First we did Germany, now on to France! Here are five American players to watch out for this season in France's LNB Pro A.
Terran Petteway - JSF Nanterre
We’re anxious to see what Petteway does after an impressive rookie campaign in Italy’s top division. The forward put up 14.6 points per game in Serie A in his first year as a pro, and he’ll look to help Nanterre advance farther in the LNB Playoffs this season after they were upset in the quarterfinals last year.
Dru Joyce III - AS Monaco Basket
A newcomer to the French basketball scene, Joyce has spent the majority of his career in Germany, where he was at one point the all-time leader in assists in the Basketball Bundesliga. He spent last season in two different countries, finishing the season with Bayern Munich in the BBL. It will be interesting to see how he adjusts to the French game.
Tim Blue - Antibes Sharks
A well-known name to fans of Antibes, Blue’s hot start to the season has landed him on our list. The power forward is averaging 24.3 points per game so far this season, and he has averaged 13+ points per game in the two seasons that Antibes has been back in France’s top division. He’s also averaging 7.33 rebounds per game for the Sharks, who are 2-1 so far this season.
D.J. Cooper - BCM Gravelines-Dunkerque
Cooper is moving teams in France after spending last season with Pau-Orthez, and his presence will be sorely missed. The point guard was the league leader in assists per game, dropping 10.8 dimes to go along with 6.5 points per game. His playmaking abilities are already on display this season, where he is averaging 11 assists in two games for Gravelines-Dunkerque.
Justin Cobbs - Le Mans Sarthe Basket
Another player that switched teams in the LNB Pro A, Cobbs spent last season with BCM Gravelines-Dunkerque before signing with Le Mans Sarthe this summer. The guard has impressed in the team’s 3-0 start, scoring 13.3 points per game and leading his team in assists at 6.0 per game. Considering he averaged nearly 18 points per game last season, the best is yet to come for Cobbs.