Who was each team's MVP at FIBA EuroBasket 2022?
MUNICH (Germany) - Willy Hernangomez scooped the top individual honor at FIBA EuroBasket 2022, but we took a look at the best performing player at each team in the tournament.
There were some standout performances throughout the two weeks of intense action and there were also some tough choices in handing out unofficial MVP awards for the 24 participating countries.
Willy Hernangomez - C / 2.09m / 1994
Statistics: 17.2 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 64% FG - 19.7 EFF
Hernangomez picked up the TISSOT MVP after helping lead Spain to the FIBA EuroBasket 2022 title. The 28-year-old was the team's most consistent performer throughout the tournament and edged out teammate Lorenzo Brown to the award with a best of 27 points coming in the Quarter-Finals comeback against Finland.
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Rudy Gobert - C / 2.15m / 1992
Statistics: 12.8 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 65% FG - 17.9 EFF
Gobert was his usual assertive self inside at both ends of the floor for France with an important defensive impact as well as cleaning up on the glass. His game-saving putback dunk against Turkey in the Round of 16 was one of the moments of the tournament with Gobert finishing with 20 points and 17 rebounds for the eventual runners-up.
Dennis Schroder - PG / 1.88m / 1993
Statistics: 22.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 7.1 APG - 19.6 EFF
Dennis the Menace brought a level of composure needed to guide Germany onto the final step of the podium. The playmaker had the scoring to match, particularly in Berlin with 25+ points in the final three games. Schroder had a best of 30 points - alongside 8 assists - against Spain in the Semi-Finals and finished in the top five in scoring. Franz Wagner also starred.
Mateusz Ponitka - SF / 1.98m / 1993
Statistics: 13.4 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 5.7 APG - 16.4 EFF
The do-it-all hero for Poland on their dream run to the Semi-Finals of the tournament. Ponitka produced a historic triple-double of 26 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists in the surprise win over Slovenia in the last eight and led his side in each of those categories for the entire tournament - also opening with 26 points and 9 assists in an important first win.
Giannis Antetokounmpo - SF / 2.11m / 1994
Statistics: 29.3 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 4.7 APG - 32.7 EFF
The Greek Freak was his usual dominant self at EuroBasket with a shade under 30 points per game as the leading scorer in the tournament. Giannis registered at least 25 points in all six appearances with a best of 41 points in the Group Phase against Ukraine. Greece didn't make it as far as they could have with Giannis bowing out with a 31-7-8 line in the last eight.
Luka Doncic - SF / 2.01m / 1999
Statistics: 26.0 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 6.6 APG - 27.1 EFF
The Luka magic was on full display in Cologne when Doncic lit up the tournament with 47 points against France to back up a 36-point showing against Germany. Doncic then fired in 35 points in Berlin in the Round of 16, but was kept to just 14 points against Poland in the Quarter-Finals as Slovenia's title defense was ended in a surprising result.
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Lauri Markkanen - PF / 2.13m / 1997
Statistics: 27.9 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 40.5% 3PT - 30.4 EFF
Markkanen cemented his status amongst the superstars of EuroBasket with another incredible tournament for Finland. The 25-year-old fired in a 43-point performance against Croatia in the Round of 16 victory having twice made it past 30 points in the Group Phase. The Susijengi leader was the second leading scorer in the tournament and was unstoppable at times.
Simone Fontecchio - F / 2.03m / 1995
Statistics: 19.4 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.7 APG - 27.1 EFF
It was such a shame for the tournament to end the way it did for Fontecchio and Italy, but those missed free throws in the Quarter-Finals do not define his tournament. Another Italian star at EuroBasket was born with Fontecchio taking over the mantle for The Azzurri with several assured performances through the tournament with a best of 26 points against Greece.
Nikola Jokic - PF / 2.09m / 1995
Statistics: 21.7 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 4.3 APG - 31.7 EFF
Light work for Jokic during the tournament, but the job was not finished as Serbia missed out on a medal with a Round of 16 exit. Jokic averaged a double-double at EuroBasket and only played an average of 25 minutes per game after helping his side sweep through the Group Phase. The two-time NBA MVP scored 32 points in Berlin, but it wasn't enough to prevent Serbia falling to a shock defeat against Italy.
Alperen Sengun - PF / 2.06m / 2002
Statistics: 16.5 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 2.2 APG - 20.5 EFF
Still only 20 years of age, Sengun looked right at home on the big stage as Turkey's leading performer at EuroBasket. Sengun had three straight games with 20+ points in the Group Phase before a double-double against Spain, but Turkey suffered an agonizing loss to France in the Round of 16 to head home early. A very bright future beckons for the forward.
Svi Mykhailiuk - SG / 1.99m / 1997
Statistics: 17.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 2.8 APG - 15.5 EFF
A spirited run to the Knockout Phase for Ukraine and they could have gone even further. Mykhailiuk impressed as the team's leading scorer as they made it out of the group in Milan with some big wins. The 25-year-old dropped 25 points in a victory over the hosts, Italy and reached double figures in each of his six appearances on EuroBasket debut.
Bojan Bogdanovic - SG / 2.04m / 1989
Statistics: 19.2 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 2.7 APG - 16.5 EFF
Bogdanovic continues to put points on the board in a Croatian jersey. The 33-year-old finished in the top 10 in scoring at yet another EuroBasket with back-to-back games with 27 points in the Group Phase against Italy and Ukraine. Despite Bogdanovic being reunited with the likes of Ivica Zubac and Dario Saric, it was a Round of 16 exit for Croatia.
Kendrick Perry - PG / 1.83m / 1992
Statistics: 15.2 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 7.2 APG - 19.0 EFF
Perry wasted little time in settling into the team after joining up with Montenegro this summer. The 29-year-old helped his side through to the Knockout Phase after they finished in the top four in Tbilisi. Perry then scored 25 points in a Round of 16 loss at the hands of hosts Germany, whilst finishing in the top four in assists with 7.2 per game.
Retin Obasohan - SG / 1.86m / 1993
Statistics: 12.8 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 2.2 APG - 10.8 EFF
Belgium were the only team to beat Spain at FIBA EuroBasket 2022 as they made it through to the Round of 16. Obasohan had somewhat of an inconsistent tournament, but showed why he was expected to be a key player for Belgium. The 29-year-old scored 25 points against Montenegro and repeated the feat in a crucial win over Bulgaria to help his side advance.
Jonas Valanciunas - C / 2.11m / 1992
Statistics: 16.2 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 57% FG - 21.8 EFF
Valanciunas averaged a double-double for Lithuania, but after they survived a tough Group Phase in Berlin, they fell to a tough loss against Spain in the Round of 16. JV fired in 34 points against Germany as they dropped to a 0-3 start before the center had 13 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists in the do-or-die win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Jan Vesely - C / 2.13m / 1990
Statistics: 15.8 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 69% FG - 18.7 EFF
Vesely was a largely consistent performer on his return to national team action. The 32-year-old went 9-of-10 from the floor in a personal tournament high of 24 points against Netherlands and was 37 of 48 overall if you take away an 0-of-6 showing against Serbia. Vesely's new club teammate next season Tomas Satoransky battled through injury to help the team and set an assists record with 17 in the Round of 16.
Deni Avdija - G / 2.03m / 2001
Statistics: 14.6 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 4.6 APG - 18.2 EFF
Avdija made an immediate impact in his first major tournament at senior level with 23 points and 15 rebounds in a win over Finland, but Israel would ultimately fail to make it out of the Group Phase. The 21-year-old had a near triple-double of 12 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists in the decisive loss to Czech Republic.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dzanan Musa - SF / 2.02m / 1999
Statistics: 21.4 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 4.0 APG - 20.4 EFF
Bosnia and Herzegovina came extremely close to making it out of the proclaimed Group of Death in Cologne, and Musa was a major factor. The versatile forward had 19-5-6 in an opening win against Hungary before dropping 30 points in defeat to Germany. Musa contributed 22-5-5 in a surprise win over Slovenia, but his side came up short against Lithuania despite the combination of Musa and Jusuf Nurkic.
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Maik-Kalev Kotsar - F / 2.08m / 1996
Statistics: 12.2 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.2 APG - 13.6 EFF
It was a tough Group Phase for Estonia, barring their huge victory over Great Britain with what was largely a young squad that can build towards the future. Kotsar was effective inside for Estonia and produced 15 points and 8 rebounds in their solitary win, whilst also nearing a double-double with 17 points and 9 boards against Ukraine.
Aleksandar Vezenkov - PF / 2.06m / 1995
Statistics: 26.8 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 2.2 APG - 31.2 EFF
The tournament's leader in rebounding, whilst ranking third in scoring. Vezenkov was a colossus for Bulgaria at EuroBasket. The 27-year-old scored at least 26 points in each of the five games in the Group Phase as his side failed to make it to Berlin. Vezenkov had his best showing with 28 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists in a defeat to Turkey.
Sandro Mamukelashvili - F / 2.11m / 1999
Statistics: 15.2 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 2.4 APG - 20.8 EFF
Mamukelashvili was one of a handful of players to average a double-double at EuroBasket. Georgia were without their influential captain Toko Shengelia, but the 23-year-old stepped up to average 15.2 points and 11.0 rebounds during the Group Phase in Tbilisi - including four double-doubles - as the hosts came up short of making it through to the Knockout Phase.
Worthy De Jong - G / 1.94m / 1988
Statistics: 16.4 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.8 SPG - 14.8 EFF
Worthy out. The veteran leader of the Netherlands team bowed out from the 5-on-5 game at EuroBasket with his head held high. De Jong led the team in scoring with 16.4 points per outing in the Group Phase with a best of 28 points coming in the opener with Serbia, whilst finishing the tournament with 17 made three-pointers.
Adam Hanga - G / 1.99m / 1989
Statistics: 17.0 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.5 APG - 13.0 EFF
Hanga only played two of the five games for Hungary in the Group Phase, but his importance was clear to see as they attempted to battle against tough opposition in Cologne. The 33-year-old had 16 points in the opening game and added 18 against France before injury prevented any further participation as Hungary finished without a win to their name.
Myles Hesson - F / 1..98m / 1990
Statistics: 14.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 1.8 APG - 8.8 EFF
It was a tournament to forget for Great Britain with five straight defeats as they finished rock bottom of the competition. Hesson was the leading scorer with 14.6 points per game having twice netted 18 points - against Croatia and Italy - in the Group Phase in Milan. Carl Wheatle was GB's most efficient performer and handled the responsibility of playing at different positions.