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Everything you need to know before FIBA 3x3 World Tour Chengdu Masters 2024

CHENGDU (China) - The FIBA 3x3 World Tour 2024 is getting into overdrive as anticipation builds for the fan favorite Chengdu Masters

Here is all the important information for the fourth Masters of 2024 as the World Tour hits the quarter mark of the regular season.  

Where can I watch the Chengdu Masters?

The action runs from June 22-23, and you can follow it live on the FIBA 3x3 YouTube page.

Who is competing in Chengdu?

Nine of the top 16 teams in the rankings and a total of 14 squads: Ub Huishan NE, Riffa, Partizan, Lausanne, Liman, Ulaanbaatar MMC Energy, San Juan Church's, Princeton, Beijing, Utrecht, Adazi, Wuxi WenLv, Chengdu, Chongming  

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What are the pools? 

Pool A: Ub Huishan NE, Beijing, Adazi
Pool B: Riffa, Princeton, Wuxi WenLv 
Pool C: Partizan, San Juan Church's, Chongming 
Pool D: Lausanne, Liman, QD Winner

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Who are the favorites?

The field is loaded, so we could go on and on but let's try to limit it to the absolute contenders. 

We're going to start with top-ranked Ub Huishan NE (SRB) even though they've had - by their lofty standards - a tough start to the season.

Ub are titleless and been knocked out of the quarters at the last two Masters as pressure builds on the champs. There are those who believe there might be a power shift, but Ub will be determined to snuff out the chatter.  

They will be tested in a deep draw that includes No.2 seed Riffa (BRN), who have all bases covered with two-way superstar Dennis Donkor and athletic marvel Caspar Augustijnen ready to lead their charge. 

There are two other Serb teams who just have to be rated among the contenders. Partizan (SRB) will enter red-hot having won the Clermont-Ferrand Challenger, while legendary Liman (SRB) are the defending champs and been in strong early season form on the pro circuit. 

After coming so close in Ulaanbaatar to their first title on the World Tour, Lausanne (SUI) will be determined to make history with Swiss magician Gilles Martin set to perform his latest tricks. 

San Juan Church's (PUR) and Princeton (USA) have been on fire on the pro circuit, while Beijing (CHN) will be pumped up in front of the Chinese fans.

And Ulaanbaatar MMC Energy (MGL) can absolutely go all the way from the qualifying draw. 

Who are the players to watch? 

Some of the very best players in the world will be in Chengdu with all-time great Dejan Majstorovic out to add another title to his record collection of trophies. 

He will have to compete with plenty of his star Serb compatriots, including Stefan Kojic and Mihailo Vasic who always bring their A-Game in Chengdu.  

The temperature will be raised in Chengdu because San Juan sniper Antonio Ralat has been lighting up the pro circuit and he wants to continue his heater. 

There might not be anyone stronger than Stefan Milivojevic, who turns into the 'Gladiator' every time he steps on the half-court. 

He's not the only one with superhuman strength with Delgernyam Davaasambuu ready to flex after playing bully ball. 

Princeton bucket getter Henry Caruso will be flying the flag for the red, white and blue while explosive young gun Riley Grigsby is out to steal the show.

It will be a party in Chengdu every time Chinese superstar and dunk machine Yuanbo Zhu has a poster.