By Antigoni Zachari / firstname.lastname@example.org
Luka Doncic’s draft selection was the turning point to merge the worlds of European and NBA basketball. It wasn’t long before the 2019 draft selectee took off with the Dallas Mavericks, looking to continue the legacy Dirk built for nearly two decades. And then, the world of NBA realized there are actually top-notch players coming from the Old Continent, sometimes more experienced and/or accomplished than their college basketball counterparts.
European basketball might be facing a big rivalry between the organizations of EuroLeague Basketball (Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and 7DAYS EuroCup) and FIBA (Basketball Champions League), but one thing is for sure. The continent keeps producing endless talent. Not too long ago, Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the NBA 2018-19 regular season MVP.
With that in mind, as 2019 comes to an end, Eurohoops will examine the progress of 10 NBA draft prospects during the year. We are taking a look at their report card in this countdown, including potential, their current stats, as well as the level of experience each one has.
It has to be noted that we are not looking straight to European-born players or strictly 2020 draft prospects, but more like a variety of players that could make the jump to the NBA in the future years.