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From Schröder to hero of the worst team. Six players who impressed at the 2023 World Cup

Date: July 16, 2024 Time: 20:41:39

The FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023 has come to an end. Medals, individual prizes and intangible tickets for the Paris Olympic Games were awarded. Now it’s time to talk in more detail about those who made this competition truly spectacular and established themselves on the international stage.

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We present you a list of six players who left the greatest impression at the 2023 World Cup.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 🇯🇴

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

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Kobe Bryant was the official ambassador of the previous World Cup, held in 2019. He followed the competition closely, attended the games and presented the championship trophy to the Spanish team, and a few months later he tragically died in a private helicopter accident. But now, in 2023, Ronday Hollis-Jefferson was able to pay tribute to Kobe.

His Jordan took the last place, 32nd, in the 2023 World Cup, without achieving a single victory. But Ronday put on a great show at the tournament, causing the Filipino crowd to chant “Kobe! Kobe! Kobe!

Hollis-Jefferson cut his hair like Bryant, donned a signature armband and took on the legendary number 24. Even in appearance he’s a bit reminiscent of Kobe, but in terms of gameplay, Ronday adopted everything he could from the Mamba, from his game of feet to his Free Kick Technique.

He was one of three players to reach the 39-point mark in a 2023 World Cup game (including seven points in seven seconds at the end against New Zealand). Hollis-Jefferson averaged 23.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.2 steals.

His efforts were not enough to get at least one victory, but Ronday definitely managed to attract attention. He played his last game in the NBA in 2021, playing for Portland, and played last season in the Puerto Rican championship. According to rumors, some American teams are again interested in the naturalized Jordanian, for example the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Tremont Waters 🇵🇷

Tremont Waters

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Puerto Rican Tremont Waters is one of two players who managed to be among the top 10 in both points (20.0) and assists (9.2) at the end of the 2023 World Cup. Apart from him, only Carlik Jones of South Sudan achieved this achievement. He is also the only person ahead of Waters in scoring average (10.4).

His team took 12th place in the tournament and will participate in the qualification for the 2024 Olympic Games. The team managed to advance to the second group stage and in the first match retained a fabulous victory over the Dominican Republic, despite the 39 points by Karl. Anthony-Cities. Waters was the real hero of that game, scoring 37 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and four steals.

Waters was on the same team last season as the first pick of the draft, Victor Vembanyama, in the French Metropolitan 92. Before that, he played three seasons in the United States, but apparently never received an offer to return: after the World Cup, Tremont moved to the Chinese Guangdong Southern Tigers.

Shay Gilgeous-Alexander 🇨🇦

Shay Gilgeous-Alexander

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The Oklahoma point guard had an incredible season not only in the NBA, where he was included in the symbolic first team and debuted in the All-Star Game, but also in the World Championship, where he helped his Canadian team win its first medal.

In eight games, Shay averaged 24.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.6 steals, eventually joining the tournament’s top players team. He also made a huge contribution to the victory over Team USA, which earned the Canadians bronze medals, recording 31 points, 12 assists and six rebounds.

He also posted a double-double of 31 points and 10 assists in the game against Slovenia, which Canada beat in the quarterfinals.

“Congratulations to Canada, they played very well. They have one of the best players in the world and it was very difficult to defend against him,” said Slovenian star Luka Doncic after that match.

At the tournament, Shay showed a fairly confident game: he smoothly entered the paint, completed attacks or found open teammates, and forced his opponents to foul. The only aspect of his game that is now causing concern among Thunder fans is his three-point shot. In eight games, Gilgeous-Alexander made just nine of 30 three-pointers (30%).

But Luka Doncic said it right: Right now, Shay is truly one of the best players in the world. Thanks to him, Canada qualified for the 2024 Olympic Games, where it will definitely be among the main contenders for gold.

Dillon Brooks🇨🇦

Dillon Brooks

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Here he is, the best defender of the last World Cup. Let’s forget about Dillon Brooks’ mistake against Yago dos Santos, which cost Canada the victory over Brazil, and let’s be happy for the “villain” who became a hero in the world championship.

Brooks has a controversial reputation in the NBA, which is not surprising: with such behavior it is difficult to like him. So the 2023 World Cup was not without its shenanigans. Thus, Brooks left the game against Slovenia, having received unsportsmanlike and technical fouls, after which he waited for his teammates in the hallway with boxing gloves. Because? Where did he even get the boxing gloves? These are rhetorical questions.

“It’s just an image. People likes it. I myself fell in love with him. Like Kobe Bryant…he had to figure out how to create the Black Mamba. When he walked on the court, everyone knew he was a completely different person,” Brooks admitted.

Spanish shame turned to pride in the third-place game against the United States team, when Brooks scored 21 points in the first half and 18 more in the second. He made seven three-pointers, and when the sixth one flew into the opponent’s basket, the stands, who repeatedly booed the player during the tournament, began to shout “MVP!” him.

As repulsive as Brooks’ image is, in the last World Cup he wrote his name in history. He now has not only a bronze medal, but also the title of best defensive player. Along with Shay, Dillon will be a key member of Team Canada at next year’s Games.

Antonio Edwards 🇺🇸

Anthony Edwards

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For the Americans, the 2023 World Cup did not end quite the way they wanted: the United States was left without medals, losing to their neighbors from the Canadian team in the third place match. But there were, of course, some positive moments, not least the performance of Anthony Edwards.

He finished the tournament with modest statistics: 18.9 points (48% from the field, 31% from 31%, 70% from the free throw), 4.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals. But this is largely due to the fact that Edwards was neglected in the group stage: he did not play even 30 minutes in a single match.

But in other games, Ent was a player that the US team relied on in difficult moments. Against Lithuania, Germany and Canada he scored a total of 82 points. Yes, in all three games the Americans were close to winning. But it was Edwards who helped the team survive into overtime with Canada. It was he who gave him the opportunity to come back in the game against Germany. He made the most important shots, scored points when his teammates could not cope in attack, always turned to defense and was, perhaps, the only player who remained stable in this component. Overall, he was the undisputed leader of the Dream Team.

At the end of the tournament, Anthony entered the top five. He became the best player on a team that is traditionally considered the strongest wherever he plays, so he deserves a place on this list. The Olympics are just around the corner, 2024, and according to rumors, even LeBron James will go there. We wait!

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Dennis Schroeder🇩🇪

Dennis Schröder

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“Dennis is athlete of the year! Without discussion.”

Such a message was left on social media by the German star footballer Toni Kroos after the World Cup final. There, the German team, which did not suffer any defeat in the tournament, won gold medals for the first time in history.

And it was Dennis Schroeder who led her to victory, although not alone. He had a disastrous performance against Latvia in the quarterfinals, making just four of 26 field goals, which even caused a brief altercation with coach Gordn Herbert on the bench. But in the remaining seven games, Schröder scored at least 14 points, including the final against Serbia. There he became the most productive player of the game with 28 points and scored the most important layup 20 seconds before the siren sounded.

With average stats of 19.1 points, 6.1 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.4 steals, Dennis was named tournament MVP. As in the case of Gilges-Alexander, Schroeder has a problem: shooting from behind the arc (32.7%). But he was the undisputed leader of the German team and showed that he is an excellent finisher, capable of facing any defender and “will” at the decisive moment.

I would like to remind you that shortly before the start of the World Championship you found yourself in an unpleasant situation. Dennis publicly criticized his teammate Maxi Kleber for missing the European Championships last year, forcing him to withdraw from the 2023 World Cup. But even without him, Schroeder leaves Manila with a gold medal and an award for the most valuable. Can he prove himself in Toronto?

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