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NBA Limbo

by Brett Koremenos

Sep 15, 2014 4:19 PM

Limbo is the best way to describe the area where players whose skill and production have them vacillating back and forth between starring on the top teams in Europe or filling out the bottom half of NBA rosters. In this Basketball World Cup, Milos Teodosic, Emir Preldzic, Ante Tomic showed us (or reminded us) that they can contribute to NBA teams. Read more »

Tags: NBA, International, National, National World Championships

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Jonas Valanciunas As Franchise Player

by Jonathan Tjarks

Sep 9, 2014 1:32 AM

You can count the number of centers in the NBA with more two-way ability than Jonas Valanciunas on one hand - Dwight Howard, Marc Gasol, Joakim Noah, Tim Duncan. The scary part is that he’s only scratched the surface of his potential. Read more »

Tags: Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors, NBA, National, National World Championships

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Surprises And Disappointments Of The 2014 FIBA World Cup Group Stage

by Erildas Budraitis

Sep 5, 2014 9:17 PM

After all of the teams played five games and got ready for the playoffs, RealGM took a look at some of players, who despite their team success struggled to reach expectations, and others, who unexpectedly were very productive. Read more »

Tags: National, National World Championships

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Dario Saric's Best Case Scenario

by Jonathan Tjarks

Dario Saric is a unique player with very defined strengths and weaknesses, which gives his NBA career a wide range of possible outcomes. Maybe the biggest reason for optimism is his age, as he is one of the youngest players at the World Cup. Read more »
RealGM Interview: Goran Dragic Of The Suns

by Erildas Budraitis

RealGM caught up with Goran Dragic in Europe to talk about the Suns’ offseason, Slovenian basketball, what is it like to play with his brother and much more. Read more »
Team USA's Big Problem Playing Small In World Cup

by Jonathan Tjarks

Ever since taking over as the head coach of Team USA, Mike Krzyzewski has made a philosophical commitment to playing small. But instead of Durant, LeBron, George, Love and Carmelo, he finds himself with Parsons, Faried and Gay. Read more »
Boris Diaw Held No-Brainer Decision To Return To Spurs

by Shams Charania

Once last season’s NBA Finals ended, Boris Diaw spent reasonable time deciding on the player option on his contract with the San Antonio Spurs. For Diaw, the choice had been made simple far beyond the amount of money on the deal. Read more »
10 Most Disappointing Performances Of EuroBasket 2013

by Erildas Budraitis

Jonas Valanciunas, Nikola Vucevic, Hedo Turkoglu and Georgios Printezis were amongst the 10 most disappointing performance of EuroBasket 2013 for a variety of reasons. Read more »
Jonas Valanciunas And The New Big Man Synthesis

by Jonathan Tjarks

The highest-drafted Lithuanian of all-time (No. 5 in 2011), Jonas Valanciunas is the rare gigantic center with both athleticism and coordination. When the biggest guy on the floor knows how to use his size to his advantage, it’s a problem for everyone else. Read more »
Europe Interview: Petteri Koponen Of Finland

by Erildas Budraitis

Right before the tip-off of EuroBasket 2013, Petteri Koponen talked with RealGM about Finish basketball, his NBA dream, first season with Khimki and much more. Read more »
RealGM Interview: Jan Vesely

by Erildas Budraitis

RealGM caught up with Jan Vesely to talk about the challenges he faces in the NBA, his transition period, the Czech Republic national team and more. Read more »
EuroBasket 2013 Power Rankings

by Erildas Budraitis

Compared with previous tournaments, EuroBasket 2013 will be a weaker competition in terms of talent, as a lot of stars for various reasons won't suit up for the championship. But the tournament will still have many top players from the NBA and Euroleague. Read more »
Picking A Starting Five From The 27 USA Basketball Minicamp Participants

by RealGM Staff Report

Paul George, Kyrie Irving, DeMarcus Cousins, Kawhi Leonard, Kenneth Faried received the most votes to be included in their best starting five of some of the NBA's most talented American-born players. Read more »
RealGM Interview: Andrew Sullivan Of Leicester Riders

by Erildas Budraitis

Andrew Sullivan sat down with RealGM to discuss joys and sorrows of the British basketball, his personal career, Great Britain national team, Luol Deng and much more. Read more »
Europe Interview: Dontaye Draper Of Real Madrid

by Erildas Budraitis

Over the past couple of season Dontaye Draper has established himself in Europe as a pass-first type Euroleague point guard with excellent scoring skills. Read more »
Kirilenko's NBA Departure And Return

by Michael Scotto

Andrei Kirilenko talks to RealGM about his experience with CSKA, winning the bronze in London, the impact of Mikhail Prokhorov on the Russian game and his initial days with the Wolves. Read more »
RealGM Interview: J.R. Holden

by Erildas Budraitis

J.R. Holden was a European game changer and retired a year ago after a long career with CSKA and the Russian National Team. Now, Holden begins the next phase of his life as a businessman and maybe one day as the GM of a team in Europe. Read more »
Surprises And Disappointments Of The 2012 Olympics

by Erildas Budraitis

Patrick Mills, Joe Ingles, Nate Reinking, Darius Songaila and Salah Mejri were amongst the players with surprisingly good performances in the Olympics, while Matt Nielsen, Jonas Valanciunas, Ronny Turiaf, Al-Farouq Aminu and Sergey Monya struggled. Read more »
Team-By-Team Gold Medal Winners

by Christopher Reina

The Jazz and Thunder have had the most Gold Medalists since the USA began bringing NBA players in 1992, while Duke leads amongst colleges. How do the other 29 NBA teams rank? Read more »
Star Among Stars (LeBron's Performance For The Ages)

by Jonathan Tjarks

More impressive than even his stats was LeBron James command of the game. While his teammates restricted their game and played more as specialists, LeBron expanded his. Whatever Team USA needed -- scoring, playmaking, rebounding, perimeter or interior defense -- he provided. Read more »