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NBA Players are back in Brazil's World Cup Squad - Jul 31, 2014


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MOHAMED RAMADAN
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After missing his American based players in last year's FIBA America's championship coach Ruben Magnano brought back his top NBA players to have one of the best starting line ups in Spain.

No doubt that the quality in Brazil's roster specially in the paint would be very tough against any competitor in this tournament. The trio of Tiago Splitter, Anderson Varejao, and Hilario Nene gives their team a lot of versatility, combining with the most needed talents and physicality in the game.

Phoenix Suns SG Leandro Barbosa is a gifted scorer and previously won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2006/07 season. He's a kind of player were his teammates has a lot of trust in, giving him the ball during crunch times.

Barbosa will be partnered in the back court by Barcelona's PG Marcelinho giving he team in general one of the most complete line ups.

The bench is the main weakness for Brazil, all of them are playing in Brazil's local league. Last year in FIBA America's they led the team to the 9th place which wasn't enough to qualify to the world cup until they received a wild card invitation from FIBA.

During the previous world cup, Brazil was the toughest opponent that faced the American team losing only by a couple of points in the group stage.

The list of Brazilian players selected for this years world cup:

Barbosa, Leandro (G)
Garcia, Alex (G/F)
Giovannoni, Guilherme (F)
Huertas, Marcelinho (G)
Machado, Marcelinho (G/F)
Nene (F/C)
Splitter, Tiago (C)
Taylor, Larry (G)
Varejo, Anderson (F)
Vieira, Marcus (F)   




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FIBA Americas Standings
Group C
 1. Argentina 7-1 
 2. Canada 7-1 
 3. Mexico 7-1 
 4. P.Rico 4-4 
 5. Venezuela 4-4 
 6. Uruguay 2-6 
 7. Panama 2-6 
 8. Dominican R. 2-6 
Group Places 9-10
 1. Brazil 1-3 
 2. Cuba 0-4 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Luis SCOLA
  ARG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Scola, ARG21.1 
 2. Barea, PUR20.3 
 3. Rivero, CUB18.8 
 4. Ayon, MEX17.7 
 5. Nocioni, ARG16.7 
 6. Benite, BRA16.0 
 7. Wiggins, CAN15.1 
 8. Sosa, DOM15.1 
 9. Fitipaldo, URU13.8 
 10. Vieira, BRA13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gustavo AYON
  MEX
  (207-C/F-85)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Ayon, MEX12.4 
 2. Scola, ARG10.1 
 3. Nocioni, ARG9.0 
 4. Justiz, CUB8.3 
 5. Olynyk, CAN7.5 
 6. Haiti, CUB7.3 
 7. Calfani, URU6.9 
 8. Lloreda, PAN6.8 
 9. Garces, PAN6.6 
 10. Rivero, CUB6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jose Juan BAREA
  PUR
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Barea, PUR6.3 
 2. Campazzo, ARG5.9 
 3. Joseph, CAN5.7 
 4. Stoll, USA4.7 
 5. Laprovittola, ARG4.5 
 6. Vargas, VEN4.4 
 7. Fitipaldo, URU4.1 
 8. Gutierrez, MEX3.9 
 9. Freire Luz, ESP3.8 
 10. Feldeine, DOM3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Renaldo BALKMAN
  USA
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Balkman, USA1.6 
 2. Benite, BRA1.5 
 3. Vargas, VEN1.5 
 4. Barea, PUR1.5 
 5. Gutierrez, MEX1.4 
 6. Campazzo, ARG1.4 
 7. Vieira, BRA1.3 
 8. Ayon, MEX1.3 
 9. Valdez, CUB1.3 
 10. Lewis, USA1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Augusto LIMA
  BRA
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Lima, BRA1.3 
 2. Pomare, USA1.3 
 3. Rivero, CUB1.3 
 4. Ayon, MEX1.2 
 5. Balkman, USA1.1 
 6. Justiz, CUB1.0 
 7. Newsome, USA1.0 
 8. Olynyk, CAN0.9 
 9. Scola, ARG0.9 
 10. Nocioni, ARG0.8 
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