While NBA fans worldwide are concentrated on the Kyrie trade and the destiny of Melo, back in Europe a very competitive championship is on the way. Heading into the tournament, a big mark was left by the absence of many young stars and proven players in almost every big team: Milos Teodosic and Nikola Jokic, Omer Asik, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Sergio Llull, Danilo Gallinari, Rudy Gobert and Nicolas Batum. But what everybody forgot to mention is the opened stage for many of the young athletes that have a unique opportunity to become leaders and legends for their respectable countries. By far, we are witnessing the solid performances of Dennis Schroder, Goran Dragic, Lauri Markkanen, the return of Alexey Shved, Latvian sensation Kristaps Porzingis and many more.
But having observed today’s games, I was left without words by the performance of Serbian star and recent expensive King’s addition, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Cavs talent, Jedy Osman. Serbia won a tight game (80-74). The young starss went head to head today and it was a battle in the final quarter, when Turkey (Osman’s team) came from behind to take the lead with 5 minutes left.
The youngster, who led the team with his all play performance and bold moves produced a solid game with 15 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. He was the heart and soul of the push in the final minutes with a knock-out 3 and a few drives in paint. But the real effort came from Bogdan Bogdanovic, who single handedly carried his team in the fourth quarter and scored amazing 6 points in a single possession. He finished the game with a not so amazing 50% shooting for 2, but a game changing 60% shooting for 3, that sums up for 17 points and 4 assists. There are sparks in these young stars that all of the NBA will be happy to see this season.
The tournament continues, with Serbia facing Great Britain and Turkey going against Belgium.