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Alex Kirk - C, 7'0, 250
Signed in Turkey - Signed with Anadolu Efes
       Date of birth: 11/14/1991
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2014
     Out of: New Mexico
  NBA Experience: 1 years
  Hand: Right

Date
League
Transaction
11th August, 2014 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with Cleveland.
14th November, 2014 D-League Assigned by Cleveland to Canton Charge of the D-League.
15th November, 2014 D-League Recalled by Cleveland from Canton Charge of the D-League.
19th November, 2014 D-League Assigned by Cleveland to Canton Charge of the D-League.
24th November, 2014 D-League Recalled by Cleveland from Canton Charge of the D-League.
30th November, 2014 D-League Assigned by Cleveland to Canton Charge of the D-League.
1st December, 2014 D-League Recalled by Cleveland from Canton Charge of the D-League.
4th December, 2014 D-League Assigned by Cleveland to Canton Charge of the D-League.
15th December, 2014 D-League Recalled by Cleveland from Canton Charge of the D-League.
17th December, 2014 D-League Assigned by Cleveland to Canton Charge of the D-League.
21st December, 2014 D-League Recalled by Cleveland from Canton Charge of the D-League.
5th January, 2015 NBA As a part of a three team deal, traded by Cleveland to New York, along with Lou Amundson and a 2019 second round pick, and along with Dion Waiters to Oklahoma City, in exchange for Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith from New York, and a future protected first round pick from Oklahoma City (#26, 2016, Furkan Korkmaz).
7th January, 2015 NBA Waived by New York.
9th January, 2015 D-League Designated as a returning player by Canton Charge.
14th August, 2015 Italy Signed a one year contract with Pistoia.
29th July, 2016 China Signed a one year contract with Guangzhou.
24th August, 2016 D-League Drafted 6th overall in the 2016 D-League Expansion Draft by Long Island Nets.
15th November, 2016 China Released by Guangzhou.
16th January, 2017 Turkey Signed for the remainder of the season with Anadolu Efes.
When: Where:
2010 - 2014 New Mexico (NCAA)
July 2014 Cleveland Cavaliers (Summer League)
August 2014 - January 2015 Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
January 2015 New York Knicks (NBA)
January 2015 - June 2015 Canton Charge (D-League)
July 2015 Memphis Grizzlies (Summer League)
July 2015 New York Knicks (Summer League)
August 2015 - June 2016 Pistoia (Italy)
July 2016 San Antonio Spurs (Summer League)
July 2016 Toronto Raptors (Summer League)
July 2016 - November 2016 Guangzhou (China)
January 2017 - present Anadolu Efes (Turkey)
From blog:


   Wildly Unnecessarily Lengthy 2014 NBA Draft Board, Part 1: NCAA Centres
2014-06-16

Post-dunk face.


Alex Kirk, New Mexico, Junior, 7'0 250lbs

2013/14 stats: 32.0 mpg, 13.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.7 bpg, 1.1 apg, 0.4 spg, 2.6 fpg, 1.8 TOpg, 49.0% FG, 66.7% FT, 21.4% 3PT


Kirk was a slightly unexpected early entry candidate, likely to go undrafted or a late second rounder at best. That said, I never begrudge anyone declaring. He is certainly ready to earn some money.

Plenty big enough for the centre position, with long arms and a wide frame, Kirk is a productive player on both ends of the court, relied upon on both. He has the makings of being an inside-outside scorer yet would increasingly rather be an outside one, a decent mid-range jumpshot in the process of developing range beyond that, a player who prefers the spot-up to the post-up. Kirk really does value his jumpshot quite a lot - indeed, too much - yet he at least makes himself an option in pick and pop plays, moves without the ball to get open, and can shoot a fallaway from either the post or the wing. He also is an option in occasional pick and roll plays, something that will serve him well should he head to Europe. Not a consistent post-up option, Kirk can nevertheless finish around the basket with his size and hook shots with both hands (although struggles much more when matched up against players as big as he, likely because this is something he has very rarely actually experienced), and while he struggles with double teams, he can nevertheless finish through contact, and pass both into and out of the post.

Defensively, Kirk has reined in his foul rates over the years, and is a presence in the post with his size and long arms. He can be outmuscled and outfought despite this size, especially on the glass where he somewhat underwhelms, and he is not fast or explosive, which is more of a problem whenever called upon to defend the perimeter. However, Kirk's timing on shot blocks around the rim is good, and the reduced foul rates brought about by better defensive awareness and patience help him play big minutes in this role, as opposed to infrequent bursts.

Kirk is one of the better players on the list, and could just about sneak into the back end of the NBA one day. If he does not, the European market will certainly accommodate him.

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