2023 Basketball Eligibles

A two-time All-Pac-10 Selection at UCLA, Darren Collison was a late First Round Pick by New Orleans in the 2009 Draft.  Collison did not stay there long, staying one year before he was traded to Indiana, and he would bounce around with stays in Dallas, the Clippers, Sacramento and back to Indiana.   Collison was never a superstar, but the numbers he put through his NBA career were consistent.  Over his ten seasons, Collison averaged 12.5 Points per…
For a hot minute, it looked like Devin Harris had the makings of the next great Point Guard.  That never happened, but Harris had a very good career in his own right. From Wisconsin, Devin Harris was the Fifth Overall Pick in 2004, playing his first three-and-a-half seasons with the Dallas Mavericks.  A trade to New Jersey during the 2008-09 allowed Harris to play more, and the Point Guard was an All-Star in 2009, and had a…
There were a lot of people shaking their heads when the Dallas Mavericks engineered a draft day trade that would see them get Dirk Nowitzki, who was chosen ninth overall and as a rookie, the German struggled to make the jump from the Second Tier of the Bundesliga to the NBA in his rookie season, but in his second campaign he was the runner-up for the Most Improved Player of the Year and in his…
With all due respect to the Hall of Famers and future Hall of Famers who took their talent to South Beach, Dwyane Wade WAS THE Miami Heat.
What is it about Brazilian athletes and their penchant to go by one name?  Whatever the answer might be, one of the best Brazilian basketball players of all-time, Nene Hilario, opted to just go by simply Nene, and that works for us. Nene made history in 2002 when he became the first player from Brazil to be drafted in the First Round (7th Overall). Taken by the Knicks but traded to Denver, Nene was an All-Rookie, and although…
A two-time All-Star with the Chicago Bulls, Luol Deng was born in Sudan, moved to England as a child, and immigrated to the United States as a teen.  It was the latter move that allowed him to hone in skills in the game of basketball, and become the best player to come out of what is now South Sudan.
Pau Gasol is the greatest player to ever come out of Spain, and is among the top five European players of all-time. Debuting in the NBA for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2001, the 7’ 1” Center, becoming the first European to win the Rookie of the Year.  An All-Star for Memphis in 2006, Gasol never had a year where his PPG was lower than 17, his RPG were lower than 7, and his Blocks were lower…
Before Tony Parker, The NBA did not see any stars from France, and rarely any players for that matter as the Point Guard would become only the third Frenchman in the league.  Parker would become the first Frenchman to become a star in the Association in a career that was spent predominantly with the San Antonio Spurs where along with Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili would be part of a core group that won the…