…

Globally: Ivey arrived at Purdue after being a consensus 4-star HS rookie and built on a freshman season that started relatively slowly but ended impressively once he was plugged into the roster. starting point (over 18 points per game in his last 6 games, including 26 points in his NCAA tournament debut)… He spent the summer playing with the FIBA ​​U19 team, where his explosive athleticism , his energy and shooting ability stood out, and hit the ground running as he was in the middle of a breakout season for a Purdue team that could potentially make a Final 4 run this season out of the Big10… He’s increased his efficiency tremendously since his first season as a long-range shooter and finisher, and he’s been outstanding defensively for a Boilermakers team that’s year-round solid and well-drilled at this end of the field… He’ll need to develop his ability at ch changing his pace off the dribble and picking his spots to more effectively set up defenders at NBA level, as well as tweaking some of his core fundamentals on both sides of the court, but there’s a lot to like, especially if he’s playing for a team that likes to run and tackle teams in transition, and his quick and drastic improvements are hugely encouraging… He’s played his way comfortably into the top half of the draft lottery, and with no prospect or slots set in stone for the first pick, Jaden Ivey’s name is buzzing and he would be doing himself a big favor as a prospect if he continues to play exceptional basketball in March and tests well after the season… Ivey should currently sitting second overall in our mock draft and could ultimately give projected number one pick Jabari Smith the biggest challenge of going first…”

Trevion Williams – Senior

Position: Before

Measurable: 6-10, 245

Simulated draft high: 50th overall, Timberwolves

Low simulated draft: Not drafted

Best Fit: Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics – Open Fluid Systems for excellent passing game

Tomorrow, we might get an even clearer picture of where these two might land. The annual NBA lottery is tomorrow – it can always shake up where prospects land. Good luck, Tre & JI!

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Nikola Jovic has the potential to be the NBA’s next great Serbian https://eight-fut.com/nikola-jovic-has-the-potential-to-be-the-nbas-next-great-serbian/ Fri, 13 May 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/nikola-jovic-has-the-potential-to-be-the-nbas-next-great-serbian/ Another high-potential Serbian is on his way to NBA stardom. Nikola Jovic is a top-25 pick who could be drafted earlier, based on his previous draft workouts. No, not two-time reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic, it’s Jovic, an 18-year-old rising star looking to make a name for himself. Jovic played in the Adriatic League for […]]]>

Another high-potential Serbian is on his way to NBA stardom.

Nikola Jovic is a top-25 pick who could be drafted earlier, based on his previous draft workouts.

No, not two-time reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic, it’s Jovic, an 18-year-old rising star looking to make a name for himself.

Jovic played in the Adriatic League for Mega Mozzart, where he averaged nearly 12 points and over four rebounds in nearly 30 minutes per game.

Jovic also has a solid national team experience playing for the Serbian senior national team in the last FIBA ​​U19 World Cup. He was named to the All-Tournament Team which included fellow projected first-round picks Chet Holmgren and Jaden Ivey.

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NBA Mock Draft: San Antonio Spurs take French guard Ousmane Dieng No. 20 overall https://eight-fut.com/nba-mock-draft-san-antonio-spurs-take-french-guard-ousmane-dieng-no-20-overall/ Thu, 12 May 2022 20:12:27 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/nba-mock-draft-san-antonio-spurs-take-french-guard-ousmane-dieng-no-20-overall/ The San Antonio Spurs are no strangers to selecting international talent in the NBA draft. Some of the franchise’s best players, including Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, have been drafted by Spurs after being relatively unknown internationally. Even some non-American players who weren’t originally drafted by San Antonio, including Tiago Splitter, Boris Diaw, Patty Mills […]]]>

The San Antonio Spurs are no strangers to selecting international talent in the NBA draft. Some of the franchise’s best players, including Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, have been drafted by Spurs after being relatively unknown internationally.

Even some non-American players who weren’t originally drafted by San Antonio, including Tiago Splitter, Boris Diaw, Patty Mills and Aron Baynes, helped Spurs win a title in 2014 against the Miami Heat.

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Could Spurs turn to the international pool of young talent in a time of reconstruction? CBS Sports released its draft pre-lottery simulation on Monday and asked San Antonio to use its second of three first-round picks on intriguing French prospect Ousmane Dieng at No. 20 overall.

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Nikola Jokic’s Kia NBA MVP a win for hoops-mad nations outside the US https://eight-fut.com/nikola-jokics-kia-nba-mvp-a-win-for-hoops-mad-nations-outside-the-us/ Wed, 11 May 2022 23:24:04 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/nikola-jokics-kia-nba-mvp-a-win-for-hoops-mad-nations-outside-the-us/ Between Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nikola Jokic, the foreign-born players have won the last four Kia MVP awards – an NBA first. • Nikola Jokic named 2021-22 Kia NBA MVP• NBA Awards 2021-22 LONDON (AP) “Maybe it’s the ćevapi, or the souvlaki, or the mbanga soup. Either way, there’s no denying the tinge of international flavor […]]]>

Between Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nikola Jokic, the foreign-born players have won the last four Kia MVP awards – an NBA first.

Nikola Jokic named 2021-22 Kia NBA MVP
NBA Awards 2021-22

LONDON (AP) “Maybe it’s the ćevapi, or the souvlaki, or the mbanga soup.

Either way, there’s no denying the tinge of international flavor when it comes to the NBA’s top flight with Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic named league MVP for a second straight season. This is the fourth consecutive year that a foreign-born player has been crowned MVP, another first for the NBA.

The Serbian big man beat two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of Greece and defending champion Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia center Joel Embiid of Cameroon to score another first – never before have the top three in MVP voting all been internationals.

The NBA playoffs are packed with international talent, including Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic, the 2019 Rookie of the Year and EuroLeague champion from Slovenia.

The influx of international talent was the vision of former commissioner David Stern. He viewed the NBA as a global entity and insisted that the league be a driving force in the growth of the game internationally.

“It’s David Stern’s dream,” Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers said. “Everyone is good. It’s a global game. It’s not just ‘us’ anymore, whatever we mean. It’s a global game and that’s a good thing.

The ripple effect of international actors extends far beyond the United States

For the basketball-crazed countries of Serbia and Greece, the success of Jokic and Antetokounmpo is synonymous with bragging rights. Antetokounmpo has won back-to-back MVP awards (2018-19, 19-20), and now the pride of Sombor, Serbia has matched him.

“We are a basketball country. This is further proof that we are the best,” said Marko Ćosić, who trained a teenage Jokic as a strength and conditioning coach at the Belgrade Mega club. “It’s not easy for a country like Serbia with 7 million people to compete with the rest of the world.”

Denver’s Nikola Jokic did his MVP business with 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game.

Ćosić, now a professor at the University of Belgrade, said Jokic’s playing style “is really poetry. .. it is an artist. Jokic, 27, averaged 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists in the regular season.

On NBA Europe social media, content featuring Antetokounmpo performs 100% better than the average post, according to the NBA. Jokic content does 10% better than average.

NBA League Pass subscriber growth shows an increase of 17% in Serbia, 14% in Slovenia and 9% in Greece this season compared to last season. It grew by 40% across Africa as a whole, although the NBA does not publish its total subscriber count.

The league has scheduled the Bucks and Atlanta Hawks to play two preseason games in Abu Dhabi in October, marking the first NBA games in the United Arab Emirates and the Persian Gulf.

It’s impossible to overstate the impact Antetokounmpo has had on Greece, both as a player and as a person. He was born to Nigerian immigrant parents and only obtained a Greek passport shortly before being drafted in 2013.

“Giannis is a hero. He’s a good image of Greece. He’s an ambassador for Greece all over the world,” said Vassilis Skountis, an NBA game broadcaster on Cosmote TV.

In Greek sports media there is football, basketball and Giannis.

Yes, Antetokounmpo is basically its own news category. There is live coverage of the games, whatever the time in Greece, and analysis of his performance.

Parents love him, children want to be like him.

“He’s Greek, he’s very spectacular, he’s very strong, he dunks, he wins championships, he plays with the national team,” Skountis said. “Kids here in Greece, everyone wants to be like Giannis.”

In Cameroon and throughout Africa, where football dominates, Embiid is a budding role model, as is Antetokounmpo.

“These kids coming from overseas…they end up working twice as hard,” said Joe Touomou, associate technical director at NBA Academy Africa. “When it’s time to compete, you see the results of that hard work. That’s why you see those three foreign guys at the top.

The NBA is helping to develop the sport in Africa, opening an academy and partnering with FIBA ​​to organize a Champions League-style competition for club teams.

Rivers has seen it and loves it.

“I went to Africa a few years ago, to Dakar, and it was incredible. It really is,” Rivers said. “The academy the NBA runs in Africa is unlike any other.”

Basketball Without Borders plays a pivotal role, with annual camps showcasing prospects and exposing them to NBA players and coaches.

Embiid was a shy and skinny camper in 2011.

“Quite frankly, Joel wasn’t the best prospect we had,” said Touomou, who is Cameroonian and a family friend of Embiid. But he had size, coordination “and he was fearless”.

Embiid is said to be interested in obtaining French citizenship, which would make him eligible to play for France ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics. He would likely be forgiven in Cameroon, who primarily care about football.

In the basketball hotbeds of Europe, however, winning medals for the country is just as important as NBA success – maybe more so.

Jokic helped Serbia win silver at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 but did not make the Tokyo Games qualifiers last summer, saying he was exhausted from his first season as MVP. Serbia hosted the qualifying tournament but lost to Italy in the deciding match.

“Whatever problems he has playing for the Serbian team, all parties – the Serbian team, the basketball association and him – have to work together to try to solve it,” Andrija said. Pavlovic, a Serbian basketball fan who lives in London. “We need him. We have had great success in the past. It is a tradition that we seek to continue.

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NBA champion Kevin Durant celebrates in Greece; Stunned by Greek basketball fans https://eight-fut.com/nba-champion-kevin-durant-celebrates-in-greece-stunned-by-greek-basketball-fans/ Wed, 11 May 2022 21:44:36 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/nba-champion-kevin-durant-celebrates-in-greece-stunned-by-greek-basketball-fans/ NBA champion and Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant was seen partying in Greece and attending the basketball game between Olympiacos and Monaco where he was impressed by the fan-generated spectacle; later tweeting “The Apocalypse”, according to Greek media reports. While in Greece, two-time NBA champion Durant was spotted in Greek nightclubs partying with Greek beauties […]]]>

NBA champion and Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant was seen partying in Greece and attending the basketball game between Olympiacos and Monaco where he was impressed by the fan-generated spectacle; later tweeting “The Apocalypse”, according to Greek media reports.

While in Greece, two-time NBA champion Durant was spotted in Greek nightclubs partying with Greek beauties according to footage obtained by Sideaction.com, then grabbing a microphone and rapping along to a song by Drake.


RESOURCE | ABOUT KÉVIN DURANT

Kevin Wayne Durant is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college basketball for the Texas Longhorns and was selected as the second overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2007 NBA Draft. He played nine seasons with the franchise, which became Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008, before signing with the Golden State Warriors in 2016, winning back-to-back NBA championships in 2017 and 2018. After suffering an Achilles tendon injury in the 2019 Finals, he joined the Nets. as a free agent that summer. Durant is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.

Durant was a heavily recruited high school student who was widely considered the second-best player in his class. While in college, he won numerous year-end awards and became the first freshman to be named Naismith College Player of the Year. As a professional, he won two NBA championships, an NBA Most Valuable Player Award, two Finals MVP Awards, two NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Awards, four NBA titles, the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, was named to nine All-NBA teams (including six first teams) and selected 12 times as an NBA All-Star. In October 2021, Durant was named to the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team. In international play as a member of USA Basketball, Durant won three Olympic gold medals (2012, 2016 and 2020) and the 2010 FIBA ​​World Championship. He is also Team USA’s all-time leader in runs scored.

Off the court, Durant is one of the highest-earning basketball players in the world, thanks in part to sponsorship deals with companies such as Foot Locker and Nike. He developed a reputation as a philanthropist and regularly leads the league in All-Star voting and jersey sales. In recent years he has contributed to The Players’ Tribune as a photographer and writer. In 2012, he branched out into comedy, appearing in the movie Thunderstruck.


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Jokic’s NBA MVP a win for hoops-crazed nations outside the US https://eight-fut.com/jokics-nba-mvp-a-win-for-hoops-crazed-nations-outside-the-us/ Wed, 11 May 2022 06:41:20 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/jokics-nba-mvp-a-win-for-hoops-crazed-nations-outside-the-us/ LONDON – Maybe it’s the ćevapi, or the souvlaki, or the mbanga soup. Either way, there’s no denying the tinge of international flavor when it comes to the NBA’s top flight with Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic set to become the league’s MVP for a second straight season, a person familiar with the situation told […]]]>

LONDON – Maybe it’s the ćevapi, or the souvlaki, or the mbanga soup.

Either way, there’s no denying the tinge of international flavor when it comes to the NBA’s top flight with Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic set to become the league’s MVP for a second straight season, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The MVP has not been publicly announced by the league.

This will be the fourth consecutive year that a foreign-born player has been crowned MVP, another first for the NBA.

The Serbian big man beat two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of Greece and defending champion Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia center Joel Embiid of Cameroon to score another first – never before have the top three in MVP voting all been internationals.

The NBA playoffs are packed with international talent, including Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic, the 2019 Rookie of the Year and EuroLeague champion from Slovenia.

The influx of international talent was the vision of former commissioner David Stern. He viewed the NBA as a global entity and insisted that the league be a driving force in the growth of the game internationally.

“It’s David Stern’s dream,” Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers said. “Everyone is good. It’s a global game. It’s not just ‘us’ anymore, whatever we want to say. It’s a global game and that’s a good thing.”

The ripple effect of international actors extends far beyond the United States

For the basketball-crazed countries of Serbia and Greece, the success of Jokic and Antetokounmpo is synonymous with bragging rights. Antetokounmpo has won back-to-back MVP awards (2018-19, 19-20), and now the pride of Sombor, Serbia has matched him.

“We are a basketball country. This is further proof that we are the best,” said Marko Ćosić, who trained a teenage Jokic as a strength and conditioning coach at the Belgrade Mega club. . “It’s not easy for a country like Serbia with 7 million people to compete with the rest of the world.”

Ćosić, now a professor at the University of Belgrade, said Jokic’s playing style “is really poetry…he’s an artist”. Jokic, 27, averaged 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists in the regular season.

On NBA Europe social media, content featuring Antetokounmpo performs 100% better than the average post, according to the NBA. Jokic content does 10% better than average.

NBA League Pass subscriber growth shows an increase of 17% in Serbia, 14% in Slovenia and 9% in Greece this season compared to last season. It grew by 40% across Africa as a whole, although the NBA does not publish its total subscriber count.

The league has scheduled the Bucks and Atlanta Hawks to play two preseason games in Abu Dhabi in October, marking the first NBA games in the United Arab Emirates and the Persian Gulf.

It’s impossible to overstate the impact Antetokounmpo has had on Greece, both as a player and as a person. He was born to Nigerian immigrant parents and only obtained a Greek passport shortly before being drafted in 2013.

“Giannis is a hero. He’s a good image of Greece. He’s an ambassador for Greece in the world,” said Vassilis Skountis, NBA broadcaster on Cosmote TV.

In Greek sports media there is football, basketball and Giannis.

Yes, Antetokounmpo is basically its own news category. There is live coverage of the games, whatever the time in Greece, and analysis of his performance.

Parents love him, children want to be like him.

“He’s Greek, he’s very spectacular, he’s very strong, he dunks, he wins championships, he plays with the national team,” Skountis said. “Kids here in Greece, everyone wants to be like Giannis.”

In Cameroon and throughout Africa, where football dominates, Embiid is a budding role model, as is Antetokounmpo.

“These kids coming from overseas…they end up working twice as hard,” said Joe Touomou, associate technical director at NBA Academy Africa. “When it’s time to compete, you see the results of that hard work. That’s why you see those three foreign guys at the top.”

The NBA is helping to develop the sport in Africa, opening an academy and partnering with FIBA ​​to organize a Champions League-style competition for club teams.

Rivers has seen it and loves it.

“I went to Africa a few years ago, to Dakar, and it’s amazing. It really is,” Rivers said. “The academy the NBA runs in Africa is unlike any other.”

Basketball Without Borders plays a pivotal role, with annual camps showcasing prospects and exposing them to NBA players and coaches.

Embiid was a shy and skinny camper in 2011.

“Quite frankly, Joel wasn’t the best prospect we had,” said Touomou, who is Cameroonian and a family friend of Embiid. But he had size, coordination “and he was fearless”.

Embiid is said to be interested in obtaining French citizenship, which would make him eligible to play for France ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics. He would likely be forgiven in Cameroon, who primarily care about football.

In the basketball hotbeds of Europe, however, winning medals for the country is just as important as NBA success – maybe more so.

Jokic helped Serbia win silver at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 but did not make the Tokyo Games qualifiers last summer, saying he was exhausted from his first season as MVP. Serbia hosted the qualifying tournament but lost to Italy in the deciding match.

“Whatever problems he has playing for the Serbian team, all parties – the Serbian team, the basketball association and him – have to work together to try to solve it,” Andrija said. Pavlovic, a Serbian basketball fan who lives in London. “We need him. We’ve had a lot of success in the past. It’s a tradition we’re looking to continue.”

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AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami contributed to this report.

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Victor Wembanyama, best draft prospect in 2023, best since LeBron, Kevin Durant XXL, analysis, tanking https://eight-fut.com/victor-wembanyama-best-draft-prospect-in-2023-best-since-lebron-kevin-durant-xxl-analysis-tanking/ Tue, 10 May 2022 07:47:00 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/victor-wembanyama-best-draft-prospect-in-2023-best-since-lebron-kevin-durant-xxl-analysis-tanking/ If you thought there were a few teams happy to lose last NBA season, wait until you see the next one. A generational draft prospect looms in the class of 2023, with French big man Victor Wembanyama described as a “one-of-a-kind prospect, a franchise changer and a future NBA MVP as long as he can […]]]>

If you thought there were a few teams happy to lose last NBA season, wait until you see the next one.

A generational draft prospect looms in the class of 2023, with French big man Victor Wembanyama described as a “one-of-a-kind prospect, a franchise changer and a future NBA MVP as long as he can stay healthy. by ESPN’s Mike Schmitz.

He and his colleague Jonathan Givony said that Wembanyama is one of, if not the most talented NBA prospect they’ve ever scouted.

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Standing 7’3″ (220cm) with a wingspan of 7’9″ (236cm) and a standing reach of 9’7″ (292cm), he’s the kind of weird all-around talent you’d create in a video game .

Imagine: an 18-year-old player with the qualities of a guard, but the odd size to be a defensive player of the year in the mold of his compatriot Rudy Gobert. Oh, and he can shoot three times.

(Side note: Gobert, Wembanyama and Joel Embiid’s potential to upgrade from Cameroon to France in time for the 2024 Olympics will make the host country a real gold medal prospect.)

Victor Wembanyama is the NBA Draft 2023 class prize.Source: Supplied

As Patrick Redford of Defector wrote: “He’s, uh, Rudy Gobert with a better version of Karl-Anthony Towns’ offensive skills? Kevin Durant XXL? An even bigger Giannis Antetokounmpo without any weakness?

“Not only are none of them quite right, but it’s almost impossible to imagine any of these speculative players, because we’ve never seen anything like it.

“Which means: Wembanyama is as exciting a prospect as at least LeBron James.”

The teenager set the record for most blocks per game in a FIBA ​​Tournament with an average of 5.7, as well as 14 points and 7.4 rebounds, as France won silver in the the Under-19 World Cup last year.

Despite his age, he has already played at the highest level in Europe. In the last 10 EuroLeague and France Pro A games, he’s averaging 13 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 21.6 minutes – that’s against men, not kids – while shooting 63% from two points and 50% from three.

Victor Wembanyama was on the radar at 16. Photo: Mike Schmitz/TwitterSource: Twitter

In a mock draft of 2023 released last weekend, ESPN understandably advised him to go first.

“ASVEL releases him with off-ball screens like a wing, unleashing his feathery shooting touch,” Schmitz wrote.

“With his exposed grip and footwork, he sometimes looked like a bigger Kevin Durant as he splashed self-created 3 step backs. It begins to add a more forward midpost package, fading into back-shoulder turnovers with incredible ease. It happens to lobs that no other player on the planet could even think of.

“On top of that he protects the rim at an elite level – well ahead of Rudy Gobert at the same stage – while showing the ability to get out and through to guards unlike any player we’ve ever seen at his height. .”

In addition to Wembanyama’s prospects of becoming No. 1, the past few years prove that you can take impressive international prospects and expect their games to translate to the NBA.

Josh Giddey (pick 6 last year) and LaMelo Ball (pick 3 in 2020) are the NBL’s most recent examples, while Luka Doncic went straight from teenage EuroLeague MVP to American superstar .

And it’s not even worth trying to figure out which teams would be most interested in Wembanyama – everyone would be. Everyone can integrate a player of his monstrous talent.

It could be that Oklahoma City, Detroit, Orlando or Houston, or indeed any team struggling next season, decides tanking is in order faster than usual because of the Frenchman. The NBA lottery’s adjusted odds, which give the top three teams equal odds at 14% of the first pick, won’t do much to stop that.

After all, more people play the lottery when the prize is huge. A 14% chance of having a franchise-changing talent is worth the bet.

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Canada’s Leonard Miller is the mystery man for the 2022 NBA Draft https://eight-fut.com/canadas-leonard-miller-is-the-mystery-man-for-the-2022-nba-draft/ Fri, 06 May 2022 16:17:00 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/canadas-leonard-miller-is-the-mystery-man-for-the-2022-nba-draft/ Leonard Miller is an intriguing NBA prospect.Picture: Getty Images The most enigmatic player in the 2022 NBA Draft has arrived. Leonard Miller’s White 247 Sports and Rivals pages area tribute to how little he was recruited or scouted until recently. His rivals recruitment site might as well be a ‘404 Not Found’ screen. He has […]]]>

Leonard Miller is an intriguing NBA prospect.

Leonard Miller is an intriguing NBA prospect.
Picture: Getty Images

The most enigmatic player in the 2022 NBA Draft has arrived.

Leonard Miller’s White 247 Sports and Rivals pages area tribute to how little he was recruited or scouted until recently. His rivals recruitment site might as well be a ‘404 Not Found’ screen. He has no Rivals ranking, no national ranking and his ranking among small forwards is zero. The only biographical information available lists him as a lanky 6-foot-10, 210-pound forward playing at Fort Erie International Academy in Toronto.

However, in the right corner of the screen, I noticed that they had compiled that he had 10 pending offers and the fan projection predicted that he would go to Kentucky. This must be a long con. It’s not uncommon for a brash high school student-athlete to draw attention to himself by generate their own internet rumor mill.

Leonard Miller is a sufficiently commonplace name that it is difficult to detect the ruse on Google. He is a best plastic surgeons in boston, Florida-based CEO and Black Athletes Hall of Fame inductee. There are four different Wikipedia pages for the eminent Leonard Millers.

On April 23, a Leonard Miller who played sparingly off the bench for the Canadian Under-16 National Team in 2019 declared himself for the NBA draft. How does an unranked high school phenom from Canada enter the draft without Drake around him? If this was elaborate attention, the likely next development would be the creation of a Twitter page referring to himself as a “future NBA third-round pick” in the biography.

Fortunately, this is not the case. Miller is the real deal, and more. At 18, Leonard Miller would be one of the youngest players in the 2022 draft, but he spent a postgraduate year at Fort Erie International Academy. In a league populated by skilled monoliths, Miller could be the next potential unicorn to land on NBA shores. Two years ago, he was a 6-foot-4 unrated guard at Victory Rock Prep Academy in Toronto and light years away from being on the NBA radar.

However, a six-inch growth spurt elevated him to the top level of NBA speech. As a fringe member of the 2019 FIBA ​​U16 Canadian squad that made it to the final, Miller was a 6-foot-7 reserve who saw less than eight minutes of action per game. He did not appear in any of the four significant rankings until On3 updated their 2022 player rankings to include him after he was named to the National Prep Invitational’s All-Tournament Team in February.

In November, TCU — where Leonard Miller’s brother Emmanuel is a junior — expressed the most serious interest. But after Leonard Miller scored 11 points on 4-for-9 shooting, drained two triples, recorded five rebounds, two blocks and a steal against Team USA at the 2022 Nike Hoop Summit, the first round of the NBA Draft has been developed.

The basketball gods have been generous with Miller. He is a sly, left-handed but ambidextrous ball handler who has grown to 6ft 11in and boasts a wingspan of 7ft 3in, but still maneuvers as if he were a 6 feet 4 inches guard. During his post-college season at Ontario (CAN) Fort Erie Academy, Miller averaged 33 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. Miller looks like an NBA 2K-created player, initiating the offense but nearly seven feet away. His 7-foot-3 wingspan allows him to hook passes over defense. Still, he’s smooth enough to probe in and out of lane or easily perform one-handed no-look passes to wide-opening markers.

miller said Forward looking overview that his NBA role models were Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, James Harden, D’Angelo Russell and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Her sweater is still a bit atypical but its shape is more refined than at the time he built brick mansions at the FIBA ​​U16 Tournament 2019. Getting closer to the rim and engaging his lower body to mount up on his release made him a more accurate shooter.

“Even though I’m ambidextrous, I’m naturally left-handed so I also watch James Harden a lot. He does a lot of my favorite shot which is the step back, so he’s definitely someone I study on film and try to dissect what he does. D’Angelo Russell is another southpaw I’ve always been drawn to. He has a certain swagger to his game that I like,” Miller said in November. “A fellow Canadian that I like to watch and I think is a very fluid player and just does what he does at a high level is Shai [Gilgeous-Alexander].”

Defensively, Miller’s agility, lateral quickness and length will make him an immediate asset to any heavy defensive scheme. He was still visiting colleges in April and still plans to go the G-League Ignite route. The North American prospect doesn’t go from an out-of-the-collegiate-field radar to a first-round pick in two months. It’s usually reserved for off-the-beaten-track hoops discovered abroad on the bench for a semi-professional B League in Europe or Asia.

The problem with most unicorns is that not all of them succeed. For each skyrocketing tech unicorn, venture capitalists pour equal amounts into belly flops. The principles that apply to venture capital also translate to developing the talents of unicorns. NBA teams that invest in a unicorn spend years devoting resources such as shooting coaches, thousands of hours in the lab working on their game, and the patience to wait for a return on investment. Likewise, Leonard Miller could be either an advanced outlier of Giannis’ prototype or the next Thon Maker. Sometimes a unicorn is actually just a horse with a calcified deformity on its face.

Miller has the tools to become a planet-destroying weapon on the wing, but first he’ll have to convince the front offices that he deserves first-round evaluation during the preliminary judging period. Imagination must fill in the gaps where there is a black hole of information.

Scouts will spend the next few months unearthing all the information they can find on Miller, consuming videos of him, tracking his development, inviting him to practices and determining his state of readiness for the NBA. Their imagination will have to flesh out how far its potential extends.

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Durant amazed by EuroLeague: ‘Do it in the NBA and you’ll end up in the Rikers’ https://eight-fut.com/durant-amazed-by-euroleague-do-it-in-the-nba-and-youll-end-up-in-the-rikers/ Thu, 05 May 2022 20:27:12 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/durant-amazed-by-euroleague-do-it-in-the-nba-and-youll-end-up-in-the-rikers/ Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant was left in awe of the EuroLeague when he attended the quarter-final match between Olympiacos and Monaco at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus. Durant attended the game to watch his friend and former Nets teammate Mike Jameswho plays for Monaco after being present for match 4 of the […]]]>

Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant was left in awe of the EuroLeague when he attended the quarter-final match between Olympiacos and Monaco at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus. Durant attended the game to watch his friend and former Nets teammate Mike Jameswho plays for Monaco after being present for match 4 of the series in the principality.

The NBA superstar was amazed by the atmosphere at the Peace and Friendship Stadium despite his FIBA ​​international experience with the United States, with whom he played at World Championships in Turkey in 2010 and in Spain in 2014, as well as the Olympic Games. Actress Emma Stone was also present at the match, invited by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos.

As well as flares in the stands and a loud crowd during the gamefans also swarmed onto the pitch before the end of regulation time, and the EuroLeague announced it would open an investigation into the events.

Durant on Olympiacos-Monaco: “The apocalypse”

“The apocalypse,” Durant said on social media as he watched the mayhem from the stands. Responding to a message from a fan, Durant replied, “Bring a flare to an NBA game if you want it and you could be in the rikers,” in reference to New York jail.

“Welcome to Europe”, replied Real Madrid and Spain player Sergio Llull.

Olympiacos won the game and the series to become the last team to qualify for the EuroLeague Final Four, where the Greek team will face defending champions Anadolu Efes of Turkey. The other semi-final will be a 100% Spanish case disputed between Barcelona and Real Madrid.

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