With the FIBA Basketball World Cup underway, our basketball attentions have turned beyond the boundaries of our own humble little nation. At Hardwood Paroxysm we love lists and hypotheticals almost as much as we love basketball. This felt like the perfect opportunity to blend the them.
This week, the staff of HP have created our Pan-National FIBA Teams, the ones we’d like to see wade into an international competition. The only rules were that selections needed to be made by position and that each squad could not have more than one player from each continent. Players selected did need to actually have international experience and could represent either the country of their birth or a country they had lived in at some point. We also, clearly, had some flexible interpretations of which countries fell on which continents. Regardless, the goal was to have fun and we certainly did. Let us know who we missed or who your team is on Twitter, @HPBNetwork, or in the comments.
PG: Greivis Vasquez — South America (Venezuela)
SG: Allen Iverson — North America (United States of America)
SF: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute — Africa (Cameroon)
PF: Dirk Nowitzki — Europe (Germany)
C: Yao Ming — Asia (China)
Wow, this is crazy. I’m sitting in my living room and Young Jeezy’s “Standing Ovation” just started playing when I finished putting this team together. This is why I’m your favorite blogger’s favorite blogger.
Okay, so the squad. Yao down low is a force. He’ll rebound, block shots and protect the rim. Meanwhile, Dirk is the best European player of all time, creates difficult matchup problems, and spaces the floor to give Iverson plenty of room to operate. The Cameroonian prince, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is a solid defender who can guard multiple positions and doesn’t need the ball on offense. As for the guards, Allen Iverson is one of the best pure scorers of all time and having Greivis Vasquez alongside him in the backcourt will allow him to work off the ball. Additionally, Vasquez has great size for a guard which helps offset Iverson’s smaller stature.
This is my team homie, you decide yours.
— Jack Maloney (@jmaloney9)