The battle for the European Championship features two teams with little experience getting this far in the tournament.
Serbia is being led by 25-year old star, and former Suns draftee, Bogdan Bogdanovic. After Bogdan helped lead his Fenerbace team to the Euroleague Championship, he now has a chance to cap it off with the every-other-year Eurobasket title as well.
Bogdanovic, who will be playing for the Kings this season, is pouring in 20.3 points per game for Serbia, plus 5.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals. He’s their unquestioned leader for the first time in his national team career.
The gigantic Boban Marjanovic is the team’s second leading scorer at 13.3 points per game.
Slovenia surged to the Final behind veteran playmaker Goran Dragic, a former favorite Sun, and 18-year old Luka Doncic.
Dragic is playing better than ever for his national team, posting 21 points, 5.3 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game through the tournament in only 27 minutes per game.
Doncic - a presumptive top-5 prospect in next year’s NBA draft - is Slovenia’s second-leading scorer in his first year with the senior team. Doncic posts 15.1 points and 3.8 assists per game, and grabs a whopping team high 8.5 rebounds per game. He’s a natural point guard, but is using his great size (6’7”) to his advantage as he plays on the wing while Dragic runs point.
Former Suns assistant coach, Igor Kokoskov, is Slovenia’s head coach this year, while former Euroleague MVP point guard Jaka Lakovic serves as one of the assistant coaches.
Not sure where the game is showing on TV, but you’ll likely be able to follow along somewhere on the internets.