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 Russia and Serbia begin their trip back to the top.
Disclaimer: These rankings in no way reflect any official ranking system. They are purely subjective and are intended to be viewed as such.
In Marc Gasol Spain have the best defender in the NBA regular season and in Serge Ibaka the second-best shot blocker. Good luck breaking through this front court.
Eight teams left in the NBA play-offs and two of them are led by Frenchmen. Joakim Noah has resembled a stock truck, loading the Bulls onboard and taking them one step closer to their final destination.
Andrea Trinchieri has announced that anything short of a podium finish would be a disappointment. Who are we to doubt him - especially when he claims to be bringing Vasilis Spanoulis along for the ride.
Mindaugas Kuzminskas and the Lavrinovic brothers have hit double figures in the first three games of the best-of-seven LKL Finals, providing more options in a crowded Lithuanian front court.
Eurocup: Check. EuroChallenge: Check: Euroleague: Pending. Russian teams have dominated basketball competitions in Europe this year with the Russians on the verge of an impressive treble.
No chance of Slovenian players becoming worn out prior to summer with all NBA-based national team players already finished for the season. Erazem Lorbek has also been quiet in the Euroleague play-offs for Barcelona. Will be hoping to change that this weekend.
Nenad Krstic is aging like a fine wine, making the All-Euroleague team for a second consecutive season, whilst CSKA and national teammate Milos Teodosic made the second team.
Bojan Dubljevic and Milko Bjelica are both expected to go deep into the ACB play-offs with their respective teams, but for a number of other key national team players, an elongated period on the sidelines awaits them.
Ante Tomic has had a breakthrough season for Barcelona, earning himself a post spot on the All-Euroleague team posting career-high stats to be the only Barcelona player to make the team.
No Turkish teams are going to be making the trip to London this season for the EuroLeague Final Four and no Turkish players are remaining in the NBA playoffs.
Dennis Schroeder is touted as a first-round NBA draft selection and should be an automatic pick for the national team come summer. Meanwhile, Tim Olhbrecht has helped take the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to a D-League title.
Finally some positive news for the Azzuri! Marco Belinelli is putting in some of his biggest offensive performances of the season for the Bulls in the NBA play-offs whilst Luigi Datome has been voted Player of the Season in the Serie-A League.
Yotam Halperin is a shining light for Israeli prospects, playing a key role for Bayern in their opening game of the Beko BBL play-offs. However, one man does not maketh the team, hence the one place dropping.
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Mirza Teletovic failed to feature in the NBA play-offs as the Brooklyn Nets became victims of the Bulls in the first round whilst Igokea failed to back up their ABA regular season top placing, getting knocked out in the ABA Final Four semis.
Drew Sullivan shone on the home front this season - taking the Leicester Riders to UK glory with a game-high 24 points in the gold medal game. Could have a bigger presence this summer following the withdrawal of Luol Deng.
F.Y.R. OF MACEDONIA
With many new faces expected to be on board this time round for F.Y.R. of Macedonia keep an eye out for sharp-shooting point guard Aleksandar Kostoski. has been tearing it up domestically this season for Kumanovo, scoring 20.7 points-a-game.
Perhaps expect some new names in the Finnish squad this summer with only two current national team players - Mikko Koivisto and Matti Nuutinen - making it to the gold-medal series of the Korisliiga.
Is Dirk Bauermann going to bring a clean slate to the Polish national team? The way the Polish play-offs are progressing, do not be surprised to see some new faces in red and white in Slovenia.
EuroChallenge club Sodertalje Kings have come out on top of the Swedish Basketligan this season, meaning that more players than just Dino Pita from amongst their ranks may be in line for national team honours this summer.
Ukraine's top scorer during the qualification campaign, Sergiy Gladyr - one of the few Ukrainians playing outside of their home borders - is about to have his season cut short in Spain with Fuenlabrada well outside the play-off cut-off line.
Concern for the Latvian backcourt with both Janis Blums and Janis Strelnieks failing to make an impact in the play-offs of their respective competitions. Some strong performances from Davis Bertans in the ABA Final Four goes some way to even the ledger.
Zaragoza is play-off bound in the ACB League and Sam Van Rossom has been at the forefront of their success, consistently playing over 20 minutes a night throughout May.
CEZ Nymburk may be having something of a forgettable season as a whole, but on an individual note Petr Benda - the Czech's top scorer during qualification - has been solid under the hoops shooting at over 60% from the field in the Czech domestic league.
Giorgi Shermadini will be anticpating his trip to London this weekend as part of the Olympiacos setup. However, do not expect the big man to make too much of an impact with his input of the bench throughout the season at best minimal.