Best Basketball Country Relative to Population

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Re: Best Basketball Country Relative to Population 

Post#16 » by Blame Turk » Fri Jul 29, 2011 8:38 pm

Generally Slovenians and Lithuanians have this argument with Serbians. They are all close, but Serbia may be right after US in this respect.
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Post#17 » by Red Star » Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:39 pm

Blame Turk wrote:Generally Slovenians and Lithuanians have this argument with Serbians. They are all close, but Serbia may be right after US in this respect.


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Post#18 » by King d » Thu Sep 1, 2011 7:07 am

I would say Lithuania, and Slovenia not too far from them
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Post#19 » by dr. strangelove » Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:35 pm

sorokii wrote:You should take into account other aspects apart from population. e.g. in Spain the space in media for basketball or other sports is nearly marginal, 90% in football (soccer). The biggest daily sports magazine last for around 45 minutes, 43 of them (no exaggeration) is football, the other 2 is "rest of sports".

And in "rest of sports", as for tv audience, motorcycling and formula one are clearly ahead of basketball.
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Post#20 » by MAURI » Sun Oct 16, 2011 6:58 pm

Lithuania and the Balkan countries..
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Post#21 » by Chalk1 » Tue Oct 18, 2011 1:52 am

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Re: Best Basketball Country Relative to Population 

Post#22 » by Livno » Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:27 pm

What about Bosnia and Herzegovina?

There are many players born in BIH, but playing for other countrys!
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Re: Best Basketball Country Relative to Population 

Post#23 » by donkki » Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:22 am

Has to be Lithuania and Slovenia.
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Post#24 » by pohani komarac » Sat Jan 7, 2012 12:25 pm

Euroleague players – where they come from

Lithuania and Serbia are known as the hotbeds of European basketball. How about Bosnia & Herzegovina? With a ratio of 602 Euroleague minutes per 1,000,000 people, Bosnia & Herzegovina is fourth in the ranking behind Lithuania (786), Croatia (752) and Montenegro (692, very small sample). Slovenia (585) is fifth, followed by Serbia (403) and Greece (244).


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Post#25 » by Perdi » Fri Jan 13, 2012 2:08 am

Former Yugoslavian nations have a natural or phyisical sense for sports.

They are small countrys with low population...ant they are always on top in Handball, Waterpolo, voleyball, Football, Basket, Tenis,... :lol: Special mention to Slovenia!

That's amazing.

My top 5 is:

1-Slovenia
2-Lithuania
3-Spain
4-Croatia
5-Serbia
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Re: Best Basketball Country Relative to Population 

Post#26 » by Brokejumper » Sun Jan 15, 2012 1:46 am

In terms of success vs population density I would go with Spain, Argentina, Greece, Macedonia, Lithuania, Puerto Rico, New Zealand. China would be the worst. :)
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Post#27 » by celticspierce34 » Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:50 am

New Zealand does pretty freakin good.

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Post#28 » by JV4MVP » Sat Apr 14, 2012 1:50 pm

celticspierce34 wrote:New Zealand does pretty freakin good.

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Populations:

Slovenia: 2M
Lithuania: 3.2M

Both countries have significantly lower populations and consistently beat New Zealand.

Also, Spain has a population of 46M so while they are the strongest in Europe I wouldn't add them to this list.
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Post#29 » by Nuntius » Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:25 pm

sorokii wrote:You should take into account other aspects apart from population. e.g. in Spain the space in media for basketball or other sports is nearly marginal, 90% in football (soccer). The biggest daily sports magazine last for around 45 minutes, 43 of them (no exaggeration) is football, the other 2 is "rest of sports".


That's exactly how the situation in Greece is as well.

To answer the OP, though. If we're talking about relative to population it's Lithuania by a country mile. Slovenia has some great talent is smaller but Lithuania is so much better than the little increase in the population does not matter a lot.
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Post#30 » by carloslisboa » Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:31 pm

Slovenia bearing in mind there is quantity, a weak league, and the political problems of the last 150 years.

The worst is India, for sure. 1/6 of the world population and I can't even name a player.
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Post#31 » by Mefisto » Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:55 pm

Lithuania. END of thread. Name any slovenian close to caliber of Sabonis, Ilgauskas or Marciulionis, and we could continue.
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Post#32 » by carloslisboa » Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:06 pm

Mefisto wrote:Lithuania. END of thread. Name any slovenian close to caliber of Sabonis, Ilgauskas or Marciulionis, and we could continue.


There was no Slovenia nor Lithuania when Sabas, Marciulionis came out.
I mean right now, or at least the last five years.
Since then Ilgauskas, Jaskevicius (i'd add Praskevicius) and little else.

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Post#33 » by carloslisboa » Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:13 pm

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Re: Best Basketball Country Relative to Population 

Post#34 » by Nuntius » Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:43 pm

carloslisboa wrote:A comprehensive list:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fo ... BA_players


That list is not that relevant to this argument.

Certain basketball schools produce players that are more suited for the NBA than others. Take the French school for example. French players tend to be more suited to play in the NBA but they are not necessarily more successful from other European schools when it comes to European competitions (like the Eurobasket).
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Post#35 » by carloslisboa » Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:38 pm

Nuntius wrote:
carloslisboa wrote:A comprehensive list:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fo ... BA_players


That list is not that relevant to this argument.

Certain basketball schools produce players that are more suited for the NBA than others. Take the French school for example. French players tend to be more suited to play in the NBA but they are not necessarily more successful from other European schools when it comes to European competitions (like the Eurobasket).


Despite being a European, I do not agree.
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