3 underrated gems from FIBA EuroBasket 2022 that can make the NBA jump
After a thrilling end to this year’s FIBA EuroBasket Championship, there were undoubtedly some great performances from some of the best players in the world. NBA superstars such as Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic and Rudy Gobert have all shone on the world stage. Jonas Valanciunas also had a solid performance and Dennis Schroder was the surprise of the tournament as he worked his way into a new NBA contract.
Nevertheless, in this article, we will be looking at the most underrated players in the FIBA EuroBasket 2022 Championships. With that said, let’s now discuss three gems from the prestigious tournament that can help turn NBA contenders into contenders heading into the 2022-23 campaign.
The FIBA EuroBasket gems that are causing a stir in the NBA
3. Shane Larkin
Despite missing much of the tournament with a finger injury, Shane Larkin’s value to the Turkish national team has been vital. Currently playing in the Euro League when not competing internationally, Larkin was once a solid NBA playmaker. Having previously played for the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets, Larkin could be a timely signing for a team that needs quality bottom-line depth.
Since signing with Anadolu Efes Istanbul in 2018, Larkin has posted averages of 15.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Granted, those numbers aren’t mind-blowing, but Larkin would be a welcome addition to a contending team that needs a veteran guard with playoff experience.
2. Vasilije Micic
Currently a stalwart of the Serbian national team, Vasilije Micic is another FIBA EuroBasket gem who could excel on an NBA roster and bolster any backcourt in need. Throughout his Euro League run, Micic averaged 12.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.0 steals per game. Micic also shot 48.4% from the field, 44.1% from outside the arc and 88.1% from the charity strip. So between his well-balanced scoring and play, Micic could be a game-changing acquisition for a side contending on the cusp of Championship stardom.
1. Lorenzo Brown
During the EuroBasket 2022 tournament, Lorenzo Brown stood out for Spain when he collected 68 assists. It was the second highest number in EuroBasket history (Mantas Kalnietis had 70 in 2015). Throughout the tournament, Brown exhibited elite vision on the field and playing abilities as a top-notch general.
Other than that, Brown also had a tournament average of 15.2 points per game and further showed off his skills as a legit combo guard. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that Brown found himself on an NBA roster. Brown previously played for the Toronto Raptors in 2018, so a return to the big leagues wouldn’t necessarily be unfamiliar territory for him.
Plus, with some teams still in need of quality depth at point guard, this could be the ultimate calling card for Brown to return to the NBA and compete for a championship on the game’s biggest stage. So , with all of that in the fold, it goes without saying that Brown could be a steal of a signing for a team hoping to make the leap from contender to contender.
All in all, they are three gems who would be welcome on an NBA team and their selfless team play at the FIBA EuroBasket 2022 Championships is another testament to that. So if there are any front offices looking to fill the bottom spots on their rosters and aren’t considering any current NBA free agents or G-Leaguers, then these three stallions would be ideal candidates to consider.