Checking In Overseas
With Josh Childress wrapping up his season last night as Olympiakos was eliminated from the Greek finals, it seemed like a good time to check in on players competing over seas that have ties to the Hawks.
Josh Childress -
Childress finished the season averaging 15.2 ppg on 52% shooting and 4.8 rpg against Euroleague opponents and 15.8 ppg on 59% shooting and 5.4 rpg against Greek competition. This was a drastic increase in production from his 8.8 ppg on 47% shooting last year in the Euroleague. His adaptation to the European game may lead people to believe he is most likely to play out the final year of his contract in Greece, economic troubles and overall civil unrest could help push J-Chill back to the States.
The most immediate example took place in last night’s Greek league championship when the game had to be called with just over a minute remaining due to fan violence. Olympiakos was trailing by single-digits, but was not able to finish the game that had already been halted for over an hour in the third period because of objects thrown toward the opponents bench.
Check out this video to see Childress in action last night. Move to the 2:55 mark for the first incident that causes the delay.
Sergiy Gladyr -
Gladyr was drafted in the second round last year by the Hawks and participated in the Hawks rookie camp at Philips Arena. This year he made the jump from his Ukranian team to the highly regarded Liga ACB in Spain. There he averaged 10 points and 2 rebounds in 29 games (19.4 minutes per game) for Suzuki Manresa. He scored a season-high 24 points including five 3-pointers in a win over Caja Laboral in November.
Cenk Akyol -
Akyol also stepped into a bigger league this season, leaving his old team in Turkey for Air Avellino in the Italian league. The 59th pick of the 2005 draft averaged 11.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 1.4 steals, and had a 25 point outburst in a loss to CS Bologna.
Cenk shows you “Yes, they have the seated shot from the bench in Europe too.” -
Garret Siler -
One of the bigger (literally and figuratively) stories of last year’s training camp was the possibility of the former NCAA Division II All-American from Augusta State making the Hawks roster. Listed anywhere from 270 – 310 lbs. and as tall as 7’1″, his size is something that many NBA teams can value. After the Hawks cut ties with Silerlast fall he picked up withthe Pacers and played two games in the D-League before signing with the Shanghai Sharks who are owned by Yao Ming.
Siler performed well in China averaging 14.1 points while shooting an incredible 75.7% from the field. He led his team with 9.3 rebounds per game and also blocked 1.6 shots per contest. His most impressive performance was a 34 point night on which he connected on 15-of-16 field goal attempts. For more on his transition to China, check out this article from CNNGo.com.
While there is nothing official that ties Garret to the Hawks, the Augusta native has made it clear that he would like to play close to friends and family.