Power Rankings: 7th Edition

22 April 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. This week Slovenia takes their first significant hit whilst the usual suspects move up the rankings.

Disclaimer: These rankings in no way reflect any official ranking system. They are purely subjective and are intended to be viewed as such.


1

SPAIN

One team going to the Euroleague Final Four...another one game away, plus the Gasol boys playing key roles in the NBA playoffs. Spain reigns supreme for one more week. 


2

FRANCE

Last week Tony Parker stated that France are no longer so far from Spain - but did not go so far as suggesting that they are on the same level.

3

GREECE

Michael Bramos has been hot in the Euroleague quarters and Nick Calathes was deserved winner of the Eurocup MVP award. The future of Greece's backcourt is bright.

+1

4

LITHUANIA

Jonas Kazlauskas has a healthy headache with a bevvy of  in-form Lithuanians around the world at his disposal, including two newly crowned Eurocup champions.

+1

5

SLOVENIA

There is no questioning the form of the Slovenian back-court, however the same can not be said for up front. Mirza Begic and Erazem Lorbek have both gone unsighted throughout the Euroleague play-offs.

-2

6

RUSSIA

Fotis Katsikaris has been working wonders with Uxue Bilbao Basket, winning Eurocup Coach of the Year. Russian fans will be hoping for similar wonders to take place when he takes on national team duties.

 

7

MONTENEGRO

Nikola Vucevic and Nikola Pekovic have both had busy seasons in the United States and should arguably benefit from an extended break after their respective teams failed to make the NBA post-season.

8

TURKEY

It has been well over a decade since Anadolu Efes ventured to the Final Four of the Euroleague. However, they are on the verge of making it to London this year, hence Turkey bouncing up a position.

+1

9

SERBIA

Consistency is proving a big problem for Serbia right now. There are no shortage of potential national-team players producing big games, but few are doing it on a game-by-game basis.

-1

10

CROATIA

Dario Saric is making a significant impact on the Championship Round in the Croatian League - averaging 16 points and 7.7 rebounds, another sign the wunderkind is maturing nicely.

11

GERMANY

Tibor Pleiss was making an impact for Caja Laboral in the Euroleague play-offs, despite the Spanish team crashing out to CSKA Moscow whilst youngster Dennis Schroder was named Most Improved Player in the German BBL...at the age of 19.

+1

12

ISRAEL

Never once did Maccabi Electra look like threatening Real Madrid in the Euroleague quarter-finals, crashing out in three heavy defeats to end the involvement of Israel players in European competitions.

-1

13

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Mirza Teletovic barely featured in his first taste of NBA play-offs on Saturday as the Brooklyn Nets took down Chicago in game one. Difficult to gain a proper grasp of where his game is at right now.


14

ITALY

Danilo Gallinari put heed to rumours of a potential showing in Slovenia - assuring us he will be doing his best to be there...but as nothing more than a spectator.

15

FINLAND

Sasu Salin has been quiet in Slovenia of late, whilst Petteri Koponen's playing time has been limited and BC Khimki wait for the VTB League play-offs to begin.

16

GREAT BRITAIN

Pops Mensah-Bonsu remains a mystery as he finds himself bounced to another club - this time Olympia Milano, bringing into question how this instability may affect his game come summer.

17

F.Y.R. OF MACEDONIA

Damjan Stojanovski has been dominating in F.Y.R. of Macedonia since MZT Skopje entered their domestic league. However, the same can not be said for his brother Vojdan, with BC Donetsk exiting the Ukrainian Superleague early.


18

POLAND

Jakub Dloniak could be a first-time starter for the Polish national team this summer, dominating on the domestic scene this year with a league-high 20.1 points-a-game. Adds an exciting scoring option to the Polish line-up.


19

SWEDEN

A massive boost for Sweden with Jeffery Taylor confirming that he wants to make his senior national team debut this summer. Swedish management are also confident that they have secured the services of Jonas Jerebko.

+3

20

LATVIA

A quiet fortnight for Latvian national team players who are busy preparing for domestic scene semi-finals. Rihards Kuksis, Janis Blums and Janis Strelnieks have been solid - if not outstanding - abroad.

-1

21

UKRAINE

Expect some new faces to appear in the Ukrainian line up this season after the national-team heavy BC Donetsk crashed out of the Ukrainian Super League in the quarter-finals.

-1

22

BELGIUM

Sam Van Rossom has been putting in some good performances for Zaragoza in the ACB League of late, with the playmaker and his teammates sitting in fifth position with the play-offs on the horizon. 

+1

23

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

Tomas Satoransky was again one of the factors for his Cajasol team in the ACB League - putting in some solid stats to keep them out of elimination trouble.

+1

24

GEORGIA

In all likelihood Zaza Pachulia will not have recovered in time to play this summer following his ACL injury but Giorgi Shermadini playing for Olympiacos in the Euroleague offers some respite. 

-2

 

 


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