Guard after two years returned to Europe
American point guard Justin Dentmon reinforced Turkish Galatasaray, which is very active in the market this summer and before Dentmon engaged already five new players. Dentmon thus after two years returned to Europe, where the previous time with great success played for Zalgiris. In the new club will for only one season earn 900.000 dollars, according to the Turkish media.
Shiny scorer previous two seasons spent mainly performing in the Chinese CBA league, with a short stint in the NBA-D League. Last season in the Chinese team Sichuan Blue Whales has averaged 24.7 points, 4.5 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. Although these figures are not unusual when the Chinese league is in question, the fact is that in China there is room only for players with great offensive potential.
Dentmon also tried his hand in the NBA, where he collected only 8 appearances for three different clubs during two seasons. He changed a lot of clubs throughout career, and by far the best impression left in the Lithuanian Zalgiris, when in late years of playing simply exploded. On 24 Euroleague matches he was almost unstoppable and averaged 16.8 points, 4.1 assists and 1.3 steals, along with brilliant shot for 3 points.
He is a player with secure points in the hands, is very fast and has a good feel for the game. He is especially dangerous from the pick and roll when the offense finished with points or assist. Given that Galatasaray has a quality tall players – Alex Tyus and Nenad Krstic, who are able to make a good block and very well play pick and roll with a point guard, should be expected plenty of such actions when Justin Dentmon is on the floor. When the defense is concerned, he is not particularly good defensive player, but is very aggressive on the ball handler and has quick hands, and should expect occasional steals.
Galatasaray on the point guard position before Dentmon hired another extraordinary shooter. It is Russ Smith, who last season set a record in the NBA-D League, scoring a whopping 65 points in one game. It is a similar player profile as a Justin Dentmon, to whom this will be the first season in Europe. A potential problem for the Turkish team is because in its roster they have no compatible players at that position, so to their opponents will not be particularly difficult to scout them. However, the club from Istanbul does a great job this summer and it is clear that they after winning the Eurocup want to make significant result and in the Euroleague.