During the broadcast of the Utah Jazz summer league game against the Nuggets (which was a big win for the Jazz), it was mentioned that a lot of players participating in summer league have played all over the world. I thought it would be fun to see where some members of the Jazz summer league team have gone in order to keep their professional basketball dreams alive.
Mardy Collins was drafted by the New York Knicks in the 2006 draft and was in the league for four seasons, also spending time with the Los Angeles Clippers. Per his Wikipedia page (I know, I know, Wikipedia isn’t always the best source of information), since last playing in the NBA, Collins has played in Turkey, Israel, Venezuela, Italy, and Greece.
Nick Covington played at Weber State, and has played professionally in such countries as Ireland, Estonia, and Romania before coming back to the USA to play in the NBA D-League. He was invited to training camp with the Jazz last fall, but unsurprisingly was cut before the season began.
Dante Exum is from Australia. Enough said.
Niels Giffey gets a mention as he is from Germany, even though he played college ball for UConn, which included being on the championship teams of 2011 and 2014.
Rudy Gobert, a returning Jazz man, is from France.
Brock Motum, like Dante Exum, is from Australia. Unlike Dante, Brock chose to play college ball in the United States. Upon finishing his career at Washington State in 2013 and participating in that year’s summer league, he ended up signing with a team in Italy.
Chris Roberts has mostly played in the D-League since finishing his college career with Bradley, but he has also played in Mexico.
Greg Somogyi is from Hungary, and played college ball at UC-Santa Barbara. After not making it in the NBA so far, he has played in Spain and his home nation.
Malcolm Thomas has played in Korea and Israel in addition to his time in the D-League and (of course) the NBA.
Jason Washburn played in Belarus after going undrafted following his career at the University of Utah. His team in Belarus, BC Tsmoki-Minsk, has some interesting uniforms.
Khalif Wyatt played in China before moving on to the D-League after going undrafted out of Temple in 2013.
That makes at least 14 countries other than the United States that members of the Jazz summer league roster have played in professionally. When they’re not practicing, watching film, or playing, they’ll have plenty of opportunities to share stories of playing overseas. Some of the players from other countries probably have different perspectives of professional basketball as well. Maybe we could convince some of the Jazz beat writers to get some interesting stories from these players. Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody), Aaron Falk (@tribjazz), and Tony Jones (@Tjonessltrib), I’m looking at you!