Perkins headed back to Euroleague [Basketball]

February 19, 2013
Doron Perkins

Just as he settled into life in China, Doron Perkins of Anchorage is on the move again.

The electric playmaker is headed to Greece after agreeing to terms on a deal with Euroleague power Olympiacos Pireus.

He started the year in Ukraine after making stops in Italy and Israel the previous year.

So is life as a professional basketball player.

Have jump shot, will travel.

“There are some great [American] players in this league, most of whom come from the NBA,” Perkins told me. “I might be the only foreign player with no NBA experience.”

Yeah, but he’s got NBA-type game.

The 6-foot-3 guard is a triple-double waiting to happen with a combination of speed, explosiveness and power. In 14 games in China he averaged 14.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 2.6 steals.

“I was happy with my overall experience in China,” Perkins said. “There was a language barrier issues but being in Europe definitely prepared me for that.”

He recently faced Stephon Marbury’s team and bagged 10 points and 10 assists in a win. Marbury, a former NBA star, is averaging 30 points in China.

“He’s been killing it over here for a couple years,” Perkins said. “He said his body and game are much better than when he was in the NBA. That’s crazy.”

Perkins, of Bartlett High fame, comes to Greece on a tear, averaging 22 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists over his last four games.

Olympiacos is the reigning Euroleague champion. The team was in need of a starting guard after one of their top players went down with a knee injury.

Perkins, 30, knows plenty about the agony of a torn ACL.

His dynamic 2011 season was cut short in the Euroleague playoffs with Israeli power Maccabi Tel Aviv due to a knee injury. It took him months to get back on the court, and years to get back to the player he was.

Two years later he’s finally back in the Euroleague, the desired destination of every world-class player not in the NBA.

Perkins is the second Alaska player to join a European powerhouse in the last month after North Pole’s Brad Oleson was traded to Barcelona on Jan. 28.