|2006 NBA Draft||NBA||Drafted 30th overall by Portland.|
|27th July, 2009||Spain||Signed a five year contract with Unicaja Malaga.|
|11th July, 2012||Spain||Left Unicaja Malaga.|
|13th July, 2012||NBA||Signed a three year, $8,925,000 contract with Portland.|
|14th December, 2012||D-League||Assigned by Portland to Idaho Stampede of the D-League.|
|16th December, 2012||D-League||Recalled by Portland from Idaho Stampede of the D-League.|
|13th July, 2015||Russia||Signed a two year contract with CSKA Moscow.|
|2005 - June 2006||Gran Canaria Las Palmas (Spain, EBA)|
|July 2006||Portland Trail Blazers (Summer League)|
|July 2006 - June 2007||Gran Canaria (Spain)|
|July 2007||Portland Trail Blazers (Summer League)|
|July 2007 - June 2009||Gran Canaria (Spain)|
|July 2009 - July 2012||Unicaja Malaga (Spain)|
|July 2012 - June 2015||Portland Trail Blazers (NBA)|
|July 2015 - June 2017||CSKA Moscow (Russia)|
April 2, 2011
Joel Freeland (30th pick, 2006)
- There's bias here on my part, and inevitably so. Nonetheless, no amount of bias on my part can cloud the reality - Joel Freeland has matured into a damn fine player. The boy that was drafted in 2006 has become a man, averaging 13.9 points and 6.9 rebounds in the Euroleague this season for Unicaja Malaga, one of the best players in it. Freeland ticks every NBA box; he has size, great athleticism, tries hard, has plenty of skill, polish and finesse, runs the court, can shoot and post, and does OK defensively, particularly on opposing perimeter orientated big men. He has grown as a player by not joining the NBA, and has thus grown into an NBA player. It's high time the two united. In both the long and short terms, Portland needs a backup power forward that is actually a power forward, and Joel Freeland is better than Jeff Pendergraph. Freeland should be that player.
Chances of making the NBA expressed as an arbitrary percentage: Couldn't tell you, but I know what it should be.
February 24, 2010
- Joel Freeland
Despite coming from the unpleasant town of Aldershot, Joel Freeland has turned into a fine player. Still in Spain, Freeland has moved from Gran Canaria to Unicaja Malaga, lured by the promise of Euroleague ball. Freeland is averaging 9.9 points and 5.0 rebounds in 19 minutes per game in the Euroleague, alongside 11.5/4.5 in 20mpg in the ACB.
It's not just my national bias talking - although that inevitably factors - but Joel Freeland is awesome. He has size, athleticism and skill; decent offense, decent rebounding and decent defense. He's not a star player, but he's a rotation calibre NBA player and all around superhero. Taking him 30th in 2006 was an Eyenga-level gamble by the Blazers, but it's worked, and while his selection is not enough to justify trading down from 3rd to 6th in 2005 (thus going from Chris Paul to Martell Webster), it certainly helps.