EuroBasket 2022 Predictions, Best Bets, Favorites To Win

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Eurobasket 2022 is the 41st iteration of Europe’s top national basketball tournament. It occurs every four years, similar to the FIBA Basketball World Cup. It was originally scheduled for 2021, but the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the competition to 2022.

Qualification began in 2017. There will be 24 countries competing to be the best basketball nation in Europe. There are no debutants to this years Eurobasket competition, but Bulgaria make their way back into the fold for the first time since 2011.

Russia was initially scheduled to participate, but were replaced by Montenegro after the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Who Is the Favorite to Win EuroBasket 2022?

Serbia

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The current favorite to win Eurobasket 2022 is Serbia. They’ve never won gold at the European Championships, though they have earned themselves two silvers. Led by NBA superstar Nikola Jokic, you certainly can’t count Serbia out.

Serbia have shown that they can compete with the best, especially through their last two games. Against both Greece and Turkey, Serbia won by an average of 6.5 points. Shooting 51.5% from the field through two games, they’ll be encouraged by the quality of their offence.

Obviously, Serbia’s player to watch is Nikola Jokic. The two-time NBA Most Valuable Player is one of the best players in the world. Matched up against some of the European basketball superpowers, Jokic keeps Serbia in every game.

Who Are the 2022 EuroBasket Contenders?

Slovenia

Unsurprisingly, ranked as the second favorite to win Eurobasket 2022 is the 2017 champions Slovenia! They are looking to be the first team to win Eurobasket in consecutive showings since Spain in 2009 and 2011.

Slovenia have split their last two games, dominating Estonia but losing disappointingly to Germany. Their loss to Germany was their first of the summer, despite a good performance from Doncic. They’ll want to clean up their rebounding, as they lost the battle 57-27.

Powered by young star Luka Doncic, Slovenia showed that their offence can keep up with Europe’s best. If they want to repeat as champions though, they need to be more productive in the hustle areas.

Greece

The Greek men’s national team find themselves in their best position to win Eurobasket since their gold medal performance in 2005. Their confidence is boosted knowing that one of the world’s best, Giannis Antetokounmpo, will be leading the line.

Greece, as always, are an incredibly physical group. They thrive off of their strength in the paint, but have shown struggles when they can’t find their shot. Veteran Nick Calathes and new addition Tyler Dorsey are sure to have the teams offensive flow at the forefront of their mind.

France

Due to the exponential growth of others, it becomes oddly easy to forget about France’s impressive strength. France is one of Europe’s most intimidating defensive teams. The question surrounding them is whether or not they have the scoring punch to keep up.

Who Are the Reigning EuroBasket Champions?

The last country to win the European Championship was Slovenia. In 2017, Slovenia defeated Serbia 93-85 in the Gold Medal game to win their first and only medal at Eurobasket.

Slovenia was led by NBA All-Star Goran Dragic. The veteran guard posted 35 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists to lead his team over Serbia in the final.

In 2017 Slovenia was second in the tournament in points per game, averaging 90.3 over 9 contests. They weren’t the most efficient nation, shooting just 46.8% through the tournament, but in the end it became difficult for teams to match their pace.

When Will EuroBasket 2022 Take Place?

Eurobasket 2022 is scheduled to occur from September 1st, 2022 until September 18th, 2022. The more than two week process will see one champion crowned from a pool of 24 competitors.

Where Is EuroBasket 2022 Being Hosted?

Like in 2017, EuroBasket is being hosted jointly by four different countries. Czech Republic, Georgia, Italy, and Germany will all play host to the group stage of the competition. The knockout phases will be played in Berlin, Germany.

EuroBasket Winners by Year

Year Host Winner Runner-Up Third Place # of Teams 1935 Switzerland Latvia Spain Czechoslovakia 10 1937 Latvia Lithuania Italy France 8 1939 Lithuania Lithuania Latvia Poland 8 1941 Lithuania n/a n/a n/a n/a 1946 Switzerland Czechoslovakia Italy Poland 10 1947 Czechoslovakia Soviet Union Czechoslovakia France 14 1949 Egypt Egypt France Greece 7 1951 France Soviet Union Czechoslovakia France 18 1953 Soviet Union Soviet Union Hungary France 17 1955 Hungary Hungary Czechoslovakia Soviet Union 18 1957 Bulgaria Soviet Union Bulgaria Czechoslovakia 16 1959 Turkey Soviet Union Czechoslovakia France 17 1961 Yugoslavia Soviet Union Yugoslavia Bulgaria 19 1963 Poland Soviet Union Poland Yugoslavia 16 1965 Soviet Union Soviet Union Yugoslavia Poland 16 1967 Finland Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Poland 16 1969 Italy Soviet Union Yugoslavia Czechoslovakia 12 1971 West Germany Soviet Union Yugoslavia Italy 12 1973 Spain Yugoslavia Spain Soviet Union 12 1975 Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Soviet Union Italy 12 1977 Belgium Yugoslavia Soviet Union Czechoslovakia 12 1979 Italy Soviet Union Israel Yugoslavia 12 1981 Czechoslovakia Soviet Union Yugoslavia Czechoslovakia 12 1983 France Italy Spain Soviet Union 12 1985 West Germany Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Italy 12 1987 Greece Greece Soviet Union Yugoslavia 12 1989 Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Greece Soviet Union 8 1991 Italy Yugoslavia Italy Spain 8 1993 Germany Germany Russia Croatia 16 1995 Greece FR Yugoslavia Lithuania Croatia 14 1997 Spain FR Yugoslavia Italy Russia 16 1999 France Italy Spain FR Yugoslavia 16 2001 Turkey FR Yugoslavia Turkey Spain 16 2003 Sweden Lithuania Spain Italy 16 2005 Serbia and Montenegro Greece Germany France 16 2007 Spain Russia Spain Lithuania 16 2009 Poland Spain Serbia Greece 16 2011 Lithuania Spain France Russia 24 2013 Slovenia France Lithuania Spain 24 2015 France, Croatia, Germany, Latvia Spain Lithuania Spain 24 2017 Turkey, Finland, Israel, Romania Slovenia Serbia Spain 24 2022 Germany, Czech Republic, Georgia, Italy 24

Which Country Has Won EuroBasket the Most?

The most successful country at Eurobasket has been Russia/Soviet Union. In the competition’s near one-hundred year history, Russia/Soviet Union has won gold 14 times.

Russia/Soviet Union have the longest gold medal winning streak at Eurobasket, winning eight times between the years of 1957 and 1971.

Second to them are Yugoslavia/Serbia, who have won gold at Eurobasket 8 times.

EuroBasket Total Medal Count

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total 1 Russia (Soviet Union) 14 3 4 21 2 Yugoslavia/Serbia 8 5 4 17 3 Spain 3 6 4 13 4 Lithuania 3 3 1 7 5 Italy 2 4 4 10 6 Greece 2 1 2 5 7 Czechoslovakia 1 6 5 12 8 France 1 2 6 9 9 Hungary 1 1 1 3 10 Germany 1 1 0 2 11 Latvia 1 1 0 2 12 Egypt 1 0 1 2 13 Slovenia 1 0 0 1 14 Poland 0 1 3 4 15 Bulgaria 0 1 1 2 16 Israel 0 1 0 1 Turkey 0 1 0 1 18 Croatia 0 0 2 2

Who Was the First Ever Winner of EuroBasket?

Hosted by Switzerland in 1935, the first ever winners of EuroBasket were Latvia. Their first and only gold medal in the European Championships, Latvia defeated Spain 24-18 in the gold medal game. Their only other medal came in 1939, where they finished second to two-time European Champions Lithuania.

Who Was Named Top Scorer Most in EuroBasket History?

Legendary Greek guard Nikolaos Georgalis, better known as Nikos Galis, was named EuroBasket top scorer 4 times. Sharing in the honor was Serbian/Yugoslav forward Radivoj Korac, who won top scorer 4 times as well.

EuroBasket MVP and Top Scorers by Year

Year MVP Top Scorer PPG 2017 Goran Dragic Alexey Shved 24.3 2015 Pau Gasol (2) Pau Gasol (3) 25.6 2013 Tony Parker Tony Parker (2) 19.0 2011 Juan Carlos Navarro Tony Parker 22.1 2009 Pau Gasol Pau Gasol (2) 18.7 2007 Andrei Kirilenko Dirk Nowitzki (3) 24.0 2005 Dirk Nowitzki Dirk Nowitzki (2) 26.1 2003 Sarunas Jasikevicius Pau Gasol 25.8 2001 Peja Stojakovic Dirk Nowitzki 28.7 1999 Gregor Fucka Alberto Herreros 19.2 1997 Sasa Dordevic Oded Kattash 22.0 1995 Sarunas Marciulonis Sarunas Marciulonis 22.5 1993 Chris Welp Sabahudin Bilalovic 24.6 1991 Toni Kukoc Nikos Galis (4) 32.4 1989 Drazen Petrovic Nikos Galis (3) 35.6 1987 Nikos Galis Nikos Galis (2) 37.0 1985 Arvydas Sabonis Doron Jamchi 28.1 1983 Juan Antonio Corbalan Nikos Galis 33.0 1981 Valdis Valters Mieczyslaw Mlynarski (2) 23.1 1979 Miki Berkovich Mieczyslaw Mlynarski 26.6 1977 Drazen Dalipagic Kees Akerboom 27.0 1975 Kresimir Cosic (2) Atanas Golomeev (2) 22.9 1973 Wayne Brabender Atanas Golomeev 22.3 1971 Kresimir Cosic Edward Jurkiewicz 22.6 1969 Sergei Belov Girogos Kolokithas (2) 23.5 1967 Jiri Zednicek Giorgos Kolokithas 26.7 1965 Modestas Paulauskas Radivoj Korac (4) 21.9 1963 Emiliano Rodriguez Radivoj Korac (3) 26.6 1961 Radivoj Korac Radivoj Korac (2) 24.0 1959 Viktor Zubkov Radivoj Korac 28.1 1957 Jiri Baumruk Eddy Terrace 24.4 1955 Janos Greminger Miroslav Skerik 19.1 1953 Anatoly Konev Ahmed Idlibi 15.9 1951 Ivan Mrazek Ivan Mrazek 17.1 1949 Huseyin Ozturk Huseyin Ozturk 19.3 1947 Joann Lossov Jacques Perrier 13.7 1946 Ferenc Nemeth Pawel Stok 12.6 1939 Mykolas Ruzgys Heino Veskila 16.7 1937 Pranas Talzunas Rudolfs Jurcins 12.5 1935 Rafael Martin Livio Franceschini 16.5

Who Are the Multi-Time Top Scorers in EuroBasket History?

Player Nation Position Times Top Scorer Years Nikos Galis Greece Shooting Guard 4 1983, 1987, 1989, 1991 Radivoj Korac Yugoslavia Power Forward 4 1959, 1961, 1963, 1965 Dirk Nowitzki Germany Power Forward 3 2001, 2005, 2007 Pau Gasol Spain Power Forward 3 2003, 2009, 2015 Giorgos Kolokithas Greece Guard-Forward 2 1967, 1969 Atanas Golomeev Bulgaria Center 2 1973, 1975 Mieczyslaw Mlynarski Poland Small Forward 2 1979, 1981 Tony Parker France Point Guard 2 2011, 2013

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