In recent years, more and more NBA players look to play overseas, especially those, who are not able to secure any spots on NBA teams. China has been one of the main destination for such players.
Tracy McGrady played there, as did Steve Francis. And Stephon Marbury even liked China more than NBA itself, becoming a bigger star there than he was in the NBA.
Often players choose to go overseas because of bigger contracts, and no obligation to go through Summer League in the US and wait for a contract.
BasketballInsiders has put up a list of NBA players that will spend their next season playing overseas. Among them are:
Amar’e Stoudemire (Hapoel Jerusalem, Israel):
Stoudemire’s decision to sign a two-year deal to play in Israel next season shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. Prior to joining the Miami Heat last season, Stoudemire hinted that he could play in Israel after his NBA career was over. Stoudemire played 14 seasons in the NBA, for Phoenix Suns, NY Knicks, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat. A 6-time NBA All-Star, Stoudemire holds career averages of 18.9 ppg and 7.8 rpg in 31 mpg. He played in total of 846 NBA regular season games (started in 696).
Carlos Boozer (Guangdong Southern Tigers, China):
Boozer has reportedly agreed to play next season in China. He spent all of last season out of the NBA, but managed to stay in shape in order to attempt a comeback. He still wants to return to the NBA and could use next season in China as a chance to show that he can still play. Boozer last played for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2014-15 season, when he averaged 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in 71 games. A 2-time NBA All-Star, Boozer played 13 years in the NBA, for Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz, Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers. He played in total 861 regular season games (started in 775), and holds career averages of 16.2 ppg, 9.5 rpg in 31.2 mpg. Boozer averaged double-double in points and rebounds in 5 of his 13 NBA seasons. He was also on the roster of the gold-winning US National Team in Beijing in 2008.
Russ Smith (Galatasaray Odeabank, Turkey):
After a couple of seasons bouncing between the NBA and D-League, Smith will head to Turkey next season. In two seasons in the NBA, Smith appeared in 27 games between the New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies. Smith played 27 games in the NBA, averaging 2 ppg in 4.9 mpg.
Jimmer Fredette (Shanghai Sharks, China):
Fredette decided to head to China after bouncing around the NBA over the past several seasons. He spent last season in the D-League in an attempt to return to the NBA and was able to earn a 10-day contract with the New York Knicks. He couldn’t stick with the team and signed to play in China instead. According to ESPN, his deal in China is “north of $1 million.” Fredette played 235 games in the NBA, averaging 6 ppg in 13.4 mpg, for Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls, New Orleann Pelicans and NY Knicks.
Cameron Bairstow (Brisbane Bullets, Australia):
Bairstow spend the past two seasons with the Chicago Bulls. He played in 18 games in each of those seasons. For Bairstow, it was the playing time in Australia that became his biggest reason for leaving the NBA. He averaged less than five minutes per game when he did see the court for the Bulls. His deal is reportedly for two seasons, with a player option for the second year, which will give him the chance to return to the NBA if an opportunity presents itself.
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