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NBA Players at FIBA World Cup  

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FIBA World Cup is the top basketball event this season and by September 15th, we are going to find out who is the best national team in the world. Although some of the biggest NBA stars canceled their participation as they want to prepare for the upcoming season, there is a number of NBA players in other national team rosters. As a result, a record 54 current NBA players is participating on FIBA World Cup. We are going to mention some of the biggest names and take look at their stats at this tournament. Also if you wish to bet on remaining WC games, check BettingOffers.Cash for latest promos.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Milwaukee Bucks star, who was voted as the Most valuable player in NBA league last season, was tipped to drive Greece towards the very latest stages of the tournament. However, they failed to reach the quarter-finals and Antetokounmpo somehow didn’t meet the expectations. In the key games against Brazil and the USA, which Greece lost both, Giannis managed to score 13 and 15 points respectively, with pretty weak field shots percentage against the Cariocas. Czech Republic’s defense also managed to stop him, since Giannis finished the match scoring 12 points and getting into foul trouble very early in the game. All in all, the expectations were much higher for the NBA league MVP.

Nikola Jokic

It is the first time after a while that Jokic is going to play for Serbian national team on a big tournament. Serbia’s roster is full of talented players and Nikola is certainly one of the biggest names. Denver Nuggets power forward hasn’t scored too many points so far in the competition, but since Serbia was pretty confident in the first and second round, there wasn’t a need for having Nikola more than 20 minutes per game. Jokic has a very good field shot percentage, which is nearly 80% on the tournament level, and it might be even better if Nikola and the team haven’t put a pretty poor performance against Spain. Definitely, we can expect to see more from this guy, and he might be the one who can lead Serbia towards the battle for the world champion title.

Rudy Gobert

Interestingly, top three NBA stars come from the non-US national teams. French center and Utah Jazz star is one of the best defenders in the tournament. Although he is not a top-scorer, Gobert is putting constantly good performances at the World Cup. He is dominating in the paint and collecting a number of defensive rebounds. His current average is 8.4 rebounds per game in addition to 11 points for 25 minutes spent on the court. However, France lost the top position in their group and they need to take a much harder path toward the very latest stages of the tournament. We will see how much Rudy Gobert can help his national team enter the battle for the trophy.

Kemba Walker

Finally, we have the first US player in this list. This point guard showed some good displays at this tournament and most importantly, he is one of the most consistent US players at the World Cup. Walker is scoring between 13 and 16 points per game, however, he is taking a lot of shots and his field shot percentage is at 50%. On the other hand, Kemba is positioned in the top 10 list for most assists on the tournament and so far, he is booking 6 assists per game in average. The US team needs him to keep up and continue with good displays in order to reach another finals and the battle for the world crown.

Danilo Gallinari

Italy failed to qualify for the knockout stage, but Danilo Gallinari was one of the best players in the team. Italians lost their key match against Spain in which Danilo contributed with 15 points. However, he didn’t manage to put a replay from the match against Serbia when he bagged 26 points from all positions. Currently, Oklahoma City Thunder power forward is among the 15 top scorers on the tournament, but he is certainly going to decline as the championship deciders are about to be played. So, this was an individually good campaign for Gallinari, but it wasn’t followed by the national team success.

Marc Gasol

Marc is one of the leaders of the Spanish national team and they are going to be involved in the battles for medals. Although they have several injured players, Spain is still one of the candidates for the highest-ranking and Gasol’s experience will be crucial. He had a bad night only against Italy, but fortunately for him, Spain managed to win and book their ticket for the knockout round. In that match, Marc scored only one two-pointer from six shots during his 27 minutes in the game. In other matches, he was one of the central figures as he was scoring 10+ points per match. Gasol should be looking forward to improving the percentage of 3-point shots as he is under 20% regarding this parameter. We expect him to be one of the central figures in the Spanish national team in the upcoming matches.

Bogdan Bogdanovic

Bogdan is one of the candidates for the tournament’s top scorer title as he is currently over 20 points per match in average. Sacramento Kings’ and Serbian shooting guard is driving his national team in the battle for the top spot as they are considered as the favorite number one for lifting the World Cup trophy. Bogdan didn’t have his best evening in the match against Puerto Rico where he scored only five points with the field shots percentage of 1/8, but he managed to bag 26 and 31 points against Spain and Italy respectively. He is expected to be the driving force along with Nikola Jokic and Nemanja Bjelica, other two Serbian NBA stars in the upcoming matches and if he keeps it up, Bogdanovic will be one of the top picks for the tournament’s best line-up. Bogdanovic is at the peak of his career and besides being a high-scorer, he also produces almost five assists per match in average.

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NBA Teams Set To Improve in 2019-2020

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Virtually every NBA season sees some teams take steps forward while others experience a decline in form. These improving teams can either come in the form of non-playoff teams working their way toward the postseason or actually getting into the playoffs and competing for a championship after being worse in the prior year. When it comes to the 2019-2020 NBA season, there are some teams that are poised to take that leap forward, as their rosters look to be heading in the right direction for a strong season.

Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns have struggled mightily in recent years, but appear to have put a solid roster together during the offseason. Combined with an exciting young nucleus, their veteran additions have made them a team considered by many to be a candidate to exceed expectations this season. Given the struggles that the team has had since the mid-2000s when Steve Nash was winning MVP awards with the team, this might be the most exciting period of Suns basketball in over a decade.

Devin Booker has become the leader of the new-look Suns. The young guard out of Kentucky has proven to be a prolific scorer during his short time in the NBA and finally appears to have a roster around him that can keep up with everything that he is capable of on the court. Booker is joined by talented young players like Ty Jerome and Cam Johnson, both of whom played in the ACC during their college years when that conference was the best in college basketball. That has helped mold those players into battle-tested additions to a roster that appears fearless.

Veteran additions have also helped the Suns, with Ricky Rubio leading that charge. Rubio’s role as a pass-first point guard has made it easy for Booker to focus on scoring rather than handling the ball. Rubio’s quiet style of play meshes nicely with a team full of young players developing a personality. And when young big man DeAndre Ayton returns to the team, Rubio should be able to get involved with him in hard-to-defend pick and roll situations.

Los Angeles Clippers

For a while, the Los Angeles Clippers have become the best team in Los Angeles basketball as they overtook the Lakers since the arrival of Chris Paul to the team. Paul has long since moved on, but the Clippers are again candidates to be the best team in Los Angeles thanks to the acquisitions of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard during the offseason. Given their strong start to the 2019-2020 campaign, it is safe to say that the Clippers will be one of the most improved teams in the league this year.

The Clippers won seven of their first 10 games to start this season, with Leonard leading the way for them despite his sitting out of a few games during the season. But the scary thing about the new-look Clippers is the fact that they won 70% of those games despite Paul George not having made his season debut up to that point. George is a strong scorer, but his ability to play perimeter defense will be what makes things difficult on opponents when combined with the superior defensive abilities of Leonard.

Unlike many of the teams that put multiple star players together on the same roster, the Clippers’ identity will be built around their defense. In addition to Leonard and George, and their defensive versatility, Patrick Beverly is one of the most tenacious defenders in the league from the point guard position. With the three of those players on the same roster, opponents will be almost forced to dump the ball inside in hopes of beating the Clippers’ defense that way.

Of course, the Clippers and Suns will have to navigate a very difficult Western Conference this season, with virtually all of the best teams in the NBA playing out West. Whether or not these two improving teams can run that gauntlet remains to be seen, but they appear to be on the right path.

 

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Top 5 college basketball freshmen ready to rock the 2019-20 season

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College basketball is becoming more and more exciting as 18 or 19-year-old freshmen are ready to show everyone that the 2019-20 season is theirs.

Considering the evolution of this year’s basketball players, we can safely say that they will soon be everywhere, from any sports channel to every online casino. This will be a delight for all the sports bettors, as they are usually eager to place bets on matches, transfers and so on. Aside from this, many game software providers create products such as slot machines with basketball themes and featuring famous players. They cannot wait to add some new faces to their collection and these new stars might just get to have their own slot games.

We can count a few of the best freshmen from Duke like Zion Williamson, RJ Barret, or before them, Lonzo Ball at UCLA, Trae Young at Oklahoma, or Anthony Davis at Kentucky. Naming all the successful college players would call for a long list, but you get the idea.

Instead, we have gathered a list of the best basketball freshmen about to have an impact in the 2019-20 season, from the 2019 prospect of 247Sports Composite Rankings.

James Wiseman, Memphis

The 7-foot, 5-star prospect and the number 1 recruit in the Class of 2019, Wiseman claims honors of Morgan Wootten and Gatorade National Player of the Year, after his senior season.

He is projected to be the frontrunner to go number 1 in the 2020 NBA Draft. His performance will be of big importance to Penny Hardaway’s recruiting of blue-chip talent and Memphis’ success.

Anthony Edwards, Georgia

The 18-years-old “Ant-Man” was a football player for most of his childhood and became one of the top players from Pop Warner. However, since basketball “looked more fun” he switched his focus, becoming a five-star prospect in 2019 and number 2 overall, but his exhibition at Georgia shows great skills in shot-making and shot creation. Coach Tom Crean said great things about his athletic and overall abilities. If he keeps improving his aptitudes, James Wiseman will have a true competitor.

Isaiah Stewart, Washington

Growing up, Stewart used to play soccer and boxing, until fifth grade when he realized he was drawn to basketball more, due to his athleticism and size, which was around 6 feet at age 12. He was named Mr. Basketball USA, Naismith Prep Player of the Year, earned McDonald’s All-American honors, and now he is a 5-star prospect, no 3 overall. Kudos!

Cole Anthony, North Carolina

Anthony focused most of his life on basketball, growing up under the guidance of Steve Harris, who also mentored Kemba Walker, an NBA player.

Cole Anthony was a key player for PSA Cardinals on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League and on his senior season, he averaged a triple-double of 17.8 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists per game.

The 6’3” player was also named the most valuable player of 2019 McDonald’s All-American Game and Nike Hoop Summit. When playing for the United States at the 2018 FIBA, he scored 18 points in a 113-74 win over Canada and won the gold medal.

Vernon Carey, Duke

Also a 5-star 2019 prospect and no. 6 overall, Carey is the son of Vernon Carey, a former NFL player. Since the apple never falls far from the tree, the American college basketball player is raising to the occasion, being named MaxPreps National Junior of the Year in 2018 and twice the Florida Mr. Basketball in 2018 and 2019.

The top player was chosen to play in the Nike Hoop Summit, Jordan Brand Classic and McDonald’s All-American in 2019.

The highest-rated freshman in his class, he figures to feature in a role down low along with Zion Williamson and Marques Bolden.

While having all the players of the highest caliber, it still does not guarantee any titles. What it does guarantee is entertainment and getting into the action by calculating the odds. The 2019-20 college basketball season started Tuesday, on the 5th of November and everyone can hardly wait to see their favorite players in action.

 

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2019-2020 College Basketball Preview

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The 2019-2020 college hoops season is just around the corner, and with that comes the great predictions, the unlikely statistics and the performance metrics that will predict which teams will likely make a deep run in the tournament come March… But it’s never that easy.

Everybody had Duke marching to the Championship at the beginning of last season – and will certainly make similar predictions about this year until, predictably, most of their predictions will fall apart one weekend in March. But every season brings surprises, (Like Baylor coming out of nowhere to win 20 games last season).

That is why college basketball is the most joyful and upsetting sport we have… where one week your team looks as if they could reach the Final Four – and the next week they get blown out at home by East Tennessee State.

Oh, by the way? The three-point line is now 22 feet 1 3/4 inches. That might change the outcome of EVERYTHING.

#1 Michigan State is the best team in the country. Tom Izzo and crew went to the Final Four last season with most of their returning team (A shock in today’s one and done era). It’s hard not to like this team, as senior PG Cassius Winston looks to be the best player in college basketball. Add on returning 6’8” junior Xavier Tillman and we should be watching this team make a DEEP run in March. MSU have 11-2 odds to win it all…

#2 Kentucky has two 5 star freshmen in Tyrese Maxey and Khalil Whitney, who fit nicely into John Calipari’s “Prepare them for the NBA” system. The problem is that in the One-and-Done era, only two teams have actually won the National Championship that are starting five-star future NBA players. (The 2012 Kentucky Wildcats and the 2015 Duke Blue Devils).

# 3 Duke returns Tre Jones and adds two five star freshman studs in Vernon Carey and Matthew Hurt (6’10” and 6’9”, respectively). They will have to face a VERY TOUGH

#4 Louisville team twice during the season who are expected to be better than last year’s 20 win team due to the addition of St. Joe’s transfer Lamarr Kimble (Who can shoot the lights out).

#5 Kansas is dealing with the NCAA recruiting sanctions leveled against them, but the return of Udoka Azubuike from injury and Devon Dotson’s decision to not test the NBA Draft has them looking like the best team in the Big 12. Of course, health is always a concern with Azubuike coming back from a hand injury and after last season’s string of close winds and losses, (Barely beating KSU, Losing to Texas Tech) they need to be playing with a fire that burns from the knowledge of not having a tournament to play in come March.

#6 Florida This team is a powerhouse. Andrew Nembhard and Tre Mann are remarkable playmakers surrounded by great shooters. Virginia Tech transfer Kerry Blackshear, jr. loads them up front. The SEC will be absolutely tough and This could be a title run 20 years after the last one for this Gators team.

#7 Auburn may have some issues from outside, which may make them vulnerable when they face bigger teams – although with 6’8” athletic big Babatunde Akingbola ripping down boards, this team could be one of the more athletic squads we will see this season.

#8 Villanova should be the best team in the Big East, but they may have issues at point guard, unless Collin Gillespie has taken big strides in his game. The always dangerous Wildcats are still superbly coached, balanced in the shooting department and will make magic with an 8-9 man rotation.

#9 Ohio State is tough… like really tough. Ever hear of DJ Carton? YOU WILL. The kid is an elite athlete and scorer and should lead this team far… He will play Michigan State only once this season – and it should be one of the most anticipated games of the year. He’s good enough to lead this well balanced team into the pre-season top ten… We’ll see how far he can take them come tourney time.

#10 Maryland is really balanced and sophomore experience will lead them to some great wins. Again, the Big 10 is full of big time front lines and missing a true big may cost them on occasion. Serrel Smith jr. showed a lot of promise last year and should step up while surrounded by a team with a loaded wing component. They face MSU twice… these are two other must see games.

#11 Virginia is still reeling off of their National Championship last year and won’t be AS good. But will still turn some heads… These guys just always seem to breeze through the giants of the league come tourney time…

#12 Purdue will miss Carsen Edwards as their go to scorer but they still come back stacked. Trevion Williams has NBA potential after a terrific freshman season.

#13 Florida State is awfully scary, and starts a very big lineup – their issues are in scoring in their half court offense. Get them on the break, however, and these guys are going to cause a lot of problems for opponents.

#14 Seton Hall will fight for the Big East title against Villanova – and with their four returning starters, they should get off to a fast start. Myles Powell is the truth – and should be a large factor in whether or not they make a decent tourney run.

#15 North Carolina – bring in superstar point guard Cole Anthony (Son of Greg) who is expected to be one of the best players in the country as a true freshman. The ACC is always a battle and the Tar Heels could make some ripples in the conference with Anthony at the wheel.

Coach Chris Beard has #16 Texas Tech riding high, and brought in grad transfers Chris Clark and TJ Holyfield. (My favorite name in college hoops this year). If Kansas hits any drags, the Red Raiders will be your Big 12 champions.

#17 Memphis – IS THIS THE MOST EXCITING TEAM IN THE NCAA? Perhaps. Penny Hardaway is ready for the big time and he has recruited four possible future NBA players. 7’1” James Wiseman is absurdly talented and Hardaway’s former AAU player… The question remains: Will Hardaway become a superstar coach at the D1 level? Or become a casualty of the Chris Mullin/Clyde Drexler variety and flame out after a couple of seasons? Whatever the case – it should be a fun season to watch the Tigers…

#18 Gonzaga – How do these guys stay so good year after year? Mark Few is a top-five coach, and with his front court drop of Killian Tillie and Drew Timme he returns an extremely impressive basketball team. Texas A 7 M transfer Admon Gilder could be the key to taking this team all the way… And Few has a tendency to get his teams clicking at the right time.

#19 LSU – NCAA Sanctions aside, these guys belong in the top twenty and may challenge for the SEC title. Trendon Watford is poised for a break through year and even though they lost some guys to the professional ranks last year. The problem may be the drama hanging around the program…

# 20 Arizona/Oregon – I had to include one Pac-12 team here, and since the conference doesn’t look that strong, these are the two best teams. One of them belongs in the top 20. Arizona brings in point guard Nico Mannion and Josh Green and if Sean Miller can shake his past demons, he could get these guys playing like a sweet 16 team. Oregon is in a similar position – big time impact freshman, grad transfers and a shooter in Addison Patterson. (Remember, the move of the three point line will affect a lot of percentages… Look for the numbers to fall all around.)

Hopefully that gets you started… but as we all know, these are kids, the tournament determines everything and you just never know what might happen…A team like #26 Creighton could come along and shock the world. (For the record Creighton is a terrific team… we just didn’t have space to get that deep…)

Good luck out there. Watch three point percentages to drop significantly. That is all.

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