#1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Dallas Mavericks (13-22) in their last game. Despite Nowitzki's very good performance the Dallas Mavericks lost 94-100 on the road to the Utah Jazz.
He was the top scorer with 20 points. Nowitzki also added 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 32 minutes on the court.
It was Mavericks' third consecutive loss in a row.
It's Nowitzki's 15th season with the team.
He has individually a very good year with high stats. Nowitzki averages: 12.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 43.5% in the eight games he played so far.
He played for the German senior national team two years ago.
#2. Second place goes to former international center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dirk Nowitzki. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention.
Kaman, who plays in the NBA. He was not able to help the Dallas Mavericks (13-22) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Kaman's good performance the Dallas Mavericks were defeated in an overtime 119-109 in Miami by the Heat.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. Kaman also added 3 blocks.
This season Kaman has very high stats. He averages: 13.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 2FGP: 51.3% and FT: 79.7%.
Kaman is a naturalized American.
He played for the German national team in 2011.
Strangely Kaman has never played in Germany.
#3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Chad Toppert (201-85, college: N.Mexico, currently plays in Spain). He led CAI Zaragoza to a victory over the 16th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (4-12) 79-74 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night.
Toppert was MVP of the game. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes.
CAI Zaragoza (10-6) is placed fifth in the ACB.
This year Toppert's overall stats are: 3.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 84.6% in the 16 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Toppert played for the German national team three years ago.
Apparently he has never played in Germany.
#4. Center Tibor Pleiss (215-89, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Caja Laboral Vitoria to win against the eighth-ranked Maccabi T-A (0-2) 71-70 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game.
Pleiss scored only 2 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and made 2 blocks.
Caja Laboral Vitoria (2-0) is placed third in group F.
It's Pleiss' first season with the team.
His total stats this year are: 3.8ppg and 4.0rpg.
Pleiss is also German national team player.
#5. International forward Elias Harris (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Pepperdine University (1-1) 78-62 in the NCAA last Thursday.
He scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes.
The Gonzaga University has 2-0 conference record this season.
Harris has been at the team for four years.
This year Harris' total stats are: 3.8ppg and 4.0rpg in the nine games.
He plays currently for the German national team.
#6. Forward Christian Standhardinger (203-89, currently studies in the States) contributed to a 2-point Hawaii's victory against the California State University, Fullerton (2-1) 90-88 in the NCAA last Thursday.
Standhardinger scored 15 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
The University of Hawaii has 2-0 conference record this season.
Standhardinger has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.7apg.
He is a former U20 international player as he played for the German team four years ago.
#7. U20 international point guard Mario Blessing (188-92, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the David Lipscomb University (1-4) crushing them 98-61 in the NCAA last Monday.
Blessing recorded 16 points in a mere 19 minutes.
The South Carolina Upstate has 2-0 conference record this season.
Blessing has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.8apg and 1.1spg in the 12 games.
He is also German U20 national team player.
#8. Guard Thomas Reuter (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the E.Washington (1-3) in their last game. Despite Reuter's good performance the E.Washington lost 66-81 in Missoula, MT to the University of Montana.
He scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 31 minutes.
This year Reuter has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg in the 12 games.
He used to play for the German U18 national team
back in 2010.
#9. Former U20 international forward Dennis Ogbe (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Tenn Tech (1-2) in their last game. Despite Ogbe's good performance the Tenn Tech (#5) was crushed 83-52 at home by the Belmont University.
He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes.
Ogbe has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg in the 13 games.
He used to play for the German U20 national team
two years ago.
#10. Guard Sebastian Koch (203-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Elon (1-1) in their game against the Princeton University (0-0) in the NCAA.
Koch scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
The Elon (#3) was defeated 74-64 on their home court in Elon, NC by the Princeton University.
Koch has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg.
He is a former U18 international player as four years ago he still played for the German national team.
#11. Former U20 international guard Maodo Lo (190-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Columbia's victory against the U.S.Military Academy 64-52 in the NCAA last Saturday.
Lo scored 9 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 36 minutes.
Lo has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg in the 13 games.
He used to play for the German U20 national team
two years ago.
#12. U20 international swingman Kevin Bright (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Vanderbilt's victory against the College of William & Mary 64-50 in the NCAA on Wednesday night.
Bright scored 7 points and blocked 2 blocks.
Bright has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg.
He is also in the roster of the German U20 national team.
#13. Former U16 international center Alexander Machowski (205-91, currently plays in Poland) contributed to Polonia's victory against one of league's weakest teams UMKS Kielce 77-73 in the Polish 1Liga (second division) last Wednesday.
Machowski scored 9 points.
Machowski has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 1.1rpg.
He used to play for the German U16 national team
six years ago.
#14. International shooting guard Patrick Heckmann (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Boston Coll. in their game against the North Carolina State University in the NCAA.
Heckmann scored 5 points in 31 minutes.
His team lost 73-78.
Heckmann has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 1.1rpg in the 12 games.
He plays currently for the German national team.
#15. Former U16 international guard Max Dileo (185-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Monmouth in their game against the Mt.Saint Mary's University, MD in the NCAA. Dileo cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 2 points and had 3 steals.
His team was defeated 71-59.
Dileo has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 1.1rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
Dileo used to play for the German U16 national team
four years ago.
Interesting that he has never played in Germany.
The list of other players, who all have German passport but never been selected to any of German national teams:
#1. Experienced Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Belgium) led Base Oostende to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Leuven Bears (3-8) 84-73 in the Belgian Ethias League on Saturday night.
Stojic scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Telenet Oostende (7-4) is placed third in the Ethias League.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Stojic has relatively good stats this season: 12.7ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.5apg.
He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and German.
#2.Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, currently plays in Romania) contributed to Timisoara's victory against the closely-ranked Ploiesti (12-4) 103-91 in the Romanian Division A in Monday night's game.
Sarovic recorded 15 points and added 3 passes in 34 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Timisoara (12-3) is placed second in the Division A.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Sarovic has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.7apg in the 15 games he played so far.
He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and German.
#3.Jonathan Mesghna (198-F-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Maryland -Baltimore County 81-66 in the NCAA on Saturday night.
Mesghna scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes.
The University of Maine has 2-0 conference record this season.
This year Mesghna has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.7apg in the 15 games.
He has both German and Eritrean nationalities.
#4.Bar Timor (190-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League could not help Hapoel Tel-Aviv (5-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Timor's good performance Hapoel Tel-Aviv was defeated 94-88 on the road by the lower-ranked Bnei Hasharon (#9).
He scored 14 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks.
Timor has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.8apg and 1.1spg.
He also holds two passports: Israeli and German.
#5.Julian Sensley (206-F-82, college: Hawaii, currently plays in South Korea) was the major contributor in a Dongbu Promy's victory against the closely-ranked Sonic Boom KT (13-16) 76-71 in the South Korean KBL on Sunday night.
Sensley recorded 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Dongbu Promy (12-18) is placed second from the bottom (#9) in the KBL.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
This season Sensley has relatively solid stats: 13.1ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.8apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Interesting that Sensley has never played in Germany.
#6.Urule Igbavboa (203-C-87, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan was not able to help LF Basket (8-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance LF Basket was edged 94-93 in Jamtland by the lower-ranked (#9) KFUM.
Igbavboa had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 13 rebounds in 30 minutes.
Igbavboa has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg and 7.0rpg in the 20 games.
Igbavboa is a naturalized American.
He used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.
#7.Ismar Seferagic (201-F, currently plays in Canada) contributed to an easy victory against the Golden Hawks crushing them 93-73 in the Canadian university league CIS last Thursday.
Seferagic scored 14 points.
Seferagic has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 1.9rpg.
He holds both German and Canadian passports.
#8.Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Melilla Baloncesto (3-10) in their last game. Despite Wachsmann's good performance Melilla Baloncesto lost 73-82 on the opponent's court to the much higher-ranked (#4) Palencia_Baloncesto.
He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds in 27 minutes.
Wachsmann is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 8.8rpg.
This year his other stats are: 10.5ppg and 1.2apg in the 13 games.
#9.Ben Rice (195-F-90, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, currently plays in Israel) faced previously mentioned Bar Timor in the Israeli Winner League last game.
Rice contributed to a Bnei Hasharon's victory against the closely-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv 94-88.
He scored 9 points.
This season Rice has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg.
He has dual citizenship: Israeli and German.
#10.Robert Tomaszek (204-F-81, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help Energa Czarni in their game against Polpharma in the Polish TBL.
Tomaszek scored 6 points.
His team was defeated 85-81.
Tomaszek has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg.
He has German and Polish nationalities.
Jeremy Chappell (191-G-87, college: Robert Morris) is a 191cm guard from Cincinnati, Ohio playing his eighth professional season and first with Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (Turkey-BSL). He started his basketball career with Robert Morris (NCAA) in 2005 and played there until 2009 playing a total of 124 NCAA games and as a senior played 35 games averaging.16.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.2apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 47.0%, 3Pts: 39.6%, FT: 84.3%. He started his professional career in 2009 with Znicz Jaroslaw (Poland-... [read more]
Jeremy Chappell (191-G-87, college: Robert Morris) is a 191cm guard from Cincinnati, Ohio playing his eighth professional season and first with Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (Turkey-BSL). He started his basketball career with Robert Morris (NCAA) in 2005 and played there until 2009 playing a total of 124 NCAA games and as a senior played 35 games averaging.16.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.2apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 47.0%, 3Pts: 39.6%, FT: 84.3%. He started his professional career in 2009 with Znicz Jaroslaw (Poland-PLK) playing 28 games: Score-4 (18.3ppg), Reb-2 (8.2rpg), 3.5apg, Steals-1 (2.9spg), FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 86.3%. In the 2010-2011 season he moved to Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine-Superleague) and then played two seasons with Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye (Ukraine-Superleague). In the 2013-2014 season he played with Triumph Lyubertsy (Russia-VTB). He then played two seasons with Avtodor Saratov (Russia-Superleague) and last season played 32 games: 13.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 75.9%; Eurocup: 16 games: 15.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.4apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 46.3%, FT: 83.9%. He spoke to eurobasket after the huge 86-70 Champions League win against the Fraport Skyliners.
Jeremy thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Welcome back to Germany. This is your second time back to Frankfurt. Two seasons ago you played Eurochallenge with Avtodor Saratov (Russia-Superleague). What memories do you have of the 71-68 win in Frankfurt?
I remember that game well. We were down by three points late and Courtney Fortson made a clutch three to send the game into OT. It was a very hard fought game where everyone battled until the end. If Fortson hadn't made that shot, we surely wouldn't have won the game
Did you have a better idea about the Fraport Skyliners this time around in talks with Jordan Theodore who played there last season winning a title?
Yes I did and it really helped. Jordan gave us information about the players that he had played with last season concerning their tendencies. He picked our brains and it definitely helped us on the defensive end.
Congrats on the big 86-70 victory against the Fraport Skyliners. What was key in getting the win?
Key for the win was that third quarter. We actually played some defense in the third quarter. We were a little soft on the ball in the first half. They played too much pick and roll and got easy baskets. They also seemed to get way too many tips on balls. We communicated better on defense in the second half and played our game which is play defense and finish off possessions.
Where would the team this season so far without Jordan Theodore? It would be tough without Jordan. He is a great one on one player and just gets the team going. Banvit wouldn't be where we are now without Jordan Theodore.
You come from the same city as Fraport Skyliner Quantez Robertson. He is three years older than you. What dealings have you had with him over the years in Cincinnati? Tez is older than me. When I was a freshman, he was a senior. We never played against each other until two seasons ago in the Eurochallenge. Before I played against him, I had heard about him. I never saw him in the off season either, because I was never at home, but in Pittsburgh where my wife comes from.
After three seasons in Russia, did you feel the need to get to a nice and warm place like Turkey? Yes you could say that I am finally in a warm place and it has it's advantages now. I always felt bad for my wife the last years when we were in cold Russia when her friends were saying how great life was and that they were wearing shorts. When October came in Russia, we were wearing coats already. I have two little boys and now in Turkey they can be outside more and run around. That wasn't possible as much in Russia where they were mostly indoors. Turkey is great for the family and we can live the good life.
After two seasons with Avtodor Saratov (Russia-Superleague), you made the jump to Banvit. It seems like you have always been a very consistent player wherever you have played, but what step do you see yourself in moving to Banvit at age 29? I am at a stage in my career where I just want to make my team better. In the Ukraine, I reached the semi-finals all three years and in Russia the final of the Eurochallenge and was never able to get over the hump. I got three Bronze medals in the Ukraine and now I just want to help my team get over the hump. Many may think it's all about the stats for me, but it isn't. Now I just want to make the right decisions on the court and make the game as easy as possible for my team.
The club is special because it has a good mix of players from various countries and many guys that have won titles and know how to win games. Is that a secret to the early success of the team?
Yes I think it is. The guys know the game and the coach also understands the game well which makes it a lot easier for us. The players don't need to do too much or things that they aren't accustomed too. We are able to put more energy on defense, because everyone knows what to do on offense.
Jordan Theodore said recently a big strength of the team is defense. How has the team been able to get on the same page so early in the season?
Coach told us from day one that if we don't play defense then we won't play. We have to play team defense, good 1-1 defense, help on rotation and close outs. Each player knows that they can give extra on pressuring the ball, because if they get beat, they know someone will be there to help. In Russia, Avtodor was an offensive minded team and I knew on defense that if I got beat there probably wouldn't be anyone there to help.
Banvit is a very special team that started off well. It only has two true Americans on the team with you and Jordan Theodore. What kind of bond have you built up over the first two months? We have a special bond. We are roommates and hang out a lot also. It's always nice to talk to someone when your away from family.
You have always been that kind of player that can do it all on the court and really fill up the stat sheet. How would you classify your role this season with Banvit?
My #1 thing is defense. I take a lot of pride on defense and get mad when I get beat. I am a vocal leader this season. In the past there were always older guys on the team, but this season I am the oldest. I give the team advice and make sure everyone knows what they have to do.
You played the last two seasons for Avtodor Saratov (Russia-Superleague) reaching the VTB quarterfinals and Eurochallenge final. How important were these two seasons in the development of your game? When I came to Russia, I made the jump from the Ukraine and started to play against top teams like CSKA that were smart. In the Ukraine there was a lot of 1-1, but in Russia every club was team orientated. Just having this team concept and playing against elite teams helped my game very much.
You played three seasons in the Ukraine from 2010-2013. How was this time for you living in a war zone area? Did you ever feel the need to pack up and go home?
I got out just before it got bad. It got bad two months after I left. I actually had a few offers from Ukrainian teams, but it was a blessing that Triumph came and signed me. I am glad I got out, because I had wife and kids and the situation in the Ukraine would have been stressful.
How important was ex NBA player Derrick Zimmerman in your first season in the Ukraine with Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine-Superleague). He had had some years in the Ukraine. Did he take you a bit under his wing in the early going?
Derrick took me under his wing. I still talk to him today. He is retired from basketball and is a teacher in Texas now. He is a very good guy. He just helped me understand the game better in terms of when to shoot and when to pass. I came from college where I was a number one scoring option to a team that suddenly had many scoring options like me. It wasn't easy, but he helped me understand the European game better and just tell me what I did right and wrong.
You won your first professional title in 2013 with Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye (Ukraine-Superleague) winning the cup. What made this team so special? We had resigned many guys form the year before and there was a lot of chemistry with guys like Randy Culpepper and Cameron Moore who recently passed away. Every player knew exactly what was expected of them. We had the type of team that could of won the whole thing, but we just couldn't get over the hump.
Your teammate was Randy Culpepper who led the Ukrainian league in scoring in back to back seasons and then did it in the competitive VTB league. Was there any way on offense how this guy couldn't score?
He was one of those players that when he got hot, there was no stopping him. You had to pick your poison. If you let him shoot, he scored and if you got too close, he drove by you and scored. He also was strong on the fast break.
As a rookie you played for Znicz Jaroslaw (Poland-PLK) playing 28 games: Score-4 (18.3ppg), Reb-2 (8.2rpg), 3.5apg, Steals-1 (2.9spg), FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 86.3%. What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Europe where you knew that you were very far away from home? The first few months were tough. I remember in my first few preseason games, I was hit with 3-4 turnovers each game with the traveling call. It took me some time to get used to it. I played in a small city and roomed with Keddric Mays who had a son at home while I had a wife who was pregnant. The only thing we had was Skype and the time difference was tough. My wife was still in school and I saw her for a week during the season and was home for 3 days during Christmas.
You played at Robert Morris (NCAA) from 2005-2009. What benefit did your development as a young player have having two coaches with Mark Schmidt and Mike Rice? It was perfect having both. In my first two years I had Schmidt who was offense minded and I learned what I needed on the offensive end. In my last two seasons, I had Rice who was a defensive minded coach. He told me that defense wins titles and it was just the perfect combo having them. It really got me ready for the professional level.
In the 2009 NEC tournament you scored 15 points in the final, earning tournament MVP honors and sending Robert Morris to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 17 years. Was this your biggest accomplishment in college? It was my biggest accomplishment in school. The year before we had made some major upsets on the road, but lost in the semi-finals of the NEC and missed the NCAA tournament. It was tough going into my senior year not knowing if we would ever reach the NCAA tournament. Making the steal and basket to get to the tournament in the final of the NEC my senior year was great. I still get goose bumps thinking about it today.
What memory do you still have today of the 77-62 loss against Michigan State in the NCAA tournament? Would you have seen Draymond Green in the NBA one day over Raymar Morgan?
Not at all. They weren't really on our scouting report going into the game. Green was more of a role player coming from the bench. He wasn't a big key for them, but then he came off the bench and totally changed the game. I played against Raymar Morgan in high school and thought that he was the best in the country. I never expected that Green would make such an impact in the NBA. Injuries slowed Morgan down. Once you get that injury tag on your resume, it's hard to break that barrier.
Who was the toughest player you battled in the NCAA that is in the NBA now? That a tough one. There were so many. I will have to get back to you on that one.
Who wins a one on one on a playground court in Cincinnati, you or Quantez Robertson? It will be a long game. We are both defensive minded. We play like bull dogs and do so much that isn't seen on the stat sheet. We wouldn't want the other to ever score on each other. I think the game would take 3-4 hours with many fouls happening.
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore which 4 heads would you choose? Jordan, Shaq, Lebron, Garnett (favorite of all time)
Lebron finally won the NBA title for the Cavs. Where does he stand right now in the debate with the best of all-time?
I used to be a huge critic of Lebron because the way he left the Cavs for Miami. He could of done it differently. But the way he came back last season down 3-1 to win it all was amazing against a 73-9 team. Lebron is #2 behind Jordan. Jordan won 6 rings. If Lebron can win a few more rings, then he may slide into #1.
Where does the legacy of Kevin Garnett stand right now with the best of all-time? Many players say he is behind Tim Duncan.
He is the best of all-time. They both played different type of games. Garnett poured out his heart every night. He didn't want to lose more than he won. He hated to lose. You could see it in his eyes. He played hard every possession and never played for the stats. He guarded 1-5 and I simply feel like he brought more to the table offensively and defensively than Tim Duncan. Duncan did win more rings and played for a great team that won 50 plus games each season, but for me Garnett was the overall better player.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Jason Bourne. I saw it shortly before the Frankfurt game. I enjoyed it.
Dennis Schroeder, Hawks Agree To Four-Year, $70M Extension - 7 hours ago
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Dennis Schroeder(5'11''-PG-93, agency: Octagon Europe) and the Atlanta Hawks have agreed upon a four-year, $70 million contract extension. Schroeder will receive $62 million in guaranteed money over the next four seasons. The Hawks traded away Jeff Teague in the offseason in a move that signaled their commitment to Schroeder long-term at point guard. Schroder averaged 11.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 20.3 minutes per game last season with a PER of 15.5. Schroeder was the 17th... [read more]
Dennis Schroeder (5'11''-PG-93, agency: Octagon Europe) and the Atlanta Hawks have agreed upon a four-year, $70 million contract extension. Schroeder will receive $62 million in guaranteed money over the next four seasons. The Hawks traded away Jeff Teague in the offseason in a move that signaled their commitment to Schroeder long-term at point guard. Schroder averaged 11.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 20.3 minutes per game last season with a PER of 15.5. Schroeder was the 17th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft out of Germany. Courtesy of: realgm.com
Experienced 34-year old Puerto Rican point guard Filiberto Rivera (190-79kg-82, college: UTEP) left Science City Jena (BBL) from In two games in Germany he had 5.5ppg, 1.0rpg and 4.0apg this season. The last season Rivera played at Marinos in Venezuela LPB where in 15 games he recorded 10.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg. His team won Puerto Rican BSN Regular Season in 2012. Rivera was also a member of Puerto Rican international program for some years. He played for Puerto Rican Senior Nat... [read more]
Experienced 34-year old Puerto Rican point guard Filiberto Rivera (190-79kg-82, college: UTEP) left Science City Jena (BBL) from In two games in Germany he had 5.5ppg, 1.0rpg and 4.0apg this season. The last season Rivera played at Marinos in Venezuela LPB where in 15 games he recorded 10.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg. His team won Puerto Rican BSN Regular Season in 2012. Rivera was also a member of Puerto Rican international program for some years. He played for Puerto Rican Senior National Team between 2004 and 2014 and previously for U21 National Team between 2000 and 2001. Rivera also represented Puerto Rico at the Centrobasket in Nayarit (Mexico) two years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 6 games: 8.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.5apg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 46.7%, FT: 71.4%. Rivera is quite experienced player. He has played in seven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Rivera has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., Greece, Israel (Bnei Hasharon), Italy (Napoli Megaride), Puerto Rico (Vaqueros, Caciques, Manati and Indios), Venezuela (Gaiteros) and Mexico (Halcones Rojos). He attended Univ.of Texas at El Paso until 2005 and it is his twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player. Rivera could be described:
Has a great court vision and a first-pass-then-shoot mentality that make him an ideal point guard; knows how to score, however, and can hit a 3 pointer if left open; can become a star player even at NBA level. He is also a fantastic 1-on-1 defender, with great lateral quickness.
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