Today marks the first of three lists that will point out 30 NBA players whose basketball relevance would get a bump from moving across the ocean. For the first part, I name a few guys who could be stars in Europe’s top leagues, including Ryan Anderson, Daniel Gibson, and Jason Maxiell along with seven others. Check out the excerpt below and then read the entire article on SLAMOnline.com.
Every American kid who’s ever gripped a Spalding has wondered for a moment what it might feel like to suit up for your favorite team and emulate your favorite players. We all did it. For me it was Grant Hill, and in my backyard, he played for the Hawks. One thing is for certain: I never pretended I was Predrag Danilovic or Dejan Bodiroga and I never played for Belgrade or Barcelona. Although it’s not usually in the initial gameplan, Europe has become a viable option for NBA free agents—Kleiza and Wafer the latest to defect—and over the next three weeks I’ll be putting together a three-part series with a total of 30 NBA players who may be better off overseas. In this first installment, I’ve tabbed 10 role players who could blossom into European superstars if they decided to see the world and play some tax-free basketball. See the list here.