Every second week leading up to EuroBasket 2013, fibaeurope.com's undercover expert has been ranking the 24 teams headed for Slovenia. Now the teams are here and it is time for the final rankings.
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Commanding victories over other frontrunners - France and Lithuania - during the warm-up stage, leaves us in no doubt that this is a team destined to walk tall in Slovenia - both literally and figuratively.
Despite a weakened roster, Spain have not shown any side affects of this during the warm-up period with Marc Gasol continuing to outgrow his brother as "the" Gasol people are referring to when they mention the surname.
In their final warm-up game against Slovenia on Saturday night, France pulled out the victory, but not in the convincing manner one might have expected. What was however promising was the manner in which Tony Parker shone in the second half when called upon.
No questioning the power of this team up front with depth to boot in positions "3" through "5", but Greece were able to expose Lithuania's biggest weakness last week in their friendly clash: a weak backcourt. Getting taken to overtime against Georgia on Sunday night also raised some eyebrows.
The hosts are going to keep the home fans happy up until the quarter-finals, however it is there that it looks like the Slovenes' run will come to a halt as they looked destined to be the best of the rest. A ticket to Spain next year will only be slim consolation for the hosts.
We know that Milos Teodosic is out...but seeing the way Serbia prepared for this tournament, there is excellent chemistry within the Serbian camp right now, and as the old adage goes, why change a winning formula? Have done enough to convince us they are picking up a spot in Spain at next year's World Cup.
Up one spot but it could have been higher, if it were not for a loss to the team above them on this ranking nine days out from tip-off. Ender Arslan has also recovered from injury and is going to provide additional experience to the squad.
Hardly carrying the form into the tournament required of an previously considered outside medal chance. Their only win during the preperation campaign against another team going to Slovenia came over Ukraine, a team that has a similarly poor warm-up record.
F.Y.R OF MACEDONIA
A big jump is the result of their own good work, coupled with the misfortune of other teams fighting it out for a spot in the top 10. A mixed warm-up campaign hit its straps in the past 10 days with wins over Germany, Group B opponents Bosnia and Herzegovina, and most impressively,the ranking-topping Greeks.
CROATIAEnded their campaign on a positive note with a win over Belgium, but heavy losses to Turkey and Serbia (by more than 15 points on both occasions) in the same tournament hardly bodes well for the Balkan nation. A good performance in their opening game against Spain will go a long way to boosting their confidence.
Coach Karasev must be wondering who he upset to be dished up with the hand he has been dealt. If his player resources were not already stretched enough, an injury to Andrey Vorontsevich was certainly the icing on the cake.
Italy are locked into a battle with Russia to see which team will show up in Slovenia with the least-depleted roster. The latest blow to the Azzurri came on Sunday when Angelo Gigli picked up a knee injury, leaving him at home when the rest of his teammates crossed into Slovenia.
Have had a relatively quiet build-up period with wins proving difficult to come by in the handful of games they played in. One upside, that could also be taken as a downside, is that they have kept pace in the majority of the losses, remaining in the fight up until the last buzzer - the downside of this being a questionable ability to get it a done in a tight situation at the death.
Dirk Bauermann can be relatively confident of his teams' chances when action tips off this week, with the Polish showing consistency throughout a demanding warm-up schedule. Came up against two teams they will play in Slovenia, pushing Spain for 40 minutes and convincingly defeating Georgia - although both these games took place over almost a month ago.
The Germans completed their warm-up campaign on 30 August with a confidence-boosting 12-point victory over Sweden. Their game with Belgium could come down to the deciding factor as to who advances from Group A into the Second Round, in all likelihood alongside Israel and France.
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
The news does not improve this week for Bosnia and Herzegovina who still can not find the winning formula that saw them top their group in the Qualification Round. In nine warm-up games, Bosnia and Herzegovina could only manage three victories.
Difficult to know what to make of one of the success stories of 2011. They gave Lithuania a real test on 22 August and waltzed past the Czech Republic an evening later. But since then they have gone on to lose to Russia and Latvia, games that arguably they would have been expected to win.
Did not enjoy the same success that they did at home when they went on the road during their warm-up campaign but the Belgians have shown more than enough promise and in arguably the weakest First Round group at EuroBasket, there is no reason the Belgians can not claim at least two wins.
Latvia showed something during warm-up games that came as something of a surprise to observers: an existant inside-game when their three-point shooting dried up, evidenced in their final open-door hitout against Finland, when they came from behind to beat their hosts courtesy of some savvy inside shooting.
Another team to hardly turn eyes for the right reason during the warm-up games, with their only win coming over Great Britain, Sweden appear to still be struggling with fitting NBA talents Jeffery Taylor and Jonas Jerebko into their systems.
The return from injury for Daniel Clark may be the boost that Great Britain requires to pick up a win and avoid finishing bottom of their group, however it is not enough to stop them moving down in the final ranking on account of the rising Latvians.
The Czechs come into EuroBasket 2013 on the back of splitting a pair of games with Belgium, bringing to an end a warm-up campaign in which wins were difficult to come by. Pitted in a group boasting defending champions Spain, and hosts Slovenia, the Czechs have a tough task ahead of them to advance to Ljubljana.
They may be devoid of their biggest name in Zaza Pachulia, but the Georgians have shown they are not incapable of potentially producing a surprise or two in Celje, evidenced by their ability to push Lithuania to overtime on Sunday night. A reason to be optimistic ahead of their opening game against Poland.
Mike Fratello can be content with wins over Sweden and Poland in the past fortnight but a slight setback in the form of a 16-point loss to an understrength Russian team on their home court less than a week out from EuroBasket 2013 has left the undercover expert unconvinced they can defeat Great Britain and avoid the wooden spoon in their group.