Seven European players appear on ESPN's best NBA players 100-51 ranking

2021-09-22 09:30
Credit: AP – Scanpix
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US sports media juggernauts ESPN have released the first half of their annual NBA player Top 100 ranking. They have included six European players among the second half of the ranking.

33-year-old Italian forward Danilo Gallinari came in at the 99th spot after averaging 13.3 points (40.6% 3PT), 4.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists for the Atlanta Hawks last season.

Next on the list, they have Jonas Valanciunas at number 94. The Lithuanian center had a tremendous campaign with the Memphis Grizzlies last year, accumulating 17.1 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 1.8 assists. He averaged the third-most rebounds in the entire league. Valanciunas was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans this summer.

Jonas Valančiūnas

Jonas  Valančiūnas
Position: C
Age: 29
Height: 211 cm
Weight: 116 kg
Birth place: Utena, Lithuania

Despite playing two lackluster seasons with the Chicago Bulls, Finnish forward Lauri Markkanen is listed in the 82nd spot. Markkanen averaged 13.6 points (40.2% 3PT) and 5.3 rebounds last year. The 24-year-old was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers during this off-season.

Another big man on this list is Jusuf Nurkic from Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was appointed the 74th spot. The 27-year-old appeared in 37 games for the Portland Trail Blazers last year, averaging 11.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals, and 1.1 blocks.

A Croatian forward that had an impressive season, Bojan Bogdanovic, is placed 67th. The 32-year-old put up 17.0 points (39% 3PT), 3.9 rebounds, and 1.9 assists for the Utah Jazz, helping the team to a league-best 52-20 regular season record.

Above him, in the 64th spot, ESPN listed Bogdan Bogdanovic. The 29-year-old Serbian sharpshooter averaged 16.4 points (43.8% 3PT), 3.6 rebounds, and 3.3 assists for the Hawks.

Lastly, in the 55th spot, we find Clint Capela. The 26-year-old Swiss center averaged 15.2 points (57.3% FT), 14.3 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks for the Hawks. Capela led the NBA in rebounds during the regular season.

ESPN's full list can be found here.


Capela 55 hahaha.

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