The FIBA World Cup 2014 is happening late next month. For Utah Jazz fans we will get a chance to see Dante Exum do his thing for Australia. Most likely we will also see Rudy Gobert block some shots for France, Raul Neto make some passes for Brazil -- and maybe even see Paul Millsap or Gordon Hayward represent the stars and stripes as well.
It's going to be a fun summer. But this got me thinking . . . is this going to be the most "robust" Utah Jazz international competition? So I obviously had to look it up.
|1||FIBA World Cup||2014||Australia||Brock Motum||20||Olympics||2000||Russia||Andrei Kirilenko|
|2||FIBA World Cup||2014||Australia||Dante Exum||21||Olympics||2008||Russia||Andrei Kirilenko|
|3||FIBA World Cup||2002||Brazil||Rafael Araujo|
|4||FIBA World Cup||2010||Brazil||Raul Togni Neto||23||Olympics||2000||Spain||Raul Lopez|
|5||Olympics||2012||Brazil||Raul Togni Neto||24||Olympics||2008||Spain||Raul Lopez|
|6||FIBA World Cup||2014||Brazil *||Raul Togni Neto||25||FIBA World Cup||2010||Spain||Raul Lopez|
|7||FIBA World Cup||2010||Croatia||Ante Tomic||26||FIBA World Cup||2010||Tunisia||Salah Mejri|
|8||FIBA World Cup||2014||Croatia *||Ante Tomic||27||Olympics||2012||Tunisia||Salah Mejri|
|9||FIBA World Cup||2014||France *||Rudy Gobert||28||Olympics||1992||United States||John Stockton|
|29||Olympics||1992||United States||Karl Malone|
|10||FIBA World Cup||1990||Puerto Rico||Jose Ortiz||30||Olympics||1996||United States||John Stockton|
|11||Olympics||1992||Puerto Rico||Jose Ortiz||31||Olympics||1996||United States||Karl Malone|
|12||FIBA World Cup||1994||Puerto Rico||Jose Ortiz||32||Olympics||2004||United States||Carlos Boozer|
|13||Olympics||1996||Puerto Rico||Jose Ortiz||33||Olympics||2004||United States||Richard Jefferson|
|14||FIBA World Cup||1998||Puerto Rico||Jose Ortiz||34||Olympics||2008||United States||Carlos Boozer|
|15||FIBA World Cup||2002||Puerto Rico||Carlos Arroyo||35||Olympics||2008||United States||Deron Williams|
|16||Olympics||2004||Puerto Rico||Carlos Arroyo||36||FIBA World Cup||2014||United States *||Gordon Hayward|
|17||Olympics||2004||Puerto Rico||Jose Ortiz||37||FIBA World Cup||2014||United States *||Paul Millsap|
|18||FIBA World Cup||2006||Puerto Rico||Carlos Arroyo|
|19||FIBA World Cup||2010||Puerto Rico||Carlos Arroyo|
CRAAAP! I forgot Kyle Korver this year, in the prelim (*) group for USA Basketball.
A side note is that, yeah, while we've had Mehmet Okur and Enes Kanter on our squad -- they really didn't play for Turkey ever except as a junior or in EuroBasket. (Which seems like a money thing because Turkish Airlines is a sponsor.) Even Salah has played for his nation on bigger stages.
Anyway, any surprises? The P.R. people come to represent for sure. We have basketball to watch, no matter what flags they play under, these guys are all Jazzmen for life. Yeah, even Boozer. He's our inside man trying to take the Lakers down from their starting lineup.