For players on the fringe of the NBA, there is a choice to be made at some point:
Keep the NBA dream alive and close by making less money (the base salary for most is $35,000 a year) and play in the domestic G-League, where teams have ties to NBA organizations and scouts are watching. Or…
Go overseas, where the money gets better (six figures for most, seven figures for the best) and they will be one of the best players on a team, putting up big numbers and playing a starring role.
George King, who spent last season on a two-way contract with Phoenix — but played just six total minutes with the Suns — has chosen overseas.
George spent most of last season in the G-League with Northern Arizona, where he averaged 15.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.6 assists a game. He was on the wrong end of a numbers game on the wing with the Suns at the start of the season, but when injuries hit he had not earned enough trust with the coaches to get a real opportunity.
So he went where there is an opportunity.
Same with former NBA player Tyler Cavanaugh, who spent most of last season with the Salt Lake G-League team and is now headed to Berlin.
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Auf einen schwedischen Neuzugang folgt ein US-amerikanischer: Wir begrüßen Tyler Cavanaugh bei ALBA! Der 25-jährige Big Man hat in den letzten beiden Saisons 50 NBA-Spiele für die @atlhawks und die @utahjazz absolviert und zuletzt in der @nbagleague 17,7 Punkte und 7,8 Rebounds im Schnitt aufgelegt. @tycav34 kann sowohl als Power Forward als auch als Center spielen und bekommt bei uns einen Einjahresvertrag. Welcome to Berlin! Alle Infos gibt‘s auf www.albaberlin.de #mitleibundseele
Plenty of players spend time overseas then come back and are ready for the NBA — Patrick Beverley was in the Ukraine and Greece before coming to the NBA, for example — while others find a very good career playing overseas.