What if...Euro edition
this goes out to the Euro Ballers
who would win . A re unified Yugoslavia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia
USSR, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine??
Good question actually. I think it would be close, but would lean towards USSR just because of their bigs. Lithuania have been impressive and Ukraine have a few guys esp. Gladyr that have played really well. I think Yugoslavia's backcourt is slightly better though with Bogdanovic, the Dragic brothers and Nedovic. USSR by less than 5!
Why do you think USSR has better bigs? Did you watch Serbia-Lithuania game and the rest of this tournament? Nenad Krstic showed that he is much better center than Jonas, who still has to learn a lot. Also Yugoslavia would have Nikola Pekovic
Very interesting post.
Let's break this into parts. First let's see what interesting players each country could offer.
- In the Yugoslavia team:
Croatia: Ante Tomic (C), Bojan Bogdanovic (F), Roko Ukic (G)
Slovenia: Jaka Lakovic (PG), Goran Dragic (G), Erazem Lorbek (PF)
Serbia: Milos Teodosic (G), Nenad Krstic (C)
Montenegro: Nikola Vucevic (C), Nikola Pekovic (C)
Bosnia: Mirza Teletovic (F)
That creates a very interesting mix.
-In the USSR team:
Russia: Andrei Kirilenko (F), Alexey Shved (G), Sergey Karasev (F)
Lithuania: Jonas Valanciunas (C), Linas Kleiza (F), Donatas Motiejunas (F)
Latvia: Kristaps Janičenoks (G), Kaspars Bērziņš (C)
Ukraine Kyrylo Fesenko (C), Sergiy Gladyr (G)
This mix also seems strong, although they don't nearly as much depth or alternatives as the Yugoslavia team.
I would go with the Yugoslavia team
By the way, the only reason I didn't include Alex Len (C) was because he hasn't played an official game with the Ukranian National Team yet, and might decide to play with the US if offered the spot.
You can add Nihad Dedovic (SG/Bosnia) to Team Yugoslavia.
I'll take the team with Arvydas Sabonis.
Don't forget Georgia for USSR:
Sanikidze, Pachulia, Shengalia
That mentioned I'd still go with Yugo because of guard play.
Both teams would be at the top of Eurobasket, or at least they should be. It would really cut down on the number of teams as far as contenders go: USSR, Yugo, Spain, Greece, France and Italy
PG Goran Dragic, Milos Teodosic, Zoran Planinic
SG Roko Ukic, Nihad Djedovic
SF Bojan Bogdanovic, Nemanja Bjelica
PF Erazem Lorbek, Mirza Teletovic, Pero Antic
C Nenad Krstic, Nikola Pekovic
PG Aleksey Shved, Mantas Kalnietis
SG Vitaliy Fridzon, Sergey Gladyr
SF Andrey Kirilenko, Sergey Karasev, Davis Bertans
PF Victor Khryapa, Linas Kleiza, Donatas Motiejunas
C Jonas Valanciunas, Zaza Pachulia
PG: Alexey Shved (Timberwolves,NBA); Mantas Kalnietis (Lokomotiv, Russia); Dairis Bertans (Bilbao, Spain); Reinaldas Seibutis (Lietuvos Rytas, Lithuania); Evgeny Voronov (CSKA, Russia);
SG: Sergey Karasev (Cavaliers,NBA); Vitaliy Fridzon (CSKA, Russia); Sergiy Gladyr (Fuenlabrada, Spain); Jonas Maciulis (Panathinaikos, Greece); Martynas Pocius (Zalgiris, Lithuania);
SF: Andrey Kirilenko (Nets, NBA); Viktor Sanikidze (Montepaschi, Italy);; Mindaugas Kuzminskas (Unicaja Malaga, Spain); Sergey Monia (Khimky); Davis Bertans (Partizan, Serbia);
PF: Donatas Motiejunas (Rockets, NBA); Tornike Shengelia (Nets, NBA); Viktor Khryapa (CSKA. Russia); Linas Kleiza (Fenerbahce Ulker, Turkey); Vladimir Veremeenko (Unics, Russia);
C: Jonas Valanciunas (Raptors, NBA); Timofey Mozgov (Nuggets, NBA); Zaza Pachulia (Bucks, NBA); Slava Kravtsov (Suns, NBA); Giorgi Shermadini (Zaragoza, Spain);
PG: Goran Dragic (Suns, NBA); Nemanja Nedovic (Warriors, NBA); Milos Teodosic (CSKA, Russia); Jaka Lakovic (Air Avelino, Italy); Roko Leni-Ukic (Panathinaikos, Greece);
SG: Zoran Dragic (Unicaja Malaga, Spain); Stefan Markovic (Valencia); Zoran Planinic (Anadolu Efes, Turkey); Sasha Vujacic (Anadolu Efes, Turkey); Krunoslav Simon (Lokomotiv, Russia)
SF: Bojan Bogdanovic (Fenerbahce Ulker, Turkey); Nemanja Bjelica (Fenerbahce Ulker, Turkey); Bostjan Nachbar (Barcelona, Spain); Vladimir Lucic (Valencia, Spain); Nihat Djedovic (Bayern Munich, Germany);
PF: Mirza Teletovic (Nets, NBA); Pero Antic (Hawks, NBA); Bojan Dubljevic (Valencia, Spain); Dario Saric (Cibona, Croatia); Erazem Lorbek (Barcelona, Spain);
C: Nikola Pekovic (Timberwolves, NBA); Nikola Vucevic (Magic, NBA); Miroslav Raduljica (Bucks, NBA) Nenad Krstic (CSKA, Russia); Ante Tomic (Barcelona, Spain);
It's unfortunate that NBA players came into international competition right after these two countries fell apart. These countries could have given the USA some very stiff competition throughout the last couple decades.