I like your team UNITY argument too. That made me laugh. I mean, who would wanna hang out with a foreigner?
And if you start making personnel decisions based on who hangs out with who during the summer, then you're not going to go very far. If your players aren't mature enough to get along with different types of people on the court, then you've got more things to worry about. You think RC Buford and Gregg Popovic wondered whether Duncan would hang out with Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, when they acquired them?
Are you trying to create a clubhouse or a winning basketball team?
say what you want to try and some how hamper my bullet proff points by assassinating my character - it wreaks of desperation.
foreign BIG Men raptors have Track record:
Bargs(ALREADY PLAYED LAST GAME AS RAP)
Hoffa 8th over all (FAIL)
Žan Tabak (FAIL)
Remon Van de Hare
Aleksandar Radojevic (epic FAIL)
how about these other can't miss foreign big men:
Nikoloz Tskitishvili (EPIC MASSIVE HUGE FAIL)
frederic weis (YOUR MOM)
the list goes on forever and the players that were passed on to take those on the list above is even more shocking.
So you can try to paint me as Don Cherry or whatever but it does not mitigate the point that the hit ratio for foreign bigs is not great.
Anyone who spends time in Yorkville knows when u see bargs down there he's not with team mates.
The danger of throwing out a blanket statement like "name me one Euro that..." is that the sample size is so much smaller compared to if we asked you to "name me one American that..".
We can break it down this way. Since the 1980s, when Euros started getting drafted, there have been approx 2800 players drafted in total. About 2600 Americans, 200 International. Of that, maybe 130 Euro's because of other countries like Canada, Caribbean, Africa, Asia.
You're basically picking on Europeans when there have been that many comparatively speaking. Of course there's no guarantee that every player drafted will turn out great.
So you can see where such a blanket statement becomes kinda silly.
Here's a few decent Europeans:
Pau Gasol (Spain)
Vlade Divac (Serbia)
Arvydas Sabonis (Lithuania)
Andris Biedrins (Latvia)
Dirk Nowitzki (Germany)
Mehmet Okur (Turkey)
Here's just 6 Euro's that didn't play in a US college. (FYI Kanter would have played for Kentucky.. and big schools like that don't just wildly recruit random people).
Okay, now it's your turn. If you can name 120 American big men (that's 2600 americans to 130 euro's, so a 20:1 ratio) who at some point in their career averaged 9 or more rebounds (everyone above did it at least twice), then you have only proven that the number of good Euro big men EQUAL the number of good American bigs.
(To prove that good Euro big men are more rare than good American big men, you'll probably have to name about 500-600 good American big men.)
And by the way, Hoffa and Jawai are about as European as Michael Jordan is.
You listed three Eurpean busts, only one of whom was a lottery pick. How about Kwame Brown? Or Patrick O'Bryant? Or Sharone Wright? The last two actually played for the Raptors and all three were lottery picks.
Wait, Australia isn't off the coast of Scotland? ;)