Power Rankings: 2nd Edition

12 February 2013

EUROBASKET 2013

Every second week leading up to EuroBasket 2013, fibaeurope.com's undercover expert ranks the 24 teams headed for Slovenia.  Join the discussion on facebook now. In this edition France have suffered the biggest drop, whilst personnel movements have helped Latvia move in the right direction.


1

SPAIN

Jose Calderon seems to have settled into life in the Motor City nicely, giving no reason to think that Spain can be knocked of their pedestal on top of the rankings.



2

RUSSIA

Kirilenko may be resting a slight injury, but Russian teams are performing strongly in a number of European competitions, suggesting their is no shortage of talent for the 2011 bronze medalists.


 

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3

SLOVENIA

A trip to the United States in the past fortnight by Bozidar Maljkovic has confirmed that NBA players Beno Udrih and Goran Dragic are both available come summer, providing plenty of firepower for the home nation.


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4

FRANCE

Joakim Noah and Nicolas Batum are both battling injuries, over-ruling the fact that Mickael Gelabale is sinking them from everywhere in Minnesota. Tony Parker is also not getting younger and following what is shaping to be another long NBA campaign, fatigue may hurt the French.


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5

GREECE

Nick Calathes is on top of his game in Russia, topping Lokomotiv in scoring as they go on a four-game winning streak in the VTB League. There is no reason to believe he can not replicate this form in leading Greece.


6

LITHUANIA

Jonas Valanciunas has returned to action with a vengeance in North America, easily topping his pre-injury stats. Zalgiris also appear to be back into winning ways with a Lithuanian-stacked line-up.


7

MONTENEGRO

Not too much is going right for Minnesota but one shining light is Nikola Pekovic, a man who appears to be in the form of his life, averaging NBA career highs in points and rebounds. Good news for Montenegrin fans.


8

ITALY

A sinus infection picked up by Danilo Gallinari is certainly no need for concern for the Azzurri as the small forward sneaks towards 20 points-a-night for Denver.


9

TURKEY

Houston have spent the past fortnight solidifying their NBA playoff credentials and Omer Asik has been prominent, averaging 14 points a night so far this month. Could be a key factor for the Turks this summer.


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10

SERBIA

CSKA Moscow have had a rather forgettable two weeks, and with four prominent Serbian players on their roster, this does not necessarily bode well for the Serbs.


-1

11

CROATIA

Bojan Bogdanovic has been a shining light in a disappointing Top 16 campaign for Fenerbahce, particularly in recent games. Croatian fans will be hoping his form remains during the summer.


12

GREAT BRITAIN

Luol Deng and co. have retained their funding from the British Government. Not having to stress about where the next pound is coming from, the Brits are now free to play basketball.


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13

ISRAEL

Omri Casspi is receiving, at best, fleating minutes for Cleveland and may be short on the game time required to lead the Israelites come summer.


-1

14

GEORGIA

Fresh off winning the Coppa Italia, Georgian stalwart Viktor Sanikidze is getting a winning feeling for Montepaschi Siena, and is set to benefit further from an ominous looking quarterfinal berth for Montepaschi in the Euroleague.


15

GERMANY

Tim Ohlbrecht has made the NBA D-League All-Star game but it is hardly enough to get German fans excited, or warrant a move upwards in the rankings on this list.


16

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Mirza Teletovic is turning up in NBA highlight packages for the wrong reasons lately. Unless this changes Bosnia and Herzegovina may begin to experience something of a sinking feeling.


17

FINLAND

Khimki's Petteri Koponen continues to go from strength-to-strength across three competitions, and should his contributions continue to improve, so too will Finland's position on this ranking.


18

F.Y.R of MACEDONIA

Bo McCalebb has been unable to carry Fenerbahce in the Euroleague Top 16, and it is difficult to see him doing it with his national team in Slovenia.


19

POLAND

Maciej Lampe has been impressive for Caja Laboral in the Euroleague Top 16, and is set to combine with Marcin Gortat to create an imposing front court.


20

LATVIA

National team coach Ainars Bagatskis has been working his magic in Ukraine with BC Budivelnik Kiev. He has also moved Rihards Kuksiks to the club, suggesting the Latvian sharp-shooter is in for some much needed playing time.


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21

UKRAINE

A number of potential national team players are set to benefit should Budivelnik move into the Eurocup quarterfinals, whilst one of their few players playing abroad - Serhiy Lishchuk - also looks set for a Eurocup quarters berth with Valencia.


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22

SWEDEN

Jonas Jerebko and Jeffrey Taylor both seem to be out of favour with their coaches in the NBA, seeing the playing time of both the Swedes limited, therefore making it difficult to judge the current form of Sweden's key players.


-2

23

CZECH REPUBLIC

CEZ Nymburk, a team laden with Czech national team players has suffered some big losses of late in the Eurocup, including to Latvian side, VEF Riga, hence being overtaken by the Latvians.


-2

24

BELGIUM

Okapi Aalstar are on the verge of elimination in the EuroChallenge, ending the involvement of any Belgian clubs in wider European competition, further shortening their already slim chances of moving from group play in Slovenia.


 


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