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NBA 2K14: Highlighting Top Euroleague Teams Making Their Debut

Photo courtesy of 2K Sports' Facebook page
Photo courtesy of 2K Sports' Facebook page
Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistSeptember 23, 2013

Luckily, you won't have to go overseas to play in the Euroleague this year.

As a part of a partnership between the Euroleague and 2K Sports, NBA 2K14 will feature 14 overseas teams. It's a cool development, as it gives gamers a chance to play as some of the continent's biggest clubs, while also getting a look at some of Europe's emerging talents.

There have been plenty of players who've gone onto NBA success after building their reputations in the Euroleague. Pau and Marc Gasol and Ricky Rubio are three of the more recent stars to make the move.

You can view the list of the 14 Euroleague teams below, followed by four teams you should jump to first.

 

Olympiacos

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12:  Acie Law and Pero Antic of Olympiacos Piraeus celebrate victory during the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four final between Olympiacos Piraeus and Real Madrid at the O2 Arena on May 12, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ja
Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Olympiacos are the two-time reigning Euroleague champions. The European giants were one of the best teams in Greece in the mid-1990s before hitting a barren patch in the 2000s. Now, Olympiacos have had a resurgence.

Long home to some of the most talented Greek players, this year's Olympiacos team is no different. Vassilis Spanoulis was the leader in points (14.7) and assists (5.5) in the Euroleague. Giorgos Printezis added 10.5 points a game in the Euroleague

For the American fans, you might recognize Acie Law and Brent Petway. Both had very good college careers before moving overseas.

 

Real Madrid

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12:  Rudy Fernandez of Real Madrid tussles with Acie Law of Olympiacos Piraeus during the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four final between Olympiacos Piraeus and Real Madrid at the O2 Arena on May 12, 2013 in London, England.  (P
Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

No team has won more Euroleague titles than Real Madrid. However, most of their titles came under the reign of Francisco Franco, when much of Spain's resources were being funneled to the capital.

Last year saw a return to form for Madrid. They finished runners-up to Olympiacos in the Euroleague championship.

NBA fans will be familiar with one of Real Madrid's best players, Rudy Fernandez. He spent time with the Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets before moving back to Spain full time. There's also 22-year-old Nikola Mirotic, who led the team in scoring, with 12.2 points.

 

CSKA Moscow

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12:  Sonny Weems of CSKA Moscow in action during the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four third place match between FC Barcelona Regal and CSKA Moscow at the O2 Arena on May 12, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Ge
Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Right behind Madrid in Euroleague title standings is CSKA Moscow. They're tied with Panathinaikos with six championships.

CSKA earned a third-place finish last season after finishing runners-up in 2012.

One of their key players is Nenad Krstic.

Krstic had a nice and productive NBA career before finally washing out with the Boston Celtics in 2011. He moved to Russia and has been a force on the inside. Krstic has averaged 12.6 points and shot 65 percent from the field. You'll be able to dump the ball in to Krstic and work the paint all game.

 

Barcelona

BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 07:  Juan Carlos Navarro #11 of the Regal FC Barcelona in action during the NBA Europe Live match between Los Angeles Lakers and Regal FC Barcelona at the at Palau Blaugrana on October 7, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Dav
David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona have probably become the most well-known European team because of the success of the Gasols and Rubio, who were members of the club before moving onto the NBA. The results haven't always been there on the court, but gamers should have plenty of fun playing as Barcelona's biggest stars.

Juan Carlos Navarro is one of the most distinguished Spanish players ever. He spent a decade with Barcelona before his move to the NBA, and then went back to Spain in 2008. Navarro is a great playmaker on the floor who can drive to the basket, or spot up and nail the three-pointer.

Jacob Pullen also projects to be a key player for Barcelona after having a nice career at Kansas State.

 

*All stats courtesy of EuroBasket.com.

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