With the Basketball World Championship starting at the end of the month of August, we have been witnessing a true demobilization from the NBA stars regarding a presence on that competition in representation of the United States of America team.
“Dream Team”: NBA is the epicentre of basketball
Despite the idea of representing your national team always being a motive of pride for any player, the truth is that the great North American stars are aware that the National Basketball Association is the centre of all the attentions of this sport.
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As if that wasn’t enough, the quality of the North American players is so superior to the remaining nations that even a team of college players could fight for the trophy within a month on Chinese soil.
The quality of the North American basketball doesn’t need no introductions and they have been a dominant force throughout decades, which means we can’t consider a surprise to see them opting out of competing in the basketball World Cup, because that would delay theirpreparation for the new season of the NBA, that is expected to be very competitive after several big changes.
A constellation of stars not present…
When we look to the list of names that have already previously announced they wouldn’t take part in this tournament, we see that a true “Dream Team” opted not to play for the North American side here.
With Lebron James being the biggest absence, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Kahwi Leonard and Russell Westbrook also won’t be available, with the list even increasing due to the players that are unavailable due to injury such as John Wall, Klay Thompson and Kyle Lowry, and even others that have more recently announced their withdrawal: Anthony Davis, James Harden, Bradley Beal, Damian Lillard or DeMar DeRozan who complete the reputable list of absences.
…and other ready to go
Well, does that mean the United States won’t be in maximum strength? Of course it does
But does that mean the United States won’t win the World Cup? Obviously not, because the number of top players who are North American is more than enough.
After having presented a list of 13 well-known players that won’t play in the tournament and that would certainly demolish the competition if they played as a whole, I will now present a set of players that, so far, is available to help their national team conquering another basketball world cup.
Kemba Walker, Khris Middleton, Harrison Barnes, Aaron Gordon, Paul Millsap, Jayson Tatum or Myles Turner are some of the players that should occupy the spots left by the biggest stars in order to be able to represent their national team on a very important tournament for the sport.
The North Americans have won the last two editions of the competition (2010 and 2014) after a period of 16 consecutive years where they didn’t win, partly due to this kind of behaviour from the players that preferred not to play on the tournament, since the superior quality of the North Americans was never in question on the last decades.
The danger from the Balkans
Right now, only the Serbian side seems to have arguments to harm the predictable North American supremacy on the tournament.
With Nikola Jokic leading the Serbian fate on the company of other quality players like Bogdan Bogdanovic or Milos Teodosic, Serbia are currently the 2nd favourites to the title with 4.75 odds on 1xbet.
This is a team with a lot of international experience that has won the competition three times between 1990 and 2002 (when they were still named Yugoslavia) and that always has several players in the NBA and even standing out in that league, with the brightest star being Nikola Jokic, that has had a superb season playing for the Denver Nuggets.
Besides the Serbians, Spain (who won in 2006) is always a team to take into consideration, with odds of around 10.00 on Betclic for them to recover a title that has been escaping them for 13 years.
I also highlight a not very traditional Greece that has Giannis Antetokounmpo, a true superstar that can take them to higher flights on a near future.
The Milwaukee Bucks’ star has already announced that he will play in the World Cup, which means it is perfectly natural to see the Greek side considered the 4th favourite with odds of 20.00 right now on Bet365.
If ‘The Greek Freak’ is in good form on this World Cup, Greece can never be counted out from the podium contenders and, who knows, even title contention.