April 8, 2010
- Ivan McFarlin
Former Nuggets and Sixers forward Ivan McFarlin is currently signed in a league that no one I've ever heard of has signed in before. He started the year in Poland and averaged only 3.0 points and 2.1 rebounds per game for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg - which begs the question, how are the different tiles valued in Polish Scrabble? - but he now plays for the Bendigo Braves in Australia.
Australia has attracted and produced many good players over the years, and as such has been covered on here quite a lot, but those players all played or came from the NBL, the premier Australian league full of teams you've heard of like the New Zealand Breakers or Adelaide 36ers. The Bendigo Braves are not in the NBL. They're instead in what's called the ABA (Australian Basketball Association). The ABA plays its schedule in the summertime - or, as Australians call it, "winter" - and not unlike the American ABA, it has many conferences (6, or 5 if you count the SEABL's East and Central as just one) and a load of teams (57), with the Braves playing in the SEABL, regarded as the strongest conference within the ABA. That being said, the whole ABA is still the second tier Australian league beneath the NBL, and the NBL itself isn't too strong these days either.
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