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One of the greatest international teams we’ll never see
« on: March 26, 2021, 04:54:15 PM »

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Jokic
Bjelica
Bogdanovic
Doncic
Dragic

Bogdanovic
Nurkic
Saric
Vucevic
Pokusevski
Samanic
Hezonja

This would (most likely) be the Yugoslavia’s current team if they were still a combined nation.
« Last Edit: March 27, 2021, 06:34:27 PM by Ed Monix »
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Re: One of the greatest international teams will never see
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Wow what a team
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That is a pretty ridiculous squad.


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C  Jokic, Vucevic, Nurkic
PF Bjelica, Saric, Samanic
SF Bogdanovic, Pokusevski
SG Doncic, Hezonja
PG Dragic, Bogdanovic

The Yugoslavian centre depth would definitely rival 'Team USA'.

It's kind of sad we won't ever see this team in the Olympics. It would bring back the rivalry of the 80's and make international basketball fun again.
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Re: One of the greatest international teams will never see
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2021, 06:53:10 AM »

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C  Jokic, Vucevic, Nurkic
PF Bjelica, Saric, Samanic
SF Bogdanovic, Pokusevski
SG Doncic, Hezonja
PG Dragic, Bogdanovic

The Yugoslavian centre depth would definitely rival 'Team USA'.

It's kind of sad we won't ever see this team in the Olympics. It would bring back the rivalry of the 80's and make international basketball fun again.
Realistically speaking, their C depth smashes the US. Embiid and Gobert aren’t American, and KAT is Dominican-American. Adebayo is a stud for sure, but Jokic & Vucevic are both All-NBA calibre right now
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C  Jokic, Vucevic, Nurkic
PF Bjelica, Saric, Samanic
SF Bogdanovic, Pokusevski
SG Doncic, Hezonja
PG Dragic, Bogdanovic

The Yugoslavian centre depth would definitely rival 'Team USA'.

It's kind of sad we won't ever see this team in the Olympics. It would bring back the rivalry of the 80's and make international basketball fun again.
Realistically speaking, their C depth smashes the US. Embiid and Gobert aren’t American, and KAT is Dominican-American. Adebayo is a stud for sure, but Jokic & Vucevic are both All-NBA calibre right now
Certainly can compete at center, but the US would dominate them everywhere else if the best all played.  That has always been the case.  When the US' best play, the US crushes everyone.  It is only the years when the US has the B or C squad that the US is challenged and the US still often wins those.
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C  Jokic, Vucevic, Nurkic
PF Bjelica, Saric, Samanic
SF Bogdanovic, Pokusevski
SG Doncic, Hezonja
PG Dragic, Bogdanovic

The Yugoslavian centre depth would definitely rival 'Team USA'.

It's kind of sad we won't ever see this team in the Olympics. It would bring back the rivalry of the 80's and make international basketball fun again.
Realistically speaking, their C depth smashes the US. Embiid and Gobert aren’t American, and KAT is Dominican-American. Adebayo is a stud for sure, but Jokic & Vucevic are both All-NBA calibre right now
Certainly can compete at center, but the US would dominate them everywhere else if the best all played.  That has always been the case.  When the US' best play, the US crushes everyone.  It is only the years when the US has the B or C squad that the US is challenged and the US still often wins those.

Doncic creativity on offence would create havoc for the US and his connection with Dragic shouldn’t be overlooked.
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Yugoslavia Depth Chart

C  Jokic, Vucevic, Nurkic
PF Bjelica, Saric, Samanic
SF Bogdanovic, Pokusevski
SG Doncic, Hezonja
PG Dragic, Bogdanovic

The Yugoslavian centre depth would definitely rival 'Team USA'.

It's kind of sad we won't ever see this team in the Olympics. It would bring back the rivalry of the 80's and make international basketball fun again.
Realistically speaking, their C depth smashes the US. Embiid and Gobert aren’t American, and KAT is Dominican-American. Adebayo is a stud for sure, but Jokic & Vucevic are both All-NBA calibre right now
Certainly can compete at center, but the US would dominate them everywhere else if the best all played.  That has always been the case.  When the US' best play, the US crushes everyone.  It is only the years when the US has the B or C squad that the US is challenged and the US still often wins those.

Team USA would beat them. But if that was an NBA team it could  go deep in the playoffs. Doubt there’s another country outside the US that could field a better team.

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C  Jokic, Vucevic, Nurkic
PF Bjelica, Saric, Samanic
SF Bogdanovic, Pokusevski
SG Doncic, Hezonja
PG Dragic, Bogdanovic

The Yugoslavian centre depth would definitely rival 'Team USA'.

It's kind of sad we won't ever see this team in the Olympics. It would bring back the rivalry of the 80's and make international basketball fun again.
Realistically speaking, their C depth smashes the US. Embiid and Gobert aren’t American, and KAT is Dominican-American. Adebayo is a stud for sure, but Jokic & Vucevic are both All-NBA calibre right now
Certainly can compete at center, but the US would dominate them everywhere else if the best all played.  That has always been the case.  When the US' best play, the US crushes everyone.  It is only the years when the US has the B or C squad that the US is challenged and the US still often wins those.
For sure, but does that even happen anymore?
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« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2021, 11:54:12 PM »

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C  Jokic, Vucevic, Nurkic
PF Bjelica, Saric, Samanic
SF Bogdanovic, Pokusevski
SG Doncic, Hezonja
PG Dragic, Bogdanovic

The Yugoslavian centre depth would definitely rival 'Team USA'.

It's kind of sad we won't ever see this team in the Olympics. It would bring back the rivalry of the 80's and make international basketball fun again.
Realistically speaking, their C depth smashes the US. Embiid and Gobert aren’t American, and KAT is Dominican-American. Adebayo is a stud for sure, but Jokic & Vucevic are both All-NBA calibre right now
Certainly can compete at center, but the US would dominate them everywhere else if the best all played.  That has always been the case.  When the US' best play, the US crushes everyone.  It is only the years when the US has the B or C squad that the US is challenged and the US still often wins those.
For sure, but does that even happen anymore?
Not so much and probably not this summer after such a weird season and off season, but even if it was like 75%, I don't think anyone could challenge the US.  Just looking at last year's All NBA Teams, 9 of the 15 were American and that was a light year. 
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C  Jokic, Vucevic, Nurkic
PF Bjelica, Saric, Samanic
SF Bogdanovic, Pokusevski
SG Doncic, Hezonja
PG Dragic, Bogdanovic

The Yugoslavian centre depth would definitely rival 'Team USA'.

It's kind of sad we won't ever see this team in the Olympics. It would bring back the rivalry of the 80's and make international basketball fun again.
Realistically speaking, their C depth smashes the US. Embiid and Gobert aren’t American, and KAT is Dominican-American. Adebayo is a stud for sure, but Jokic & Vucevic are both All-NBA calibre right now
Certainly can compete at center, but the US would dominate them everywhere else if the best all played.  That has always been the case.  When the US' best play, the US crushes everyone.  It is only the years when the US has the B or C squad that the US is challenged and the US still often wins those.

Yeah just send in the Warriors' Big 4/Death Lineup of 2017. And dispatch Irving, Harden, Davis and those guys and good game.

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C  Jokic, Vucevic, Nurkic
PF Bjelica, Saric, Samanic
SF Bogdanovic, Pokusevski
SG Doncic, Hezonja
PG Dragic, Bogdanovic

The Yugoslavian centre depth would definitely rival 'Team USA'.

It's kind of sad we won't ever see this team in the Olympics. It would bring back the rivalry of the 80's and make international basketball fun again.
Realistically speaking, their C depth smashes the US. Embiid and Gobert aren’t American, and KAT is Dominican-American. Adebayo is a stud for sure, but Jokic & Vucevic are both All-NBA calibre right now
Certainly can compete at center, but the US would dominate them everywhere else if the best all played.  That has always been the case.  When the US' best play, the US crushes everyone.  It is only the years when the US has the B or C squad that the US is challenged and the US still often wins those.

Team USA would beat them. But if that was an NBA team it could  go deep in the playoffs. Doubt there’s another country outside the US that could field a better team.
well yeah, that is a NBA champion.  Don't think it would be much of a contest in that regard as Jokic and Doncic are both MVP caliber players with solid and quality depth throughout the team.  Of course Yugoslavia is no longer a country so that team won't actually exist.

I think France probably has the best team right now, though France is ranked #7 in the world by FIBA right now (Gobert surrounded by NBA talent like Founier, Maledon, Batum, Ntilikina, Hayes, etc.).  Spain is 2nd but their main guys are all older.  I'm not sure how much they actually have left in the tank.  Australia at 3 is interesting and seems to be a team on the rise with like 8 or 9 guys in the NBA led by Simmons, Thybulle, Ingles, Mills, and Baynes.  And of course you can't count out the Joker and his Serbian squad or the Antetokounmpo brothers leading Greece.  At the end of the day though, all a race for 2nd.
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