2014 NBA draft
The 2014 NBA draft was held on June 26, 2014, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. National Basketball Association teams took turns selecting amateur U. S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. The draft lottery took place on May 20, 2014; the Cleveland Cavaliers won the draft lottery to earn the first overall pick in the draft. This draft would be the first for the reborn Charlotte Hornets, who played as the Bobcats from 2004–2014, since 2001, when the original Charlotte Hornets last selected as the Charlotte Hornets before moving to New Orleans and becoming the current New Orleans Pelicans. Television rights in the United States belonged to ESPN, it was tipped by many to be one of the deepest and most hyped draft classes in recent years, with several players touted as future stars. College underclassmen that were touted by NBA scouts and executives included: Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, Aaron Gordon, Julius Randle, Zach LaVine, T. J. Warren, Gary Harris.
Other sought after talents included Australian player Dante Exum and Croatian player Dario Šarić, who both declared for the draft, Doug McDermott, automatically eligible as a graduating college senior. Highlights from the draft included the first selections made by Adam Silver as commissioner and Mark Tatum as deputy commissioner, the second Canadian to be the first overall pick, the first pair of Canadian top 10 picks and second pair of Canadian lottery picks, three top 20 Canadian selections, the first NBA Development League player to be selected in the first round, the first time multiple NBA Development League players were selected in the same draft, the first Cape Verdean player to be selected in the draft. In addition, a standing ovation for Isaiah Austin occurred between the 15th and 16th picks of the draft, which included having the NBA itself hold a ceremonial pick to select him as a means of letting his dream of having his name be heard in the NBA draft come true, which happened days after he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome and was never considered to play professional basketball again.
Nearly two months after the draft ended, Andrew Wiggins was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of a three-team deal that brought Kevin Love to Cleveland. These eligible players were not selected in the 2014 NBA draft but have played at least one game in the NBA. In April 2015, the undrafted Sim Bhullar became the first player of Indian descent to play in the league; the draft is conducted under the eligibility rules established in the league's new 2011 collective bargaining agreement with its players union. The CBA that ended the 2011 lockout instituted no immediate changes to the draft, but called for a committee of owners and players to discuss future changes; as of 2014, the basic eligibility rules for the draft are listed below. All drafted players must be at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft. In terms of dates, players eligible for the 2014 draft must be born on or before December 31, 1995. Any player, not an "international player", as defined in the CBA, must be at least one year removed from the graduation of his high school class.
The CBA defines "international players" as players who permanently resided outside the United States for three years prior to the draft, did not complete high school in the U. S. and have never enrolled at a U. S. college or university. Player who are not automatically eligible must declare their eligibility for the draft by notifying the NBA offices in writing no than 60 days before the draft. For the 2014 draft, this date fell on April 27. After this date, "early entry" players may attend NBA pre-draft camps and individual team workouts to show off their skills and obtain feedback regarding their draft positions. Under the CBA, a player may withdraw his name from consideration from the draft at any time before the final declaration date, 10 days before the draft. Under then-current NCAA rules, players only had until April 16 to withdraw from the draft and maintain their college eligibility. A player who has hired an agent will forfeit his remaining college eligibility, regardless of whether he is drafted.
While the CBA allows a player to withdraw from the draft twice, the NCAA mandated that a player who declared twice lost his college eligibility. This year, a total of 45 collegiate players and 30 international players declared as early entry candidates. On June 16, the withdrawal deadline, 18 early entry candidates withdrew from the draft, leaving 44 collegiate players and 13 international players as the early entry candidates for the draft. Players who do not meet the criteria for "international" players are automatically eligible if they meet any of the following criteria: They have completed 4 years of their college eligibility. If they graduated from high school in the U. S. but did not enroll in a U. S. college or university, four years have passed. They have signed a contract with a professional basketball team outside of the NBA, anywhere in the world, and
Tampereen Pyrintö is a Finnish multi-sport club from Tampere. Pyrintö representatives have achieved other success. In the year 2017, Pyrintö has sport sections in cross-country skiing, ski jumping, orienteering, athletics and speed skating. In the past it has had teams in pesäpallo and ice hockey. In athletics, Pyrintö is one of Finland's most successful clubs. Long jumper Tommi Evilä, javelin thrower Tero Järvenpää and hammer thrower Mia Strömmer have been club's internationally most notable athletes in recent years. In the past, Pyrintö athletes, like Akilles Järvinen, Eero Berg and Hugo Lahtinen, won several Olympic medals. Pyrintö's men's basketball team plays in the highest tier of Finnish basketball, it has won Finnish cup once. In season 2011–12 the team participated in EuroChallenge; some Finnish internationals, for example Antti Nikkilä, former NBA player Eric Washington and World and European champion Heino Enden have all played in Pyrintö. Club's women's team has won national cup once.
It played FIBA Women's European Champions Cup in the season 1986–87. Pyrintö's orienteering section has gained much success during its long existence. World champions Jarkko Huovila and Outi Borgenström have represented Pyrintö, as well as current women's national team members Anni-Maija Fincke and Venla Niemi. Pyrintö has won Jukola relay, Venla Tiomila several times. Hilkka Riihivuori, cross-country skier, Olympic medalist Jaakko Kailajärvi, weightlifter Jouni Kailajärvi, weightlifter Pekka Niemi, Olympic medalist Jaakko Friman, speed skater, Olympic medalist Pentti Lammio, speed skater, Olympic medalist In the native sport of Finland, pesäpallo, Pyrintö won four times women's Finnish championship. Club's men's team achieved silver in 1925 and bronze in 1926 and 1949. Official website
2015 NBA draft
The 2015 NBA draft was held on June 25, 2015, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It was televised nationally in the U. S. by ESPN. National Basketball Association teams took turns selecting amateur U. S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. The draft lottery took place on May 19, 2015; the Minnesota Timberwolves won the draft lottery to earn the first overall pick in the draft. It marked the first time in Timberwolves history that they would receive the first overall pick through the lottery; the player selected would be the third consecutive number one pick on the Timberwolves roster, joining Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett - who were traded to Minnesota for forward Kevin Love. This draft gave the Los Angeles Lakers the second overall pick after jumping over the Philadelphia 76ers and the New York Knicks within the draft lottery. Highlights from the draft include the first Dominican to be the first overall pick, the highest number of Kentucky Wildcats selected in the draft lottery, which tied the North Carolina Tar Heels in 2005 for most players selected in the lottery by one school.
Other noteworthy announcements that came out of the draft included the official announcement of the passing of the last pioneer of the original NBA, Harvey Pollack, around the third pick and the resignation of the league's president of basketball operations Rod Thorn that became official in August after the end of the first round. These players were not selected in the 2015 NBA draft, but have appeared in at least one regular-season or playoff game in the NBA; the draft was conducted under the eligibility rules established in the league's new 2011 collective bargaining agreement with its players union. The CBA that ended the 2011 lockout instituted no immediate changes to the draft, but called for a committee of owners and players to discuss future changes. Since the 2011 CBA, the basic eligibility rules have been: All drafted players must be at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft. In terms of dates, players eligible for the 2015 draft must be born on or before December 31, 1996.
Any player, not an "international player", as defined in the CBA, must be at least one year removed from the graduation of his high school class. The CBA defines "international players" as players who permanently resided outside the United States for three years prior to the draft, did not complete high school in the U. S. and have never enrolled at a U. S. college or university. Player who are not automatically eligible must declare their eligibility for the draft by notifying the NBA offices in writing no than 60 days before the draft. For the 2015 draft, this date fell on April 26. After this date, "early entry" players may attend NBA pre-draft camps and individual team workouts to show off their skills and obtain feedback regarding their draft positions. Under the CBA, a player may withdraw his name from consideration from the draft at any time before the final declaration date, 10 days before the draft. Under NCAA rules at that time, players only had until April 16 to withdraw from the draft and maintain their college eligibility.
In January 2016, the NCAA changed its draft withdrawal date to 10 days after the end of the annual NBA Draft Combine in May, with the 2016 draft the first to be held under the new rule. A player who has hired an agent will forfeit his remaining college eligibility, regardless of whether he is drafted. While the CBA allows a player to withdraw from the draft twice, the NCAA mandated that a player who declared twice lost his college eligibility; the aforementioned 2016 NCAA rule change allowed players to declare for more than one draft without losing college eligibility. This year, a total of 48 collegiate players and 43 international players declared as early entry candidates before the April 26 deadline. On June 15, the withdrawal deadline, 34 early entry candidates withdrew from the draft and one early entry candidate is added, leaving 47 collegiate players and 11 international players as the early entry candidates for the draft. Players who do not meet the criteria for "international" players are automatically eligible if they meet any of the following criteria: They have completed 4 years of their college eligibility.
If they graduated from high school in the U. S. but did not enroll in a U. S. college or university, four years have passed. They have signed a contract with a professional basketball team outside of the NBA, anywhere in the world, have played under that contract. Players who meet the criteria for "international" players are automatically eligible if they meet any of the following criteria: They are least 22 years old during the calendar year of the draft. In terms of dates, players born on or before December 31, 1993, are automatically eligible for the 2015 draft, they have signed a contract with a professional basketball team outside of the NBA within the United States, have played under that contract. Based on the eligibility rules, every college seniors who have completed their college eligibility and every "international" players who were born on or before
Finland national basketball team
The Finnish national basketball team represents Finland in men's international basketball tournaments. They have played in 13 EuroBasket tournaments, with its best finish being 6th at the 1967 EuroBasket on home soil. Finland made its FIBA World Cup debut at the 2014 edition. Since 2011, Finland has had the highest FIBA World Ranking among Nordic countries; the Finnish Basketball Association was founded in February 1939. A few months earlier the Finnish Football Federation had decided to add basketball to its own repertoire. Finland first competed at the European championship at its third installment, the EuroBasket 1939. In the round-robin, they struggled and lost to each of the other seven teams and finished with a 70–541 overall point differential. Finland's next European competition was 12 years at the EuroBasket 1951 in Paris. Overall, they fared much better and split their four preliminary round games and finished at third place in the group at 2–2 but were eliminated from championship contention.
They had success after that, winning all three of their classification round 1 games and both round 2 games to finish in 9th place of the 18 teams. In 1952, by virtue of hosting the games in Helsinki, Finland played at the Summer Olympics for the first time; the national team finished at the bottom of Group B in the preliminary round losing all of its game to the Soviet Union and Mexico, failing to advance. Finland used this international experience when they competed again at the EuroBasket 1953 in Moscow. In the preliminary round, they finished with 1 win and 3 losses for 4th place of the 5 teams in the group, they fared better in the first classification round, winning 3 and losing only 1 to finish in the middle of a three-way tie in the group. They lost both the 9–12 and 11/12 classification games, taking 12th place of 17 overall. At the next event, Finland had some difficulty in the preliminary round of EuroBasket 1955, they were relegated to the classification round. Once again, not faced with the world elite opponents anymore, the Fins shone in the classification round and won all four of the pool play games.
They won their classification 9–12 match as well, but lost to France in the 9/10 final to finish 10th of 18 in the tournament. In Sofia, at the EuroBasket 1957, the Finns finished third in their preliminary group after going 1–2, they won five games there with only one loss. They took 11th place overall in the tournament. At the EuroBasket 1995 in Greece, Finland finished 13th. Finland qualified for the EuroBasket 2011; the tournament berth was the first for Finland in 16 years. There they finished third out of six teams in EuroBasket 2011 Group C and defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina 92–64 and Montenegro 71–65; this allowed them to they qualify for the EuroBasket 2011 Group F. In their first match they were defeated by Russia but afterwards they defeated Georgia, before losing to Slovenia in their final match of the tournament. Despite not making it to the best of 8 tournament, Finland ended up making it to their first FIBA World Cup as a Wild Card team alongside Greece and Brazil. Roster for the EuroBasket 2017.
The following is the squad in the EuroBasket 2017 PF/C - Drew Gooden: has a possibility to represent Finland due to his mother being Finnish. Henrik Dettmann – 95-96, 2004-now 1939 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 8 teams Kalevi Ihalainen, Pauli Sarkkula, Erkki Lindén, Ilkka Törrönen, Erkki Saurala, Pentti Vuollekoski, Vladi Marmo, Martti Salminen, Reino Valtonen, Alo Suurna, Heinonen 1951 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 17 teams Kalevi Heinänen, Pentti Laaksonen, Raimo Lindholm, Pertti Mutru, Tapio Pöyhönen, Timo Suviranta, Kalevi Sylander, Oiva Virtanen, Olli Arppe, Kaj Gustafsson, Arto Koivisto, Juhani Kyöstilä, Raine Nuutinen, Allan Pietarinen 1952 Olympic Games: finished 15th among 23 teams Kalevi Heinänen, Pentti Laaksonen, Juhani Kyöstilä, Raimo Lindholm, Pertti Mutru, Tapio Pöyhönen, Eero Salonen, Timo Suviranta, Kalevi Sylander, Oiva Virtanen, Raine Nuutinen, Olavi Lahtinen, Tuomo Ristola, Esko Karhunen 1953 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 17 teams Kalevi Heinänen, Pentti Laaksonen, Pertti Mutru, Allan Pietarinen, Raimo Lindholm, Timo Suviranta, Timo Lampen, Raine Nuutinen, Keijo Hynninen, Oiva Virtanen, Eero Salonen, Kaj Gustafsson 1955 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 18 teams Kalevi Heinänen, Kalevi Sylander, Pertti Mutru, Oiva Virtanen, Timo Lampén, Taisto Ravantti, Seppo Kuusela, Timo Suviranta, Raine Nuutinen, Eero Salonen, Kalevi Tuominen, Asko Jokinen, Raimo Lindholm 1957 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 16 teams Timo Lampén, Arto Koivisto, Pertti Mutru, Raine Nuutinen, Eero Salonen, Seppo Kuusela, Arvo Jantunen, Juhani Kala, Paavo Suhonen, Raimo Lindholm, Timo Suviranta, Kalevi Sylander 1959 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 17 teams Timo Lampén, Raimo Lindholm, Seppo Kuusela, Arvo Jantunen, Juhani Kala, Matti Nenonen, Raine Nuutinen, Eero Salonen, Raimo Vartia, Matti Köli, Kyösti Rousti, Pentti Palkoaho 1961 EuroBasket: finished 14th among 19 teams Martti Liimo, Kari Liimo, Raimo Lindholm, Timo Lampén, Raimo Vartia, Pertti Laanti, Tony Bärlund, Arvo Jantunen, Uolevi Manninen, Lauri Nurma, Seppo Kuusela, Rauno Ailus 1963 EuroBasket: finished 14th among 16 teams Martti Liimo, Kari Liimo, Jorma Pilkevaara, Timo Lampén, Pertti Laanti, Raimo Vartia, Uolevi Manninen, Antero Siljola, Juha Harjula, Seppo Kuusela, Rauno Ailus, Kauko Kauppinen 1964 Olympic Games: finished 11th among 16 teams Martti Liimo, Jorma Pilkevaa
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws; the team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play is mandated. Players advance the ball by bouncing it while walking or running or by passing it to a teammate, both of which require considerable skill. On offense, players may use a variety of shots -- a dunk, it is a violation to lift or drag one's pivot foot without dribbling the ball, to carry it, or to hold the ball with both hands resume dribbling.
The five players on each side at a time fall into five playing positions: the tallest player is the center, the tallest and strongest is the power forward, a shorter but more agile big man is the small forward, the shortest players or the best ball handlers are the shooting guard and the point guard, who implements the coach's game plan by managing the execution of offensive and defensive plays. Informally, players may play three-on-three, two-on-two, one-on-one. Invented in 1891 by Canadian-American gym teacher James Naismith in Springfield, United States, basketball has evolved to become one of the world's most popular and viewed sports; the National Basketball Association is the most significant professional basketball league in the world in terms of popularity, salaries and level of competition. Outside North America, the top clubs from national leagues qualify to continental championships such as the Euroleague and FIBA Americas League; the FIBA Basketball World Cup and Men's Olympic Basketball Tournament are the major international events of the sport and attract top national teams from around the world.
Each continent hosts regional competitions for national teams, like FIBA AmeriCup. The FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup and Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament feature top national teams from continental championships; the main North American league is the WNBA, whereas strongest European clubs participate in the EuroLeague Women. In early December 1891, Canadian James Naismith, a physical education professor and instructor at the International Young Men's Christian Association Training School in Springfield, was trying to keep his gym class active on a rainy day, he sought a vigorous indoor game to keep his students occupied and at proper levels of fitness during the long New England winters. After rejecting other ideas as either too rough or poorly suited to walled-in gymnasiums, he wrote the basic rules and nailed a peach basket onto a 10-foot elevated track. In contrast with modern basketball nets, this peach basket retained its bottom, balls had to be retrieved manually after each "basket" or point scored.
Basketball was played with a soccer ball. These round balls from "association football" were made, at the time, with a set of laces to close off the hole needed for inserting the inflatable bladder after the other sewn-together segments of the ball's cover had been flipped outside-in; these laces could dribbling to be unpredictable. A lace-free ball construction method was invented, this change to the game was endorsed by Naismith; the first balls made for basketball were brown, it was only in the late 1950s that Tony Hinkle, searching for a ball that would be more visible to players and spectators alike, introduced the orange ball, now in common use. Dribbling was not part of the original game except for the "bounce pass" to teammates. Passing the ball was the primary means of ball movement. Dribbling was introduced but limited by the asymmetric shape of early balls. Dribbling was common by 1896, with a rule against the double dribble by 1898; the peach baskets were used until 1906 when they were replaced by metal hoops with backboards.
A further change was soon made, so the ball passed through. Whenever a person got the ball in the basket, his team would gain a point. Whichever team got; the baskets were nailed to the mezzanine balcony of the playing court, but this proved impractical when spectators in the balcony began to interfere with shots. The backboard was introduced to prevent this interference. Naismith's handwritten diaries, discovered by his granddaughter in early 2006, indicate that he was nervous about the new game he had invented, which incorporated rules from a children's game called duck on a rock, as many had failed before it. Frank Mahan, one of the players from the original
Club Joventut Badalona
Club Joventut de Badalona, S. A. D. Divina Seguros Joventut for sponsorship reasons, is a Spanish professional basketball club based in Badalona, playing in the Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto. Known to their fans as La Penya, it is one of only three teams that have never been relegated from the top division of the Spanish League; the only other two are Real Estudiantes. In 1994, Badalona was the champion of the FIBA European Champions' Cup, now called the EuroLeague. Well-known players have included: Jordi Villacampa, Rafael Jofresa, Raül López, Rudy Fernández, Ricky Rubio and Joe Galvin. Badalona has had a basketball team since 30 March 1930, when Joventut was founded as Penya Spirit of Badalona. Apart from basketball, the club had teams involved in several sports including cycling, table tennis and football. In 1932, the club changed its name to Centre Esportiu Badaloní and in 1939, it became Club Joventut Badalona. By 1940, basketball was established as the club's main sport and green and black were adopted as the club's colours.
As one of the founding clubs of the Spanish league, Joventut became one of the top teams in Spain since the 1950s, developing a great rivalry with Real Madrid and with the other neighbouring teams like FC Barcelona, playing memorable duels. Joventut won their first Spanish Cup in 1948 and their two first leagues in 1967 and 1978. In 1981, Joventut started its golden era by winning their first European title: the FIBA Korać Cup in 1981, by defeating Carrera Venezia in the final played in Barcelona by 105–104 after a game winning shot by Joe Galvin at the buzzer. Joventut repeated title in this time beating Scavolini Pesaro in the double-legged final. One year in 1991, Joventut achieved their third league, the first under the ACB and repated title in the following season, after losing the final of the European League against Partizan, that won thanks to a buzzerbeater of Saša Đorđević. However, in 1994, Joventut won the title after winning the Final Four played in Tel Aviv against Olympiacos.
After two years of decline, Joventut clinched their seventh national cup and in the 2000s, started a new golden era with players like Rudy Fernández, Ricky Rubio developed in the youth teams of the club. During their years at Badalona, Joventut won a FIBA Europe Cup in 2006, by beating Khimki in the final, a ULEB Cup in 2008, beating Akasvayu Girona in the finals, the eighth Copa del Rey in 2008. Joventut Badalona is one of the only three teams, along with Estudiantes and Real Madrid, to have played every year in the top league. In the 2017–18 season, Joventut was close of the dissolution, but the shareholders voted to save the club, it could finish the season in the 15th season and avoided the relegation, despite ending in the worst position ever. Club Joventut de Badalona has received diverse trade names along its history; these are the Joventut denominations along the years: Pavelló de la Plana:, before 1962, the team played in open air stadiums. Pavelló d'Ausiàs March: known as Pavelló Club Joventut.
Palau Olímpic: Domestic Players:: Bosman Players: For a complete list of current and former players, see the Joventut Badalona players category. The Joventut jerseys have always been green with a black stripe across the chest, the shorts have been traditionally black, with the exception of some years that have been green too; the traditional away jerseys have been white, although in 2008–09 a new silver alternate jersey was introduced. Joventut has a traditional rivalry with provincial neighbours FC Barcelona. Both teams face in the Catalan basketball derby. Spanish LeagueWinners: 1966–67, 1977–78, 1990–91, 1991–92 Runners-up: 1958, 1959–60, 1961–62, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1972–73, 1984–85, 1986–87, 1989–90, 1992–93Spanish CupWinners: 1948, 1953, 1955, 1958, 1969, 1976, 1997, 2008 Runners-up: 1966, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1998, 2004Spanish Super CupWinners: 1986, 1987 Runners-up: 1988 EuroLeagueWinners: 1993–94 Runners-up: 1991–92 Final Four: 1992, 1994FIBA Saporta Cup Runners-up: 1987–88 Semifinalists: 1971–72, 1972–73, 1976–77, 1985–86FIBA Korać Cup Winners: 1980–81, 1989–90 Semifinalist: 1975–76, 1977–78, 1990–91EuroCup BasketballWinners: 2007–08 Semifinalists: 2002–03FIBA EuroChallenge Winners: 2005–06European Super Cup Runners-up: 1990, 1991 3rd place: 1987 McDonald's ChampionshipRunners-up: 1991 Catalan LeagueWinners: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2005, 2007, 2008Catalan Championship Winners: 1949, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957 Runners-up: 1948, 1950, 1951, 1955, 1957 Joventut Badalona has a wheelchair basketball team which plays in the División de Honor, the Spanish top league.
In 2011 the team, known as Joventut GAM by sponsorship reasons, was dissolved and two years was re-launched again. In its first season after the re-opening, the team promoted to División de Honor. 1991 McDonald's Championship Official website
Russia national basketball team
The Russian national basketball team is organized and run by the Russian Basketball Federation. The team came into existence after the dissolution of its basketball team. In the post-Soviet era, the Russian team consisting of Soviet players under the guidance of Sergei Belov stayed one of the strongest in the world, winning the second place twice in a row at the World Cup and at their EuroBasket debut, EuroBasket 1993. However, Belov's departure saw Russia facing multiple disappointments, until David Blatt took over as head coach. Under his guidance, the Russian team were champions at EuroBasket 2007 and won bronze medals at EuroBasket 2011 and the 2012 Summer Olympics. After Blatt left the staff, Russian national basketball saw a deep crisis due to corruption in the RBF and the federation's conflict with FIBA; the team performed poorly due to a vast majority of top players rejecting participation. Following a failed performance at EuroBasket 2015, team Russia did not qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
The situation stabilized after members of the RBF, including president Yulia Anikeeva, were dismissed. The current head coach is Sergei Bazarevich; the history of post-Soviet basketball in Russia dates back to 1992. The head coach back was Yuri Selikhov; the first major tournament team Russia participated was the EuroBasket 1993 in Germany. The roster included famous players among them Sergey Bazarevich, Dmitry Sukharev. Russia became runners-up, losing in the final to Germany, 70-71. Sergey Belov became the new head coach after the EuroBasket. Team Russia debuted at the 1994 World Cup, reaching there the final, losing only to the United States, 91–137. At the EuroBasket 1995, team Russia took the 7th place, but two years they managed to claim the bronze medal. At the 1998 World Cup, Russia repeated their success of the last cup; the last tournament under the guidance of Belov was the EuroBasket 1999 in France. Team Russia was top of its group in the preliminary round, only losing to the Spaniards.
In the quarterfinals, the Russians lost to the Italians, in the classification matches defeated Germany, but lost to Lithuania in the fifth-place match. Belov was replaced by Stanislav Eremin as the new head coach in the new century. Russia debuted at their first Summer Olympic Games, in Sydney, Australia, in 2000. Russia lost two matches in the preliminary round and got to the quarterfinals from the bottom of the group, losing there to USA, 85-70. In the classification rounds, Russia lost to Canada, 86-83, in two overtimes, finishing the Games 8th-placed. At the EuroBasket 2001, the Russians took the overall 5th place. In the preliminary round, team Russia won two out of three matches, defeating Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece but losing to Italy. Russia qualified for the quarterfinals as top of the group, but lost there to Spain, 62-55. Russia won both matches in the classification phase, defeating France. At the 2002 World Cup in Indianapolis, they took the 10th position. In 2002, Sergey Elevich was the new head coach until 2003, when he was replaced by Sergei Babkov, who coached for two years.
However, Russia played poorly during this time. On 9 March 2006, the new head coach of the national team became American-Israeli David Blatt; the period under Blatt's guidance is marked by some great moments. Team Russia won the EuroBasket 2007. In the first quarter, the Russians were 10 points down, losing offensive and defensive rebounds and failing to counter Pau Gasol, their three-point throws were poor. However, in the last quarter the Russians came back. In the last one and a half minutes Spain led by five points, but Blatt took a timeout and Russia decreased the gap. In the last three seconds J. R. Holden threw Russia led by one point. After head coach of Spain took a timeout one second Gasol threw a two-point shot but failed to make a point. Andrey Kirilenko was named MVP of the tournament. At the 2008 Olympics, the Russian roster consisted of strong players. In the first match they defeated Iran, but lost to Croatia, Lithuania and Argentina. In the group phase Russia finished their performance.
In EuroBasket 2009, team Russia was without its leader Kirilenko and Holden for personal reasons, Victor Khryapa due to injury. They were replaced by Egor Vyaltsev and Kelly McCarty; the Russians lost in the quarterfinals to Serbia. On 12 December 2009, Russia got a wild card for the 2010 World Cup. In the preliminary round, Russia finished second in its group after defeating Puerto Rico, the Ivory Coast and Greece, but failed to win against Turkey. In the eightfinals, they beat New Zealand, but finished their performance in the quarterfinals, losing there to the Americans, 79-89. Russia just like in the last EuroBasket finished 7th after losing to Argentina and defeating Slovenia. Russia participated at the EuroBasket 2011, they failed to reach the final after losing to France. In the bronze medal game, Russia in a tight game subdued Macedonia. Kirilenko was named to the All-Tournament Team. Notwithstanding their third place, Russia did not directly qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London, but qualified instead through the qualifying tournament in Venezuela in early July 2012, where they did not lose a single match.
At the 2012 Olympics, Russia took the top position of its team, losing only to Australia with two points difference. Further they defeated Lithuania, but lost to the Spaniards, 59-67. In the third-place match, Russia defeated Argentina, Olympic champion of 2004, 81-77. Kirilenko became member of the All-Olympics Tea