Who's Better At Developing Basketball Players: Europe or USA? (Part 1 of 2)

So I want to keep the conversation going around youth basketball because I’m a youth basketball coach so I’m very interested in the topic and also you guys also seem to like conversations that deal with you basketball so let’s get into it. Now recently the Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban was raving over his rookie sensation Luka Donic but it was his comments about America’s youth basketball development which made headlines. He said, “If we took our best kids and seven years before they are McDonald's All-American, we sent them over to Slovenia to get an education, the league would be a thousand times better," he said. "They just learn how to play basketball, while our guys learn how to taunt and put together mixtapes." Now I know there are 10,001 ways to be offended with Mark Cuban’s statement, but it did get me thinking was there any validity to what he’s saying. So that lead me to today’s topic which: Is Europe better at developing basketball players than America? Before we can even give this question a solid answer, we first need to know how Europe develops it’s players. So, in this video we’ll be looking at some of the differences between European and American development and in the second video I’ll give you my answer as to whether I think Europe does a better job at developing it’s players. Let’s jump right into it.
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  1. Gabe The Great

    Gabe The GreatPrieš metus

    After 12 different uploads, 20 copyright strikes, taking all clips of Luka Doncic & the Euroleague gameplay out my video lol I finally got the video out

  2. Shannon Wieland

    Shannon WielandPrieš 6 mėnesių

    Gabe The Great would you be willing to take a look at footage of my son and give me your unbiased opinion?

  3. manditheos

    manditheosPrieš metus

    Cause there is no salary cap. Teams have bagget that are between 5 million and 40million. Also you are obligated to use certain players ethnicity. You can use only 6 foreign players. So if you are a small country it is a small market to find good players. The winner of Euroleague wins very little money.. There is no comparison. I watch NBA I am from Greece, I now Euroleague and the problems. There is fucking comparison. The biggest contract of the best player is about 3million a year.. Also your title is about developing. Europe's best players are all in the nba and most of them are mediocre.

  4. VArsovski10

    VArsovski10Prieš metus

    @Gabe The Great Don't neglect the changes of rules in defense, made it easier hugely for Euro players to not care about things they're not usually used to in games.. But here's the bigger picture and actual point: 1 = It's not the same of Euro scene of today compared to what it was like 20 years ago.. Back then it was Yugoslavia and like 3-4 other countries, today there are MUCH MORE countries involved in it 2 = Today it's about the WATCH RATES so producers really care about producing/providing the BEST GAMES POSSIBLE so teams/coaches really DIG DEEP into providing the best possible outcome/development they can do/give.. 20 years ago it was about improving LOCAL VOLUNTEERS mostly for the sake of "dojo's prestige" i.e. the prestige of LOCALITY in terms of playing the game.. We called the competitions not matches against these and those guys, or something, it was about PRESERVING NEIGHBOURHOOD pride rather, and that's how it all started/is :D So it's a completely different "product" of today's Euroleague compared to what it was some 20 years ago tbh, and it's obvious that the investment/development-mindset into actually developing the game is different in aspect and character, and that just REFLECTS the way how young talent is developed/included in the game, it's not like there's a SPECIFIC SYSTEM intended for young players in order to compare..

  5. manditheos

    manditheosPrieš metus

    @Gabe The Great no you cant

  6. Gabe The Great

    Gabe The GreatPrieš metus

    @manditheos Right so you can't compare the NBA to the Euroleague. Got it. Thanks for the heads up 👍

  7. HR Deuliand

    HR DeuliandPrieš 3 dienas

    if is vs nba 2010-2020's yes!! of courde Europe is better, the NBA era was 80's 90's after that, NBA SUCKS!

  8. Lunatic Enemy

    Lunatic EnemyPrieš 4 dienas

    thank you for putting Dražen Petrović as a European player...he, with Toni Kukoč was the best that Europe ever had...with Dirk, Tony Parker, and now Luka Dončić..but Luka is young, and have all world in front of him!!!

  9. leonis derguti

    leonis dergutiPrieš 5 dienų

    You guys forget how big the USA is compared to a single European country. So ofcourse there will be more talent overall in the USA than in a european country for example spain or croatia as the Usa has way more people so it makes sense. But i think European countries produce better basketball players for the amount of people they have compared to the USA because you have 10 x more people playing basketball in the USA compared to european countries so i think for example per 1000 people europe produces better players.

  10. Beer Loyal

    Beer LoyalPrieš 9 dienų

    Put this american university kids to play in places like Oaka, Blegrade arena or Nick Gallis Hall.... They will run to the exit gate faster than anyone 😂😂😂

  11. Arthur Gud

    Arthur GudPrieš 12 dienų

    My country's team ended up at the start Žalgiris Lithuania

  12. Eric Brandt

    Eric BrandtPrieš 15 dienų

    i think the problem with american basketball is that there is only really the nba and the g league so if u dont make it in those u have to quit basketball. id say there's deffinetly room in the american market for many more leagues.

  13. τολης κωστοπουλος

    τολης κωστοπουλοςPrieš 19 dienų

    U.S provides athletes while Europe provides players

  14. Patrick Yeh

    Patrick YehPrieš 23 dienas

    Club basketball in Europe during teenage years, and then college ball in America following after. It gives players a solid foundation when they're young, and improve their physicality and iso ball ability in college. Also, when I talk about college ball, I think spending four years to get used to the American playing style is important if they want to transition to the NBA.

  15. AT Series

    AT SeriesPrieš mėn

    Euro Basketball = Real Basketball USA Basketball = Showing off and being selfish 🤷🏻‍♂️

  16. Ko Yew Ung

    Ko Yew UngPrieš mėn

    Of course Europe!!!

  17. omnidentalstudio

    omnidentalstudioPrieš mėn

    I’m American and I have to admit Europe plays basketball US is a Show not basketball

  18. GreenGiant

    GreenGiantPrieš mėn

    Offcourse USA but money is the only reason...if Euroleague had atleast half the size of budgets then everything would be diferent..

  19. Jot Bindra

    Jot BindraPrieš 2 mėnesius

    This guy wearing 14 doesn’t know how to pass

  20. tanerrr

    tanerrrPrieš 2 mėnesius

    *in Technically way are both Parts good. The NBA Player are better in Athletic.* *In Europe can only France ,Turkey , Serbia win against the USA. Especially the Serbians are for me as a turk the best in Europe.*

  21. Dragan Milenkovic

    Dragan MilenkovicPrieš 2 mėnesius

    Check this out ltgo.info/vaizdo-irasas/eI2kgKySh9-C030.html

  22. Smailliw

    SmailliwPrieš 3 mėnesius

    Essentially every sport in Europe works this way. In America you play for your school, be it middle-school, high-school or university. In Europe you play for a club that represents a city or neighborhood or region. It's not until you're about 15-16 that you start playing for a school, but that is in addition to to the club. I used to play ice hockey and I played until I was 20. I had 5 practise sessions a week with my club, and an additional 3 practises with my school. I also mostly only trained with my school, we only played a few annual tournaments representing the school, but 90% of the games were in the regional league for my club.

  23. Jon Pike

    Jon PikePrieš 3 mėnesius

    A lot of European players stick with one sport. In the US kids in HS and MS play multiple sports through out the year. Before basketball starts some of them are playing football once basketball is over they run track or play baseball. Their focus isn't just on basketball.

  24. Smailliw

    SmailliwPrieš 3 mėnesius

    I think its quite normal in Europe to play multiple sports too, until kids are about 15-16. Basketball is a winter sport over here in Sweden so a lot of those kids would play football during the summer, as an example.

  25. Rastajevo

    RastajevoPrieš 4 mėnesius

    Its realy simple. Players from europe played pro basketball against grown men, while american players played against kids in schools.

  26. man sayuty

    man sayutyPrieš 5 mėnesių


  27. Tamika McFarlane

    Tamika McFarlanePrieš 5 mėnesių

    fuck of your better at soccer

  28. Bijan Golshani

    Bijan GolshaniPrieš 6 mėnesių

    NBA needs to follow the structure of the European leagues. The lack of defense due to the amount of regular season games is the reason why the NBA regular season is BORING

  29. George Dimitrakopoulos

    George DimitrakopoulosPrieš 6 mėnesių

    I'm watching nba and of course the euroleague championship (I'm European). NBA is all about offense, that's their style, don't get me wrong I love NBA but Euroleague is all about equality between offense and defense.

  30. L C

    L CPrieš 6 mėnesių

    Europe hands down! Also, Canada and Australia are on par with Europe as well..US has a game to practice ratio that absurd..its like <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="181">3:1</a>..it should be the opposite and 80% of the coaches are extremely unqualified to coach and instruct. They are more recruiters and scam artists more than coaches..that doesn’t happen in other countries. Also the US puts a high priority of athleticism over skill and teamwork

  31. THE BOSS

    THE BOSSPrieš 6 mėnesių

    Football is better 😍

  32. SandboxArrow

    SandboxArrowPrieš 7 mėnesių

    Both are good

  33. Secret Agent

    Secret AgentPrieš 7 mėnesių

    PG: Doncic, Dragic, Rubio SG: Fournier, Batum SF: Antetokounmpo, Osman, PF: Porzingis, Markkanen, Sabonis C: Jokic, Gobert, Capela, Gasols

  34. benjie bugarin

    benjie bugarinPrieš 8 mėnesių

    europe is noe a mecca in world basketball

  35. Teacherfoosk

    TeacherfooskPrieš 8 mėnesių

    Thanks for the sharing.

  36. μυθοπλαστης μυθοπλαστης

    μυθοπλαστης μυθοπλαστηςPrieš 8 mėnesių

    Nba now days are a show . Europe basketball are sport .

  37. BootyEatinBandit

    BootyEatinBanditPrieš 8 mėnesių

    but Serbias ABA liga is one of the best in the world too. Growing up Nikola Jokic actually was a pointgaurd, he just became a center casue of his size.

  38. Logan Miller

    Logan MillerPrieš 8 mėnesių

    The hype of hs sports ain’t the same in Europe tho

  39. jojomalai lai

    jojomalai laiPrieš 8 mėnesių

    USA player better because of black guy, if compare white men vs Europe white men, definitely Europe better

  40. Nikolaos Tsoulos

    Nikolaos TsoulosPrieš 9 mėnesių

    An update now that Yannis is the MVP

  41. kagied15

    kagied15Prieš 9 mėnesių

    U forgot LKL

  42. Bowel Movement Boys

    Bowel Movement BoysPrieš 10 mėnesių

    Awesome video!

  43. atomar38

    atomar38Prieš 10 mėnesių

    ROTY = doncic DPTY = gobert MVP = greek freak ... The biggest difference is that the european Basketball players are playing DEFENSE and OFFENSE ...

  44. Jonathan Deas

    Jonathan DeasPrieš 9 mėnesių

    Know one see them as Europeans they are loved tho

  45. athenstar10

    athenstar10Prieš 10 mėnesių

    Since you're into youth basketball, and thought I'm not sure if you've heard of his name but I would like to ask your opinion on Kai Sotto and the offers he's receiving from Real Madrid, Barcelona, etc...

  46. Ghyulane Hydroxenn

    Ghyulane HydroxennPrieš 11 mėnesių

    USA: Individuals. Europe: Team.

  47. welcometomychannels welcometomychannels

    welcometomychannels welcometomychannelsPrieš 11 mėnesių

    Difference between erurope and Americans are curturally different. Just because Mark and Kobe born in the erurope countries, they're not right. Just because raptors won the title, doesn't mean anything. If warriors didn't have injured players, would sweep the raptors.

  48. super man

    super manPrieš metus

    American basketball better bcoz of black players try to play no black players they weak...

  49. Vlad KING

    Vlad KINGPrieš 10 mėnesių

    Lol what??

  50. 5Star General UNLV

    5Star General UNLVPrieš metus

    Slight nod to europe cause its all pro ball over there wit american players as well but NCAA system is not far behind

  51. Mortality

    MortalityPrieš metus

    I think it’s USA

  52. El banko Baller

    El banko BallerPrieš metus

    USA By a landslide

  53. Bi Sha

    Bi ShaPrieš metus

    Im from south América the sistem is very similar, the big teams if my country ( argentina) is trying To develop big mans into fowards or guards cuz the lack of tall people, i am from 2004 (7th grade i think) im 6’2 running the sg

  54. I get Buckets

    I get BucketsPrieš metus


  55. William Harvison

    William HarvisonPrieš metus

    European basketball is literally the same as their soccer

  56. Beer Loyal

    Beer LoyalPrieš 9 dienų

    @Aggelos Here in Barcelona we have a lot of basketball tradition. In fact there are two of the three (the other one is Zalgiris) best basketball schools in Europe Barça and Joventut from Badalona (a city next to Barcelona knowed the European basketball capital) literally Badalona got more basketball clubs than supermarkets....

  57. Aggelos

    AggelosPrieš 29 dienų

    some football clubs have basketball clubs as well Barcelona is widely known for their football team the same for Real Madrid or CSKA Moscow which are some of the most dominant European clubs at the moment

  58. Smailliw

    SmailliwPrieš 3 mėnesius

    It's the same for all sports in pretty much every European country.

  59. Marquis de Suave

    Marquis de SuavePrieš metus

    Nah, for every Luke Doncic who comes to the NBA there are 6 or 7 Dragan Benders who flop here. For every Pau Gasol or Nikola Jokic we get 4 or 5 Darko Milicic or Nikoloz Tskitishvili. Those are just the forwards.

  60. atanas pandohov

    atanas pandohovPrieš mėn

    yeah and for every LeBron James there is one Antohny Bennet, for every KAT there are 5 or 6 like Noel

  61. lil jakey

    lil jakeyPrieš metus

    Honestly the England covering the uk is tru

  62. Hoodie Carsen

    Hoodie CarsenPrieš metus

    Europe has soccer on us not basketball though

  63. Pat Daly

    Pat DalyPrieš metus

    Remeber basketball is a tiny sport compared to football and rugby in Europe

  64. Mo S

    Mo SPrieš metus

    rugby depends on country. Football yea

  65. Rokas Gudaitis

    Rokas GudaitisPrieš metus

    The best of all of the leagues in the Euroleague is by far the LKL - Lithuanian League

  66. Magazh

    MagazhPrieš metus

    Euroleague is a competition not a league, second best league after nba and by far best of the rest is ACB

  67. William Wise

    William WisePrieš metus

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="132">2:12</a> spelled world wrong. lol

  68. Christian Lanach

    Christian LanachPrieš metus

    US better in basketball, Europe better in football (soccer) that's it. Europeans main sport is football but if it's basketball, they'll be better than US basketball.

  69. Daan Pauwels

    Daan PauwelsPrieš metus

    I'm making a paper on this exact subject for school and these 2 videos are VERY help full just wanted to say thank you

  70. Ifa25 —

    Ifa25 —Prieš metus

    Before watching this video I say europe

  71. Tameka Berry

    Tameka BerryPrieš metus

    Canada plays FIBA

  72. Gucci lord 24

    Gucci lord 24Prieš metus

    I play in great Britain to take ur game to next level u should play for club not school

  73. SerbianRaven

    SerbianRavenPrieš metus

    Great video. Just to expand it little more, Serbia And Lithuania have best school of basketball in Europe. And for youth development those leagues presented in video are secondary. Also in Europe there a lot basketball camps during summer, which are also giving great results. Again, Serbia and Lithuania are place to look for those.

  74. Γιώργος Καλάκος

    Γιώργος ΚαλάκοςPrieš metus

    Europe developes players that love playing defence and that are more organised on offense. At least that happens in Greece

  75. Ferdi71

    Ferdi71Prieš metus

    in italy we got the amatour tournament, then the provincial league, regional league. then the semi-pro leagues: second division, first division, promotion. and last the pro leagues: serie d, serie c, serie b2, serie b1, serie a2, serie a1. in america there are high schools, university and college and then the pro leagues below nba? nothing more?

  76. j shuttlesworth

    j shuttlesworthPrieš metus

    Europe for sure but America has better genetics for basketball (aka black people)

  77. Mo S

    Mo SPrieš metus

    not really. Europeans are taller, all the people who are over 7 foot in the nba are from europe. Also a bunch of great white and euro athletes

  78. Messiah

    MessiahPrieš metus

    you forgot adriatic league as one of the best for developing talents

  79. Disco Tuti

    Disco TutiPrieš metus

    On point👏🏼👏🏼

  80. Isaiah Quidilla

    Isaiah QuidillaPrieš metus

    Europe easy. They actually teach their players how to play properly. In the US they just shop their players around like meat to the highest bidder with no interest in actual teaching and coaching. AAU is fucked.

  81. Gianmarco Bellotti

    Gianmarco BellottiPrieš metus

    People in Comments need to put their ego's aside…..Americans for sure have the best athletes and best structures. In europe we have better player development system, also because sport clubs are not attached to schools. Plus in US kids grow up wanting to be NBA stars. In Europe kids want to be footballers. The fact that in Europe soccer is so much more popular yet we are able to create these many NBA profiles is very good for European basketball…..imagine if Basketball was the first sport here :O

  82. Bill B

    Bill BPrieš metus

    Just list off the best players Ever. List off the best players since, 1980. New gen. List off the European world titles. The best non US player is probably Oscar and he was South American. Just because they forego all other education as kids and rear ignorant uneducated professional atheletes, doesnt mean they will continue. Luka is above average compared to the rookies now with 5 years of pro behind him. In 5 years he will be about the same and everyone else will be a lot better with pro coaching combined with their superior athleticism.

  83. not funny

    not funnyPrieš metus

    why would you even make a video about this.Europe is ages behind in every aspect of basketball.I am from Europe and all the players you draft are propably better than any european player ever existed in all major european leagues.We play a more physical game ,a legendary shooter in euroleague is your average bench role man .

  84. Biplav Shrestha

    Biplav ShresthaPrieš metus

    America wast too focused on creating athletes for traditional player roles but Europe created players like Dirk 20 years ago.

  85. Creem 50Hundred

    Creem 50HundredPrieš metus

    But the question is... was someone groped at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="418">6:58</a> of this video? 🤔

  86. Broom Guy

    Broom GuyPrieš metus


  87. TITOF123

    TITOF123Prieš metus

    NBA players are physically superior and do not develop other aspects of the game. In Europe rules are different, pitch it's smaller, no 3 second defense rule. So all players develop better IQ skills. And also character develop. But the talent it is still there. NBA should check youngster that only want highlights and not be the best player. Also in Europe team it is over franchise player, because people are team supporters not, players fans.

  88. A B

    A BPrieš metus

    of course there is some truth in Cuban' s statement. Speaking of European Basketball you have to look at the Euroleage because this is the highest league in Europe. A current EL champion can compete with most of the NBA teams.

  89. Kalani Taliaoa

    Kalani TaliaoaPrieš metus

    Oh yeah!... all the while usa team just blows out every country by 30 or more. The result doesnt justify this debate so it is false, vain, and bias nonsense, because better development should always result into better basketball play and players and they do not. #iwannaslapyourface!

  90. mabse3

    mabse3Prieš metus

    @Kalani Taliaoa first of all, Russia is not directly a part of europe... 3/4 of the country is in Asia. And you still don't get it, even though we have 741 million people, it is not those 741m people combined against USA... its independent fractions of that sum. I think you're deceiving yourself or perhaps you can't comprehend logic. Even if europe had a population of 2 billion, if USA only competes of independent countries containing lets say 10 million people, the 2 billion doesn't count for shit... comprendre?

  91. Kalani Taliaoa

    Kalani TaliaoaPrieš metus

    @mabse3 just like the guy who made this video in which he misleads us with a picture of europe and a play on words saying little countries vs a "continent" and he just so happen to cut out half of russia on that pic hmm!....that said europe has ...wait for it! 741 million people...please dont be decieved or be, its up to you.

  92. mabse3

    mabse3Prieš metus

    you do realise the population difference? It is not like the EU is competing against the US, its individual countries inside the EU competing against the whole of US?... there's around 326 million people in the US compared to countries in europe that average around 10 million perhaps...

  93. strahinja petkovic

    strahinja petkovicPrieš metus

    My friend is a 14 pg and he got to play with seniors

  94. Dean Johnson

    Dean JohnsonPrieš metus

    Uh America. This is a dumb question

  95. maleman julpax

    maleman julpaxPrieš metus

    Nba got soft. Thats why, we see many international players today.

  96. Alexis Marcos

    Alexis MarcosPrieš metus

    Well you just have to watch nba, it's 95% pick and roll and 1 vs 1, individual defense and 2 vs1, that's all. They are better athletes

  97. Midas Snap

    Midas SnapPrieš metus

    The proof is that beyond the 8th pick in the draft it's a small percentage that does anything in the league and many will be out of the league in a few years. Most just jumped on the idea that this was racist statements by Cuban, I say a little tiny amount of introspection could help some of the kids stay in the league. It's a good example of how an over-emotional reaction keeps people from improving.

  98. Charles Lucas

    Charles LucasPrieš metus

    The biggest thing that I like about some of the European basketball systems (Spain, Italy, Turkey, Greece Germany, etc) is that the pro teams have their own academies to develop youth talent. Many kids here and overseas have dreams of wanting to play in the NBA. The majority of course will not make it to the league, but having each team to have their own academies in the NBA will not only take away the responsibility from crooked agents, or front coaches, but this will allow the youth players to"live the dream" in the NBA on the youth level. Also the USA needs to have the rules of the game consistent and transparent. At least for the amateur level, USA Basketball rules need to be enforced, including high school and college.