As in many other sports, FIBA authorizes national teams to naturalize players to participate in international competitions. The Americans are obviously the most coveted, they are 17 in the Euro, and it is possible to compdare a huge major 5 with the best. There is a Blue in the lot!
Leader: Kendrick Perry – Montenegro
EuroBasket Stats: 13.2 points, 7 assists and 2.5 rebounds
Small leader of 1m83, Kendrick Perry is relatively impressive since the beginning of the competition, with in particular a good consistency in the offensive creation, with three games with 9 assists. If he finds his address in the knockout phase (28% to 3 points in pools), his team will be dangerous.
Fullback: Lorenzo Brown – Spain
EuroBasket Stats: 11.2 points, 6.4 assists and 1.4 rebounds
For the first time in years (perhaps even in its history), La Roja is led by a naturalized player. Reference in the EuroLeague, Lorenzo Brown is present at the start of the tournament, and it is on him that the hopes of his team rest in this international competition. It remains to be seen whether he will be able to federate his group.
Winger: Terry Tarpey – France
– French basketball teams (@FRABasketball) September 4, 2022
EuroBasket Stats: 5.4 points, 3 rebounds, 2.2 steals, 1.8 assists
Terry Tarpey is the big surprise of this start to the Euro, with a now vital presence in the starting 5 set up by Vincent Collet. The Le Mans winger is remarkably smart on the pitch and his defensive activity sets the tone for the whole team. If he continues at this pace, the Franco-American can already validate his ticket for the Paris Games.
Power Winger: Domantas Sabonis – Lithuania
EuroBasket Stats: 12 points, 7 rebounds, 2.8 assists
An excellent NBA player, Domantas Sabonis scared himself with his selection since the Lithuanians almost left in the group stage. He doesn’t have much to reproach himself on an individual level, since his statistics are relatively good, even if he can do better. The Portland native remains a satisfaction.
Pivot: Sandro Mamukelashvili – Georgia
Sandro Mamukelashvili did EVERYTHING on the floor to guide Georgia to a much-needed win, including the game-tying basket! 👑 🇬🇪
— #EuroBasket 2022 (@EuroBasket) September 4, 2022
EuroBasket Stats: 15.2 points, 11 rebounds, 2.4 assists
Native of New York, now under contract with the Bucks, Sandro Mamukelashvili will have been the other revelation of this first week of competition with a huge project carried out in the racket. Unfortunately the rest of his team was not in tune and his career is already over. One thing is certain, he will still shine on the European stage in the future.
It’s hard to know how far this team would go in international competition, since it may lack a big superstar, even if Sabonis is a benchmark in the NBA. In any case, players born across the Atlantic or with dual nationality are numerous at this Euro, and above all very good.