Full Predictions and Preview of 2013 FIBA EuroBasket Tournament

Josh MartinNBA Lead WriterAugust 30, 2013

Full Predictions and Preview of 2013 FIBA EuroBasket Tournament

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    While the NBA's away, the Euros come out to play.

    For two-and-a-half weeks, anyway.

    From September 4-22, 24 of Europe's top national squads will take to the hardwood in (where else?) Slovenia, in five different arenas across four cities, to determine a continental champion at FIBA EuroBasket 2013.

    The top six teams overall will advance to the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball in Spain, where spots in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics will be up for grabs, while the rest will later be left to duke it out for four wild-card spots in next year's biggest international competition.

    This year's tournament will begin with two rounds of group play, starting with a preliminary round, with four groups of six, from which the top three in each group will advance.

    The second round, wherein the remaining 12 teams will be reorganized into two more six-team conglomerations, will determine the four teams from each group moving on to the knockout stage. From there, the eight remaining squads will battle through three rounds to do-or-die play on the way to crowning Europe's best.

    Hoops diehards won't see the likes of Dirk Nowitzki (Germany), Pau Gasol (Spain), Joakim Noah (France), Luol Deng (Great Britain) and Nikola Pekovic (Serbia) suiting up for their respective countries.

    Still, between NBA regulars (Marc Gasol, Tony Parker, Ersan Ilyasova), overseas studs (Sergey Karasev, Dario Saric, Luigi Datome) and American ex-pats (Pooh Jeter, Bo McCalebb, Tyrese Rice), the 38th edition of the European Basketball Championship won't be short on star power or excitement by any stretch.

    Read on for a full breakdown of participating countries, players to watch, predictions and more!

Belgium

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    FIBA Ranking: 77

    Group: A, with Ukraine, Great Britain, France, Germany, Israel

    Seed: 5

    Players to Watch: Axel Hervelle, Sam Van Rossom

    Style of Play: Guard-oriented, "small ball"

    Recent Performance: T-21st at EuroBasket 2011

    Prediction: will not advance past the preliminary round

Bosnia and Herzegovina

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    FIBA Ranking: 50

    Group: B, with Lithuania, F.Y.R. of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Latvia

    Seed: 4

    Players to Watch: Mirza Teletovic, Nihad Dedovic

    Style of Play: All Mirza Teletovic, all the time

    Recent Performance: T-17th, EuroBasket 2011

    Prediction: Will exit in the second round

Croatia

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    FIBA Ranking: 16

    Group: C, with Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic, Georgia

    Seed: 3

    Players to Watch: Dario Saric, Ante Tomic, Roko Ukic

    Style of Play: Slashing, attacking off the wing

    Recent Performance: T-13th, EuroBasket 2011

    Prediction: Will exit in the second round

Czech Republic

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    FIBA Ranking: 61

    Group: C, with Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Croatia, Georgia

    Seed: 6

    Players to Watch: Jan Vesely, Tomas Satoransky

    Style of Play: Post-ups, cuts, ball movement

    Recent Performance: T-13th, 2007 EuroBasket

    Prediction: Will not advance past the preliminary round

F.Y.R. of Macedonia

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    FIBA Ranking: 34

    Pool: B, with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Montenegro, Serbia, Latvia

    Seed: 1

    Players to Watch: Pero Antic, Bo McCalebb

    Style of Play: Strong defense, opportunistic offense

    Recent Performance: Fourth, EuroBasket 2011

    Prediction: Will exit in the second round

Finland

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    FIBA Ranking: 48

    Group: D, with Greece, Russia, Italy, Sweden, Turkey

    Seed: 4

    Players to Watch: Petteri Koponen, Hanno Mottola

    Style of Play: Perimeter-oriented, spreading the floor

    Recent Performance: T-9th, EuroBasket 2011

    Prediction: Will not advance past the preliminary round

France

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    FIBA Ranking: 8

    Group: A, with Ukraine, Great Britain, Germany, Israel, Belgium

    Seed: 3

    Players to Watch: Tony Parker, Nicolas Batum, Boris Diaw

    Style of Play: Lots of pick-and-roll

    Recent Performance: Sixth, 2012 London Olympics

    Prediction: Silver

Georgia

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    FIBA Ranking: 50

    Group: C, with Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Croatia, Czech Republic

    Seed: 5

    Players to Watch: Manuchar Markoishvili, Vikto Sanikidze

    Style of Play: Lots of passing, with elements of the Princeton offense

    Recent Performance: T-11th, EuroBasket 2011

    Prediction: Will not advance past the preliminary round

Germany

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    FIBA Ranking: 13

    Group: A, with Ukraine, Great Britain, France, Israel, Belgium

    Seed: 3

    Players to Watch: Tibor Pleib, Robin Benzing

    Style of Play: Heavy on outside shooting, light on defense

    Recent Performance: Ninth, EuroBasket 2011

    Prediction: Will exit in the second round

Great Britain

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    FIBA Ranking: 23

    Group: A, with Ukraine, France, Germany, Israel, Belgium

    Seed: 2

    Players to Watch: Andrew Lawrence, Devon Van Oostrum

    Style of Play: Scrappy (i.e. limited, lacking international experience)

    Recent Performance: Ninth, 2012 London Olympics

    Prediction: Will not advance past the preliminary round

Greece

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    FIBA Ranking: 4

    Group: D, with Finland, Russia, Italy, Sweden, Turkey

    Seed: 2

    Players to Watch: Vassilis Spanoulis, Kostas Papanikolaou, Georgios Printezis

    Style of Play: Shooting, attacking from the wing

    Recent Performance: Sixth, EuroBasket 2011

    Prediction: Will exit in the knockout stage

Israel

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    FIBA Ranking: 31

    Group: A, with Ukraine, Great Britain, France, Germany, Belgium

    Seed: 6

    Players to Watch: Omri Casspi, Alex Tyus

    Style of Play: Attacking from the wings, toughness on the glass

    Recent Performance: T-13th, EuroBasket 2011

    Prediction: Will exit in the second round with Tyus (groin injury) or will not to advance past the preliminary round without Tyus

Italy

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    FIBA Ranking: 21

    Group: D, with Finland, Greece, Russia, Sweden, Turkey

    Seed: 3

    Players to Watch: Marco Belinelli, Luigi Datome

    Style of Play: Drive-and-kick, plenty of shooting

    Recent Performance: T-17th, EuroBasket 2011

    Prediction: Will not advance past the preliminary round

Latvia

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    FIBA Ranking: 39

    Group: B, with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, F.Y.R. of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia

    Seed: 5

    Players to Watch: Janis Blums, Janis Streinieks

    Style of Play: Size and shooting

    Recent Performance: T-21st, EuroBasket 2011

    Prediction: Will not advance past the preliminary round

Lithuania

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    FIBA Ranking: 5

    Group: B, with Bosnia and Herzegovina, F.Y.R. of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Latvia

    Seed: 2

    Players to Watch: Jonas Valanciunas, Linas Kleiza, Donatas Motiejunas

    Style of Play: Tough and productive on the interior

    Recent Performance: Eighth, 2012 London Olympics

    Prediction: Bronze

Montenegro

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    FIBA Ranking: 77

    Group: B, with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, F.Y.R. of Macedonia, Serbia, Latvia

    Seed: 3

    Players to Watch: Nikola Vucevic, Tyrese Rice, Taylor Rochestie

    Style of Play: Inside-out, slashing

    Recent Performance: T-21st, EuroBasket 2011

    Prediction: Will not advance past the preliminary round

Poland

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    FIBA Ranking: 40

    Group: C, with Slovenia, Spain, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia

    Seed: 4

    Players to Watch: Marcin Gortat, Maciej Lampe

    Style of Play: Power in the paint

    Recent Performance: T-17th, EuroBasket 2011

    Prediction: Will not advance past preliminary round

Russia

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    FIBA Ranking: 6

    Group: D, with Finland, Greece, Italy, Sweden, Turkey

    Seed: 1

    Players to Watch: Aleksey Shved, Sergey Karasev, Sergey Monya

    Style of Play: Big, physical, skilled

    Recent Performance: Bronze, 2012 London Olympics

    Prediction: Will exit in the knockout stage

Serbia

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    FIBA Ranking: 12

    Group: B, with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, F.Y.R. of Macedonia, Montenegro, Latvia

    Seed: 6

    Players to Watch: Nenad Krstic, Nemanja Nedovic

    Style of Play: Disciplined, experienced, tough on the interior

    Recent Performance: T-8th, EuroBasket 2011

    Prediction: Will exit in the second round

Slovenia

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    FIBA Ranking: 14

    Group: C, with Poland, Spain, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia

    Seed: 2

    Players to Watch: Goran Dragic, Bostjan Nachbar

    Style of Play: Guard-oriented, attacking

    Recent Performance: Seventh, EuroBasket 2011

    Prediction: Will exit in the knockout stage

Spain

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    FIBA Ranking: 2

    Group: C, with Poland, Slovenia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia

    Seed: 1

    Players to Watch: Marc Gasol, Ricky Rubio, Jose Calderon

    Style of Play: Shooting, pushing the pace

    Recent Performance: Silver, 2012 London Olympics

    Prediction: Gold

Sweden

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    FIBA Ranking: NR

    Group: D, with Finland, Greece, Russia, Italy, Turkey

    Seed: 6

    Players to Watch: Jonas Jerebko, Jeffery Taylor

    Style of Play: Athletic, wing-oriented

    Recent Performance: 16th, EuroBasket 2003

    Prediction: Will not advance past the preliminary round

Turkey

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    FIBA Ranking: 7

    Group: D, with Finland, Greece, Russia, Italy, Sweden

    Seed: 5

    Players to Watch: Omer Asik, Ersan Ilyasova, Hedo Turkoglu

    Style of Play: Big, versatile

    Recent Performance: T-11th, EuroBasket 2011

    Prediction: Will exit in the knockout stage

Ukraine

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    FIBA Ranking: 50

    Group: A, with Great Britain, France, Germany, Israel, Belgium

    Seed: 4

    Players to Watch: Eugene "Pooh" Jeter, Viacheslav Kravtsov

    Style of Play: Inside out, thin at guard

    Recent Performance: T-17th, EuroBasket 2011

    Prediction: Will exit in the second round 

     

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