Group F Basketball World Cup Odds
Who wins the group F at Basketball World Cup 2019?
FIBA World Cup 2019
Group F is one of the hardest groups in this year's tournament. The group will be hosted in Nanjing city where Greece, New Zeeland, Brazil, and Montenegro will compete for the second stage of the tournament.
If we look only names, this group is the closest when it comes to the teams quality and potential.
The NBA's Most Valuable Player this season after a dominant campaign with the Milwaukee Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo, 24, appeared at the World Cup in Spain five years ago. He also featured at FIBA EuroBasket 2015 and at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Turin in 2016, when Thanasis, who is 26, joined the team.
In Greece team, there are plenty of veterans, like star center Giannis Bourousis, a leader for Greece over the years. He was one of the most influential players in the European Qualifiers. There are also Nick Calathes and Kostas Papanikolaou, players that teamed up on arguably the most dramatic play of the European Qualifiers. With Antetokounmpo brothers Greeks are one of the top contenders for high ranking this year.
Brazil are assured of having one of the most experienced teams at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in China with long-serving veterans making up the majority of the country's team.
Led by evergreens Anderson Varejao, Marcelinho Huertas and Leandro Barbosa (each 36 years old), coach Aco Petrovic has also included 39-year-old Alex Garcia. Another long-serving player, Marcus Vinicius Vieira de Sousa (aka Marquinhos), is in the group. Each of those players has experienced multiple World Cups.
Difficult, in truth, doesn't begin to describe the draw for Brazil. If they finish in the top two of Group F, they would advance to Group K in the Second Round to face the top two sides that come out of a Group E that consists of USA, Turkey, Japan, and the Czech Republic. The two teams that finish in the top two of Group K will advance to the Quarter-Finals.
They may be the smallest nation to ever book a ticket to the FIBA Basketball World Cup, but "smallest" is the last word on your mind when you see Montenegro's team.
Orlando Magic's franchise player Nikola Vucevic is the biggest star of the team. The seven-footer will have his twin tower helping down low again, with Valencia's Bojan Dubljevic there to provide more firepower in the painted area.
Along with the 6ft 9in (2.05m) big man, players like Milko Bjelica, Nemanja Radovic, Blagota Sekulic, Marko Simonovic, and Marko Todorovic provide a lot of depth for Coach Mitrovic for the power forward and center positions.
Nikola Ivanovic of Buducnost Voli Podgorica will be responsible for most of the backcourt duties, and Derek Needham is making his return to the naturalized spot for Montenegro. The 28-year-old guard completely deserved the call, almost single-handedly taking Montenegro to their most important win of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Qualifiers.
New Zealand will be led by Steven Adams, Isaac Fotu, Corey Webster and his brother, Tai in 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
One of the biggest names on the list, of course, is that of current Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, who has not worn the Tall Blacks kit since his youth national team stint a decade ago, although his availability is still up in the air.
Based on the latest FIBA World Ranking presented by Nike, New Zealand may not be among highest-ranked teams entering the World Cup, but they are part of a distinct set of countries that have made it out of pool play in each of the past four FIBA Basketball World Cups. That is a list that includes no less than Team USA, Serbia, Argentina, and Spain.