Who are the US-born players competing for European national teams at FIBA Eurobasket?
Eurobasket is well into its first week of action, and many eyes have been on NBA superstars representing their respective countries, like the reigning MVP. Nikola Jokic (Serbia)rookie of the year 2019 Luka Doncic (Slovenia), and 2020 Defensive Player of the Year Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece).
However, there are players who were born in the United States but now represent other countries in Europe by way of naturalization.
Shane Larkin (Turkey)
Shane Larkin was a first-round pick in the 2013 NBA Draftselected 18th overall by Atlanta Hawks, who traded him to the Dallas Mavericks later that night. After a rookie year with the Mavs, he was traded to the New York Knicks, then signed with the Brooklyn Nets, and eventually had a short stint with the Boston Celtics. In 2018, he signed with Turkey’s Anadolu Efes, and he’s been playing with them ever since. Larkin received Turkish citizenship in 2020 and is now a member of the Turkish national team.
Lorenzo Brown (Spain)
Lorenzo Brown was chosen as 52nd overall pick in the second round of the 2013 draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He also signed with the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors. After jumping from one international team to another, he will represent Spain at Eurobasket 2022 after obtaining express Spanish nationality.
Tyler Dorsey (Greece)
Tyler Dorsey was 41st overall pick in the second round of the 2017 draft, joining the Atlanta Hawks, with whom he played until 2019. He then had a short stint with the Memphis Grizzlies, and later joined several teams. In July of this year, he signed a two-way contract with the Dallas Mavericks. Dorsey has played with the Greek national basketball team in the pastand he will join them again with Giannis for Eurobasket 2022.
There are other US-born players in the tournament who joined the NBA draft but was not drafted. These athletes have had more success playing in Europe, and some of them have really found their footing on the other side of the Atlantic.
Here is the list of players born in the United States participating in Eurobasket 2022.
|Greece||Tyler Dorsey||2017-World 2/41st overall|
|Spain||Lawrence Brown||2013-World 2/52nd overall|
|Turkey||Shane Larkins||2013-World 1/18th overall|