NBA Lockout: 5 Players We Would Love to See Play Overseas

Brian GeraghtyCorrespondent IIISeptember 29, 2011

NBA Lockout: 5 Players We Would Love to See Play Overseas

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    Players like LeBron James and Blake Griffin have yet to play overseas, but with the lockout not ending anytime soon, the prospect of them doing so becomes more and more likely or at least that they will consider the idea.

    For players like these, playing overseas would be a chance to make some extra money and market themselves outside the borders of the United States, while playing the game they love.

    For the fans however, it is an opportunity for them to see their favorite players compete against each other and fulfill the craving they've been having for basketball.

    With negotiations currently at a standstill, the fans are realizing that their may unfortunately be no season next year.

    While that is tough to swallow for the fans, players and owners, the prospect of their favorite players competing against each other overseas sounds like a fair substitute.

    Although, it may not be the same as watching an NBA season, it is the next best thing to cure the basketball Jones for so many fans, who will undoubtedly feel a void with the NBA on hiatus, next year.

5. Dwight Howard

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    Gifted with tremendous athletic ability, Howard is one of the top rebounders in the game and patrols the paint as well as anyone in the NBA.

    Howard also improved his scoring last season, when he worked with legendary Hakeem Olajuwon in the offseason, making a significant jump from 18.3 PPG in the previous season to 22.9 PPG last season.

    As he continues to evolve in all facets of the game, he becomes more and more dominant, elevating himself above the rest of his competition at the center position.

    He is currently looking at playing in China right now, as it is said to be the closest level of competition in comparison to the NBA level that you can get overseas.

4. Dirk Nowitzki

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    After defeating the Miami Heat's trio of superstars as part of a deep Dallas Mavericks team en route to winning an NBA championship, Dirk Nowitzki popularity has boomed to monstrous levels.

    Arguably the most efficient shooting big man in the NBA, it's hard to imagine anyone not wanting to see Nowitzki's unblockable fadeaway on display for an overseas club.

    Although he currently has no plans to play overseas, the lockout lingering long enough to cancel a season may make him reconsider.

3. Blake Griffin

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    After bursting onto the scene averaging 22.5 PPG and 12.1 RPG, it's safe to say that the Los Angeles Clippers may have found their savior in Blake Griffin.

    He has become one of the most popular players in the NBA, and has accomplished what many thought a year ago was impossible. He made the Clippers fun to watch!

    His electric display of his freakish athleticism is contagious, as his teammate and best friend DeAndre Jordan led the NBA in dunks last season.

    Players of his caliber don't come along very often and no one wants to miss an entire year of the "Blake Show."

    Fans should be ecstatic because Griffin has admitted that he is open to the idea of playing abroad, it is just a matter of seeing which team he will be performing posterizing dunks for next.

2. Kevin Durant

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    Kevin Durant has turned the lockout into his own personal basketball tour across the United States and outside its borders. His ubiquity has been incredible, while his giddy childlike demeanor throughout the journey has been even more endearing.

    Since he is quickly becoming the face of the NBA, it is nice to see that his motives for playing basketball in every conceivable area he can find, seem to be totally pure.

    He is pouring points into baskets all over the country, from all the streetball hotspots in New York City to outside the United States, playing with several other NBA players in organized pickup game in China.

    Since he is doing so much traveling across the U.S. and outside its borders, Durant's next move could very likely be a trip overseas. He is currently in contract negotiations with the Turkish team called Besiktas, the same team who landed Deron Williams.

1. LeBron James

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    Love him or hate him, LeBron James is the most talented and most well rounded player in the entire NBA.

    He deserves criticism for the way he handled "the Decision," but not nearly as much as he receives. Whether he wants to admit it or not, James wants to gain fans' admiration as much as any other player.

    Seeing his passing ability and wildly athletic ability out on the fastbreak, with possibly Dwight Howard or Blake Griffin sounds like a fan's dream come true. Unfortunately, that is exactly what it is, a dream.

    James is one of the few players in the NBA, who often times seems like a businessman first and a basketball player second. He has a tremendous amount of endorsements that are within the United States.

    That may be why it is not surprising to hear that he currently is not interested in playing elsewhere.

    However, if the lockout does end up canceling the entire season, he may at least look at the prospect of playing overseas with some of his fellow stars as a chance to expand his brand to a new target market.