Lthe already launched season of the NBA is being cruel to a handful of players who will have an important weight in the Euroleague and who in the United States are nothing short of inconsequential, condemned to the bottom of the rotation or directly anchored to the bench.
Willy Hernangmez promedia 4.7 minutes in the three games he has played. Neither his work in the summer nor his good Games allow him to play in the Pelicans, the worst team in the NBA, with whom he signed for three years. His brother Juancho has an average of 2.8 minutes in five games with the Celtics, where did it come from Minnesota with previous scale in Memphis. Santi Aldama y Usman Garuba They are paying the normal toll of the rookies but, before leaving, the ex-Madridista was already decisive in Europe thanks to his defense. Playing their teams this morning, only the Grizzlies pvot took to the track: five minutes into the beating of the Suns.
A Kevin Pangos, the best point guard of last season in the Euroleague, wanted him half the competition, but he signed for the Cavaliers from Ricky Rubio. Has played a total of 11 minutes in four games. This morning he scored his first basket. Gabriel Deck, differential eaves in the Real Madrid until his departure to the Thunder before last year’s playoffs, accumulate 21 minutes in four games. His averages, 2.3 points and 0.8 rebounds. But it is more than what his friend experienced Luca Vildoza. He did not even play with the Knicks, which was cut shortly before he underwent surgery for a foot injury.
Before them his compatriot left Facundo Campazzo. To a promising debut in Denver is following a worrying year. This morning I didn’t even play before the Hawks. Although Jamal Murray still unsubscribe, dispute six minutes less per game (from 21.9 to 15.1), his points have dropped from 6.1 to 3.2 and assists from 3.6 to 1.6. He usually plays alongside another point guard and sometimes he doesn’t even raise the ball. He gives his usual defense, with his 1.78 meters he tries to scratch some attack rebound, he offers released triples to his teammates, which this year are not fine, and sometimes he plays one. And that’s it. There is no trace of the player who dominated Europe.
And the economic is not the main thing in some cases. Pangos wins $ 1.6 million. Some European team offered him more. Campazzo’s salary is 3.2 million, not much more than he was making in Madrid, and he had to face a clause of 6. He is in his last year of contract with the Nuggets and whites kept their rights in Europe. Attentive ah. Deck is in 3.6 million. Willy perceive 2,3 this course. And Juancho’s contract of 7.4 for the next season is not guaranteed. Your name will begin to link to the madridista club sooner rather than later. It is not the case of the forward of the Celtics, but others could be earning higher or similar figures in Europe with much more weight in their teams than they currently have.
The season is long, there may be coach changes, injuries and rotations that make things get better. It happened to Willy last season. For now It’s hard to see how the potential of such extraordinary players is wasted in the NBA. The dream was to play there. Not only be.