Giannis missing as Greece confirms roster for World Cup qualifiers

Giannis missing as Greece confirms roster for World Cup qualifiers

Giannis Antetokounmpo was among the notable omissions from Greece’s official roster for the upcoming qualifiers against Israel and Estonia…

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Greece will be without Giannis Antetokounmpo for the Ethniki’s upcoming 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers against Israel and Estonia beginning next month.

The Milwaukee Bucks superstar was not included in the 24-man roster that was released on Friday, though the likes of several EuroLeague players will included in the squad.

Georgios Papagiannis, who is expected to attend the NBA’s Summer League as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, was also left out of the squad while fellow NBA compatriots Kostas Koufos and Tyler Dorsey were included in the team.

With progress to the next phase of qualification already secured, Antetokounmpo’s absence isn’t a major loss as it will allow Greece head coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos the ability to scout less frequent internationals — who have carried the load thus far in Greece’s campaign.

Greece’s road to the Finals in China next summer is expected to get much trickier in September when the Ethniki begin the second phase of qualifying for the final tournament.

It is expected that by the time September arrives, Antetokounmpo will make his long-awaited return to the National Team.

Greece National Team Roster (Summer 2018)

Point Guards: Nick Calathes, Vangelis Mantzaris, Eleftherios Bochoridis, Tyler Dorsey, Kostas Sloukas, Nikos Gikas, Dimitris Katsivelis, Antonis Koniaris

Shooting Guards: Charis Giannopoulos, Giannoulis Larentzakis, Giannis Athinaiou

Small Forwards: Kostas Papanikolaou, Ioannis Papapetrou, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Panagiotis Vassilopoulos, Leonidas Kaselakis, Christos Saloustros

Power Forwards: Konstantinos Mitoglou, Dusan Sakota, Vangelis Margaritis, Linos Chrysikopoulos

Centers: Ioannis Bourousis, Ian Vougioukas, Kostas Koufos

by Peter Katsiris
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