December 13, 2013
Pete Mickeal - Mickeal, who hasn't been in the NBA since 2002-03 and who has never actually played in an NBA game despite numerous contracts, turns 36 in February and on the face of it appears to have no NBA prospects. However, when he left Barcelona this summer, Mickeal supposedly received interest from the Lakers and 76ers. Years of high level play in Europe have not gone unnoticed, and there exists a small chance of a late flourish.
April 9, 2010
- Pete Mickeal
Former Cincinnati forward Pete Mickeal had a few looks in the NBA at the start of the decade, including being drafted at the very end of the 2000 draft by the Mavericks. But he never quite made it in. There were workouts, summer league gigs and a couple of training camp contracts, but Mickeal never made it into an NBA game.
Not yet, anyway.
Since those days, Mickeal has had a strong European career, the majority of which has been in the ACB. After a couple of years with Tau Ceramica, Mickeal moved to Barcelona this summer, and has been one of the best players on one of the world's best teams (and probably the best non-NBA in existence). Mickeal is averaging 12.2 points and 5.1 rebounds in the Euroleague, alongside 10.7 points and 4.0 rebounds in the ACB.
You might look at those stats and not be overwhelmed. But it's all relative, to the standard of play at which they come, and to the depth of the team on which he plays. The Knicks have already been linked to Mickeal for next year; Pete may be 32, but the NBA is his if he wants it.