Luka Doncic is in line for a busy summer – again.
The Slovenian national team qualified for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 by beating Germany on Monday and Israel last Friday.
The pair of victories saw Slovenia finish in the top three of Group J in the European qualifying rounds, meaning Doncic’s homeland will claim one of 12 European spots for the 32-team international tournament when of the next NBA offseason.
The 2023 World Cup will take place from August 25 to September 10 in the Philippines with first-round venues also in Japan and Indonesia. The top World Cup finalists from the Americas (2), Europe (2), Africa (1), Asia (1) and Oceania (1) will qualify for the 2024 Olympics at the sides of host France.
Doncic appeared in four World Cup qualifiers this summer in the June-July and late August windows. But he could only hope – and show Dallas’ support – that Slovenia were done securing their place during the oft-criticized FIBA windows that conflict with NBA and EuroLeague schedules.
Doncic takes great pride in representing his nation of 2 million whenever possible, and the Mavericks support his offseason play despite mixed returns to start in previous NBA seasons.
In 2021, Doncic propelled Olympic newcomer Slovenia through the qualification process and then to the medal rounds at the Tokyo Games, but returned to Dallas out of form after taking weeks off to train. recover from the Olympic grind.
This year, Doncic played for Slovenia for around three months in total, including seven physical and grueling EuroBasket games in 14 days to start September, but he credited the constant work as the reason he started the Mavericks campaign with more dominance at MVP level than fatigue.
The Mavericks are also in the running to compete in the 2023 World Cup: Josh Green (Australia), Maxi Kleber (Germany), Dwight Powell (Canada) and Davis Bertans and former Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis (Latvia).
Those whose national teams are still in the qualification phase: Facundo Campazzo (Argentina), Frank Ntilikina (France), Tyler Dorsey (Greece) and Team USA.
Bertans said he teased Doncic this week about Latvia securing their World Cup spot ahead of Slovenia.
“But he had an answer to that because we weren’t at EuroBasket and then EuroBasket before, they were the ones who knocked us out in the quarter-finals,” Bertans said. “You know, you can take a few shots at it, but you have to be able to take it back.”
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