The EuroBasket tournament was a showcase for great talent on their way to stardom in the NBA.

Unlike some of the Olympic or FIBA ​​world tournaments of this century, the 2022 EuroBasket, which recently concluded, featured large numbers of the world’s best basketball players, including two of the NBA’s most valuable players in Serbian Nikola Jokic ( Denver Nuggets) and Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks), as well as outstanding Slovenian point guard Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks) and French center Rudy Gobert (Minnesota Timberwolves), among others.

But none of them took the Champions Trophy, this being won by Spain in the final against France, in excellent team sport performance and showing that having great stars is no guarantee of a championship.

In fact, there were many players with less fanfare who raised their level in this tournament to increase their value for the next NBA season or league in Europe, and some even received NBA contracts. Keeping this in mind, here is a list of players whose performances were the best apart from those mentioned above:

Brothers Willie and Juancho Hernangomez

No one remembered the retired brothers Pau and Marc Gasol during EuroBasket, as Hernangómez’s pair was made up of Willie in the center and Juancho filled those vacancies very efficiently. Willie, the substitute center for the New Orleans Pelicans, became EuroBasket’s most valuable player after leading Spain to the gold medal for the third time in the previous five editions and averaging 17.2 with 6.9 rebounds while shooting 63.7% from the field. . and 80.9% on Free Spins. Willie, whose contract is worth only $2.44 million this season and a team option of $2.6 million in 2023, showed with his playing skills and fundamentals that he can be a more impressive player if he has minutes on the floor. See how he finds time to play with Lithuanians Jonas Valencianus and Zion Williamson (if he is healthy).

In the case of Juancho, or ‘Bo Cruz’, as some refer to him because of his participation in the film ‘Hustle’, he displayed the same proficiency in his shots (52.8 percent from the field) as his brother Willie’s right hand. worked in 38.8% from 3-pointers and 87.5% of free throws) while averaging 12.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in the tournament. But what people will remember most is how he saved his best game when the miles counted after scoring 27 points, including seven three-pointers, helping Spain beat France in the gold medal game. helped. Juancho recently signed a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the Toronto Raptors, a team that may be a better fit for his intellectual style and use more of his skills.

Spanish center Willie Hernangómez plays in the NBA for the New Orleans Pelicans and has just been named the EuroBasket Tournament’s Most Valuable Player. ,Michael Sono,

Laurie Markkanen

Anyone would say that Markkanen should wear a Finnish jersey under any NBA uniform. After several years in Chicago with some injuries and not being able to judge himself playing for managers who didn’t know how to leverage his offensive skills, Markkanen moved to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he had a good season. was. But after a recent trade in Utah for Donovan Mitchell, it looks like the Jazz has found its next star (all first-round selections aside).

During EuroBasket, the versatile seven-footer consistently demonstrated his ability to strike the ground and score from a distance, averaging 27.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 cuts, while leading Finland to the quarter-finals, where They were defeated by eventual champions Spain. , In addition, he shot very efficiently, including 54.2% from the field, 40.5% from 3-point range and 90.6% from free throws. In Utah, CEO Danny Enge has to laugh at himself.

alexander vezhenkov

Part of the Greek League’s Most Valuable Player and champion club Olympiakos in 2015 and 2022, he shot a singularity with his father’s native Bulgaria at EuroBasket with 26.8 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists. 49.5% off the field, 40% in triples and 92.9% in free throws. His most outstanding games were his 28 points and 15 rebounds against Turkey and his 26 points and 11 rebounds against Spain.

The 6′9″ tall player, born in Cyprus but with Bulgarian and Greek citizenship, was selected by the Brooklyn Nets in the 2017 NBA Draft and was recently acquired by the Sacramento Kings. Do the Kings plan on getting him in the NBA soon? Talent and competence.

alprene sengun

The Houston Rockets’ Turkish center had a minute-long fight with Christian Wood during his rookie season. But now that Wood has been moved to Dallas, Sengun will be the Rockets’ starting center in 2022-2023. The 6′11″ tall Basket player, who was MVP in the Turkish league in 2021 at just 18 years old, showed at EuroBasket what he could do with more prominence in the NBA after averaging 16.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists Is. 1.2 cuts while shooting 56.6% off the field.

Sengun has an arsenal of low post moves, a good touch up to 15 feet from the rim and isn’t afraid to play rough when the need arises. He should be one of the top candidates for the best player this season.

Italian Simone Montecchio is one of the figures that Danny Eng acquires to renew Utah Jazz.
Italian Simone Montecchio is one of the figures that Danny Eng acquires to renew Utah Jazz. ,Michael Sono,

simone fontecchio

Just before EuroBasket, the Utah Jazz signed the Italian forward for two years and $6.25 million. Now this signing seems like a bargain after his big tournament, where he averaged 19.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.7 cuts, shooting 49.5% from the field and a super-efficient 45.1% from 3-point range. Average taken.

Among his best matches was the round of 16 against Serbia, where the 6’8″ tall player scored 19 goals to help Italy finish as one of the favorites of the tournament. Fontecio may have been one of Utah’s pillars if they eventually traded Croatian Bojan Bogdanovi. Without a doubt, another excellent signing from Ing this summer.

Dennis Schroeder

How did the 2020 Oklahoma City Sixth Man of the Year nominee become an “average” player with Boston and Houston last season following his stint with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2021? But just as his NBA career seemed to be in limbo, Schröder proved himself right at EuroBasket after leading Germany to a bronze medal, which included Giannis Antetokounmpo in the quarterfinals and derailing Greece in a game in which he Scored 26 points with eight assists.

He averaged 22.1 points, 7.1 assists and 2.3 rebounds during the tournament. Following that performance, the Lakers, along with their new manager Darwin Hamm, agreed to bring him back with a one-year contract and $2.6 million to try to continue down his path of vengeance and, perhaps, eventually. Close to $21 could get a multi-year contract. million per annum which he turned down in 2021.

Franz Wagner

in the rank of orlando magic Some rookies are tempted by the arrival of Paolo Banchero, but the second-year German striker could be the team’s leading scorer given his EuroBasket performances. Wagner showed amazing efficiency as he shot 53.1% off the ground, 46.3% from 3-point range and 88.9% from free throws, while averaging 15.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists.

Against Domantas Sabonis and the Lithuanian Blunderbuss, Wagner punished him with 32 points and eight rebounds. Then against Giannis Antetokounmpo and Greece, Wagner scored 19 points, including five crucial three-pointers, to help Germany advance to the semi-finals. Wagner is another player who will be a candidate for the best this NBA season.

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