Happy Sunday, everyone. Today’s links are all about EuroBasket 2017, where Cedi Osman has been one of the tournaments most interesting players and a number of NBA players are balling out.
For Osman, here’s our recap of his performance in Turkey’s loss to Russia — a game where me may have been the best player on the court. And here’s our recap of his stat-stuffing performance in Turkey’s win over Great Britain.
If you’re looking at one of these games to indicate what kind of role he could play next season, it’s the latter game. He did a little bit of everything, guarded some bigger players and made his biggest impact on defense. His weaknesses — particularly with the ball in his hands — were on display and he was a overaggressive at times. But what he did wrong are things the Cavs are built to keep him from doing. If Tyronn Lue allows him to play and make mistakes, he could learn a lot by just sharing the floor from LeBron James.
He also did this, so maybe the hype train needs to roll unchecked now:
He next plays tomorrow against Serbia.
Elsewhere, Bulls rookie Lauri Markkanen has been excellent for inland — except for when Anthony Randolph stole the ball from him.
For Croatia, Daric Saric has looked amazing. If only Ante Zizic was playing with him.
Kristaps Porzingis is doing a lot of unicorn stuff for Latvia. It’d be really, really fun to see him being everything for the Knicks.
Juancho Hernangomez is starring for Spain, who also happen to have Marc Gasol, Ricky Rubio and overall best roster at the tournament.
Reminder: SB Nation is tracking all of the results from EuroBasket here.
Let’s end on this: Marc Gasol is a wizard: