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Post#16 Re: Best Basketball Country Relative to Popul
Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:38 pm by Blame Turk

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 Re: Best Basketball Country Relative to Popul
Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:39 pm by Red Star

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 Re: Best Basketball Country Relative to Popul
Thu Sep 1, 2011 2:07 am by King d

I would say Lithuania, and Slovenia not too far from them
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Post#19 Re: Best Basketball Country Relative to Popul
Sat Oct 15, 2011 4:35 pm by dr. strangelove

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 Re: Best Basketball Country Relative to Popul
Sun Oct 16, 2011 1:58 pm by MAURI

Lithuania and the Balkan countries..
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Post#21 Re: Best Basketball Country Relative to Popul
Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:52 pm by Chalk1

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Post#22 Re: Best Basketball Country Relative to Popul
Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:27 am by Livno

What about Bosnia and Herzegovina?

There are many players born in BIH, but playing for other countrys!
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Post#23 Re: Best Basketball Country Relative to Popul
Fri Nov 25, 2011 3:22 am by donkki

Has to be Lithuania and Slovenia.
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Post#24 Re: Best Basketball Country Relative to Popul
Sat Jan 7, 2012 7:25 am by pohani komarac

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 Re: Best Basketball Country Relative to Popul
Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:08 pm by Perdi

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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Post#26 Re: Best Basketball Country Relative to Popul
Sat Jan 14, 2012 8:46 pm by Brokejumper

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 Re: Best Basketball Country Relative to Popul
Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:50 pm by celticspierce34

New Zealand does pretty freakin good.

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Post#28 Re: Best Basketball Country Relative to Popul
Sat Apr 14, 2012 8:50 am by JV4MVP

celticspierce34 wrote:New Zealand does pretty freakin good.

4million


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 Re: Best Basketball Country Relative to Popul
Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:25 am by Nuntius

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 Re: Best Basketball Country Relative to Popul
Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:31 pm by carloslisboa

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 Re: Best Basketball Country Relative to Popul
Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:55 am by Mefisto

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 Re: Best Basketball Country Relative to Popul
Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:06 pm by carloslisboa

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.

Timinskas looked good when young...
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Post#33 Re: Best Basketball Country Relative to Popul
Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:13 pm by carloslisboa

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Post#34 Re: Best Basketball Country Relative to Popul
Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:43 pm by Nuntius

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 Re: Best Basketball Country Relative to Popul
Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:38 pm by carloslisboa

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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