With Eurobasket 2017 in full flow, NBA fans currently starved of action will be keen to see some of their favourite players on the international stage. So how are they doing?
After underwhelming in the opening game, the young Knick Kristaps Porzignis has inspired Latvia to two strong wins against Belgium and Great Britain, with 27 and 28 point games respectively. It seems the big man is looking to take Latvia deep into the competition.
The Gasol brothers continue to deliver for their national team, together averaging 27 points and 15 rebounds a game.
Timberwolves fans will be optimistic after Ricky Rubio’s playmaking continues,with 5 assists adding to his 10.7 points a game.
A surprise performer is Willy Hernangomez of the Knicks, who is dominating the boards with 11 per game. Nuggets fans will also be glad to see the other Hernangomez go 18 and 12 against Romania.
As expected, Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas is leading the line for Lithuania, averaging 11 and 9. Otherwise, Knicks youngster Kuzminskas putting up 16 a game will be welcomed in New York.
Gordon Dragic is the standout performer in an efficient Slovenia side, dropping 25 points a game. Defensively strong, Slovenia will look to the Miami Heat star to provide.
The often underrated centre Zaza Pachulia is making waves in a struggling Georgia side. Averaging 13 and 8, the Golden State Warrior will be looking to squeeze his side into the nest round.
Like Dragic, Germany look to their veteran point guard to provide much of the offense. Dennis Schroder has not disappointed, putting up 25 a game while averaging 5.3 assists.
Perhaps the natural challengers to Spain, the NBA players in the team are delivering the goods. Bojan Bogdanovic is scoring almost 23 a game while taking 6 boards. His two NBA colleagues are playing supporting roles – with Dario Saric delivering a 16/13/4/2 game against Slovenia, and Dragon Bender playing a more reserved role off the bench.