Brooklyn Nets have three representatives in the FIBA World Cup
The FIBA World Cup is winding down with four teams left including Mason Plumlee and Team USA. There were, however, three Brooklyn Nets in the FIBA World Cup including Plumlee, Bojan Bogdanovic on Croatia and Jorge Gutierrez on Mexico.
With two of the three players eliminated, both were seeing more playing time than Plumlee has been, it’s a good time to take a look at how the trio have done during the international competition.
MASON PLUMLEE: Plumlee was a longshot to make the Team USA roster and it was a bit of a surprise that he did. Still, he’s just been a role player for the team and has gotten into games mostly during garbage time. He’s only averaged six minutes a night. During that time, he has averaged 2.6 points and 1.4 rebounds per game including 2-for-7 from the line. That’s very roughly, 14.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per 36 minutes which is close to his averages during his rookie season.
Plumlee’s best game was likely his last game against Slovenia where he scored four points with two rebounds and an assist in six minutes of action. It’s not much, but he is still gaining valuable experience which is the important part.
BOJAN BOGDANOVIC: Bogdanovic has been one of the best players in the entire games as he is ranked third with 21.2 points per game (behind Andray Blatche, in second place, of all people). He has also averaged 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game while shooting 50 percent from the floor and 36.1 percent behind the arc.
Bogdanovic’s best game was likely the game where Croatia got eliminated by France and he scored 27 points with six rebounds and an assist and shot 57.9 percent.
JORGE GUTIERREZ: Mexico was eliminated in the Round of 16 against Team USA so his team played less than either Croatia or USA. He wasn’t bad in six games played, though, as he averaged 9.2 points and 2.5 assists per game and shot 43.6 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from behind the arc. Gutierrez’s best game was probably against Korea when he scored 11 points and had four assists and was 5-for-11 from the floor.
TEAM USA CONTINUES ON: The tournament is not over and Team USA is still alive. It will take on Lithuania on Thursday night with the winner headed to the FIBA World Cup Final and the loser playing for third place. France and Serbia are the other two teams alive in the tournament and they play their semifinal matchup on Friday. Team USA is the heavy favorite out of the final four remaining teams, but it’s not impossible to think that it could still lose.