#1. This week's number one is an international forward Luol Deng (206-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA). He led Chicago Bulls to a victory over the New York Knicks (20-8) 110-106 in the NBA in Friday night's game.
Deng was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 13 rebounds in 42 minutes on the court.
The Chicago Bulls have 15-12 record this season.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
It's Deng's ninth year with the team.
Deng has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.7ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 46.0%, 3FGP: 29.7% and FT: 83.1% in the 27 games he played so far.
Deng has a dual citizenship: British and Sudanese.
He is currently a member of the British senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to former international forward Dante Cunningham (203-87, college: Villanova, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Cunningham could not help the Minnesota Timberwolves (13-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves were edged 94-91 on the road by the New York Knicks.
Cunningham had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds in 28 minutes.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
It's Cunningham's first year with the team.
He has relatively good stats this season: 7.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 2FGP: 48.9% and FT: 68.2% in the 25 games.
Cunningham is a naturalized American.
He played for the British national team in 2008.
Strangely Cunningham has never played in United Kingdom.
#3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Ben Gordon (188-83, college: Connecticut, currently plays in NBA). He was not able to help the Charlotte Bobcats (7-20) in their game against the Phoenix Suns (11-17) in the NBA. Despite his very good performance in Wednesday night's game Gordon scored 15 points.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
It's Gordon's first season with the team.
This year he has very high stats. Gordon averages: 12.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3FGP: 42.7% and FT: 86.0%.
He is a naturalized American.
Gordon is also a member of the British senior national team. Apparently he has never played in United Kingdom.
#4. Point guard Andrew Lawrence (185-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Charleston's victory against the Old Dominion University (0-1) 76-65 in the NCAA last Tuesday.
Lawrence recorded 17 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals in 35 minutes.
The College of Charleston has 1-0 conference record this season.
Lawrence is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Charleston's roster.
This season he has relatively solid stats: 12.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.3apg in the 23 games.
Lawrence is also British national team player.
#5. International forward Joel Freeland (208-87, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Portland Trail Blazers (13-13) in their game against the Sacramento Kings (9-18) in the NBA.
He scored 6 points.
The Portland Trail Blazers were defeated 108-96 in Sacramento by the Kings.
They ended the series of five consecutive victories.
Freeland's overall stats this season are: 2.4ppg and 1.9rpg.
He plays currently for the British national team.
#6. Forward Will Neighbour (208-90, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the UALR (2-1) in their game against the University of South Alabama (3-0) in the NCAA, despite his good performance on Saturday night.
Neighbour scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 28 minutes.
But the UALR lost 62-77 in Mobile, AL to the University of South Alabama.
This year Neighbour's overall stats are: 2.4ppg and 1.9rpg in the 14 games.
He is a former U20 international player as he played for the British team two years ago.
#7. International power forward Daniel Clark (210-88, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Asefa Estudiantes (7-7) in their game against FIATC Joventut (7-7) in the Spanish ACB.
He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 14 minutes.
Asefa Estudiantes was crushed 96-75 in Badalona by the higher-ranked (#9) FIATC Joventut.
Clark has been at the team for four years.
This season Clark's total stats are: 3.2ppg and 2.4rpg in the 10 games.
He is also British national team player.
#8. Center Eric Boateng (208-85, also represented by Interperformances, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in a 2-point New Yorker Phantoms' victory against the league outsider EnBW Ludwigsburg (4-10) 77-75 in the German BBL on Saturday night.
Boateng scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (6-8) is placed 11th in the BBL.
Boateng has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.1bpg.
He plays currently for the British national team.
#9. International guard Kyle Johnson (195-88, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Sutor Montegranaro (3-9) in their game against Cantu (8-4) in the Italian SerieA, despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game.
Johnson was the second best scorer with 14 points (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 23 minutes.
But Sutor Montegranaro was crushed 100-79 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked (#4) Cantu.
Johnson has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 3.5rpg in the 12 games.
He is also in the roster of the British national team.
#10. Point guard Justin Robinson (187-87, agency: Two Points, college: Rider, currently plays in Ukraine) couldn't help BC Kyiv (5-17) in their game against Budivelnyk (17-5) in the Ukrainian Superleague. Despite his very good performance last Friday Robinson was the second best scorer with 19 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line).
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Robinson has reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.6apg.
He is international player as one years ago he still played for the British senior national team.
#11. International power forward Ryan Richards (212-91, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an Asseco Prokom Gdynia's victory against the league leader PGE Turow 86-80 in the Polish TBL on Wednesday night.
Richards recorded 6 points in only 7 minutes.
Richards has averaged so far 1.0ppg and 1.2rpg in the six games.
He used to play for the British national team
#12. Former U20 international center Abodurin Olaseni (208-91, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the Coppin State College crushing them 80-50 in the NCAA last Saturday.
Olaseni scored 14 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in a mere 18 minutes.
He has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.5apg in the 18 games.
Olaseni used to play for the British U20 national team
back in 2010.
#13. International guard Devon Van Oostrum (190-93, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Caceres Basket in their game against Leche Rio Breogan in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Despite his very good performance on Saturday night He was the top scorer with 15 points (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line).
Van Oostrum averaged so far 10.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.6apg.
He is also British national team player.
#14. Former international power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Bellarmine, currently plays in Japan) contributed to a Okinawa GK's victory against the fourth-ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix 82-75 in the Japanese BJ League in Saturday night's game.
Larkai recorded 8 points in 23 minutes.
He has averaged so far 9.6ppg and 6.4rpg in the 19 games.
Larkai used to play for the British national team
back in 2008.
#15. International forward Ashley Hamilton (201-88, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Loyola Mary in their game against the The University of Mississippi in the NCAA, despite his very good performance on Wednesday night.
Hamilton scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 34 minutes.
But his team was edged 73-70.
His stats this year are: 12.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 4.0apg in the 15 games.
Hamilton used to play for the British national team
The list of other players, who all have British passport but never been selected to any of British national teams:
#1.Byron Mullens (213-C-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Charlotte Bobcats (7-20) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Mullens' very good performance the Charlotte Bobcats were crushed 110-88 on the road by the Denver Nuggets.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 14 rebounds. Mullens also added 4 assists and 2 blocks.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
Mullens has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 11.6ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.5apg.
Mullens is a naturalized American.
Strangely he has never played in United Kingdom.
#2. Experienced Darren Phillip (201-F-78, college: Fairfield, currently plays in Argentina), who plays in the Argentinian LigaA was not able to help Union Progresista (9-17) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Union Progresista was defeated 79-67 in Corrientes by the leading Regatas.
Phillip recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds.
Phillip is the league's top scorer and also on the list of best rebounders (first place).
This season he has very high stats. Phillip averages: 19.2ppg, 11.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg.
He is a naturalized American.
Interesting that Phillip has never played in United Kingdom.
#3.Keith Rendleman (203-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) led NC-Wilmington to a victory against the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (1-0) 87-73 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game.
He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 12 rebounds in 34 minutes.
The Univ. of N.Carolina-Wilmington has conference record this season.
Rendleman has been at the team for four years.
Rendleman has very impressive stats this year: 19.2ppg, 11.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg in the 25 games he played so far.
#4.Paul Guede (195-G/F-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Portland St., currently plays in Germany) led BG Goettingen to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Kirchheim Knights (5-10) 89-74 in the German ProA (second division) in Saturday night's game.
Guede was the best player in that game. He scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Guede's second season in pro basketball. BG Goettingen (12-3) is placed first in the ProA.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
Guede's total stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.5apg.
#5.Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to a Norrkoping Dolphins' victory against the seventh-ranked 08 Stockholm (9-8) 90-82 in the Swedish Basketligan in Friday night's game.
Ayuba scored 6 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists.
Norrkoping Dolphins (13-1) is placed first in the Basketligan.
Ayuba plays fourth season for the team.
He has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.5apg.
Ayuba is a naturalized American.
Interesting that he has never played in United Kingdom.
#6.Sullivan Phillips (198-G/F-79, college: Wash.Adventist, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Paul Guede and both played together in the last German ProA game.
Phillips helped BG Goettingen win their game against one of league's weakest teams Kirchheim Knights 89-74.
He scored 11 points and added 4 assists.
Phillips averaged so far 12.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 4.0apg.
He has a dual citizenship: Bermudas and British.
#7.Shane Walker (208-F-87, college: Loyola, MD, currently plays in Cyprus) was not able to secure a victory for Apollon in their game against Keravnos in the Cypriot Division A.
He scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Apollon this season.
His team was badly defeated by 16 points 94-78.
#8.Brendon Polyblank (197-G/F-78, college: Texas St., currently plays in Switzerland) helped Fribourg win their game against the eighth-ranked Starwings crushing them 102-68 in the Swiss LNA last Friday.
Polyblank recorded 6 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 18 minutes.
He has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.8apg in the 13 games.
Polyblank is another player who holds two passports: British and New Zealand.
#9.Lee Jeka (187-G-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Science City Jena in their game against MLP Academics Heidelberg in the German ProA (second division).
He scored 7 points and added 3 assists.
His team was defeated 98-83.
Jeka averaged so far 11.9ppg, 3.1rpg and 4.3apg.
He has both British and Australian nationalities.
#10.Michael Ochereobia (203-C, currently studies in the States) managed to help Western Illinois University to win against the University of Illinois-Chicago 70-54 in the NCAA on Tuesday night.
Ochereobia recorded only 3 points.
He averaged so far 11.9ppg, 3.1rpg and 4.3apg.
Glasgow Rocks (BBL) agreed terms with 25-year old American point guard Neil Watson (180-73kg-91, college: S.Mississippi) from Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders. In 33 BBL games in United Kingdom he had 14.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.6apg and 1.6spg (in top 5) last season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-British BBL 1st Team and All-Imports Team. Watson was voted Kansas C... [read more]
Glasgow Rocks (BBL) agreed terms with 25-year old American point guard Neil Watson (180-73kg-91, college: S.Mississippi) from Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders. In 33 BBL games in United Kingdom he had 14.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.6apg and 1.6spg (in top 5) last season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-British BBL 1st Team and All-Imports Team. Watson was voted Kansas City Kansan's 4A Player of the Year back in 2009 at his college time. Watson graduated from University of Southern Mississippi in 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.
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This season's NBA Global Games slate will once again feature a regular-season contest in London, with the Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets getting tapped to head across the pond and square off at O2 Arena on Jan. 12, 2017. 'We are thrilled to return for our seventh regular-season game in London,' NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. 'With almost 25 percent of players in the NBA born outside of the United States, we are seeing firsthand the global growth of our game, which ha... [read more]
This season's NBA Global Games slate will once again feature a regular-season contest in London, with the Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets getting tapped to head across the pond and square off at O2 Arena on Jan. 12, 2017. 'We are thrilled to return for our seventh regular-season game in London,' NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. 'With almost 25 percent of players in the NBA born outside of the United States, we are seeing firsthand the global growth of our game, which has never been more popular in the U.K.' While Indiana has played preseason contests in China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Germany and Spain, this marks the first time that the Pacers have headed overseas for regular-season duty and, as it happens, they'll be following in the footsteps of their NFL counterpart, the Indianapolis Colts, who'll take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in October. The chance to watch Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.), one of the stars of the U.S. men's national basketball team heavily favored to win gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro next month, figures to be one of the signature draws for the London audience. It's the Nuggets' roster, though, that features plenty of European flair, led by Italian scorer Danilo Gallinari, a pair of talented Southeastern European centers in Serbia's Nikola Jokic and Bosnia's Jusuf Nurkic (7'0''-C-94), and Frenchmen Joffrey Lauvergne (6'11''-PF-91, agency: BeoBasket) and Axel Toupane (6'6''-G/F-92, agency: Comsport). Denver also features talented young guards Emmanuel Mudiay, Gary Harris and 2016 first-round pick Jamal Murray, as well as power forward Kenneth Faried (6'8''-F-89, college: Morehead St.), who won gold as a member of Team USA at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain. 'It will be a true honor and a great experience to represent both the Nuggets and the NBA in London as part of the NBA Global Games in 2017,' Gallinari said in a statement. 'Our entire team and organization are looking forward to this opportunity to showcase our league to fans overseas.' This will be the NBA's seventh regular-season game in London. Last year's edition saw the Toronto Raptors knock off the Orlando Magic; games from earlier years have featured the New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks and Detroit Pistons, making the Nuggets the first Western Conference team ever to make the trip for a 'home' game far, far away from home. The 2017 Global Games calendar will also once again include a return to Mexico City. The Phoenix Suns will play 'host' to both the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs in mid-January, marking the first time ever that the NBA has played two regular-season games in Mexico. Courtesy of: yahoo.com
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