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. No change at the top this week but some further down with more rosters being announced.
Disclaimer: These rankings in no way reflect any official ranking system. They are purely subjective and are intended to be viewed as such.
Tony Parker survived an injury scare and continues to lead the San Antonio Spurs' efforts to win the NBA title, with contributions from Boris Diaw and rookie Nando De Colo. France's red-hot perimeter players keep them at the top despite notable frontcourt absences.
Rumours abound but it is unlikely we will have a clear picture of which players will be on board the Spanish train to Slovenia this summer before the ACB finals come to an end on Wednesday; until then, the reigning champions maintain second spot.
Jonas Maciulis helped Panathinaikos conquer the Greek league title last week and, right now, coach Jonas Kazlauskas has every reason to believe he will have all players he named in the preliminary squad in good health at the start of preparations.
The solid Loukas Mavrokefalidis could make a return to the national team this summer and counterbalance the void left by Kostas Koufos at the '5' spot; the Greeks do not anticipate any other major absences at EuroBasket at this point.
Bostjan Nachbar was superb for Bamberg in the Bundesliga Finals and added a German league title to his collection. Erazem Lorbek however is still struggling for form and has not been a major factor in the first four games of the ACB Finals with Barcelona.
Head coach Fotis Katsikaris invited veteran center Alexey Savrasenko to join his youthful preliminary squad, in search of an injection of size - and valuable experience - to the frontline.
Talented power forward Marko Todorovic is gaining valuable playing time in the Spanish Finals with Barcelona but will need need to undergo surgery on his hand at the end of the season; nonetheless, the Montenegrin frontcourt remains extremely strong.
Several EuroBasket hopefuls will see action with the reserve national team at the Mediterranean Games this week, while winger Cenk Akyol of champions Galatasaray submitted his candidature for a place on the squad with a magnificent display in the Turkish league Finals.
Stars Andrea Bargnani and Marco Belinelli were included in the preliminary squad announced last week while forward Luigi Datome and point guard Daniel Hackett are shining bright in the breathtaking Serie A title series between Roma and Siena.
CROATIAAnte Tomic and Roko Leni Ukic are coming off perhaps the best season in their respective careers while young star Dario Saric was important in Cibona's domestic league success and looks to be in great form during the U19 national team's preparations for the World Championship.
Dusko Savanovic revealed that he will be unable to play at EuroBasket due to injury and with Novica Velickovic having only recently returned to action, coach Dusan Ivkovic's options at the '4' spot could be significantly diminished.
Coach Frank Menz took Tim Ohlbrecht's decision to skip the EuroBasket in his stride, as he watched 23-year-old Maik Zirbes play an important role in Bamberg's domestic title win and also counts Tibor Pleiss, Philipp Neumann and Andreas Seiferth at the center position.
Omri Casspi is on board for EuroBasket 2013 and point guard Gal Mekel led Maccabi Haifa to a surprise victory in the domestic league Finals over powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv; Israel will be in full strength and determined to improve on their showing in 2011.
F.Y.R. OF MACEDONIA
“We will leave our heart on the floor in every game,” Vlado Ilievski told fibaeurope.com last week and explained the team will feel no pressure to repeat the semi-final finish of 2011; Expect the Balkan team to be a tough nut to crack in Slovenia.
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Point guard Nemanja Gordic played a solid role in Partizan's win in the Serbian league Finals while newly-appointed Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd has reportedly expressed the desire to keep Mirza Teletovic on the roster next year.
The Finns have named a preliminary squad almost identical to that of 2011 with the 2.08m center Erik Murphy adding some much-needed size and with young talent Sasu Salin coming off an excellent season with Slovenian runners-up Union Olimpija Ljubljana.
Marcin Gortat is involved in various trade scenarios in the NBA and could leave the Phoenix Suns in the summer, but for now both him and fellow star Maciej Lampe are taking a rest and seem firm in their decision to play for the national team.
Great Britain finally have the man who will steer the team at EuroBasket in the form of Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach Joe Prunty, who was handed the reins last week; a lot will depend on the American tactician's speed of adaptation to the European game.
28-year-old Thomas Massamba, who made his debut with the Swedish national team in last summer's Qualification Round, has helped Lukoil Academic Sofia retain their Bulgarian league title averaging 6.7 points and 3.6 assists-per-game as their starting point guard.
With the Ukrainian Superleague clubs getting busy very early in the transfer market and national team head coach Mike Fratello still immersed in the NBA Finals series as a commentator, the preliminary roster should be announced in late June.
Small forward Manuchar Markoishvili averaged 13.3 points in the first three games of the Turkish BEKO Ligi play-off finals to help Galatasaray take a crucial 3-0 lead over Banvit en route to their first championship success in 23 years.
Unfortunate young forward Davis Bertans tore his right knee ACL in the final game of the season with Partizan Belgrade and will not play at EuroBasket, but veterans Andris Biedrins and Kristaps Janicenoks have been included in the preliminary squad.
Czech point guard Tomas Satoransky looks set to continue his career in Spain, even if not necessarily at current club Cajasol Sevilla, and he should be available to join the national team in preparations rather than play in the NBA summer league.
Sam Van Rossom could not reach the CB Finals with CAI Zaragoza but this did not spoil at the least his breakout season, with his name entering the conversation as one of the best point guards in the Spanish league.