If Yugoslavia had not disintegrated, how strong would the national team’s lineup be?
2023/10/09

If Yugoslavia had not disintegrated in 1992, it would have included countries like Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and North Macedonia. Each of these countries is now a basketball powerhouse, with at least one NBA star player. The potential basketball team from a united Yugoslavia would be terrifying. Among the NBA stars that would be part of this team are Slovenia's Doncic and Dragic, Serbia's Jokic and Bogdanovic, Croatia's Bogdanovic, Zubac, and Saric, Bosnia and Herzegovina's Nurkic, and Montenegro's Vucevic. The most formidable combination would undoubtedly be Doncic and Jokic. Jokic, a two-time NBA regular season MVP, is an undeniable force, while Doncic, the rising star, has a strong physique and exquisite skills, including incredible shooting ability. This duo alone is enough to challenge the US team. Yugoslavia's dominance would extend to the frontcourt as well. Compared to the dwindling talent in the US at the center position, Yugoslavia would boast players like Jokic, Nurkic, and Vucevic. Additionally, they have a nuclear weapon in Boban Marjanovic. Yugoslavian players also possess a superior understanding of team tactics compared to NBA players who tend to prioritize individual skills over teamwork. As Europe's basketball level rises, the gap between the US and European teams is diminishing. Ultimately, the strongest possible lineup for Yugoslavia would feature Dragic at point guard, Bogdanovic at shooting guard, Doncic at small forward, Wucevic at power forward, and Jokic at center. This lineup is formidable and could compete for an NBA championship. Could this team give the US a run for its money?

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