Why so many NBA players signed in Europe?

Donatas Urbonas
Senior Staff Writer
2023-08-09 13:40

The significant increase in the migration of NBA players to Europe can be largely attributed to changes within the NBA and China.

Credit: AFP - Scanpix | BasketNews Illustration
Credit AFP - Scanpix | BasketNews Illustration

Jabari Parker has signed with Barcelona, making him one of the highest-drafted NBA players ever to move to Europe.

Parker was chosen as the second overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, and his decision to play in Europe puts him right behind the first picks like Andrea Bargnani (2006), Anthony Bennett (2013), and the second overall pick Derrick Williams (2011).

Parker is just one of many former NBA players this summer who have decided to play overseas, which has become a noticeable trend.

Jahlil Okafor

Jahlil  Okafor
Position: C
Age: 27
Height: 211 cm
Weight: 125 kg
Birth place: Chicago, United States of America

Have you ever wondered why so many NBA players are now choosing to play in Europe?

BasketNews spoke to team executives, agents, and scouts to get their opinions on why there has been an increase in former NBA players moving to Europe this summer.

Player New club NBA experience NBA career average
Willy Hernangomez Barcelona 7-year 7.3 PPG | 5.8 RPG
Juancho Hernangomez Panathinaikos 7-year 5.0 PPG | 3.3 RPG
Raul Neto Fenerbahce 8-year 5.7 PPG | 2.1 APG
Frank Jackson ASVEL 5-year 8.5 PPG | 1.8 RPG
Jabari Parker Barcelona 8-year 14.1 PPG | 5.5 RPG | 2.0 APG
Kemba Walker Monaco 12-year 19.3 PPG | 3.8 RPG | 5.3 APG
Marko Simonovic Crvena Zvezda 2-year 1.4 PPG | 0.8 RPG
McKinley Wright Buducnost 2-year 3.7 PPG | 1.9 APG
Willie Cauley-Stein Varese 7-year 8.7 PPG | 5.9 RPG
Davon Reed Prometey 4-year 3.1 PPG | 1.7 RPG
Ben McLemore AEK 9-year 9.0 PPG | 2.3 RPG
Langston Galloway Reggio Emilia 8-year 8.1 PPG | 2.4 RPG | 1.6 APG
Jahlil Okafor Zaragoza 6-year 10.4 PPG | 4.7 RPG
Patrick McCaw Oostende 5-year 3.8 PPG | 1.6 RPG | 1.4 APG
Deividas Sirvydis Lietkabelis 2-year 1.9 PPG | 1.5 RPG

Each case is very individual.


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