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Europe Interview: Deon Thompson Of Alba Berlin

Still only 24 years old, Deon Thompson already has had a chance to see all aspects of European basketball by living and playing hoops in three different countries – Greece, Slovenia and Germany.

The former North Carolina standout already knows what it means to play in front of sometimes violent Greek basketball fans, compete in the second best league in the world, Euroleague, or practice twice a day on regular basis. Thompson also knows what is like to be a leader of a Euroleague Top 16 team.

After joining the most famous German team, Alba Berlin, Thompson immediately became the main figure of the club by leading the team in scoring, rebounding and blocks. The forward was able to improve his numbers in every statistical categories from last season while he was playing for Union Olimpija, averaging 12 points and 5.4 rebounds during the 2012-13 Euroleague season.

Now Thompson feels ready to step up and join a winning Euroleague team.

RealGM recently caught up with Thompson to discuss his success in Europe, his game improvement and plans to make it to the NBA.

RealGM: First of all, how would you evaluate your performance in the 2012-13 Euroleague season? 

Thompson: It was my second year in the Euroleague and I feel I made great strides from my first year to my second year. In the first round of the Euroleague, I played some of the best basketball in my three-year career so far in Europe, I was able to lead my team, Alba Berlin, into the Top 16 and was able to help the club get it's first ever win in the Top 16. While in the Top 16 for the first time my numbers dropped a little from the first round, as teams started to guard me differently and show me different defenses while I had the ball on the low post. In the 65 games I showed that I could play, compete and being 24 years old, I still have some things I can improve on.

RealGM: Could you compare the situation while you were playing for Union Olimpija and this season with Alba?

Thompson: My time with Union Olimpija was a good experience on how things in Europe can be in regards to money and sponsorship situations. Our team started off very strong in the ABA League competition and was fighting in the Euroleague in one of the toughest groups that year. But early in the year, our team started to have financial problems up to where we were three months behind on payments, which makes it difficult to motivate players to practice twice a day for two hours each. So as all of us players went on strike and we saw our teams performance drop and then we lost seven of our top players who left to other teams. Situations like that makes winning very difficult. The main reason I didn't leave was because I felt I was developing my skills and while playing for coach Saso Filipovski, money wasn't as important at the time compared to the things he was teaching me. 

While with Alba, it was the total opposite when it came to financial things as the German economy is one of the strongest in all of Europe. When I came to Alba I was given a bigger role on the team and the opportunity to lead the where most of the offense was ran through me, I have to give thanks to coach Sasa Obradovic for given me that chance. The city of Berlin, there isn't enough words for me to describe how incredible the city was, I loved it. The city of Ljubljana was nice as well, but just a smaller city, but it is very nice at the same time.

RealGM: How did it feel to be playing for the same team once again with Danny Green, your former teammate at North Carolina?

Thompson: It was great to have Danny over in Europe with me during the NBA lockout. We were college roommates during my sophomore year at UNC, so over the three years we were able to build a great relationship. To be able to share an experience doing something you love like basketball all the way across the world with one of your brothers is always a great experience. 

RealGM: In your opinion what were the reasons that Alba didn't go any further than quarterfinals in German league this season?

Thompson: It was very difficult for our team in the first round of the playoffs in the Beko-BBL (German League). As we played versus Bayern Munich and one of the best European coaches, Pesic. First, I want to give credit to him and his team, he had them ready to play right from game one. There are a lot of reasons why I think our team didn't go any further than the quarterfinals. One could be that our team competed in two competitions this season and with the new structure of how Top 16 was this year, we played close to 70 games! As where Bayren Munich only competed in one competition this year and only played 37 games. Our team wasn't very deep and we accumulated a lot of injuries during the season. With all the practice we did this season on top of playing 65 games, I think our team just ran out of gas and was tired. Also, Munich did a great job with their defensive pressure on our guards and in taking us out of what we wanted to run on offence. Also, I didn't play my best basketball in those three games, getting swept is more motivation for me to use while working on my game this summer.

RealGM: In your first three seasons in overseas, you played for three teams in three different countries. What have you learned so far as a person by living in Greece, Slovenia and Germany?

Thompson: Living outside the States hasn't been so difficult. Don't get me wrong, there always are hard moments during Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, etcetera where I am so far and distant from the ones I love. But I am use to being distant from family; I left Torrance, CA at 17 to go all the way across the country to North Carolina. Luckily, in my three years in Europe, I have been able to play in great cities, which makes it easier to live adjust, especially Americans. It has been a great experience, I really didn't see myself over in Europe, but I have been making the most of it, there is so much culture and history to learn from each country. I am using basketball as a tool to experience it all. Also, to be able to have my family visit and experience them with me is such a blessing in its self.

RealGM: Most of American basketball fans haven't seen you playing since 2010. In your opinion, how has your game changed since the last time you wore Tar Heel's jersey? 

Thompson: Yeah, it has been awhile since I wore that Carolina Blue, where I spent four years in Chapel Hill. At UNC my game was mostly around the basket being able to make quick moves with my turn-around jumper or come to the middle with a jump hook. I still have those elements in my game in the post, but in Europe playing in the post is different. It's not so much about getting the best position, catching and making the fastest move possible to finish. In Europe getting the ball in the post is about patience, backing your defending down as close as possible to the basket and finish. Also with doing this there haven’t been very many people who can stop me one-on-one in the post so I draw a lot of double teams, that create a lot of open shots for my teammates. In the post there is just a different approach in how I play. Also, I have added a solid mid range jumper, which makes hard to guard when I'm involved in pick and pop/roll situations. I want to continue on extending my range to the three point line and all the way to the NBA three-point line. I really see myself as a stretch four man.

RealGM: Do you still stay in touch with your former teammates Ed Davis, Tyler Zeller, Ty Lawson, Tyler Hansbrough and others?

Thompson: I always train in Chapel Hill during the summers, so I see a lot of the guys when they come into town.

RealGM: Why did you decide to go to Europe instead of playing in the D-League?

Thompson: For me, Europe was the smarter move. In three years, I have been able to earn and create a solid name for myself in Europe. Also financially, I have been able to make good money for myself as to where if I sat in the D-League and didn't receive a call up it would almost feel like a year wasted where I could of made great money overseas. I understand I won't be able to play basketball forever and at the end of the day it is about making the most money you can and be smart with it, so life after basketball after putting in all this hard work is well worth it. Being able to live comfortably and support my family.

RealGM: What are your plans for this summer? Are you planning to participate in the NBA summer league?

Thompson: The NBA is obviously a goal of mine someday. This summer I plan to train in Chapel Hill with the strength and condition coach, Jonas Sahratian and continue to get my body in the best shape possible, while working on the things in my game I need to improve. I do plan to play in the NBA summer league and I'm not sure as to whom I will be playing with at this point. 

RealGM: What are your preferences for the next season?

Thompson: For next season, I want to do everything possible to try and get into the NBA. If I am close with a team, try and go to veterans camp and see where that takes me. If that doesn't workout, I want to play on the highest level in Europe and play in the Euroleague. But, I want to play with a team who will have the chance of winning Euroleague or at least can compete on a high level with all the teams.  

RealGM: Have you already received any interest from specific leagues or countries?

Thompson: There are still a lot of teams still competing in there domestic leagues and I'm sure they are focusing on trying to win a championship. 

Preseason Euroleague Power Rankings

The 2012-13 Euroleague regular season will begin on October 19th and here are RealGM's preseason power rankings.

1. CSKA Moscow (Russia)

The absence of Andrei Kirilenko and Alexey Shved will definitely be felt, but the return of head coach Ettore Messina and the acquisition of one of the best Euroleague rookies of 2011-12 season, Sonny Weems, maintains CSKA as the most talented team in Euroleague. Also, it's going to be the second season in Russia for Serbians Milos Teodosic and Nenad Krstic, who together with Weems should lead CSKA to the Final Four.

2. FC Barcelona Regal (Spain)

FC Barcelona Regal clearly suffered some serious losses this offseason as one of the most versatile Euroleague players, Chuck Eidson, left for Unics and two big men moved south to Unicaja Malaga. Barcelona didn’t shock the market by making huge signings, but that’s what their front office usually does. The Catalonians managed to re-sign RealGM’s last season’s All-Euroleague 1st Team member Erazem Lorbek, who together with elite point guard Marcelinho Huertas, healthy Juan Carlos Navarro and Olympic surprise Joe Ingles might help FC Barcelona Regal make another Final Four appearance.

3. Real Madrid (Spain)

Real’s time has finally come. It has been 18 years since Real won its last Euroleague title and this year Pablo Laso’s team has the best chance they have had in years. This season’s Real is very versatile, having the pieces to go all the way to the top. They are both young and experienced, explosive and dangerous, which by adding Rudy Fernandez this offseason might become unstoppable in every league they’ll compete in the 12-13 season.

4. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (Turkey)

It seems that Montepaschi Siena was relocated to Turkey and that’s good news for Fenerbahce Ulker fans. Fenerbahce Ulker managers opened their pockets to bring former Montepaschi players David Andersen, Romain Sato, Bo McCalebb and coach Simone Pianigiani. These pieces have experience together, therefore Fenerbahce Ulker should find a winning path straight away. Everybody in Europe knows that McCalebb, who signed a three-year deal with the Turkish team, is a game changer and a Euroleague Final Four is probably not so far away for Fenerbahce Ulker.

5. Olympiacos Piraeus (Greece)

After a stunning performance in last season’s Final Four, current Euroleague champion Olympiacos is no longer an underdog. Every team will treat Olympiacos as a champion and the expectations for the Greeks will be sky high. Despite the departure of head coach Dusan Ivkovic, Olympiacos managed to maintain the core of the team and especially the key Greek players from the last season  - Vassilis Spanoulis, Georgios Printezis, Kostas Papanikolaou, and American Kyle Hines.

6. Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)

Maccabi is clearly not the same dominant team as it was in 2004 or 2005, but they are one of only few who remained elite for years and are always among top candidates to claim the title. Before the start of the season, Maccabi doesn’t seem to be at the same line with Europe’s best (CSKA and FC Barcelona Regal), but David Blatt and his players are capable of beating the odds and making a long run in this year’s Euroleague.

7. Unicaja Malaga (Spain)

Unicaja has been struggling for years in the Euroleague tournament but there are signs that the dark days for Malaga basketball might be over. Unicaja, which won only five out of 24 games in the Top 16 in last four years, had to say goodbye to its team face Joel Freeland and 11 other players and build a new team from the ground up. Luka Zoric, Fran Vazquez and Kosta Perovic will form one of the best frontcourts in the league, which will be the key strength of Unicaja.

8. Montepaschi Siena (Italy)

Life after Bo McCalebb won’t be easy and Montepaschi is about to experience that. Montepaschi completely changed its team by almost completely turning over its roster and starting a new page. Montepaschi managers had to say goodbye to Siena’s biggest stars and its leader McCalebb, who had been Montepaschi’s key player since 2010. As other teams’ experience shows, it takes years to build a winning Euroleague team, therefore patience might be an essential thing for this year’s Montepaschi.

9. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Italy)

After years of disappointments, EA7 Emporio Armani was finally very close to making the Top 8 last season and this year’s team looks even more impressive. It seems the managers of Olimpia Milano did their best on bringing an elite player, such as Keith Langford, and missing pieces like Gianluca Basile and Richard Hendrix. EA7 Emporio Armani hasn’t looked this strong for many years and this might be the best chance for Sergio Scariolo and his guys to break their team's curse of Euroleague.

10. Panathinaikos Athens (Greece)

The post-Obradovic era begins. Nine new players and more to come as Panathinaikos was completely rebuilt this offseason. The wind of changes came when eight-time Euroleague champion Zeljko Obradovic, who coached Panathinaikos since 1999, stepped down and 11 players left the team as well. One of two players who stayed in Athens, Dimitris Diamantidis and new coach Argyris Pedoulakis is in a very difficult position as it might take more than a season to build a strong relationship between players and bring Panathinaikos back on the winning path.

11. Caja Laboral Vitoria (Spain)

The biggest upset of the last season, Caja Laboral do not have any reasons to be very optimistic about this year as well. Two key players, Euroleague leading points per game scorer Mirza Teletovic and team assist leadser Pablo Prigioni left the Spanish organization for the NBA and Caja Laboral struggles to find a proper replacement. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see group C’s Caja Laboral missing Top 16 for the second straight season.

12. Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)

Similar to last season, Zalgiris formed a solid roster for the Euroleague tournament and seems to be a Top 8 team on paper. But Zalgiris fans know the best that it's way too early to celebrate and there's nothing to be excited about before the Top 16 starts. Statistics don't lie: over the last nine years, Zalgiris won only seven and lost 35 games in the Top 16 stage. Despite how good Zalgiris' roster seemed to be, Kaunas won just four matches in Top 16 since 2004 and holds an awful 4-32 record.

13. Khimki Moscow region

Eurocup winner Khimki formed its team the earliest among all Euroleague clubs and signed all players even before the beginning of the summer. Khimki didn’t spend as much money as they did in the past, but Rimas Kurtinaitis’ team should repeat their success in 2009-10 and make it out of the group with the talent they have.

14. Anadolu Efes Istanbul

‘Born to lose’ are the first three words, which came to my mind when I hear the name Anadolu Efes Istanbul. It didn’t matter how many top European players Istanbul had on its roster, they have always failed to meet expectations. The main reason is that chemistry is something money can’t buy. However, Anadolu Efes will have another shot to make a long run this season, as they’ll have future MVP candidate Jordan Farmar on their side and many other individually great players. As always.

15. Besiktas Istanbul (Turkey)

No doubt, last season was amazing for Besiktas and their fans as Istanbul club won three titles - Turkish league, Turkish Cup and EuroChallenge (the third best European competition). It was simply the gold age for the Turkish team, but this year’s Besiktas will be different as day and night. The whole starting five left the club and that doesn’t mean anything good for Besiktas.

16. Cedevita Zagreb (Croatia)

It’s not a secret that the last two seasons weren’t the best for Croatian basketball, but it seems Cedevita is here to change the things. Definitely, Cedevita wasn’t the luckiest club on the Euroleague draw day as they would probably like to be anywhere but in group C. However, the Croatian team’s managers did nice work this offseason by building a versatile team with few well-known names, who are good enough to shake things up make a mess in group C.

17. Brose Baskets Bamberg (Germany)

Brose Baskets proved that German basketball can compete with the Europe’s best clubs and last season was just one step away from making to the Top 16. During the offseason, Brose Baskets lost some very important pieces and is going to be quite a challenge for Chris Fleming to build a winning team with the guys he has now.

18. Partizan Belgrade (Serbia)

As usual, Partizan will be a team to watch this season. The Serbian club will have many well-known talents on its roster. Davis Bertans, Dejan Musli, Leo Westermann, Bogdan Bogdanovic have proved themselves in youth tournaments and now it’s time to demonstrate their capabilities on the big scene. Moreover, coach Dusko Vujosevic, who led Partizan to the Final four in 09-10, is back in Belgrade. The 24-year-old Marko Cakarevic is currently the oldest player on the team, but it is surely going to be fun to watch how talented and hungry Partizan will try to find its way out of the group D.

19. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (Lithuania)

One of the two best Lithuanian teams, Lietuvos Rytas is known for signing less-known players and making the most out of them. This season is going to be a no exception as Lietuvos Rytas lost its biggest star, Jonas Valanciunas, and didn't add any elite players to its squad. Even with the roster as it is now, Lietuvos Rytas, is capable of making it out of the group but might lack talent to shake things up in the Top 16.

20. Alba Berlin (Germany)

It’s been a while since Alba won its last title and it seems the hype from making to the Euroleague Top 16 in 08-09 disappeared. Even after being  awful last season, Alba got a chance to play in the Euroleague, where their chances are really limited. Nevertheless, everything is possible in group B for Alba, especially with the support they’ll have at home games.

21. Elan Chalon (France)

French teams has always been like tourists in the Euroleague and Elan Chalon will probably be no exception. On the other hand, Elan Chalon made one of the most interesting signings this offseason in six-year NBA veteran Shelden Williams. Of course, it would be a no-braner to believe Williams could carry Elan Chalon on his back to the Top 16 stage, but he could make some serious problems for group D underdogs, Asseco Prokom and Alba.

22. Asseco Prokom Gdynia (Poland)

The previous two seasons were horrible for Asseco Prokom and it seems that the Polish team is heading for a third one. New head coach Kestutis Kemzuras will have a very difficult task to build a winning team from very average players. Also, Asseco Prokom will be missing its biggest star, Donatas Motiejunas, who moved to Houston Rockets, and for now, there’s no such player, who could replace Motiejunas and become a leader of the team.

23. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Last season’s worst team, Union Olimpija, didn’t do much this offseason to avoid the same situation this year. Ljubljana’s team lost all its best players and the new additions look more like a lottery than a promising future. It seems that Union Olimpija don’t have financial problems anymore and that might be club’s biggest victory of the offseason.

Eurocup Recaps, Round 6 (Finishing The Regular Season)

The Eurocup Regular Season came to a close this week.

BC Donetsk 80-69 BCM Gravelines

BC Donetsk stole a fantastic home win, a win that could have potentially propelled the Ukrainian side to the top of Group A and above their opponent, BCM Gravelines. The 11-point victory wasn’t enough, however, as point differential allowed Gravelines to keep the top spot as both teams advance to the Last 16.

Gravelines went into the second half with a three-point lead, but saw that margin vanish as Ramel Curry led a 20-0 Donetsk run that would put the game away for good. The journeyman guard Curry finished with 21 points and eight rebounds, matched only by teammate Ivan Radenovic, who had 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

For the visitors, J.R Reynolds (former Virginia star) was one of only two players to reach double-figures with 17 points and six rebounds.

KK Cibona 78-86 Hapoel Jerusalem

With absolutely nothing on the line, Hapoel Jerusalem finished their Eurocup campaign with a second victory, taking down the Croatian side KK Cibona.

Brian Randle led Jerusalem with 17 points (7-for-11 shooting) while former NBA player Luke Jackson was also decent, contributing 13 of his own.

Cholet Basket 69-66 Paok BC

With 27 points and four assists from Fabien Causeur, Cholet Basket won a meaningless game as the French side battled it out with Paok BC for third position in Group B.

It was a nice ending for the shooting guard with the sweet stroke and nice handles as he finished his Eurocup campaign averaging 23 points and four assists per game.

James Christopher also scored 17 points for the home side while former Boston Celtic J.R Giddens scored 17 while also grabbing six rebounds. Veteran guard Ioannis Kalampokis also had a solid outing, collecting 18 points and nabbing seven rebounds.

VEF Riga 68-79 BC Khimki

BC Khimki finished their Eurocup regular season undefeated as they beat second placed VEF Riga in the other Group B matchup. Never trailing, Khimki received great performances from Alexey Zhukanenko (19 points seven rebounds), former NBA player Zoran Planinic (12 points, eight assists and five steals) and Kresimir Loncar (12 points, seven rebounds).

Former Miami Heat reserve guard Chris Quinn also had a notable performance with 10 points, four rebounds and three assists, as did Australian national player, Matt Nielsen, who had 10 points in 18 minutes. 

Gasterra Flames 75-92 CEZ Nymburk

CEZ Nymburk continued their great play in Group C, defeating Gasterra Flames on the road and remaining atop the table. Adrian Abrams score 17 points (3-4 from down town), while Drew Naymick (six rebounds), Tre Simmons and Eugene Lawrence (eight assists) all scored 14 apiece.

Aris BSA 96-86 BC Rudupis

Aris BSA was able to hold on and win a thriller at home, securing second place in Group C. Their overtime victory was even more memorable considering they dropped an 11 point third quarter lead.

Ronald Davis saved the game for the home team as his dunk with five seconds left evened the score at 78 apiece. He finished with 19 points while Dominic James (22 points) and Christos Tapoutas (18 points, 11 rebounds) also played starring roles.

Arminas Urbutis was great for the visitors and his third quarter play helped sparked the run that cut away at Aris’ 11 point lead. He totaled 20 points and five rebounds.

Telenet Oostende 87-83 Valencia Basket

With no chance at a trip to the Last 16, Telenet Oostende still managed a victory against group leading Valencia Basket. The shocking loss dropped the Spanish powerhouse out of first place in Group D as the team collapsed in the final eight minutes, giving up a small lead.

Forward Winston Kennedy (Alabama University 2002-05) scored 19 points and made 11-of-13 attempts at the line while Dusan Djordjevic had 19 points and seven rebounds.

Asvel Basket 69-68 Lukoil Academic

Kim Tillie nailed a jumper with under half a second remaining in overtime to lift Asvel Basket over Lukoil Academic and into Group D’s top position.

Tillie was strong throughout and nailed some important baskets down the stretch. He finished with 19 points on 9-13 shooting while Dijon Thompson had 21 of his own. Former New Orleans Hornet Hilton Armstrong didn’t have a great shooting night, but he did manage 10 rebounds and three steals.

G. Canaria 71-58 Fraport Skyliners

Gran Canaria did everything they needed to do in Round 6 by defeating struggling German side Fraport Skyliners, but still failed to qualify for the Last 16. Stuck with four wins and two losses left Gran Canaria in a three-way tie for the top-two positions in Group E and they missed out on advancing by the smallest of margins.

Not a close game at all, Canaria was led by Nelson Spencer who scored 15 and grabbed nine boards. Their balanced attack won out against the one man show of Jimmy McKinny (27 points, 5-8 three point shooting) with all but one man on the roster scoring at least two points.

Banvit BK 79-55 Lokomotiv Kuban

Banvit BK blew out Lokomotiv Kuban and the win sealed top position in Group E for the Turkish side. Despite the no show from Lokomotiv, they find themselves also making the Last 16, beating out Gran Canaria on point differential.

Six players reached double figures for Banvit with Chuck Davis and Kenan Bajramovic leading the way with 15 and 14 points respectively.

BC Azovmash 67-74 Lietuvos Rytas

Lietuvos Rytas won their matchup with BC Azovmash and remained one of three teams to finish the Eurocup regular season undefeated.

Lietuvos found themselves down at the half, but the Lithuanian side took the lead in the third term and never gave it back. Renaldas Seibutis (17 points), Tyrese Rice (16 points, seven assists) and Lawrence Roberts (15 points, six rebounds) all had nice performances for Lietuvos.

KRKA Novo Mesto 68-65 Le Mans

Their second seed already secured in Group F, KRKA Novo Mesto won a tight game at home against Le Mans. The scores were even with just over four minutes to go, but Novo Mesto hold on to leave Le Mans with just one win for their campaign.

Smiljan Pavic led KRKA with 13 points and eight rebounds and Jure Balazic was also great, posting 11 points and 14 rebounds.

Spartak St. Petersburg 97-77 Benetton Treviso

Spartak wrapped up the inevitable last night by blowing out Italian side Benetton Treviso at home by 20 points. Six wins and zero losses to their name, Spartak completed another dominant performance Vladimir Dragicevic’s 21 point effort. Pint-sized, exciting point guard Patrick Beverely only managed four points, but made up for his lack of scoring by contributing eight rebounds and ten assists.

Benetton emerged from the loss with a three-three win-loss record and still qualifies for the Last 16. Decimated by the recent losses of extremely talent 19-year-old top-scorer Alessandro Gentile to Olimpia Milano and NBA player Brian Scalabrine, Benetton were not as dangerous as they had been earlier in the tournament, but received a welcome 22 points on 6-6 shooting from three point land by Jobey Thomas.

Bayern Munich 80-65 Cedevita

Bayern Munich finally gave their fans something to cheer about with a home win against another struggling side, Cedevita. Both failed to qualify for the Last 16, but Bayern, with their deep pockets and talented roster should be better next season.

Center Jarred Homan was dominant, posting 18 points and 11 rebounds, and front court buddy Chevon Troutman was also solid as he registered 13 and eight of his own.

KK Buducnost Voli 57-72 Alba Berlin

Alba Berlin finished their dominant regular season campaign with an easy 15-point win over KK Buducnost Voli. The losing side still managed a place in the Last 16 finishing with a 3-3 win-loss record.

Yassin Idbihi scored 21 for the Group H champs who surprisingly received a quiet performance from star point guard DaShaun Wood (four points, six assists).

Dexia Mons Hainaut 98-97 PGE Turow

In a game of no consequence, Dexia Mons Hainaut secured a one point win over PGE Turow. Neither side advances to the next round.

An exciting game nevertheless, Ronald Moore of Mons scored a put back bucket to tie the game at 74 each. 

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