The FIBA Basketball World Cup came to an end with Spain being undeniably the best team among the 32 participants beating Argentina iin a triumphal way.
Sergio Scariolo’s team was unstoppable against the tired squad of Argentinian national team. Furthermore, Ricky Rubio was proclaimed the MVP of the Final and generally of the tournament.
The Spaniard had something to prove this summer and the World Cup hopefully will be the prequel of an incredible season in the NBA.
On the other hand, they were some more players that may be the deserving MVPs of the World Cup as long as the team. Let’s have a look of the players that may ranked in this category.
Patty Mills had an incredible tournament being the “go to guy” for the Australian national team. Mills was shooting on 49% in FG% and a 40% from the three point line, while scoring 22 points per game.
His best game was the semi-final against Spain, where he finished the competition with 34 points in a clash that the “Boomers” came close to an upset win.
Also, the second round game against the national team of France was his best performance efficiency-wise having a +24 in a 30-point showing.
We talked about the domination of the guards in the Basketball World Cup and Thomas Satoransky was a great paradigm of this.
The leader of the Czech’s Republic national team came close several times on achieving the first triple-double in the history of the World Cup competition.
Namely, his best game statistically was that against Australia in the quarter final of the competition. Namely, the Bull’s guard finished the game with 13 points, 13 assists and 9 rebounds.
Furthermore, he almost done a triple-double being the most valuable asset of his team in the crucial game with the Greek national team.
The 27-years old point guard scored 13 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and gave 9 assists. Generally, Satoransky was averaging 15.5 points per game, 8.5 assists and 5.6 rebounds in the tournament.
Finally, he was a 48% shooter from the three point line and also averaged a 45.7% on FG%.
3.Nando De Colo
De Colo was an act of class in this FIBA World Cup, while the French maestro having one of the best FG% of the tournament( 54.5 while attempting 9.6 shots per game).
Furthermore, he finished the competition with 16.5 points per game, while shooting about 42% from the three point line.
The Fenerbahçe ’s player had his best production in the loss against Australia in the second round of the tournament scoring 26 points on a 25 efficiency rating.
Also, he was crucial in several important games like the third-place final, in which help his team return from -15 in order to contend for the win.
Namely, the French point guard scored 19 points in the third-pace win, while against Lithuania(another close game) he finished the competition on a 18 efficiency rating and 21 points on crucial game of the second round.
Serbia was one of the favorites in the tournament, but in the end Djordjevics’ team was limited to the 5th place of the FIBA Basketball World Cup.
The incredible performances of Bogdan Bogdanovic weren’t enough. First of all, he scored the most points in the tournament having a total of 183 points.
First of all, he averaged 22.9 points in the competition (the second best delivery in the World Cup) and had some great showings throughout the tournament.
The performances, that are standing out in World Cup were against Spain(26 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists), Italy (31 points on 6-11 three point shooting).
Moreover, the classification games against USA and Czech Republic, in which he scored 28(7-14 from three point distance) and 31 points(7-12 from the three point line), respectively.
Scola would be the unanimous MVP of the FIBA World Cup, if Argentina could beat Spain in the Final game of the tournament.
The Argentinian legend had a great tournament, in which he averaged about 18 points and 8 rebound per game, while he completed some historic milestones.
First of all , he tied Bira Maciel for the most appearances in the tournament(41) and, after the end of the World Cup in China, he is second place of the all-time scorer’s list with 716 points having, also, participate in 5 tournaments(2002, 2006, 2010, 2014,2019).
First and foremost, Scola was the leader of a very talented group that played over its limits in two consecutive games against Serbia and France.
The win against France was the “magnum opus” of Scola’s performances in this Basketball World Cup.
The Argentinian “big-man” finished the semi final with 28 points, 13 rebounds and 28.0 efficiency rating.