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Spencer Nelson - SF/PF, 6'8, 225
Retired - Retired after 2015 season
       Date of birth: 07/18/1980
       Country: USA/Azerbaijan
     Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2005
     Out of: Utah State
  NBA Experience: 0 years
  Hand: Right

From blog:

   Spencer Nelson: Azerbaijan's Latest Nationalised Mormon

One of the things we like to do here is monitor the ever-changing nationalities of players. [See the full list of player nationalities.] Acquiring various passports can be highly useful for a professional basketball player, as they can be used to bypass various regulations regarding numbers of imports that most leagues enforce upon their teams. This often leads to the always amusing sight of various players (often American) scoring passports from nations they have no connection with, purely because they can buy them. Only a fortnight ago, Taurean Green and Quinton Hosley did exactly the same thing.

Another addition can now be made to that list. Former Utah State forward and two time Jazz signee Spencer Nelson has broken new ground, acquiring not one of the standard Macedonian or Georgian passports, but an Azerbaijani one. This makes him the only Azerbaijani basketball player you've ever heard of. And unless you're Polish and incredibly up to date on your PLK knowledge - Turow just signed an Azerbaijani centre called Alex Rindin - then he's also the Azerbaijani player you've ever going to hear of.

Nelson took seven years to use up his four years of academic eligibility at Utah State. This is partly because he tore his knee up in his sophomore season and took a medical redshirt, but also because Nelson took two years out to go on a Mormon mission. Nelson is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is presumably now the only such member to also be an Azerbaijani passport holder.

You couldn't make it up. Well, you could, but you don't have to.

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   Where Are They Now, 2010; Part 47

- Spencer Nelson

Utah State graduate Nelson got a second training camp contract from the Utah Jazz this summer, 4 years after the first one. After touring Europe with the team, and getting the rare but special opportunity to pass within 100 feet of me, the Jazz released Nelson, and he spent six weeks on the sidelines. A move to Belgium was rumoured, but never came off, and Nelson finally emerged in Greece to play for A1 team Peristeri. However, it's not been a good season. Nelson has suffered mightily from inconsistent minutes, inconsistent play, and a hell of a lot of fouls. He has averaged 17.9 minutes, 6.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 2.8 fouls per game, scoring efficiently from inside and out, but struggling badly with his fouls. Nelson is no stranger to the A1 league, for he played there last year with Aris and did pretty well. So maybe he's hurt.

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