19 points and 8 rebs on 5/8 shooting and 9/10 free throws for Giannis tonight (in about 21 minutes of playing time). He even dived on the floor for a loose ball in a meaningless friendly game!
Unfortunately for Greece, the only knockdown shooter in the team is Sloukas. Today they shot 5/23 (21.7%) from the 3pt line. Sloukas hit 1 of his 2 shots. Opposing teams are gonna double/triple-team Giannis from start to finish. They are gonna give Greece a ton of opportunities for open shots from the perimeter. Only way for the Greek team to make serious noise in the World Cup is if they somehow hit those open 3s with some consistency.
Papanikolaou, Papapetrou, Bourousis, Mitoglou, Mantzaris and Koniaris are about average 3pt shooters. Highly doubt all 6 of them are gonna make the final cut. The first 3 are a lock, the other 3 not so much. As for the rest of the players in the roster, they are below average shooters to say the least.
If I were the Greek head coach, I'd inlude all 6 of the above players in the 12-man final roster. I'd also use Giannis predominantly at the 5 (today he played at the 4).
Calathes - Mantzaris - Koniaris
Sloukas - Larentzakis
Papanikolaou - Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Papapetrou - Printezis - Mitoglou
Giannis Antetokounmpo - Bourousis
Mirotic12 wrote:Greece has some really good shooters that are active players.
Vassilis Spanoulis (injured and retired from national team)
Vassilis Toliopoulos (not selected)
Thodoris Zaras (not selected)
Ioannis Athinaiou (selected, but probably won't make the team)
Dusan Sakota (not selected)
Antonis Fotsis (retired from the national team)
Sotirios Manolopoulos (not selected, just isn't good enough)
Michael Bramos (not selected)
Naz Mitrou-Long (not selected)
Antonis Koniaris (selected, but probably won't make the team)
Iakovos Milentigievits (not selected)
Christoforos Stefanidis (not selected)
Apollon Tsochlas (not selected)
Kostas Vasileiadis (not selected)
Imo, Bramos and Vasileiadis should have made the preliminary roster. I'd even include them in the 12-man roster instead of Larentzakis and Koniaris.
Bramos was instrumental for Venezia this season, helping them win the Italian league (45.3% from 3 in 4.7 attempts per game). He loves playing off the ball and he would have been a perfect fit next to Giannis.
Vasileiadis isn't getting any younger, but he also had a terrific season in Spain scoring about 14 points per game and hitting 38.9% of his 3 pointers in almost 8 attempts per game.
How neither of them made the preliminary roster is beyond me.
Tyler Dorsey (last season with the Hawks and the Grizzlies) dropped out of the team a few days prior to the first practice. Not a knockdown shooter by any means (35% career 3pt shooter), but imo he's gonna be missed.
edit: On second thought, I would even consider Sakota (over Mitoglou). The guy can't play D to save his life, but he's a career 40.5% 3pt shooter. He's coming off a pretty good season in the Greek league scoring 10.3 points per game on 53.1% from the floor and 41.2% from the 3pt line (in 3 attempts per game). Having a 6'11'' PF who can stretch the floor would have helped Giannis maximize his effectiveness on offense. Not to mention, he played 4 games with the national team during the qualifiers.