NBA Players Abroad

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NBA Players Abroad

Euroleague basketball has completed its fifth game of a ten game season this week. Andrei Kirilenko is playing very good for CSKA Moscow and was their player of the week for Week #5. CSKA Moscow is one of the elite teams in the Euroleague and is undefeated in group play. Deron Williams, a big name who left overseas during the lockout, felt his first loss in the Turkish Basketball Association. His team, the Beskitas Milangaz Black Eagles dropped to Erdemir, 88-84. Other players from the Denver Nuggets have taken their high-scoring show even more west to the Chinese Basketball Association due to the lockout, but have shown mixed results. Wilson Chandler had a fantastic first game for Guangsha L. beating TianJin R. scoring 43 points and grabbing 22 rebounds. J.R. Smith, who plays for Zhejiang Chouzhou injured his knee in his first game and appears to be making outrageous demands wearing on the Chinese coaches. Kenyon Martin, who also plays for Denver has left to the Chinese Basketball Association and Aaron Brooks, Phoenix PG is in China also.

So far no other All-Star players have left to play overseas although many are considering the move based on the progress of the NBA lockout. But mid-level players such as Rafer Alston, Jamal Crawford, Gerald Green, Luther Head and former All-Star Stephon Marbury all play for teams in the Chinese Basketball Association. Along with Kirilenko in the Euro League are notable starters such as Nicolas Batum (18.9 ppg, 41.7% FG for SLUC Nancy), Rudy Fernandez (15.2 ppg, 2 apg, 52.5% FG for Real Madrid), Ty Lawson (8.6 ppg, 1.6 apg, 50% FG for Zalgris Kaunas), Juan Carlos Navarro (12.4 ppg, 3.8 apg, 57.1 FG for FC Barcelona Regal) and Serge Ibaka (50% FG, 3.3 rpg for Real Madrid). Notable bench contributors for NBA teams are Thabo Sefalosha (12.2 ppg, 57.1% FG for Fenerbahce Ulker), Jordan Farmar (4.2 apg, 1.4 spg, 55.3% FG for Maccabi Electra) and Sasha Vujacic (13.4 ppg, 28.6% 3pt FG for Anadolu Efes)–all through five games.

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