EuroBasket 2022 is almost here, set to tip off on Thursday, Sept. 1.
The international tournament will give NBA fans worldwide the basketball fix they’re looking for as we inch closer to the start of the 2022-23 season.
There will be plenty of superstar talent on display with players like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic and Nikola Jokic suiting up for their countries, setting the table for some marquee matchups you will not want to miss.
With a talent pool much deeper than the above three MVP candidates, which other NBA stars will be representing their home countries on the EuroBasket stage?
Antetokounmpo wasted no time to capture headlines ahead of EuroBasket 2022, going off for 40 (!) points in Greece’s Fiba World World Cup European Qualifier against Jokic and Serbia.
Even though his efforts came in a loss, Antetokounmpo became the first player in the history of European Qualifiers
FIBA Giannis is now unstoppable? 🔥
The Greek Freak dropped 40 points in front of a fully-packed Serbian crowd! 🥶#FIBAWC x #WinForHellas
🖥 https://t.co/53iCmzq10t pic.twitter.com/VNzE5vbQ98
Antetokounmpo and Greece will compete in Group C, joined by Estonia, Ukraine, Great Britain, Italy and Croatia. If you want to watch the 2021 Finals MVP in action, you can find Greece’s Group Stage schedule below.
The last time we saw Doncic on the international stage, he nearly carried Slovenia to its first-ever medal in basketball when he led his country to the Bronze Medal match at the Tokyo Olympics.
Now, we’ll get to watch the 23-year-old try and lead Slovenia to a EuroBasket title against some of the best talents in the world.
Doncic has looked like his usual self ahead of EuroBasket, nearly going for a triple-double against Estonia this past week.
✨ Luka Doncic was shining as he led the Slovenian National Team (@kzs_si)
His country will compete in a loaded Group B with teams like Germany, Lithuania, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Hungary.
You can find Doncic and Slovenia’s Group Stage schedule below.
Antetokounmpo may have taken the headlines for the 40 points he scored on Serbia, but Jokic was just as incredible, leading his country to the victory.
The reigning NBA MVP went off for 29 points, eight rebounds and six assists, knocking down some clutch shots
This shot from Jokic over Giannis. 😳🔥
Jokic and Serbia will be competing in Group D with the Netherlands, Finland, Poland, Czech Republic and Israel. You can find their Group Stage schedule below.
Gobert and France are looking to build off of their momentum after earning a Silver Medal at the Tokyo Olympics, entering EuroBasket as one of the best teams in the tournament.
The All-Star big man may not put up the gaudy numbers we see from players like Antetokounmpo, Doncic or Jokic, but his presence in the paint is dominating, as he records double-doubles in his sleep just like we see from him on the NBA stage.
Gobert made things look easy against the Czech Republic in a World Cup European Qualifier leading up to EuroBasket, tallying 14 points, seven boards, two blocks and one broken hoop off of a powerful putback dunk in a 35-point win for France.
📊 14 PTS, 7 REB, 2 CT en 19 MIN pour Rudy Gobert 🦖#TeamFranceBasket x @rudygobert27 | #PassionnémentBleu | #FRACZE pic.twitter.com/qpbjWkuzrb
Gobert and France will compete in Group B against Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, Lithuania, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Other countries will have a problem trying to contain Lithuania’s terrorizing frontcourt of Sabonis and Valanciunas.
The two NBA stars are both bruising and physical, yet highly skilled. As dominant as they are inside, controlling the glass and scoring with their backs to the basket, they can also both step outside and shoot the 3-ball, too.
The tandem makes Lithuania one of the toughest teams to match up with, as few countries have the size to defend both brute forces.
Sabonis and Valanciunas combine for 34 points as Lithuania emerge victorious against Hungary on the road.#FIBAWC x #WinForLietuva 🇱🇹
📺 Extended Highlights: https://t.co/4Q4fptEy1E pic.twitter.com/jvtlzwRRGF
Sabonis, Valanciunas and Lithuania will be competing in Group B against Germany, France, Slovenia, Hungary, and Bosnia and Herzegovina — a group loaded with NBA talent.
Beyond those six stars, there are still plenty of other NBA players suiting up for their countries at EuroBasket 2022. You can find the full list below.
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Jusuf Nurkic
Czech Republic: Vit Krejci
Croatia: Bojan Bogdanovic, Dario Saric, Ivica Zubac
Finland: Lauri Markkanen
France: Evan Fournier, Theo Maledon
Georgia: Goga Bitadze, Sandro Mamukelashvili
Germany: Franz Wagner, Dennis Schroder, Mo Wagner, Daniel Theis
Greece: Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Kostas Antetokounmpo, Tyler Dorsey
Israel: Deni Avdija
Italy: Danillo Gallinari (out with injury)
Montenegro: Marko Simonovic
Slovenia: Vlatko Cancar, Goran Dragic
Spain: Juancho Hernangomez, Willy Hernangomez, Usman Garuba
Turkey: Cedi Osman, Alperen Sengun, Furkan Korkmaz
Ukraine: Alex Len, Svi Myhailiuk