After being drafted by the Atlanta Hawks this summer, Gladyr left the Ukraine for the first time and moved to the ACB to play with Suzuki Manresa (formerly known as Ricoh Manresa). Manresa have an 11-13 record on the season, yet they’re comfortably in the middle of the table, currently placing 10th out of 18 ACB teams. Gladyr is third on the team in scoring with a 9.9 ppg average, alongside 2.1 rebounds, 3.6 fouls and no other significant statistics per game. For a purported shooter, though, he’s not shooting too well, shooting only 32% from three-point range. And given that he has attempted 135 three-pointers compared to only 35 two-pointers, that’s not ideal. It is not the best first season in Spain for Gladyr, then; that said, for a 20-year-old in the ACB, it’s pretty good. Young players don’t normally play much there.
Glover played briefly on the 2004-2005 Spurs team that won the NBA Championship, but found himself having to go to summer league that year in order to get more employment. After averaging 19/5/5 for the Rockets team, he got a contract from Houston and made the team, but was waived in December of that year without playing a game. He never played in the NBA again.
Glover split the 2006-07 season between Lebanon and the D-League, and later played for a couple of Dominican Republic teams. He last played in March 2008 with a Venezuelan team called Gaiteros de Zulia, for whom he totalled 8 points in his only appearance. As for what he’s done since then, here’s Dion telling you himself.
Also note the accuracy of his prediction there. Well, half of it.
Ex-Pistons draft pick Glyniadakis is Olympiacos’ 15th and cheapest man. Olympiacos bought him from Marousi in the summer (along with former Minnesota pick Loukas Mavrokefalidis) in order to fill their quota of Greeks, and the two now spend a lot of time on the bench together, waiting for Olympiacos to build up a lead so big that they can take out Giannis Bourousis, Sofoklis Schortsanitis, Nikola Vujcic and Linas Kleiza. Glyniadakis has played 103 minutes all season, totalling 33 points, 22 rebounds and 28 fouls. This means he must have made contact with an opposing player at least 28 times. I’m not sure I believe that.
NBA journeyman Anthony Goldwire made an unexpected appearance in the Spanish fourth division last season at the age of 37, playing for the remnants of Girona, a former ACB team who imploded due to bankruptcy a couple of years ago. He averaged 10.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists at that incredibly low standard of basketball, and has since called it quits. He now assists Lifetime Fitness in establishing their basketball league program. Goldwire was also on hand to help manage the Bakersfield Jam’s open tryout back in March, which seems odd in that he appears to hold no formal position with the team.
This seems like a good moment to post a picture of Anthony Goldwire modelling an ill-fitting coat.
Gomes is an athletic Portuguese forward who was an NBA draft candidate back in 2007. He is playing with Breogan in Spain’s LEB Gold, and is averaging 11.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Gomes was not drafted and is not very interesting, so let’s move on to Jamon Gordon.
Gordon was one of the replacements Marousi brought in this summer as they tooled up for their debut EuroLeague season. It was a good season at that; they were still in the competition up until yesterday, when unfortunately their already-eliminated Greek rivals Panathinaikos beat them by three points and eliminated them. Gordon had 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the game.
On the season, Gordon leads the team in assists in both the EuroLeague and Greek leagues, a feat not insignificant considering that Marousi play a two point guard line-up with Gordon and Billy Keys. Gordon averages 10.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists in the EuroLeague, alongside 8.9/3.1/4.1 in the Greek league. He has shot a combined 17/71 from three-point range.
He is known as Jamon Lucas in Greece, even having that on the back of his jersey. I do not know why this is.
The confusingly similarly-named Jamont Gordon is also in the EuroLeague, playing for Cibona Zagreb. Like Marousi, Cibona just got knocked out of the EuroLeague at the Top 16 stage; like Jamon, Jamont leads his team in assists. He averaged 13.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game in EuroLeague play, including ranking first overall in scoring in the Last 16 group stage (20 ppg) and fifth in rebounds. Gordon also averages 13.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in the Adriatic League.
Jamon Gordon is the lefty out of Virginia Tech. Jamont Gordon is the lefty out of Mississippi State. They’re both big strong athletic point guards with jump shot concerns, whom both just got knocked out of the EuroLeague. It’s not in the least bit confusing.
As you probably already know, Brian Grant recently went public with his struggle against early onset Parkinson’s. That struggle continues; sadly, that struggle will always continue, because a cure does not yet exist. This article by Ken Berger describes Grant’s daily battle with the disease, what it’s cost him, and of what it’s going to cost him. I found it very upsetting and I believe you will too. God bless you, Brian Grant. He definitely owes you one.
Since leaving Oklahoma in 2006, Gray has spent four years in France. He started with Chalon, averaging 16.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, and 1.3 bpg, before moving to Paris-Levallois for the 2007/08 season and averaging 10.4/5.0/1.3. Last year playing for Roanne, those numbers shot up to 19.5/7.3/1.1, which was enough to get him a training camp contract with the L.A. Clippers. He didn’t make the team, though, and thus went back to France to rejoin Chalon, for whom he is averaging 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game in the French league, alongside 14.4/5.9/2.0 in the EuroChallenge.
Caleb Green, one of Division I’s elusive 2000/1000 club, is still in Belgium. Last year, he averaged 15/6 for Dexia Mons-Hainaut, and this season he’s averaging 12.0 points and 5.1 rebounds per game for Oostende.
After going 9-29 from three-point range in his four-year college career – as opposed to his 812-1495 from two-point range – Green is now turning himself into a three-point shooter. He has 78 three-point attempts in 21 games this year, compared with 101 two-pointers and 88 free throws. He’s good at them, too, making 34 of those 78 for a 43.6% success rate. Reinventing himself rather well, it appears.
His teammates there include Eddie Gill and Bracey Wright, and Oostende also feature two other Americans in Matt Lojeski and former Padres closer Trevor Huffman. The rest of Oostende’s rotation features a Cameroonian (Stephane Pelle), a Slovenian (Dragisa Drobnjak), a Nigerian (Leigh Enobakhare, henceforth known as “Emo back hair”) and a Bosnian Serb (Veselin Petrovic). Other players to have left Oostende during the season include Ivan Paunic (Serbian international; moved to Aris), Vladan Vukosavljevic (another Serbian; moved to Aliaga in Turkey), and Javier Mojica (American/Puerto Rican; now playing for Bayamon in Puerto Rico). Because of those 12 foreigners, Belgian players for Oostende have played only 176 minutes all season, split between three players; Quentin Serron (166), Jean Salumu (7) and Yacine Baeri (3). That’s 176 out of a possible 4,200 minutes; therefore, only 4.19% of Oostende’s PT has been shared amongst Belgian players. For comparison’s sake, Americans have a 53.62% share.
Green made his way to his fifth consecutive NBA training camp when he signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves this summer. He did not make the team, though, as he and every other signee lost out on a spot to Jason Hart, who played all of five minutes for the Wolves and who is now out of the league. Green then moved to Greece and joined Olimpia Larissa, leading them in scoring with a 14.3 ppg average to go along with 4.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. However, he left the team in January, reportedly because of a pay dispute. (Note: when American players leave Greek teams midseason, it is usually because of a pay dispute.) Green has joined the annual Puerto Rican exodus, signing with Galitos de Isabela. In his two games for the team so far, Green put up 38 points and 13 rebounds.
Green squirmed out four years in the NBA, but never came close to realising the potential that a man with his combination of athleticism and jump shooting has by default. He last played with the Mavericks; however, at the Nerdjerkfest Conference Thing last week (or whatever it was called; said with affection, by the way), Mark Cuban famously and amusingly stated that Green “just doesn’t understand the game of basketball.” Quite the burn there from a man who spent a year signing his paychecks, but after four years of experimenting, the whole NBA seems to have bought into it.
Green is now in Russia playing for Lokomotiv Kuban. He is averaging 15.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.
I am continuously intrigued by the esoterica and minutiae of all the aspects of building a basketball team. I want to understand how to build the best basketball teams possible. No, I don’t know why, either.