Having Giannis Antetokounmpo and a host of veterans makes Greece an attractive pick to fight for the top spots at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, which starts this Saturday in China.
The Greek team will begin its campaign on Sunday against Montenegro in Group F, which also includes Brazil and New Zealand.
Basketball pundits say that Greece is a hot favorite to progress to the next round with the likes of slick-passing Nick Calathes, power forward Georgios Printezis, center Ioannis Bourousis and forward Kostas Papanikolaou providing the necessary experience to allow the “Greek Freak” to dominate games.
Getting the best out of every player while maintaining chemistry is a strength of Greece’s coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos.
The last time the event was staged in the Far East, Greece upset the USA in the 2006 Semi-Finals, by a score of 101-95.
FIBA is making the most of Antetokounmpo’s presence in China by producing a number of videos highlighting the skills of the NBA MVP.