Power Rankings: 1st Edition

29 January 2013

EUROBASKET 2013

Every fortnight week leading up to EuroBasket 2013, fibaeurope.com's undercover expert ranks the 24 teams headed for Slovenia. Here are the inaugural rankings. Join the discussion on facebook now.

 

1
 

SPAIN


Despite the rumours of potential player withdrawals, none have taken place yet, making the reigning champions obvious favourites for a three-peat.


 2 

FRANCE


Tony Parker is proving ageless, gearing up for another NBA All-Star appearance beside teammate Joakim Noah. A 2011 repeat final could be on the cards.

 
 3 

RUSSIA


Another team that will be affected by the commitment of key players, but until any official withdrawals come through, Russia looks headed for another podium finish.

 
 4 

SLOVENIA


Playing at home and with a healthy roster committed to the cause. These guys need to be in the top four.

 
 5 

GREECE

Kostas Koufos and the Denver Nuggets look playoff bound in the NBA and with a bevvy of Greeks playing regular minutes for Olympiacos and Panathinaikos, this is a quarter-final bound team.

 
 6 

LITHUANIA


Linas Kleiza is looking healthy and Jonas Valanciunas' broken finger looks like it will be heeled in time. Never count out the green machine.

 
 7 

MONTENEGRO


Going through qualifying undefeated without your star players Nikola Pekovic and Nikola Vucevic? You have to be top-eight bound.

 
 8 

ITALY


Another team to go through qualifying without key players and with Danilo Gallinari going from strength to strength in the NBA, the quarters look in reach for the Azzurri.

 
 9 

SERBIA


Battling just to qualify, but admitting that they were not taking it seriously enough, Serbia cannot be counted out of getting it done on the big stage.

 
 10 

TURKEY


Ersan Ilyasova has got his groove back and the European powerhouse looks like a top-ten finisher.

 
 11 

CROATIA


Ante Tomic is leading the ACB in multiple statistical rankings following the first round of the Spanish League and Dario Saric is finally playing following contract negotiations.

 
 12 

ISRAEL


Maccabi is looking headed for the next round of the Euroleague with an Israeli-laden roster, assuring this is a team in contention.

 
 13 

GREAT BRITAIN


Luol Deng is going from strength-to-strength in Chicago whilst Joel Freeland is gaining invaluable experience in Portland. Despite recent funding cuts to the GB program, the Brits remain on the up for now.

 
 14 

GEORGIA


Zaza Pachulia has been gaining regular minutes in the NBA and with a healthy roster around him, this is a team going places.

 
 15 

GERMANY


Dirk Nowitzki is far from his vintage form in the NBA, and there has not been enough from the up-and-coming Germans to suggest this team could be a threat.

 
 16 

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA


Mirza Teletovic looks like he will be leading this team straight from the NBA playoffs, where he and the Brooklyn Nets are headed.

 
 17 

FINLAND


Petteri Koponen has been improving each week for Khimki whilst Sasu Salin is benefiting from big minutes at Union Olimpija, suggesting this team could produce an upset or two.

 
 18 

F.Y.R of MACEDONIA


The apparent retirement of Vlado Ilievski and Pero Antic from the national team makes it difficult to see Bo McCalebb carrying this team by himself.

 
 19 

POLAND


The announcement of Dirk Bauermann as new coach is a step in the right direction for the Poles, but it remains to be seen how he fits into the Polish system.

 
 20 

SWEDEN


A surprise rookie in the NBA this season has been Swedish passport holder Jeffery Taylor. Should he commit to Slovenia this year, Sweden's ranking may be set to skyrocket.

 
 21 

CZECH REPUBLIC


Jan Vesely is lacking the playing time he perhaps deserves in the NBA right now, meaning he could be short on big minutes come summer.

 
 22 

UKRAINE


Hosting in two years' time, playing in front of a home crowd may offer the Ukrainians a better chance to avoid a likely donut this time round in their wins column.

 
 23 

LATVIA


Placed in the so-called group of death, the recent successes of VEF Riga and Ventspils in Europe are not enough to make them a threat in their group.

 
 24 

BELGIUM


With the majority of the Belgian team playing domestically, and no Belgian team making it past group play in the EuroCup, this appears to be a team that will be short on big-game experience.

 

 


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