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if u can give me a geenral feel about thsi years crop..

is it strong, weak, average..

how are some of the top players games and can they cotnribute right away or are they projects etc..
 

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I'd say average. There are a couple of potential stars, Tiago Splitter (a Gasol clone) and Rudy Fernández (compared to Ginobili), and a couple of guys like Fran Vázquez and Ukic who are predicted as solid roleplayers. Then there are a lot of guys who could work out, but a lot of bust potential too. Andriuskevicius and Petro are the biggest names who really haven't done anything. Even the better prospects, like Splitter, have only shown flashes of greatness, and are by no means locks to become at least good players.
 

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Pan Mengtu said:
I'd say average. There are a couple of potential stars, Tiago Splitter (a Gasol clone) and Rudy Fernández (compared to Ginobili), and a couple of guys like Fran Vázquez and Ukic who are predicted as solid roleplayers. Then there are a lot of guys who could work out, but a lot of bust potential too. Andriuskevicius and Petro are the biggest names who really haven't done anything. Even the better prospects, like Splitter, have only shown flashes of greatness, and are by no means locks to become at least good players.
who is the best offensive player out of the euros who could help a team relatively early?
 

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This is a very raw international crop. There are players with very nice potential, guys like Andriuskevicius, Bargnani, Splitter, Petro, Ukic, Aleksandrov, Vázquez, Gigli, Fernández, Tomas. But none of them is ready to make too much of a significant contribution right now. Some of them, Andriuskevicius for example, is several years away.

Perhaps someone like Vázquez might be able to help some team already this next season, as he's a guy in constant progression. The same goes for Splitter. Veremeenko might be one of the readiest (speaking in relative terms, of course). Fernández is pretty ready in terms of skills, but way underdeveloped phisically. Tomas is a similar case, and even if he needs more polishing in his game, particularly defense, his size and offensive instincts could make him able to succeed earlier in the NBA than Fernández.

Anyway, there's just one word for any team peaking an international guy: patience. Teams should try to leave the kids in Europe. Particularly those who are in a good situation here in Europe, like Splitter in Vitoria, Bargnani in Treviso, Fernández in Badalona, Aleksandrov in Belgrade, Vázquez in Málaga or Andriuskevicius in Kaunas. Gigli already have plenty of offers to play in very good European clubs. The problem here might be Ukic and Tomas, guys who play in weak teams, and it's not clear that they will be able to move to other stronger Euro clubs before going to the NBA.

You can never know with this kind of players. Down the road, it could look like a great crop, or a miserable one. At least is quite promising. Let's hope the NBA bench doesn't spoil it.
 

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Most of the guys are not even playing a large role in their team in europe , so it would be far fetched to assume that they are good enough to play a significant role in an NBA team right away. The best of them won't seriously be able to contribute until a few years . May be one of them will get ahead sooner but it is unlikely to happen IMO .
Some players who got drafted very young turned out to be years away from being able to play , and in some cases we still don't know if they will be able to play at such a high level (Nikoloz Tskitishvili for instance) . The best would be to let them learn patiently the game in their team like said Genjuro , until they are physically and technically ready to play a role and not just spend their time warming up a bench.
 
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