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EuroBasket 2022 Overview

In America, the NBA grabs most of the professional basketball attention but it is not all that is out there. In the basketball dog days of August/September the EuroBasket tournament gives us some great basketball.

Every 4 years (it has been 5 because Covid) the nations of Europe compete in a three-week international basketball tournament.

24 teams are divided into 4 groups in which they play a round-robin style pool play (play everyone else in your group). The top 4 teams in each group advance to a single elimination knockout bracket.

Since it’s creation, the tournament has gotten better every time because of the growing global game. If you do not believe me about how talent-filled this tournament is here are the NBA players by country.

Belguim: None

Bosnia: Jusuf Nurkic

Bulgaria: None

Croatia: Bojan Bodganovic, Dario Saric, Ivica Zubac, Mario Hezonja

Czech Republic: Tomas Satoransky

Estonia: None

Finland: Lauri Markkanen

France: Rudy Gobert, Evan Fournier, Frank Ntilikina, Timothe Lawuwu-Cabarrot, Theo Maledon

Georgia: Goga Bitadze

Germany: Franz Wagner, Dennis Schroder, Daniel Theis

Great Britain: None

Greece: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Kostas Antetokounmpo, Tyler Dorsey

Hungary: None

Israel: Deni Avdija

Italy: Danillo Gallinari (Injured)

Lithuania: Domantas Sabonis, Jonas Valanciunas, Rokas Jokubatis

Montenegro: None

Netherlands: None

Poland: None

Serbia: Nikola Jokic, Nikola Jovic, Aleksej Pokusevski

Slovenia: Luka Doncic, Goran Dragic, Vlatko Cancar

Spain: Juancho Hernangomez, Willy Hernangomez

Turkey: Alperan Sengun, Cedi Osman, Furkan Korkmaz

Ukraine: Sviatoslav Mikhailiuk

For anyone counting that is three top 6ish players in the NBA and multiple all star or near all star level players.

Groups

Group A

Belguim

Bulgaria

Georgia

Montenegro

Spain

Turkey

Group B

Bosnia

France

Germany

Hungary

Lithuania

Slovenia

Group C

Croatia

Estonia

Great Britain

Greece

Italy

Ukraine

Group D

Czech Republic

Finland

Israel

Netherlands

Poland

Serbia

Take a second to admire how stacked group B is. One of Bosnia (Nurkic), Slovenia (Doncic), France (Gobert), Germany (Wagner), and Lithuania (Sabonis and Valanciunas) won’t make the knock out round.

Games to Watch (Times in EST)

Thursday, September 1st

11:15 AM- Slovenia vs Lithuania (Slovenia won 92-85)

2:30 PM- Germany vs France

Friday, September 2nd

8:00 AM- Israel vs Finland

11:00 AM- Croatia vs Greece

3:00 PM- Serbia vs Netherlands

Saturday, September 3rd

8:30 AM- Germany vs Bosnia

11:45 AM- France vs Lithuania

2:30 PM- Slovenia vs Hungary

3:00 PM- Greece vs Italy

Sunday, September 4th

8:30 AM- Germany vs Lithuania

11:45 AM- Slovenia vs Bosnia

Monday, September 5th

3:00 PM- Serbia vs Finland

Tuesday, September 6th

8:30 AM- Bosnia vs France

11:00 AM- Greece vs Ukraine

2:30 PM- Germany vs Ukraine

3:00 PM- Serbia vs Israel

Wednsday, September 7th

8:30 AM- Bosnia vs Lithuania

11:15 AM- France vs Slovenia

Thursday, September 8th

11:00 AM- Greece vs Estonia

3:00 PM- Serbia vs Poland

All games are in Eastern and are on ESPN+ (which I highly reccomend getting if you havent already).

My Predictions/Thoughts

Group Stage

Group A

  1. Spain
  2. Turkey
  3. Georgia
  4. Bulgaria
  5. Belguim
  6. Montenegro

Group B

  1. Slovenia
  2. France
  3. Lithuania
  4. Germany
  5. Bosnia
  6. Hungary

Group C

  1. Greece
  2. Croatia
  3. Italy
  4. Ukraine
  5. Great Britain
  6. Estonia

Group D

  1. Serbia
  2. Czech Republic
  3. Finland
  4. Israel
  5. Poland
  6. Netherlands

My biggest takeaway from the group stage is how Bosnia gets screwed with their group. They have one of the 16 best rosters but their group causes them to miss the knockout stage.

First Knockout Round

France beats Georgia

Germany beats Spain

Slovenia beats Bulgaria

Lithuania beats Turkey

Greece beats Israel

Italy beats Czech Republic

Croatia beats Finland

Serbia beats Ukraine

Thoughts

Spain used to be the powerhouse of Europe, but now they struggle to put together a contendor and they fall to a decent German team.

Quaterfinals

Greece beats France

Germany beats Italy

Slovenia beats Croatia

Serbia beats Lithuania

Thoughts

This is where the games get incredible. Slovenia vs Croatia could go either way but Doncic is just too much. Gobert gives France a punchers chance but the best player in the world is just too much.

The two worst teams left somehow get paired in Germany and Italy. Jokic vs Sabonis/Valanciunas provides an incredible frontcourt clash but Jokic wins the duel.

Semi-Finals

Greece beats Germany

Serbia beats Slovenia

Thoughts

Theis and Wagner are no match for the Greek freak. Slovenia’s lack of competent big men results in a big Jokic game and a Serbian win.

Finals

Greece beats Serbia

Thoughts

The finals I WANTTT. Giannis vs Jokic! The two teams played in a world cup qualifier earlier this a couple of weeks ago where Jokic and Serbia got the best of Giannis and Greece.

I think the game would be close but the best player in the world steps up and Greece wins EuroBasket 2022 and Giannis wins player of the tournament.

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