The EuroBasket of the fleeting stars: Jokic, Antetokounmpo, Doncic…

Three of the world’s best players turned out for EuroBasket, yet neither Nikola Jokic nor Giannis Antetokounmpo nor Luka Doncic will win a medal.

The former went out in the round of 16, when Serbia lost to Italy, while the Greek Freak and Doncic‘s Slovenia lost to Germany and Poland, respectively, in the quarter-finals.

Any team would love to have one of them, but in this tournament no star is shining brighter than a solid team. It is a vindication of the collective over individuals.

And it won’t be because the two NBA MVPs and the one who could win the award in the next few years had bad performances.

It is true that they feel more uncomfortable playing FIBA basketball than in the NBA, but that has not prevented them from putting in extraordinary performances.

Doncic scored 47 points in one of his games and averaged 26.0, as well as 7.7 rebounds and 6.6 assists, while Antetokounmpo scored 41 in a match and averaged 29.3+8.8+4.7, while Jokic finished with 21.7 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists.

Their teams’ dependence on their infinite talent was alarming at times, yet this never happened to Pau Gasol‘s Spain. He had better teammates, but above all they were a team.

Only three of the top 20 scorers are in the semi-finals

Of the top 20 scorers in the tournament, only Willy Hernangomez, Dennis Schroder and Franz Wagner will be in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, of the 20 top rated players only Hernangomez, Schroder, Rudy Gobert and Mateusz Ponitka will play on Friday.

It has to be noted that of the NBA All-Stars who played in EuroBasket, only Gobert will be in the semi-finals, as France were lucky enough to see both Turkey and Italy miss crucial free throws in the knockouts.