Earlier this year
Going from the NBL to NBA
Just trying to get some educated opinions here. Milos Teodosic and Bogdan Bojanovic have signed for $$$ with the Clips and Sacramento respectively and it seems that players from top Euro leagues and teams go to and from the NBA relatively seamlessly.
By comparison, although there is NBA interest in NBL players, they usually have to go through the camp route. I'm not stupid or naive enough to consider the NBL on an exact par as the top European leagues and teams, but as a point of comparison, the NBL is an English speaking league (ease of communication) with no buy-out clauses or impediments to coming over to the NBA and a fast-paced athletic style that is more similar to the NBA than most European comps. Given that NBL players like Kirk Penney, CJ Bruton and Corey Webster have been among the statistical leaders of leading FIBA tournaments even when matched up against NBA and European foes, do people in NBA GM roles essentially see the NBL as a semi-professional comp or said players have games that don't translate to the NBA?
Any insightful analysis appreciated. This means no trolls saying a top 10 world league is the same as NAIA competition.