EuroBasket 2013 starts today and we look at the teams that you will probably not recognize at the first sight as most of their leaders miss the event. There are quite a few of them, you’ll definitely be surprised.
To be missed: Pau Gasol, Juan Carlos Navarro, Serge Ibaka, Felipe Reyes, Nicola Mirotic
Average age: 28,1
The usual #1 favourites were probably struck the most as they will miss a bunch of players from the starting five. With Pau missing the team will lack the number one attacking option as well – there are no substitutes for him in the post. Aguilar and Claver are not the big men that can lead a championship driven team.
Juan Carlos Navarro was the one that scared the opposition by his perimeter attacks and especially his beard. He will be missed much.
Marc Gasol will do his job in defence, by don’t forget that Serge Ibaka is one of the top defensive players in the NBA. This leaves quite a few holes in both defence and offence.
Spain will still be one of the top teams after all is over, they will have to use Marc more often and give the ball to small guys in offence.
To be missed: Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Caman
Average age: 25,4
Nothing much to be said, Nowitzki and Caman were the veteran cornerstones of a young German team. This EuroBasket will see a very young team led by the likes of Heiko Schaffartzik and Tibor Pleiss.
To be missed: Danilo Gallinari, Andrea Bargnani
Average age: 26,8
The lone star Marco Bellinelli from San Antonio Spurs should lead a team that is a mystery now. Probably the first match will be a decisive one for Simone Pianigiani’s men. If they manage to find a pace, they have a chance to go far here. Offence is ok, but defence lacks balance.
To be missed: Joakim Noah, Ronny Turiaf, Rudi Gober, Kevin Seraphin
Average age: 27,3
It is not a secret that France is a team of Tony Parker. France also always had a bunch of bulky big men to fight for the rebound. This time NBA All Star Joakin Noah is out of EuroBasket 2013, and will probably be substituted by Johan Petro and Alexis Ajinka. Tony Parker is still the leader, but will his squad manage to support him competitively enough this time around?
To be missed: Milos Teodosic, Vladimir Lucic, Dusko Savanovic, Novica Velickovic
Average age: 24,2
A young and perspective team with a super experienced coach in Dusan Ivkovic. Will lack some leaders, but it is arguable whether Milos Teodosic’s absence will be a bad thing. Some call him selfish, but will Marcovic, Micic and Nedovic compensate him?
To be missed: Andrei Kirilenko, Timofey Mozgov, Viktor Khryapa
Average age: 26,1
The team will miss it’s best player in the past 10-15 years, the one that almost single-handingly lead to to a title in 2007’s EuroBasket. The likes of NBA experienced Mozgov and Khryapa are to be missed as well. It is the time for the young guys to come up – Alexey Shved from Minnesota T-Wolves and newly signed Sergey Karasev (Cavaliers) simply have to spark up the old vets like Savrasenko, who came out of the retirement to prepare for EuroBasket 2013.
To be missed: Luol Deng, Ben Gordon
Average age: 25,9
Great Britain was never among the top teams before, but this time it is going to be especially tough. NBA bound Deng and Gordon are the players any team would love to have. They will probably concentrate on defence this time, trying not to lose by big margins.