With the ranks of the NBL swelling, or if it is hyperbole to say swelling, growing at least, with former NBA players, does the NBL gain legitimacy of lose it?
Andrew Bogut returning to Australia to play for the Sydney Kings caught most of the headlines, but Alonzo Gee is now in the NBL fold after playing eight seasons in the NBA.
Gee was ell traveled in the NBA. He played college ball at Alabama, but was not selected in the 2009 NBA draft. He landed with the Washington Wizards for part of 2010 and he played that same season for the San Antonio Spurs and then back with the Wizards.
From 2010 – 2014, Gee found stable employment, in NBA terms at least, with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He next went to the Denver Nuggets, the Portland Trail Blazer, the New Orleans Pelicans and back to the Denver Nuggets for 2016 – 2017.
His next professional stint will be with the Brisbane Bullets.
Basketball fans will get an opportunity to compare the competitions when Gee brings in 6.6 point and 3.3 rebounds per NBA game to the NBL.
If his stats blow up, it could be taken as a sign that the NBL is not up to snuff, but many feel that with the NBL sending players to the NBA, the Australian professional league is coming of age.
The other sign that might be observed is how well the Bullets do in the upcoming season. They finished at the bottom last season.
Gee is the second import to join Brisbane for the 2018 – 2019 season.
The other is Stephen Holt, who came out of Saint Mary’s College in 2014 and like Gee, did not receive an offer as an NBA draftee. Holt came to the Bullets last season and played two seasons with Melbourne.
His most recent playing has been for Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski in Europe.