So far, the roster of 13 names includes elements with a past in the NBA, experienced in Mexico in the LNBP and veterans with experience in Latin American leagues, as well as elements that already know the franchise.
Los Captains of Mexico City aim to give the surprise in the NBA G League. The Mexican franchise is the first in the development league outside of USA y Canada, so they will make history the following November 6 when they debut at the Mexico City Arena against the current champion, Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
To form a winning team, Nick Lagios, general manager of the franchise, used six elements with a past in the NBAin addition to a historical Mexican as it is Orlando Mendez.
“You have a Shabazz (Napier), (Alfonzo) McKinnie, (Gary) Clark and Orlando (Méndez). Having that leadership and knowledge is like having four coaches on the court. We have one of the most experienced teams in the G League and we are not like another team where young players are drafted and they develop,” she exclusively told ESPN.
So far, the 13-name roster includes players with NBA backgrounds, experience in Mexico in the LNBP and veterans with experience in Latin American leagues, as well as elements that already know the franchise.
Of those who went through the NBA are Shabazz Napier, with a good past in the Portland Trail Blazers, where he shone for two seasons as a good sixth man. Alfonzo McKinnie has been in franchises like The Toronto Raptors, the Golden State Warriors, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the LA Lakers and the Chicago Bulls.
Gary Clark is another with a past in the best basketball in the world, since he was in franchises such as the Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers and the New Orleans Pelicans. Jahlil Okafor was with the Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, New Orleans Pelicans and the Detroit Nuggets.
Alfonzo Plummer had two campaigns with the Utah Jazz y Mason Jones closes the list with his past in the Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers and the LA Lakers.
“We were very clear about what we wanted and we have sought to compensate talent NBA, Latin American and young. that those of NBA help the development of young Latino players so that one of them can end up in the NBA. This would be an honor for us. That experience and talent of players is going to help us a lot and it is going to help us in the balance of the team. Not only by names, but by positions and we have looked for a lot of versatility”, he said. Ramon Diaz, head coach of Captains.
In addition, the Latin atmosphere is present and is headed by the historic Orlando Mendezwho was a historical of the LNBP (National Professional Basketball League) and passed through Israel, in addition to being part of the 12 Warriors in the National Team where he won gold in the FIBA Americas Championship 2013.
Moisés Andriassi, who came from Suns of Mexicali, is another of the Mexicans present, while the rest of the roster completes it Caio Pacheco y Bruno Cabocloof Brazil; Snowy Sojoof Venezuela, as well as Jassel Perez y Justin Minayaof Dominican Republic.
“We have to work hand in hand with NBA Mexico, united by the same goal and the Academy is part of the project. They are our young Latinos and hopefully tomorrow one can use captains to jump to the NBA”, he exclaimed Díaz to this portal.