How much role do naturalized players play in the men's basketball team at the European Cup After looking at these numbers, will you choose to support China's naturalization?
In recent days, the 2022 Men's Basketball European Championship is in full swing, and since many European teams have naturalized players, there is a lot of discussion about whether the Chinese men's basketball team should also be naturalized. There are many problems involved in this issue, and it is rumored that the Chinese Basketball Association is already considering naturalization, but there are still many voices of opposition from the outside world.
So, is it necessary for Chinese basketball to be naturalized? Let's take a look at how much of a role naturalized players have played at this year's European Championships, and then consider that.
Who are the naturalized players of the European Championship?
At this year's European Championship, a total of 12 teams naturalized American players, namely:
Bosnian John Robertson lost the 2011 NBA draft
Dee Bost, Bulgaria Lost the 2012 NBA Draft
Croatia Jalin Smith lost the 2017 NBA draft
Georgia Side McFadden lost the 2009 NBA draft
Germany Nick Viler Bab lost the 2019 NBA Draft
Greece Taylor Dosy 2017 NBA No. 41 show
Italy John Petratri lost the 2014 NBA draft
Montenegro Kendrick Perry lost the 2014 NBA draft
Poland Sloter lost the 2010 NBA draft
Slovenia Mike Toby lost the 2016 NBA draft
Spain Lorenzo Brown 2013 NBA No. 52 show
Turkey Sean Larkin 2013 NBA No. 18 Show
That is to say, half of the 24 teams chose naturalized American players, and of these 12 players, except for Germany's Nick Leville Babb, who was not reused because of his lack of strength, the other 11 were the main players of the team.
How much role do naturalized players play?
In the group stage, the naturalized American players scored a total of 656 points. For comparison, the Slovenian team scored 464 points. According to the original nationality theory, the most scored players in the group stage of this year's European Championship are American players.
Most of these naturalized players are the organizational core of the team. At the top of the assist-making scoring list is Dost, whose assists produced 99 points. Perry came in second, with his assists producing 89 points.
In the ranking of assists per game, 4 of the top ten players are naturalized players. Among other naturalized players, Smith was 13th and McFadden was 22nd.
European teams generally do not pursue individual heroism, they emphasize the whole, so many European teams, regardless of whether there are big stars in the team, will choose to naturalize an American player with strong tandem ability and good offensive ability. The most typical of this year is Dorsey, who was naturalized by Greece, who became a good helper for Antetokounmpo, and he only got a two-way contract in the NBA.
Should China Be Naturalized?
Purely from the perspective of data, role and effect, when a large number of strong teams around the world embark on the road of naturalization, the Chinese men's basketball team should obviously keep up. In particular, the Chinese men's basketball team lacks the offensive and one-shoulder pick-and-roll defenders who are sought after by European teams. If the Chinese men's basketball team also has such a high-quality defender, other positions are driven, and the strength of the Chinese men's basketball team may increase a lot.
The problem is in this "possibility", naturalized players are not saviors, relying on naturalization of a player can not save Chinese basketball, especially this year's European Championship also has several examples of failure, can not only focus on the naturalization of excellent players after the improvement of strength of the team.
Of the 12 naturalized players mentioned above, three did not bring the team to the round of 16, including Bost, who ranked first in assists and scores, and he played for Bulgaria, who was out of the group stage with 1 win and 4 losses, losing a total of 48 points, which was also under the premise that Vyzinkov averaged 26.8 points and 12.2 rebounds per game, attracting the attention of the NBA team Kings.
Facts show that if a team lacks competitiveness in other positions, lack of strength and depth, then the significance of naturalization is only to make the team lose a few points less.