Slovenia, a country with a population of just 2.1 million, will be the smallest nation by current population to participate in an Olympic men’s basketball tournament since Estonia and Latvia in 1936. It is Slovenia’s first-ever ticket to the Olympics since the separation of Yugoslavia. Slovenia will compete in Group C alongside host nation Japan, Argentina and Spain. Their opening match is against Argentina, set to take place on 26th July in Saitama.
|Luka Rupnik||Point guard|
|Jaka Blazic||Shooting guard|
|Gregor Hrovat||Small forward|
|Vlatko Cancar||Small forward|
Slovenia led by Luka Doncic and head coached by Aleksander Sekulic is yet another basketball powerhouse to watch out for. They are the reigning EuroBasket champions. To seal their first ever Olympic basketball berth, Luka Doncic guided Slovenia with a triple-double in a 96-85 win over host Lithuania in the final of a last-chance qualifying tournament.
NBA Players in the Slovenia Olympic Basketball team
Luka Doncic - Dallas Mavericks
Vlatko Cancar - Denver Nuggets
|July 26||Slovenia vs Argentina||12:40 a.m. ET||Saitama Super Arena, Japan|
|July 29||Slovenia vs Japan||12:40 a.m. ET||Saitama Super Arena, Japan|
|Aug 1|| Slovenia vs Spain||4:20 a.m. ET||Saitama Super Arena, Japan|