The top players at the Eurobasket
September 22, 2013 @ 07:00 PM ET by HoopsHype
Gigi Datome (Italy): 13.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.4 apg. Despite its disappointing finish, Italy was one of the feel-good stories in the tournament after years of bombing in FIBA competitions. Datome's play was one of the main reasons. The Pistons got themselves a high-energy forward with great shooting skills. Think of a poor man's Shawn Marion with way better shooting form.
Sergio Rodriguez (Spain): 9.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.2 apg. In a point guard rotation that featured Wolves' Ricky Rubio and Mavs veteran Jose Manuel Calderon, it was the former Blazer who truly shined. Rodriguez came off the bench and often changed the game for the Spaniards with efficient scoring and playmaking. No longer a defensive liability, Rodriguez merits a second look by NBA teams. With two years left on his contract with Real Madrid, an NBA return looks like a long shot, though.
Marc Gasol (Spain): 13.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.2 apg. With his brother sitting out the Eurobasket, the Grizzlies center became the featured big man in Spain's offense. Although often a reluctant shooter, Gasol still led the Spaniards in scoring with 13.9 points per game, his best mark in a FIBA competition. Was unquestionably the best defensive player in the tournament.
Goran Dragic (Slovenia): 15.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.5 apg. Terrific guard that would be so much better with improved decision-making. He was Slovenia's best player - especially in the open court - but couldn't save his team from elimination against France. Too many hero shots in the biggest game. Still, the highly-motivated Suns guard put together a solid tournament.
Tony Parker (France): 19.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.3 apg. At the ninth try, Spurs guard Tony Parker finally won a major tournament with the French National Team. A Eurobasket where low quality of play was the norm and star power weak due to the many absences presented a perfect opportunity. Parker took advantage of it and led France to its first title, capped with an 80-66 victory over Lithuania.