Like every year, the Spanish King?s Cup becomes one of the hottest spots in NBA international scouting, a perfect opportunity to watch the cream of the ACB League (probably the strongest in Europe) in a very competitive environment in one arena over a few days. Unlike what happens in other countries with monotonous cup competitions, the Spanish Cup is a very prestigious tournament that every team looks forward to participating in and winning. The fans love it as well, as they proved once again by packing the Madrid Sports Palace last week for every single game.
Previous editions of this tournament saw the likes of Pau Gasol
and Rudy Fernández
blossoming. From last year, three participants were selected in the 2005 NBA draft (Fran Vázquez, Mickaël Gelabale
and Axel Hervelle
), while four more signed as free agents with an NBA team (Arvydas Macijauskas
, Fabricio Oberto
, José Manuel Calderón and Pat Burke
). It wouldn?t be a stretch to say that because of the fact that every team in the NBA is represented here, including numerous GM?s and player personnel directors, these could be the most important games of the year as far as showing NBA potential is concerned.
Part one of our two part series looks at the NBA draft prospects on display at the tournament. Part two will look at players already drafted in the past as well as potential future NBA free agent targets.