Freeland in July 2013
|No. 19 – CSKA Moscow|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|League||VTB United League
7 February 1987 |
Farnham, Surrey, England
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|College||Farnborough College of Technology|
|NBA draft||2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 30th overall|
|Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers|
|2005–2006||Gran Canaria B|
|2012–2015||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Joel Freeland (born 7 February 1987) is a British professional basketball player who plays for CSKA Moscow of the VTB United League. Standing at 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m), he plays at the power forward and center positions.
Freeland began his career as a youth player with the Thames Valley Tigers/Guildford Heat before joining the Solent Stars. Within a year, he was representing England’s Under-18s and soon found himself in Spain, home of the second best basketball league in the world, with fourth division side Gran Canaria II. While playing in the lower leagues, Freeland was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers, becoming the 30th overall pick of the 2006 NBA draft – the highest rank for a British player in the history of the draft. The Blazers encouraged Freeland to remain in Europe to learn his trade and subsequently signed with Gran Canaria in August 2006.
During the 2006–07 season for Gran Canaria, Freeland appeared in 15 games and made his debut in the ULEB Cup. Freeland continued to improve during the 2007–08 season, appearing in 28 games and reaching the quarter-finals of the ULEB Cup. The 2008–09 season saw Freeland become one of Canaria's best players, averaging 10 points and 4.6 rebounds in 17 minutes per game.
In July 2009, Freeland joined the Spanish Euroleague club Unicaja Málaga on a five-year contract worth €4.5 million euros net income. During the 2009–10 season, Freeland made his Euroleague debut and made 32 ACB appearances. The 2010–11 season was Freeland's best season as he averaged career-highs of 13.3 points and 6 rebounds per game.
In July 2012, Freeland reached an agreement with Unicaja on a €1.5 million buyout.
Portland Trail Blazers
On 28 June 2006, he was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the 2006 NBA Draft as the 30th overall draft pick. However, the Trail Blazers encouraged him to return to European play to further improve his game. On 13 July 2012, Freeland signed a three-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers. On 14 December 2012, he was assigned to the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League. He was recalled on 16 December 2012.
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Note: The Euroleague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he also played in domestic competition.
- Joel Freeland recalls Farnham roots on NBA debut
- Freeman jugará en la ACB con el Gran Canaria Grupo Dunas (Spanish)
- Unicaja bulks up with Joel Freeland
- Joel Freeland heading to the Blazers
- "TRAIL BLAZERS SIGN BRITISH FORWARD JOEL FREELAND". NBA.com. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
- CLAVER, FREELAND ASSIGNED TO STAMPEDE
- Blazers Recall Claver, Freeland
- Joel Freeland 2014-15 Game Log
- "CSKA returns Joel Freeland back to Europe". cskabasket.com. 13 July 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
- Joel Freeland at acb.com (Spanish)
- Joel Freeland at draftexpress.com
- Joel Freeland at eurobasket.com
- Joel Freeland at eurobasket2009.org
- Joel Freeland at euroleague.net