Eurobasket 2013 - Recap of the First round
Good performance by most of the NBA players. Nemanja Nedovic, Pero Antic and Luigi Datome who will be rookies this season, all perform really well.
Players deserving attention who are not currently in the NBA: All of them play in teams competing in the Euroleague.
Petteri Koponen (Finland) - age:25; Position: Point guard; 6'5''/200 lbs; Stats - 5 games played, 31.8 mins per game, 14.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.6 spg, 0.6 bpg, 3.0 topg , 38.5 % 3P-shooting; club: Khimky (Russia); NBA rights owned by Dallas Mavericks (drafted in 1st round - 30th overall by the 76ers in 2007);
Nihat Djedovic (Bosnia) - age:23; Position: Shooting guard; 6'6''/210 lbs; Stats - 5 gp, 37 mpg, 17.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 4.2 apg, 2.6 spg(!), 1.6 topg, 77.8 FG% (!) - he's a typical slasher; club - Bayern Muenchen (Germany);
Robin Benzing (Germany) - age:24; Position: Small Forward; 6'10''/220 lbs; Stats - 5 gp, 26.2 mpg, 17.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.2 topg , 78 FG%, 43.5 3P%; club: Bayern Muenchen (Germany);
Tibor Pleiss (Germany) - age:23 (turning 24 in November) ; Position: Center; 7'1''/270 lbs; Stats - 5 gp, 28.8 mpg, 11.6 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.6 bpg, 2.4 topg, 66.7 FG%; club - Caja Laboral (Spain); NBA rights holded by Oklahoma City Thunder, originally drafted by the Nets in 2010 with 31st pick.
Bojan Bogdanovic (Croatia) - age:24: Position: Shooting guard; 6'8''/215 lbs; Stats - 5 gp, 35 mpg, 17.0 ppg , 5.0 rpg, 0.8 apg, 0.6 spg, 0.4 bpg, 1.2 topg; club: Fenerbahce Ulker (Turkey) ; NBA rights owned by Brooklyn Nets (drafted in the 2nd round - 31st overall by the Heat in '11 NBA Draft);
Ante Tomic (Croatia) - age:26; Position: Center; 7'2''/265 lbs; Stats - 5 gp; 24 mpg, 8.2 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 3.0 apg (!); 0.8 steals; club: Barcelona (Spain); NBA rights holded by Utah Jazz, they selected him 44th overall in 2008 NBA Draft.
Alessandro Gentile (Italy) - age: 20 (turning 21 in November); Position: Small Forward; 6'7''/230 lbs; Stats - 5 gp; 23.2 mpg, 14.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.6 topg, 50% 3-point shooting; club - EA7 Armani Jeans Milano (Italy); Gentile is eligible for '14 NBA Draft.
Mantas Kalnietis (Lithuania) - age:27; Position: Point guard; 6'5''/205 lbs; Stats - 5 gp, 34.6 mpg, 12.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.4 apg, 2.8 topg; club - Lokomotiv (Russia); Athletic, strong and expirienced point guard.
I hope Gentile will get drafted. Great player, hard worker, a little arrogant
Gentile really stands out. He is fierce and fearless. Also Alexis Ajinca is proving that he is not such a bad player. Linas Kleiza is looking good (no big surprise here), but the best player in the tournament so far has to be Marc Gasol.
Ajinca has improved since he came back home and got playing time .... but let's face the truth he's a major waste for us. He could have been so good if he had waited several years before trying to play in the NBA
Marc Gasol is the best inside player in this euro... but Parker played very very VERY well. He killed Jeter against Ukraine and closed the game scoring 15 pts in the last 5 minutes.
I see what you're saying. TP is the undisputed best player in this tournament, but Gasol's basketball quality is starting to look scary, at least the last couple of years. Of course, we forgot to mention that stat-wise, Jan Vesely was the best player. The kid from Gonzaga, Przemek Karnowski also got some minutes, he looks really huge. But my personal favorite has to be Giorgi Shermadini from Georgia.
nikoloz tskitishvili is playing...damn I love Eurobasket
Nihad Djedovic should've been drafted. Strong, decent athlete with all-around skill.
Another player who I like in the tourney is Nemanja Bjelica from Serbia. The T'Wolves own his rights and he just inked a new deal in Turkey, but he did consider coming over this past summer. He's like another Diaw. 6'9-6'10, has long arms can handle the ball, good passer, rebounds his position, can guard some 3's, mobile 4's, high iq. Maybe he'll come over in his prime, but I think he's definitely an NBA player.
Mickael Gelabale has had a nice tourney as well. He could've helped an NBA playoff team as well. He's a really good role player. Efficient, smart and good defender. He could definitely play for the Spurs, but alas he singed overseas again as well.
Time to bump A.Gentile up my draft board.