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We always seem to have a thread for our b-ball NT heading towards major tournaments and with Duda picking his squad for the qualifiers this summer, I figured it was time for the next one.

First off the squad..

bekovi: Miloš Teodosić (CSKA Moskva), Stefan Marković (Valensija), Milenko Tepić (Kahasol), Aleksandar Rašić (Lijetuvos Ritas), Nemanja Jaramaz (Partizan mt:s), Nemanja Nedović (Crvena zvezda Diva) Danilo Anđušić (Partizan mt:s);

krila: Ivan Paunić (Virtus Bolonja), Mladen Jeremić (Hemofarm), Marko Kešelj (Olimpijakos), Andreja Milutinović (Crvena zvezda Diva), Nemanja Bjelica (Kaha Laboral), Vladimir Lučić (Partizan mt:s), Novica Veličković (Real Madrid), Duško Savanović (Anadolu Efes), Zoran Erceg (Bešiktaš), Milan Mačvan (Makabi/Partizan mt:s), Dragan Labović (Krasnije Krilja);

centri: Nenad Krstić (CSKA Moskva), Kosta Perović (Barselona), Milovan Raković (Žalgiris), Miroslav Raduljica (Anadolu Efes/Partizan mt:s), Dejan Musli (Kaha Laboral), Mile Ilić (Crvena zvezda Diva).

Secondly our schedule..

15/8 Iceland - Serbia
18/8 Serbia - Montenegro
21/8 Slovakia - Serbia
24/8 Serbia - Estonia
27/8 Israel - Serbia
30/8 Serbia - Iceland
2/9 Montenegro - Serbia
5/9 Serbia - Slovakia
8/9 Estonia - Serbia
11/9 Serbia - Israel

Nice schedule, good chance to see some b-ball during the summer for those of us who will be there. :thumbsup:

Top 2 qualify as well as the 4 best third placed teams.

Now give us your full analysis DZ and other experts. :D I see a fair number of younger players there like Nedovic, Musli, Andjusic, Jaramaz, Milutinovic, Lucic. Also slightly older newcomers in Dabovic and Jeremic.

Who's missing from the list except for guys like Milicic?

Novica btw very important for Real towards the end of the season. Good news for our NT as last year we missed him a lot.
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Markovic is the only one that's a big loss but even then we have Nedovic so its not that bad, we'll miss his defense though.
Duda Ivkovic has denied the rumour about players rejecting the NT.

So who are our candidates, if all the best players are availible? Is it something like this or am I forgetting someone?

Teodosic - Markovic - Nedovic - Rasic - Paunic
Rakocevic - Tepic - Tripkovic - Micov - Lucic
Bjelica - Savanovic - Keselj - Dragicevic - Aleksandrov
Macvan - Velickovic - Savovic - Erceg - Radjulica
Krstic - Marjanovic - Perovic - Stimac - Musli

(Milicic is not an option I believe.)

It will be a hard job to pick out 12 of them for the final squad.
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I believe Savanovic has come out and said he might not play primarily because of a lingering back injury. He said he would like to play, but at the same time would not want to make the injury any worse, considering how it could become very serious.

As for the rest, looks about right for the most part. Curious to see who will and will not play. Milicic isn't an option at this point considering how he hasn't played this entire season. Would love for him to come to Zvezda next year, if he can get in good form, he would be a great fit for the NT in my opinion.
Rumours on Twitter that Duda will leave the NT after Eurobasket.
Rumours on Twitter that Duda will leave the NT after Eurobasket.
I mean it makes sense... considering he is paid minimally or not paid at all and he's been with us for what, 5-6 years now? It makes sense.

Duda has evolved our national team... he got a new generation to come through. Now it's up to the players to really step it up at this EuroBasket.
There are plenty of capable Serbian coaches out there and Duda is getting close to retirement.
Horrible news:

Teodosic injured himself in CSKA's win v Khimki this weekend and will be out for 2-4 months and will in turn miss Eurobasket.:(
Well, there goes that. :(
Now we need Markovic.

Miljenovic and Micic are playing great and I wouldn't mind seeing one of them I'm just not sure if they can handle the pressure just yet.
They've not had a full season in the ABA Liga yet. Not something I'd do.
We're f*cked without Teo. :sigh:
Looks like Teo might still make it after all, doesn't need surgery! :happy:
Let's hope so!
What are you guys expecting from our guys? Go through the group stage behind Lithuania then end of the road or think we can do some damage?
Depends. If our players are at their best then we can make a push for the medals I think but it'll be tough and we'll need to be full strength.

Most of our players are in good form this season and we'll also have Novica back I'm guessing.

Need the right attitude though, not the one from the last 2 years.
Velickovic looked decent vs Zvezda tonight.

Savovic though...15 points, 18 rebounds...wonder if Duda is looking at him.
Wasn't Savovic called up to the BiH team?
Yes but he's not made a decision as to who he will play for. He said he would wait until the end of the season.
This would be my 12-player squad for the upcoming EC:

Teodosic, Markovic
Rakocevic, Tepic
Bjelica, Savanovic
Velickovic, Macvan
Krstic, Marjanovic
Na sirem spisku se nalaze:

Miloš Teodosić, Stefan Marković, Vasilije Micić, Nemanja Nedović, Bogdan Bogdanović, Danilo Anđušić, Nemanja Dangubić, Nemanja Bjelica, Vladimir Lučić, Vladimir Micov, Novica Veličković, Duško Savanović, Milan Mačvan, Zoran Erceg, Stefan Birčević, Nenad Krstić, Raško Katić, Vladimir Štimac, Đorđe Gagić i Dejan Musli.
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