Though Malone is American, Jokic provides him with a connection to the European team. His seven years of experience as an NBA head coach, including helping the team reach the No. 2 seed in the West last season, should also be valuable for a team trying to surpass its high expectations this summer.
Serbia earned the silver medal in the 2016 Summer Olympics after a loss to the United States in the final, although the team only managed a fifth-place finish in the 2019 World Cup.
There is enough talent on the roster to once again compete for a medal, led by NBA All-Star Jokic. Bogdan Bogdanovic, Nemanja Bjelica and Boban Marjanovic could also play key roles for the squad.
Although Serbia was unable to qualify for the Olympics through the World Cup, the team will get another chance in a qualifying tournament in June.