What If? The EuroBasket all-Yugoslavian team

08/Sep/17 20:39 September 13, 2017

Antonis Stroggylakis

08/Sep/17 20:39


You’ve asked for it, you got it: After popular request, here’s the EuroBasket’s All-Yugoslavian team.

By Antonis Stroggylakis/ info@eurohoops.net

It’s one of the biggest “What Ifs” in the post-1990 history of European Basketball. A looming question that has teased the brains of basketball scholars, coaches, journalists, and fans.

How would Yugoslavia fare in international competitions if not for the country’s breakup back in the early 90s? What form and shape would such a team possess? And how would its roster be compiled when picking from an enormous pool of sensational basketball talents?

What would a EuroBasket 2017 Yugoslavian national team look like?

The ingredients are all of gourmet-quality and if we stirred them in a pot we’d probably create a dish that looks deliciously unbeatable. At least on paper.

(I take this moment to confess that I might be a little biased on this since I already considered a fully manned Serbia the indisputable favorite for the gold in the EuroBasket).

The list excludes, of course, the many absent players of Serbia (Milos Teodosic, Nemanja Bjelica, Marko Simonovic, Stefan Markovic, Nikola Jokic, Nikola Kalinic, Nemanja Nedovic) and Croatia (Ante Zizic, Ivica Zubac, Mario Hezonja) that could potentially own a spot in this glittering squad.

(Photo credit: FIBA.basketball)