How many Italian basketball players play in the main Italian league?
How many of them have a significant impact?
Were the disappointing results of the Italian national team in the last 10+ years (bronze medal at the 2003 European championship, silver medal at the 2004 Olympics and...that’s it) due to how little the Italian basketball players played in the main Italian league?
The analyses in this website were sparked by these questions. The goal is to understand, based on the data from the last few championships of the main Italian league, if the number of Italian basketball players was suffocated by the foreign players.It must be taken into consideration the fact that the lower technical level and the economical lacking of the Italian main league, compared to other foreign championships, attracted some of the most talented Italian basketball players (listed below) to join foreign destinations.
The terminology “Italian” refers to players who were born and who trained in Italy, with rare exceptions (for example, Angelo Gigli, born in South Africa but trained in Italy, and Daniel Hackett, who was born in Italy but trained in the United States).