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Age

You can pre-select players from four different age groups: Under 21 if you want to target youth prospects. 22-26 if you are looking for players with plenty of room to develop. 27-30 for players in their absolute basketball prime. 31 and older if you are going for experience.

Gender

The SCOUTORY database features both male and female players.

Height

Here you can set minimum height requirements for your search. For example, you could be looking for a tall 190cm/6‘3‘‘ minimum point guard or an old-school 7-footer at the 5. For now, the scale is mainly adjusted to men’s basketball’s realities but some of the measurements could be useful for a women’s basketball search, as well.

Level

Surely the most controversial and the least accurate search filter. In order to help you avoid wasting your time going through a list of Euroleague level players while being on a 1k/month budget, we are trying to tag every entry with a suitable level. The level level attached to a player describes his/her current status while taking into account ability and resume (most likely meaning salary expectations). However, we are fully aware that this will never be a flawlessly correct metric. Firstly, the league ranking we employed is heavily disputable and volatile. Secondly, there are so many specifics to take into account (for example, the required qualities for a one-import league totally differing from those for a five-import competition, etc.) that we advise to broadly apply this filter to not miss out on interesting names. We are planning to add women’s basketball level distinctions at a later stage.

1) Top - Rating 90-100

Players who can make an impact on the absolute top levels of international basketball. Top starters for Euroleague teams and MVP candidates at the Eurocup/BCL level. Profiles with legitimate and short-term NBA upside as a rotational piece or more. Level categorization is always approximate, volatile and based on current status at the time of the database entry.

2) High - Rating 80-89

Players who can make an impact on the higher levels of international basketball. Potential Euroleague rotation players and/or key starters for top Eurocup and BCL participants or playoff teams in quality domestic/regional competitions like VTB League, Adriatic League ABA1, ACB Spain, BSL Turkey, SerieA Italy, A1 Greece, BBL Germany, ProA France, Winner League Israel, CBA China, KBL Korea, B League Japan or NBL Australia. Level categorization is always approximate, volatile and based on current status at the time of the database entry.

3) High Mid - Rating 70-79

Players who can make an impact on the higher medium levels of international basketball. Key players for smaller teams or starters/key reserves for mid-level teams in quality domestic/regional competitions like VTB League, Adriatic League ABA1, ACB Spain, BSL Turkey, SerieA Italy, A1 Greece, BBL Germany, ProA France, Winner League Israel, CBA China, KBL Korea, B League Japan or NBL Australia. Top players for playoff teams in the next tier of competitions and leagues, such as FIBA Europe Cup, Adriatic League ABA2, PLK Poland, LKL Lithuania, A1 Division Hungary, BNXT League, Liga Nationala A Romania, LEB Gold Spain, ProB France, Serie A2 Italy. Level categorization is always approximate, volatile and based on current status at the time of the database entry.

4) Mid Mid - Rating 60-69

Players who can make an impact on the mid medium levels of international basketball. Starters or key reserves for smaller teams in domestic/regional competitions like FIBA Europe Cup, Adriatic League ABA2, PLK Poland, LKL Lithuania, A1 Division Hungary, BNXT League, Liga Nationala A Romania, LEB Gold Spain, ProB France and Serie A2 Italy. Starters or key reserves for the better teams in mid-level domestic/regional competitions like LatEst BL, BSL Austria, Division 1 Bosnia, NBL Bulgaria, Premijer Liga Croatia, NBL Czech Republic, OPAP BL Cyprus, Basketligaen Denmark, Korisliiga Finland, ProA Germany, National League Israel, Portugal LPB, Russia Superleague, SBL Slovakia, Liga KBM Slovenia, BasketLigan Sweden, SBL Switzerland, TBL Turkey, Superleague Ukraine, BBL United Kingdom, LigaA Argentina, NBB Brazil, LNBP Mexico, B2 League Japan, LEB Silver Spain or N1 France. Top players on the smaller teams in the aforementioned mid-level competitions. Level categorization is always approximate, volatile and based on current status at the time of the database entry.

5) Low Mid/Entry - Rating 50-59

Players who can make an impact on the lower and lower medium levels of international basketball. Borderline starters or reserves for smaller teams in mid-level domestic/regional competitions like LatEst BL, BSL Austria, Division 1 Bosnia, NBL Bulgaria, Premijer Liga Croatia, NBL Czech Republic, OPAP BL Cyprus, Basketligaen Denmark, Korisliiga Finland, ProA Germany, National League Israel, Portugal LPB, Russia Superleague, SBL Slovakia, Liga KBM Slovenia, BasketLigan Sweden, SBL Switzerland, TBL Turkey, Superleague Ukraine, BBL United Kingdom, LigaA Argentina, NBB Brazil, LNBP Mexico, B2 League Japan, LEB Silver Spain or N1 France. Starters or key reserves for teams in lower mid-level competition and leagues like Superleague Georgia, Subway League Iceland, Super League Kosovo, Total League Luxembourg, Erste Liga Montenegro, Prva Liga North Macedonia, KLS Serbia, B3 League Japan, Liga Nacional Chile, LUB Uruguay or various leagues in Asia and the Middle East. Major impact players for teams in entry level leagues such as Superliga Albania, LeagueA Armenia, EBA Spain, Proliga Portugal, National 2 Luxembourg, ProB and Regionalliga Germany, N2 France, BLNO Norway, NKL Lithuania, NBL United Kingdom, Superleague Ireland, D1 Iceland, NBL1 Australia or various smaller leagues in Africa, South America and Asia. Level categorization is always approximate, volatile and based on current status at the time of the database entry.

Name/Catchword

Here you can enter a specific player name to check whether he/she is included in the database already. If not, please email us at info@scoutory.pro and we will do our best to add the player as soon as possible. If you are looking for a particular citizenship (Bosman A or Cotonou, for example), just enter it into the Catchword field and only the players featuring these passports will be listed. You could also try entering specific player traits (high motor, relentless, vocal) and suitable profiles should appear.

Position

The five traditional basketball positions from point guard to center. If you find one of these on a player profile, it does not mean that it has to be his/her primary position but that he/she is able to legitimately play this position.

1) Point Guard

Position 1 in traditional basketball terminology. Player who will usually take on most of the playmaking duties and initiate/organize his/her team's offenses. See Roles for more detailed distinctions.

2) Shooting Guard

Position 2 in traditional basketball terminology. Player who will usually be responsible for a fair share of his/her team's scoring. Can operate off or on ball mainly. See Roles for more detailed distinctions.

3) Small Forward

Position 3 in traditional basketball terminology. Player who will operate on the wing. See Roles for more detailed distinctions.

4) Power Forward

Position 4 in traditional basketball terminology. Used to be inside-oriented but in modern basketball, often also contributes floor spacing via shooting skills. See Roles for more detailed distinctions.

5) Center

Position 5 in traditional basketball terminology. Usually the player who operates the closest to the basket. See Roles for more detailed distinctions.

Role

Probably the most interesting and unique filter SCOUTORY offers. We distinguish between twenty role archetypes that have established themselves in modern basketball. Each role is explained in detail below. If you use other role descriptions, feel free to contact us so that we can potentially include them, as well.

1) Floor General (FGen)

Traditional point guard who is able to organize his or her team's offense. Initiates plays and controls the tempo. Knows when to push the ball in transition. Usually equipped with high basketball IQ, a good feel for the game and sound decision-making. Often comes with a pass-first mentality. Understands when and where his/her teammates need the ball. In charge of primary ballhandling duties. Should post a favorable assist-to-turnover ratio. Ideally brings leadership skills and is vocal on the floor. Knows how to expertly navigate the pick-and-roll and make advanced reads. Probably a creative passer with above-average court vision.

2) Primary Ballhandler (BH1)

Player with the necessary ballhandling skills and guard skill set to be the main offensive creator on his/her team. Will very often be a floor general or scoring PG.

3) Scoring PG (ScPG)

Plays the point guard position and is a team's primary ballhandler. While also bringing passing skills and the ability to run the offense, he/she will more often than not prioritize creating his/her own offense over finding his/her teammates. Looking to score first (for example when handling the ball in PnR situations) and able to carry a substantial load in that department.

4) Combo Guard (CG)

Guard whose skill set and body makeup allow him/her to legitimately play and ideally guard both guard positions. While almost every guard labels him-/herself as a combo, there are only a chosen few to whom this description actually applies.

5) Secondary Ballhandler (BH2)

Player with the necessary skill set to be an important offensive creator on his/her team but best suited to line up alongside a primary ballhandler. To be able to assume this role successfully, the player needs to show prowess in routinely initiating the pick-and-roll.

6) Backcourt Allrounder (AllG)

Player who can cover positions 1, 2 and 3 in traditional basketball terminology. Most likely a player with considerable size who will also contribute in the rebounding department.

7) Sniper (Sni)

Elite three-point shooter. Traditional Reggie Miller, Ray Allen type of wings first come to mind. Players who excel in getting open and who only need an inch of space and a split second to pull the trigger coming off screens. However, high-accuracy off-the-dribble shooters can also fall into this category. Or even bigs with high-level stretch abilities.

8) Slasher (Sla)

Player who will relentlessly attack the basket. Could be guards or wings, even bigs with an elite face-up game. The player will most likely attempt a lot more 2s than 3s and regularly get to the free throw line. Most likely bringing either elite quickness or tremendous explosiveness, athleticism and strength, potentially all of the above.

9) Transition Threat (TrT)

Player who is dangerous in the open court. Could be a guard with lightning-quick acceleration who pushes the tempo in transition. Or a taller player who can grab a rebound and initiate the fastbreak immediately. A vertical athlete who leaks out sprinting and becomes a lob target. Potentially even a big who is great at running the floor hard.

10) Defensive Stopper (DefSt)

Mainly used in the context of perimeter players who excel at shutting down an opposition scorer. Player who has the lateral quickness, the aggressiveness and the poise to crowd and annoy his on-ball assignment. Most likely will have a record of holding his/her opponents to low shooting percentages by forcing them into taking bad shots.

11) 3-and-D Wing (3DW)

Pretty specific, NBA-originated profile of a wing player who can knock down open spot-up catch+shoot threes and, at best, guard multiple positions. Good size and particularly length/wingspan plus lateral quickness are often associated with the archetype. Can be and often is a non-ballhandler.

12) Point Forward (PtFW)

Wing or frontcourt players who can take over distribution and/or creation duties. Either by being talented ballhandlers or by featuring extraordinary skills as passers. A point forward could routinely bring the ball up or distribute the ball from the high or low post. Generally associated with a high level of game understanding and basketball IQ. Nikola Jokic has proven that there can be point centers, as well.

13) Combo Forward (CF)

Player whose skill set and body makeup allow him/her to legitimately play and ideally guard both forward positions. A such player would generate matchup issues on offense by being too quick for opposing power forwards and too strong for small forwards. Could, for example, face up and drives vs. PFs and post up SFs. On defense, he would be quick and strong enough to avoid similar issues while guarding either type.

14) Roll Man (Roll5)

Big who is a threat in pick-and-roll settings. Usually sets solid screens with good timing and turns quickly. Quality rim runner who can finish with authority. Often a vertical lob target. Could be a short roll expert who knows how to find weakside cutters.

15) Stretch 4 (Str4)

Power Forward who can space the floor with his/her long-range shooting skills. Either an above-average spot-up shooter or a great pick-and-pop option. Often both.

16) Stretch 5 (Str5)

Center who can space the floor with his/her long-range shooting skills. Either an above-average spot-up shooter or a great pick-and-pop option. Often both.

17) Rim Protector (RimP)

Player with the ability to regularly block, alter or change shots. Either helping out from the weakside or in one-on-one defense settings. Will usually feature athletic ability and a long wingspan. Known rim protectors can influence opposing teams' game-planning and decision-making simply with their presence. Mainly associated with bigs, but wings or even athletic guards can be rim protectors, too.

18) Traditional Big (TrBig)

"Old school" inside player who enjoys operating with his back to the basket. Could very well have a large arsenal of post moves, ideally being able to go over both shoulders, finish with either hand and employ counter moves.

19) Switch Defender (SwD)

Most commonly used when describing a big whose lateral footspeed allows him/her to successfully switch on smaller players and keeping them in front of him/her. Could also be used for guards that are able to battle bigs in the post. Or for "positionless" players that are able to guard multiple if not all positions.

20) Undersized/Small Ball Big (SmBB)

Player profile that traditionally works well in specific leagues. Usually making up for his/her lack of size with strength, motor and aggressiveness. Often able to create matchup problems with an unorthodox combination of quickness and a low center of gravity. Rim running types that a few years ago would have been 4s, but due to a lack of shooting and the game changing are now viewed as 5s, mainly.

21) Pure Scorer (Sco)

Also known as "bucket getter". Might not be a defensive wizard, shot selection could be questionable and the extra pass not his/her friend - but this player will put the ball in the basket in a variety of ways. Often associated with a willingness and ability to take over in clutch situations. Ideally a three-level scorer. Might be in love with difficult mid-range pull-ups.

22) Pro Rookie (Rook)

Player who just finished his collegiate career and is about to embark on his/her first experience as a professional player.

23) Pro Experience (Exp)

Player who has at least one full season of experience as a professional player under his/her belt.