Tagged fiba

Olympics 2020: Building a Gold Medal Roster for Team USA Men’s Basketball

The last time Team USA played in an international tournament was an embarrassment. The inaugural FIBA World Cup took place in China this past summer and, after taking home the gold in the previous five events, the Americans finished seventh. They lost back-to-back games against France and Serbia to close out the tournament. It was…

Want ALL our amazing content? Subscribe to The Basketball Writers: Join Today

Predicting NBA’s Top 10 International Players in 2019-20: Nikola Jokić (1)

Nikola Jokić is not your average superstar. He doesn’t look the part. He doesn’t have jaw-dropping athleticism. He isn’t zipping up and down the floor at a fast pace. He won’t leave you mystified with his ability to shoot from deeper and deeper away from the basket. He’s not going to shut down an opposing…

Want ALL our amazing content? Subscribe to The Basketball Writers: Join Today

Predicting NBA’s Top 10 International Players in 2019-20: Giannis Antetokounmpo (2)

A lot is made of passing the baton in sports. Magic Johnson and Larry Bird begat Michael Jordan, Jordan led to Kobe Bryant. After Kobe came LeBron James. James is closing in on the end of his basketball career, and the league is ripe for the taking. Giannis Antetokounmpo will be the prime face of…

Want ALL our amazing content? Subscribe to The Basketball Writers: Join Today

Predicting NBA’s Top 10 International Players in 2019-20: Rudy Gobert (5)

Rudy Gobert was once thought of as the last of a dying breed. As “small ball” became increasingly popular across the NBA, it seemed players like Gobert were getting played off of the court.  At 7’1” and 245 pounds, how could the relatively range-less Frenchman be expected to hold his ground on the perimeter against…

Want ALL our amazing content? Subscribe to The Basketball Writers: Join Today

Predicting NBA’s Top 10 International Players in 2019-20: Luka Doncic (6)

There have only been five rookies in NBA history to average 20 points, five rebounds and five assists per game: Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Tyreke Evans and Luka Doncic.  Leading up to the 2018 NBA Draft, there was a lot of debate over just how good the Slovenian teenager was. Unlike other big-name…

Want ALL our amazing content? Subscribe to The Basketball Writers: Join Today

Predicting NBA’s Top 10 International Players in 2019-20: Kristaps Porzingis (7)

Kristaps Porzingis didn’t play a single minute last season. He tore his ACL the year prior and opted to spend the entire 2018-19 calendar rehabbing in hopes of returning back to action fully healthy. In the midst of all that, New York’s crowned prince was jettisoned out of the Big Apple. Porzingis was famously booed…

Want ALL our amazing content? Subscribe to The Basketball Writers: Join Today

Predicting NBA’s Top 10 International Players in 2019-20: Jamal Murray (8)

Jamal Murray has always been different. In high school, he would meditate prior to games in hopes of gaining an edge over his opponent (SPOILER ALERT: it worked).  During his one season with the Kentucky Wildcats, he became the only freshman to average 20 points in Lexington under John Calipari. When you do something that…

Want ALL our amazing content? Subscribe to The Basketball Writers: Join Today

Predicting NBA’s Top 10 International Players in 2019-20: Lauri Markkanen (10)

A lot of times, the best way to judge international players is based on how they performed at FIBA events.  Unlike AAU in America, playing for your country’s Junior National Team provides a more structured experience. Tournaments start at the under-12 level and go all the way up to the under-20. However, Lauri Markkanen didn’t start…

Want ALL our amazing content? Subscribe to The Basketball Writers: Join Today

FIBA World Cup 2019 Group H Preview: Australia, Canada, Lithuania, Senegal

As part of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup’s rebrand, the number of teams now expand from 24 to 32. The tournament is held in China and will crown a champion of international basketball—with the added bonus of seven countries securing a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The teams are split into eight groups…

Want ALL our amazing content? Subscribe to The Basketball Writers: Join Today