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Names for pre-draft Adidas EuroCamp announced

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While the 2012 NBA draft may be one of the deepest on record, it is not as deep in European talent as has been there in recent years. But there is still some real talent there.

France’s two guard Evan Fournier is likely a pick in the last third of the first round. There are guys like Tomas Satoransky out of the Czech Republic, Greece’s Kostas Papanikolaou, and Tornike Shengelia out of Georgia who may well go in the second round.

All of them and more — 45 players total — will be at the Adidas EuroCamp in Italy. Plenty of NBA scouts and brass will be headed to Italy after they leave Chicago and the NBA Draft Combine this week. Below is a list of everybody attending EuroCamp year, all trying to make their name. This is the 10th year of the camp and guys like Serge Ibaka and Danilo Galinari and many other NBA stars from Europe came through there.

A few NBA players are coming through it this year as well. PBT will have more from the camp in the coming weeks.

Andrew Albicy, point guard (France)
Boris Barac, power forward (Croatia)
Jonas Bergstedt, center (Denmark)
Nemanja Besovic, center (Serbia)
Jaka Blazic, guard (Slovenia)
Bogdan Bogdanovic, guard (Serbia)
Dusan Cantekin, center (Turkey)
Olek Czyz, forward (Poland)
Daniel Diez, power forward (Spain)
Nihad Djedovic, forward (Bosnia)
Bojan Dubljevic, power forward (Montenegro)
Jaime Fernandez, point guard (Spain)
Evan Fournier, shooting guard (France)
Josep Franch, point guard (Spain)
Rudy Gobert, forward/center (France)
Nikola Ivanovic, point guard (Montenegro)
Nemanja Jaramaz, forward (Serbia)
David Jelinek, shooting guard (Czech Republic)
Ilkan Karaman, forward (Turkey)
Maxi Kleber, forward (Germany)
Artem Klimenko, center (Russia)
Louis Labeyrie, forward/center (France)
Christophe Leonard, forward (France)
Oleksandr Lypovyy, forward (Ukraine)
Michal Michalak, guard (Poland)
Nenad Miljenovic, center (Serbia)
Riccardo Moraschini, shooting guard (Italy)
Kyryl Natyazhko, center (Ukraine)
Devon Van Oostrum, point guard (England)
Kostantinos Papanikolaou, forward (Greece)
Mateusz Ponitka, guard (Poland)
Artem Pustovy, center, (Ukraine)
Klemen Prepelic, point guard (Slovenia)
Bogdon Radosavljevic, center (Germany)
Dovydas Redikas, point guard, (Lithuania)
Sasu Salin, guard (Finland)
Sertac Sanli, forward/center (Turkey)
Zisis Sarikopoulos, center (Greece)
Tomas Satoransky, guard (Czech Republic)
Tornike Shengelia, power forward (Georgia)
Axel Toupane, forward (France)
Izzet Turkyilmaz, center (Turkey)
Edgaras Ulanovas, forward (Lithuania)
Maik Zirbes, center (Germany)
Tomislav Zubcic, power forward (Croatia)

All Chandler Parsons wants for Christmas is healthy knees

Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons poses for a picture on NBA basketball media day Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. Parsons signed with the Grizzlies in July. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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It almost fits the song: “All I wants for Christmas is healthy knees, healthy knees, healthy knees.”

Chandler Parsons took to Twitter to answer questions from fans, and there were a few good answers in there but my favorite was this one:

Parsons has played in just six games for the Grizzlies this season, missing the start of the season to recover from off-season knee surgery, then now he has missed the last eight games with a knee bone bruise. The banged up Grizzlies could really use his shot creation back in the lineup.

As for other good questions/answers there was this combo, with a little help from ESPN’s Zach Lowe:

And then there’s this for the haters.

Sit back and watch the top 10 dunks from the first five weeks of NBA season

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Who doesn’t love a good dunk compilation?

Well, somebody probably just said “bah, humbug” but is that the person you really want to hang out with?

The fine folks at NBA.com put together the Top 10 dunks of October and November, and when Rudy Gobert dunking over Kristaps Porzingis is all the way down at 10, you know it’s a good list. Put off starting your Christmas shopping, at least for another 2:44, and watch the video.

Want to watch Chance the Rapper throw dodgeballs at mascots? Here you go.

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Want to watch Chance the Rapper throw dodgeballs at mascots? Of course you do. How is that even a question?

Above you can see just that from Chicago Friday night (where Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler and the Bulls knocked off the Cavaliers). Benny the Bull is on his side as well, while the Cubs’ mascot and others try and stay out of the way.

I’ll take this over another kids’ dribbling contest any day.

LaMarcus Aldridge, Manu Ginobili hustling saves lead to Spurs bucket (VIDEO)

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That’s about the most Spurs play ever.

During the third quarter of San Antonio’s win over Washington Friday night, LaMarcus Aldridge saved the ball from going out-of-bounds on the baseline, he threw it out high to Manu Ginobili, who had to leap and save it from going into the backcourt. Two hustle plays. From there the Spurs whipped the ball around the perimeter, and it ended up back to Aldridge on the baseline, where he nailed the 12-foot jumper.

Eventually, the Spurs would get a Kawhi Leonard jumper to give them the victory.