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)

Geeking out on NBA prospects: R.J. Barrett almost dunks from free throw line, Zion Williamson does

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Duke is stacked this coming season. STACKED. They should have three lottery picks in next year’s draft. (Does that mean they are the team to beat in the NCAA? That’s not the way basketball works. But that’s another discussion.)

Duke is in Toronto for a series of preseason exhibition games, and at the end of the workout likely No. 1 pick next June, R.J. Barrett tried to show off by almost dunking from the free throw line.

Then freak of nature Zion Williamson showed him how it’s done.

That’s worth more looks.

Damn Zion is a freak of nature. Can we just put him in the next dunk contest now?

Nancy Lieberman says more women need to follow coaching footsteps in NBA

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Whenever we discuss women assistant coaches in the NBA, the topic is usually Becky Hammon getting job interviews or being moved to the front row of seats in San Antonio. Occasionally it’s a discussion of Nancy Lieberman’s job in Sacramento — or the fact she is now a head coach in Ice Cube’s Big3 — or Jenny Boucek in Dallas.

However, when Lieberman discussed women coaches on the CBS Sports Network, she was asking a bigger question:

Who steps up next?

She has discussed the NBA version of the “Rooney Rule” before. Currently, it’s not anywhere near becoming a reality, whatever you think of the idea.

However, there needs to be real opportunities for women to get a foot in the NBA door, and more of them. Including at the entry level. There are qualified women out there, but it can be tough to crack the “old boy’s network” of the NBA coaching carousel — head coach and assistant. It exists in part because head coaches (and GMs) usually hire people they trust and worked with before, and right now those are men. Give women a chance at those entry-level positions and the dynamic starts to change.

Lieberman has been a groundbreaker her entire career. She and others are doing in the NBA again, but she’s right, the big win is changing the dynamic for the next generation. And the one after that.

In no-brainer move, Nets reportedly guarantee Spencer Dinwiddie’s $1.65 million contract

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Spencer Dinwiddie has worked hard at his game — I remember seeing him struggle some at his first Summer League and someone I trust telling me “watch this guy, he’s got the drive, he will make it” — and he is now a solid rotation NBA point guard that Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson can trust. He averaged 12.6 points per game last season with an above-average PER of 15.9.

He’s also on a steal of a current contract, so it makes sense the Nets are picking that up (it technically didn’t have to be guaranteed until Halloween). Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN had the report.

https://mobile.twitter.com/wojespn/status/1029496077320257536

Next summer, Dinwiddie is a free agent. While he’s not going to break the bank, he’s a young, solid backup point guard that a lot of teams could use and he’s going to get a nice pay raise.

Carmelo Anthony on his role with Rockets: “Let’s just let it play out”

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From the moment it became clear Carmelo Anthony was going to join the Rockets — which was a long time before he actually signed the contract on Monday — the questions started:

Would he accept a reduced role with the Rockets? Maybe come off the bench? Be Olympic ‘Melo and blend in with the team?

Coach Mike D’Antoni said he spoke with Anthony and said the player is open to coming off the bench, but he’s not sure what ‘Melo’s role will be. When ambushed by TMZ trying to walk to his car, Anthony said basically the same thing.

“Let’s just let it play out, though. I don’t even know what’s going on. I just signed, let it start first.”

Anthony coming off the bench, being the fulcrum of the offense when James Harden and Chris Paul are on the bench makes some sense (CP3 and Harden are better and more efficient shot creators than Anthony at this point). It’s a chance for Anthony to get his touches and help the other two rest. However, the idea of Anthony starting the first and third quarters and getting heavy touches then but sitting more later is not out of the question.

At the end of close games, D’Antoni is more likely to lean on James Ennis — a long, switchable defender who can shoot threes in the Trevor Ariza mold — than Anthony. It will be just a better fit. Will Anthony roll with that? Will it cause problems in the locker room?

Let’s just let it play out.