DraftExpress Overseas Free Agent Rankings: Players 25-50

DraftExpress Overseas Free Agent Rankings: Players 25-50
Jan 03, 2010, 06:50 pm
We take a look at the rest of our list, players ranked 25-50, as well as the honorable mentions.

Part One: American players who returned to the NBA

Part Two: Players making significant jumps in our rankings

Part Three: European players coming off the list

Part Four, Americans Moving off the Rankings

DraftExpress Overseas Free Agent Rankings: Players 1-12

DraftExpress Overseas Free Agent Rankings: Players 13-24

Entire Overseas Free Agent Rankings (now released)

25 Aleks Maric C
25 years old, 6' 11" 265lbs.
KK Partizan Belgrade

After a ho-hum rookie season in the ACB, former Nebraska product Aleks Maric has absolutely exploded this season for Partizan Belgrade, averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds in the Euroleague and ranking amongst the top players in European basketball in virtually every statistical category. His below average athleticism and defensive potential limits his NBA upside to a certain extent, but considering his production, he will surely be getting extensive looks from teams this summer.

26 Gerald Fitch SG
27 years old, 6' 3" 205lbs.
Ayuda en Accion Fuenlabrada

One of the early surprises of the ACB season, Gerald Fitch and his Fuenlabrada team have crashed back to earth completely over the past month or so, firing their coach after finding themselves dangerously close to the relegation zone. Fitch signed in Spain this summer after abusing flimsy defenses in Turkey to the tune of 28.2 points per game last season, and has not had much difficulties replicating his form this year. He leads the ACB in scoring at 20 points per game, but is also leading the league in field goal attempts and possessions used, which is an accurate reflection of his style of play. Considering the skill-level he shows creating his own shot, getting to the free throw line and hitting jumpers from the perimeter, as well as the way he’s producing in the very tough ACB, he may be a guy teams want to take another look at, as he’s still only 27 years old.

27 Kennedy Winston SG
25 years old, 6' 6" 215lbs.
Lottomatica Roma

Lottomatica Roma is marred in an increasingly difficult season thus far, already having replaced their head coach, after putting up disappointing results in both the Italian league and Euroleague. One guy that can’t be blamed for that is their swingman Kennedy Winston, who is having a productive and highly efficient season in the Euroleague in particular. Only 25, with solid physical attributes and a nice skill-level from the perimeter, Winston can create his own shot in pick and roll situations and sports a terrific mid-range game pulling up off the dribble. Although his defense leaves something to be desired and he’s not always the most consistent player in the world, he’s regardless an interesting prospect as an off the bench minimum contract type.

28 D'or Fischer C
28 years old, 6' 11" 242lbs.
Maccabi Tel Aviv

Fischer seems to be struggling to regain the same All-Euroleague form he was showing before having a glass bottle smashed on his face last season, at which point he was looking like one of the most underrated big men in European basketball. He’s still a presence with his excellent size, above average athleticism and freakishly long arms, making him a strong offensive rebounder and shot-blocker, and thus could garner some more looks this summer from NBA teams looking for depth off the bench.

29 Sharrod Ford PF
27 years old, 6' 8" 212lbs.
Spartak St. Petersburg

Ford is a free agent now after a very brief experience in Russia with Spartak St. Petersburg, and has to be considered one of the better big men on the market. He dominated the Italian league from a rebounding and shot-blocking perspective the last two seasons with Virtus Bologna, and seemed to have improved his scoring touch somewhat as well, being a fairly efficient player. His lack of size and strength is a bit of a hindrance, but at the very least he deserves another look.

30 Bo McCalebb PG
24 years old, 6' 0" 180lbs.
KK Partizan Belgrade

Many eyebrows were raised when Partizan decided to peg an unknown American point guard out of the Turkish league to run their rebuilding team in the Euroleague. So far the results have been mixed, but there is a lot to be encouraged by from what the former New Orleans product has shown. A super quick but undersized combo with a scorer’s mentality, McCalebb gets to the rack like a pro but is still improving his perimeter shooting and decision making skills. He’s having a nice year at the highest level of European basketball, and is only 24 years old, so he’s definitely a name to keep in mind for the future.

31 Jonas Maciulis SF
24 years old, 6' 6" 216lbs.
Armani Jeans Milano

We discussed Maciulis’ NBA prospects back in 2007 when he was draft eligible, and the only thing that seems to have changed since then (beyond the uniform he wears) is his perimeter shooting, which appears to be much more consistent these days. He’s still the same strong, physical and fairly athletic small forward, not terribly skilled, but productive regardless thanks to this toughness and fundamentals. The fact that he is now a legitimate threat to make shots from beyond the arc with his feet set makes him a bit more interesting.

32 Bobby Jones SG/SF
25 years old, 6' 7" 210lbs.
Banca Tercas Teramo

Jones took a temporary break from his apparent goal of attempting to play for all 30 teams in the NBA in favor of trying the European adventure instead, and he seems to be faring quite well so far despite being a rookie at this level. Jones has physical attributes for the wing position and is finally beginning to show more potential on the offensive end than he’s typically been known for. He’s averaging 13 points per game in 26 minutes on excellent efficiency numbers (64% 2P, 44% 3P) and is still the same terrific defender he’s been throughout his career. If the improvement he’s made as a perimeter shooter is indeed “for real,” then it’s certainly not out of the question that he could be a solid rotation player in the NBA.

33 Josh Heytvelt PF
23 years old, 6' 11" 260lbs.
Oyak Renault

One of the bigger surprises of draft night last June, at least from our perspective, was seeing every NBA team decide to pass on Josh Heytvelt in both rounds. After all, 6-11 guys with skills don’t grow on trees, even if there were a number of red flags to be concerned about. He didn’t get much more interest in the summer apparently, as he decided to accept a lucrative contract offer in Turkey and has been posting strong numbers in that fairly weak league ever since, to the tune of 17 points and 9 rebounds in 24 minutes per game. Heytvelt is a guy that will surely get his fair share of looks in summer league and mini-camps, and it wouldn’t surprise us in the least bit to see him latch onto an NBA roster eventually.

34 Sean Singletary PG
24 years old, 6' 0" 180lbs.
Caja Laboral Baskonia

After a strong four year career at Virginia—likely establishing himself as one of the best players in the history of the program—Singletary was drafted in the mid-2nd round by the Sacramento Kings. He was quickly traded to the Houston Rockets and then moved onto Phoenix before again being traded, this time to Charlotte, where he saw limited playing time as the team’s third point guard. Needless to say, his initial NBA experience didn’t work out all that great.

Therefore it wasn’t a surprise to see Singletary jump on the opportunity to sign with one of the top teams in European basketball, Caja Laboral Baskonia, formerly known as Tau Vitoria. He’s mostly been coming off the bench here too, seeing 16 minutes per game in the ACB and 18 minutes in the Euroleague. So far he’s struggled badly on the offensive end, putting up paltry scoring numbers on poor percentages and having all kinds of issues taking care of the ball. None of this is really a surprise considering the learning curve involved for an extremely young and very dominant ball-handling American point guard like Singletary.

Regardless, Singletary’s talent is not in question, and it’s safe to say that he’s learning quite a bit this season under one of the strictest coaches around in Serbian Dusko Ivanovic. That should make him a popular summer league target and potentially get him back in the NBA eventually if the cards fall the right way.

35 Dee Brown PG
25 years old, 6' 0" 179lbs.
Air Avellino

36 Aaron Miles PG
26 years old, 6' 2" 175lbs.
Aris Thessaloniki

37 Omar Cook PG
27 years old, 6' 1" 190lbs.
Unicaja Málaga

38 Jaycee Carroll SG
26 years old, 6' 2" 175lbs.
Kalise Gran Canaria

39 Ali Traore PF
24 years old, 6' 10" 246lbs.
ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne

40 Esteban Batista C
26 years old, 6' 10" 268lbs.
Ayuda en Accion Fuenlabrada

41 Maciej Lampe PF/C
24 years old, 6' 11" 240lbs.
Maccabi Tel Aviv

42 Costas Vassiliadis SG
25 years old, 6' 7" 195lbs.
Xacobeo BluSens Obradoiro

43 Mike Green PG
24 years old, 6' 1" 175lbs.

44 Mike Taylor PG/SG
23 years old, 6' 2" 190lbs.
Red Star Belgrade

45 Gary Forbes SG/SF
24 years old, 6' 7" 220lbs.
Gruppo Triboldi Cremona

46 Jermareo Davidson PF
25 years old, 6' 11" 230lbs.

47 Jack McClinton PG/SG
24 years old, 6' 1" 185lbs.
Aliaga Petkim

48 Jeremy Pargo PG
23 years old, 6' 2" 219lbs.
Galil Gilboa

49 Kostas Kaimakoglou PF
26 years old, 6' 9" 240lbs.

50 Dimitrios Mavroeidis PF
24 years old, 6' 10" 240lbs.

Honorable Mention: Alex Acker (Armani Jeans Milano), James Augustine (Gran Canaria), Derrick Byars (Alba Berlin), Justin Cage (Mons), Nik Caner-Medley (Estudiantes), Paul Davis (China?), Micah Downs (Zadar), Chuck Eidson (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Mickael Gelabale (Cholet), Quinton Hosley (Aliaga), Joe Ingles (Granada) , Stefano Mancinelli (Armani Jeans Milano), James Mays (China), Demetris Nichols (Gravelines), Rickey Paulding (Oldenburg), Fernando San Emeterio (Caja Laboral), Will Solomon (Free Agent), D.J. Strawberry (Free Agent), Goran Suton (Spartak St. Petersburg), Mirza Teletovic (Caja Laboral), Will Thomas (Liege), PJ Tucker (Donetsk), Von Wafer (Free Agent), Matt Walsh (Olimpija Ljubljana), James White (Spartak St. Petersburg), Marcus Williams (China), Andrew Wisniewski (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Nikolaos Zisis (Montepaschi Siena)

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