Power Rankings: 15th Edition

20 August 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. How much can we use warm-up games as indicator of a team's pending success or failure? If you are Belgium you are hoping they are an exact indicator.

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


1

GREECE

Pushed to the limit in their opening warm up game against Croatia, the Greeks did all they needed to convince us they deserve to be at the top of this rankings with three powerful victories since then, including a commanding 12-point win over France.

2

LITHUANIA

Lithuania are yet to come up against any of their likely last eight opponents at EuroBasket, but have looked comfortable in wins over Belgium and Sweden, before gaining revenge over F.Y.R of Macedonia, who knocked them out in 2011. 

3

SPAIN

Two games and two wins for the Spaniards who are showing no signs of missing some of the key weapons of campaigns gone, with Orenga looking like running a fast offensive outfit with Rudy Fernandez at the "3" and Ricky Rubio and Jose Calderon at the back.

+1

4

FRANCE

France have not been what one would consider convincing during their warm-up games, but if there is one thing we know, it is that Vincent Collet has a plan up his sleeve and there is no shortage of experimentation going on.

-1

5

SLOVENIA

Following a thumping from Serbia earlier in the month, the EuroBasket 2013 host nation seem to have found their stride, convincingly knocking over Bosnia and Herzegovina, whilst digging deep against Russia.

6

MONTENEGRO

Granted Montenegro are 3-1 in warm-up games but two of those came against teams not qualified for EuroBasket and their loss came at the hands of Croatia - a team with mixed results in the warm-up games to date.

7

SERBIA

Serbia keep on winning, and if not winning, competing with merit - something that will only be further strengthened with the return of Milos Teodosic and Nemanja Nedovic, a potential back-court starting pairing for the Serbs.

+1

8

TURKEY

Granted Turkey have begun winning some warm-up games, but against teams hardly in the caliber of final eight contenders. Injury clouds surround the involvement of veteran Ender Arslan, who could be a no-starter in Slovenia further weakening their credentials.

+1

9

RUSSIA

Given they are not winning too many games yet, but in something of a surprise to most onlookers, they are competing strongly with arguably the most depleted roster appearing in Slovenia. Sergey Karasev is showing he can compete at this level too.

+2

10

CROATIA

The past fortnight has been more fortuitous than the one previous for Croatia, with wins coming against Latvia and Montenegro. Can look to move up places in the final rankings in a fortnight should they now continue to win when they travel to a four-team tournament in Turkey, which also features Belgium and Serbia.

11

ITALY

Italy has been struggling in their warm-up games, but this was always offset with the hope that star big man Andrea Bargnani was still going to return. However, now with Bargnani announcing he will not be playing the light at the end of tunnel looks frighteningly small.

-2

12

F.Y.R OF MACEDONIA

A loss to Spain by only five points on 20 August, plus the suiting up of Todor Gechevski are big positives of F.Y.R of Macedonia, who despite, the constant rumours of player no-shows, are shaping up to once more be a force to be reckoned with.

+1

13

ISRAEL

Difficult to know what to make of the Israelis right now. Won against Italy who sit above them in the rankings, but at the same time - have experienced losses against Georgia, Poland and Belgium.

+1

14

POLAND

Marcin Gortat is a big man talking an even bigger game. But we are buying into it - and so are his teammates. Poland have quite suddenly - in the eyes of some - become the team that will defy expectations in Slovenia.

+3

15

GERMANY

Despite a list of no-shows to compete with Russia, Germany, just like Russia, are fighting above their weight in the warm-up games. Two blow outs against medal contenders but plenty of strong fights in other contests.

16

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Something is just not quite gelling in the Bosnian and Herzegovinian camp right now with just one win from their first four warm-up games. This will not cut the mustard in the so-called Group of Death.

-2

17

FINLAND

Finnish fans were excited at the prospect of seeing recent NBA draftee Erik Murphy donning a Finnish singlet for the first time, and giving a strong backcourt even more depth. However, question marks remain over if he will play or not.

-1

18

BELGIUM

There is something powerful in the drinking water in Belgium, and other teams will soon want to be getting a taste of it. Big wins over Italy and Israel bode very well for Belgian chances as they put their hands up to be the surprise team of EuroBasket 2013.

+5

19

SWEDEN

The Swedes have named a near-final squad true to what most pundits had expected to see. The big test now will be how quickly NBA guard/forward Jeffrey Taylor can adapt to their systems, given he arrives in camp with no prior experience with his teammates.

20

GREAT BRITAIN

Two warm-up games and two heavy losses for the Brits. A team devoid of any real stars and with future funding hanging on their performance in this tournament, the writing may already be on the wall for the British.

-2

21

LATVIA

Close but no cigar has been the story of Latvia's warm-up campaign thus far. There have been plenty of close-finishing tussles, but only two of those have been transformed into victories - against Russia and Turkey, along with a draw against Croatia.

-1

22

CZECH REPUBLIC

Showed plenty of offensive nous in a couple of warm-up losses against Turkey. If they can turn tight finishes into victories, their final standing in this ranking will lift prior to the event proper beginning.

23

UKRAINE

Four warm-up games and four losses for Ukraine. Signs of advancing to the Second Round do not look particulary promising for the hosts of the next event in two years time.

-2

24

GEORGIA

If there is one thing that Georgia have proven in their warm-up games, it is that they can perform strongly at home. However an inability to get the job done on the road will have some alarm bells ringing.


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