Maybe Italy should start jacking up 3s and Dragic loves his bro

Italy have been quiet from beyond the arc in Eurobasket 2013 so far but their success rate means they might want to go deep more often.

Simon Jatsch of has publish five charts on Twitter today with some fascinating stats on EuroBasket 2013. The number that jumps out is Italy’s success from three-point range despite taking the second fewest attempts in the tournament.'s stats on three point shooting at Eurobasket 2013
Italy are converting 46.8 per cent of their shots from beyond the arc but only 28.5 per cent of their shots have been threes. Only Israel have taken fewer three-point attempts. On the opposite end of the scale Finland are one of three teams to have taken over 40 per cent of their chances from long range but are in the bottom four for the tournament in conversion rate. Of the medal contenders, the team with the biggest opportunity to break out looks to be Serbia. With 29.9 per cent of threes converted, the Serbs need to raise their game to stay amongst the medal contenders. They are however playing smart and limiting their efforts from long range while they work out the kinks, taking just 32.7 per cent of their shots from beyond the arc.

In addition to threes, Simon has put together four other charts. Check out this great graphic of where assists leader Goran Dragic drops his dimes. Here’s a look at Alessandro Gentile’s off-dribble scoring. Unsurprisingly his brother Zoran has been one of the chief beneficiarys. Bosnia’s Zack Wright leads under-sized rebounders, and it turns out Russia were rather good in steals and blocks.


Seraphin out 2-3 weeks, no word on draft status; short-handed Cholet faces foil Gravelines tonight

Over in France, one semifinal matchup has top seed Cholet Basket facing off against Gravelines-Dunkerque … and at least two serious problems to overcome if this team has any hope of advancing.

The first difficulty for Cholet is Gravelines’ seeming mastery over them this season. Including regular- and post-season play in the LNB in 2009-10, Cholet is 25-8 overall – but a stunning 0-3 against Gravelines after the game one loss on Sunday.

Meanwhile, NBA Draft worshippers need to take note: At just before 3pm, Draft Express tweeted that Cholet’s Kevin Seraphin will be out two to three weeks due to the knee injury that knocked him out of the LNB playoffs just three minutes into game one of the Gravelines series.

Draft Express notes that Seraphin’s injury “essentially ends his season and rules him out of NBA workouts” and that “He surely won’t be playing in [this weekend’s Adidas Eurocamp showcase].”

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