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35 NBA players will give level to one of the best Eurobasket in history

Eurobasket 2022 will be one of the highest level in recent years, as the best players in the world will be there, especially the three Europeans wh


Eurobasket 2022 will be one of the highest level in recent years, as the best players in the world will be there, especially the three Europeans who dominate the NBA: Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) and Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks).

The three are luxury headliners within a cast of 35 players from the best league in the world who will play this Eurobasket and which were up to 42 when the teams released their first lists. This is the highest number recorded so far, since the record was in the 31 who participated in 2017, leaving far the 28 of 2013 and 2015 and almost in another time the 18 who were in 2009.

The highlight is the presence of the NBA MVP for the last two seasons, Nikola Jokic, who will not have it easy in his first Eurobasket, where he will also not have his other three compatriots who play in the league by his side. In fact, both Aleksej Pokusevski (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Omer Yurtseven (Miami Heat) were on the initial list and will not be able to play due to the refusal of their franchises. Bogdan Bogdanovic (Atlanta Hawks) will be out due to injury.

Giannis Antetokounmpo will also be leading Greece, with whom he already played the European Championship in 2015, where he was eliminated by Pau Gasol’s Spain. Next to him will be his brother Thanasis, his partner in the Bucks, and Tyler Dorsey (Dallas Mavericks), Greece being one of the many teams that have three NBA players.

The current champion, Slovenia, will also have three representatives in the best league in the world. One of them will be its star, Luka Doncic, who will be accompanied by Goran Dragic (Chicago Bulls) and Vlatko Cancar (Denver Nuggets), being the only trio that knows what it means to be a champion.

Spain will also have three, far from the six it had in 2017. Without Ricky Rubio (Cleveland Cavaliers), Santi Aldama (Memphis Grizzlies) and Serge Ibaka (Milwaukee Bucks), Sergio Scariolo can only count on Usman Garuba (Houston Rockets), Willy Hernangomez (New Orleans Pelicans) and Juancho Hernangomez (Toronto Raptors).

The great rival in the first round of the Spaniards, Turkey, also arrives with a great representation from the American league, since it has in its ranks Alperen Sengun (Houston Rockets), who could be one of the great revelations, and two more men veterans like Furkan Korkmaz (Philadelphia 76ers) and Cedi Osman (Cleveland Cavaliers).

The host team of the final phase, Germany, will also compete with three NBA players, which could have been four were it not for the injury of Moritz Wagner (Orlando Magic) in the preparation. Those who will be his brother and teammate Franz, Daniel Theis (Indiana Pacers) and Dennis Schroeder, who finished the year with the Rockets.

The other team with three representatives is Croatia, which comes into the competition with a cover but with a very competitive squad led by the return of Bojan Bogdanovic (Utah Jazz), and interiors Dario Saric (Phoenix Suns) and Ivica Zubac (Los Angeles Clippers). ).

Lithuania leads the best couple

But the country that will have the most NBA on its roster is France. Despite the important casualties of Nicolas Batum and Frank Ntilikina, since he has not yet been able to use the recently nationalized Joel Embiid, he will play the Eurobasket with Rudy Gobert (Minnesota Timberwolves), Evan Fournier (New York Knicks), Theo Maledon (Oklahoma City Thunder ) and Thimote Luwawu-Cabarrot, who played last season for the Atlanta Hawks.

The case of Lithuania is curious, which has only two, but both are its undisputed stars, Domantas Sabonis (Sacramento Kings) and Jonas Valanciunas (New Orleans Pelicans), although Ignas Brazdeikis is also on the list, who although he played the season spent with the Knicks, has already signed with Zalgiris for next year.

Of the other participants, only Georgia, with Goga Bitadze (Indiana Pacers) and Sandro Mamukelashvili (Milwaukee Bucks) and Ukraine, with Alex Len (Sacramento Kings) and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (Toronto Raptors), have two NBA players in their ranks.

The others have the profile of stars of their teams or young people with progression. In the first case are Jusuf Nurkic (Portland Trail Blazers) with Bosnia, Lauri Markkanen (Cleveland Cavaliers) in Finland or Deni Avidja (Washington Wizards) in Israel.

In the second are Vit Krejci (Oklahoma City Thunder), Marko Simonovic (Chicago Bulls) and Simone Fontecchio, who after playing in Baskonia last year now joins the Italian team as a Utah Jazz player.

In total, 20 different franchises will be represented, among which the Milwaukee Bucks stand out, with three members, followed by the Thunder, Pacers, Cavaliers, Rockets, Jazz, Mavericks, Nuggets, Bulls, Raptors, Pelicans and Kings, with two players representing to each of them.