Definitely need the basketball team to get started...this football shit is depressing.
The preliminary squad was announced yesterday:
Miloš Teodosić, Vasa Micić, Stefan Jović, Stefan Pot, Ilija Djoković
Nemanja Nedović, Bogdan Bogdanović, Marko Gudurić, Branko Lazić, Dragan Milosavljević, Aleksa Avramović, Dejan Todorović, Vanja Marinković, Ognjen Jaramaz
Vladimir Lučić, Nemanja Dangubić, Marko Simonović, Ognjen Dobrić, Nikola Kalinić, Rade Zagorac
Nemanja Bjelica, Milan Mačvan, Stefan Birčević, Stevan Jelovac, Nikola Mišković, Boriša Simanić
Nikola Jokić, Miroslav Raduljica, Nikola Milutinov, Boban Marjanović, Ognjen Kuzmić, Dejan Kravić, Nikola Jovanović, Dragan Apić
Some players there as a thank you for playing qualifiers, some of them there as you cheers who will be relied on in the future but I think there’s maybe 16-18 that will go to the training camp and in my mind there’s probably 9/10 players that are cemented with a few players fighting for certain spots.
No questions marks on the point guards if all all are fit. Teo hasn’t played a lot in the last year but it’s Teo and he’ll the chance to get some form through the training camp.
Micić is now amongst the best point guards in Europe. Lead Anadolu Efes to the Final 4 and a runner up spot. Has developed so much and finally fulfilling potential.
Jović has had injury problems but is one of our best defensive guards, is much more a classic point guard and will bring something different to the others.
Bogdan coming off a good season with the Kings for the most part. He’s a definite on the team sheet and will be one of the leaders in the squad.
Here’s why I have a dilemma and I think Sale will too. It will also depend on the number of bigs we take but we’ve got Gudurić, Milosavljević and Nedović for either 1 or 2 spots.
Nedović has had a bad a season, with both form and injuries but he’s a favourite of Sale’s. He can also change up the tempo, can get to the basket more than any other guard we have and can score in bunches.
Gudurić with a great shooting season for Fener and has significantly improved his defence under Obradović. Personally I’d take him as he’s maybe even the best pure shooter we have and also has balls of steel when it comes to the nitty gritty. Clutch player who deserves a shot to shine now.
Milosavljević is the least talented and is unlikely to shine in a limited role but is the best defensively out of the three. He’s also showed up for almost all the qualifiers.
Kalina has had some issues this season. He’s not endeared himself to fans with some of his comments nor with him being caught in a lewd act online...But he’s great defensively, can cover the 4 and can make big shots when he has to. Does a bit of everything and is basically this team’s glue guy. A big game player as well even if he isn’t the most talented.
Vladimir Lučić is a player that most people like and it’s a shame that injuries have restricted his NT career. He was a star player for us in 2017 and again is a good two way player than can drop down and cover the 4 as well.
For me these two are nailed on but the other with a chance is probably Marko Simonović. Better shooter than both, happier being the 12th man and having limited minutes. I think it’s unlikely he goes if the former two are fit and healthy.
Beli at the 4 is nailed on and I expect he’ll play 25-30 minutes a game. Will be good to see him back in the fold at a major tournament. He hasn’t played since 2015 because of injuries and the change in calendar. Would love to see him and Jokić in pick and roll situations, will be a nightmare for most sides. He’s also improved his shooting a fair bit since moving to the NBA so he’ll be able to spread the floor more than he probably used to.
I’m not sure we’ll go with a second power forward. Milan Mačvan is the obvious choice who had a great Olympics in 2016 but he’s coming out of a serious injury and has said that he’s unlikely to be ready.
The other options are the likes of Jelovac and Birčević but I don’t think they’re the necessary quality we need. If we do go with a traditional power forward then I’d like to see this be Boriša Simanić. He’s developed well with Milan Tomić this season and has become much more aggressive in his play. He’s a future leader of the NT and the experience would do him good. I think I’d rather take an extra guard though.
At centre it’s 3 from 4.
Jokić is a no brainer. Amazing season and he’s finally had that feeling of playing in meaningful games. Really led the Nuggets side and at times felt like he was carrying them himself. Will be interesting whether he has the same role under Sale or whether he fits in more in with the others. The hierarchy in our squad in 2014 was Teo, Beli & then Bogdan. Similarly in Rio it was Teo and Bogdan but how do you not change things when you’ve got officially the best centre in the NBA this season in your team?
Bobi has also confirmed and was on Ivan Ivanović last night. He’s come off quite a good end of season and really seems to found a place in the 76ers who know what to and what not to do with him. For me he’s a no brainer, in a 10 minute burst he can absolutely destroy teams whilst much less of a defensive liability under FIBA rules. With the point guards we have and other creative players then I expect he’ll score quickly and really hurt teams.
Nikola Milutinov has developed into one of if not the best centre in Euroleague. I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes the move to the NBA this summer (Spurs hold his rights). Best defensive centre, very good pick n roll and very athletic.
For me those 3 travel to China but Raduljica is another favourite of Sale’s and has always turned up. He’s usually been able to raise his level but playing in China he really looked crap in the February qualifiers. He’s also much less compatible than Milutinov with the other two.
So for me:
Teodosić, Micić, Jović
Bogdanović, Nedović, Gudurić
Jokić, Marjanović, Milutinov
Године пролазе моје,
ја чекам титуле твоје,
и сваким даном све више