Doron Perkins of Anchorage will play his 10th international season in his 10th different country, signing with Euroleague team Laboral Kutxa of Spain’s top division.
“Playing in the Euroleague and Spanish liga is pretty cool,” he told me. “It doesn’t get much better than that.”
Perkins, of Bartlett High fame, is a two-way threat as a defender and playmaker.
Last year with Besiktas in Turkey, he averaged 10 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals in EuroCup action. His season high for scoring was 25 points, just three shy of his career high.
Even at 31, the 6-foot-2 point guard remains relevant.
“I don’t know how many years I have left but I feel great as of now and I think I’m better than when I was younger,” Perkins said.
Perkins is joining a new-look Laboral Kutxa team that revamped after finishing sixth in the league, the first time it hadn’t been in the top five since 2003. This is the same Spanish team Brad Oleson of North Pole led to a La Liga title in 2010.
Laboral Kutxa needed a fresh start and turned to a man with a reputation for resurrecting teams.
He did it in Turkey, Greece, Urkaine, China, Germany, Belgium, Japan, Israel and Italy.
Why not Spain, too?
“This is a pretty good team. A lot of changes were made because the team hasn’t done as well as in the past,” Perkins said. “It should be a good opportunity to continue to play at a high level.”
Perkins has had opportunities with NBA teams in summer league and preseason, and he famously dropped a triple-double on the LA Clippers when he played with Israeli power Tel Aviv, but he never stuck with a team.
He turned to the international game, which turned him into a man and a millionaire.
“I would love to play in the NBA, but I definitely wouldn’t trade my overseas experience for anything,” Perkins said. “So many different cultures and people … I have learned way more than any school or university could teach me.”