Montenegro national basketball team

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Montenegro Montenegro
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FIBA ranking 72 Steady[1]
Joined FIBA 2006
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation KSCG
Coach Bogdan Tanjević
EuroBasket
Appearances 3
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The Montenegrin national basketball team represents Montenegro in men's international basketball tournaments. It is organized by the Basketball Federation of Montenegro (Montenegrin: Кошаркашки Савез Црне Горе, КСЦГ; Košarkaški Savez Crne Gore, KSCG), which is the governing body of basketball in Montenegro. This team competes in the European region of FIBA.

History[edit]

Period 2006-2014[edit]

Nikola Peković with Montenegro in 2010
Nikola Vučević

In 2006, the Basketball Federation of Montenegro along with this team joined the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) on its own following the Independence of Montenegro.
The Montenegrin national team entered international competition in 2008,[2] and appointed Duško Vujošević as the national coach. Montenegro started from FIBA Division B, where they won first place on their first competitive season. Since becoming a separate team, Montenegro have won 13 official games in a row, until losing to Israel in August 2010.
At that time, NBA players like Nikola Vučević and Nikola Peković became most known players of Montenegrin national basketball team.
In their first qualifiers for EuroBasket, Montenegro finished first in group. So, team qualified for Eurobasket 2011, where they played five games in the first phase - with one win and four loses. Coach of Montenegro at their first ever EuroBasket was Dejan Radonjić.
In August 2012, with the new coach Luka Pavićević, Montenegro started qualifiers for Eurobasket 2013. Again, they won first place, but without any defeat from 10 matches. Notable matches were against Serbia, first after the two countries separated. Montenegro won both games, and victory in Belgrade (73:71), in front of 18,000 spectators, is gained by Nikola Ivanović three-point shot from the center, one second before the end of match.[3][4]
As a first-placed team in qualifiers, Montenegro participated at Eurobasket 2013 in Slovenia. They made better result than 2011, with two wins and three defeats, but that was not enough for second phase of EuroBasket.
First unsuccessful qualifying campaign since independence, Montenegro had during the 2014. Surprisingly, group stage at the EuroBasket 2015 qualification, Montenegro finished third, so they failed to qualify for final tournament.

Period 2015-[edit]

At 2015, new coach of Montenegro became Bogdan Tanjević, who is born in Montenegro, and during the past coached Montenegrin strongest team KK Budućnost Podgorica. As national team earlier failed to qualify for EuroBasket 2015, they participated on Games of the Small States of Europe on Iceland (European countries with less than million citizens) and easily won a gold medal.
In summer 2016, Montenegro started competition in EuroBasket 2017 qualifiers, with the only ambition to qualify for their third final tournament since independence. In a group with Georgia, Slovakia and Albania, Montenegro finished as a second-placed team, with one defeat, and qualified for EuroBasket 2017.

Competitive record[edit]

Montenegro played three times at FIBA EuroBasket (2011, 2013, 2017). Among the other competitions, as a country with less than million inhabitants, Montenegro participated at the Games of the Small States of Europe 2015 and won first place.

Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Roster for the EuroBasket 2017 qualification.

Montenegrin National Basketball Team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club
F/C 4 Vučević, Nikola 26 – (1990-10-24)24 October 1990 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Orlando Magic United States
SG 5 Mihailović, Vladimir 26 – (1990-09-03)3 September 1990 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) EWE Baskets Oldenburg Germany
PG 7 Pavličević, Nikola 28 – (1988-08-13)13 August 1988 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Szolnoki Olaj KK Hungary
SG 8 Radončić, Dino 18 – (1999-01-08)8 January 1999 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Real Madrid Spain
PG 10 Needham, Derek 26 – (1990-10-20)20 October 1990 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Pallacanestro Reggiana Italy
PF 11 Todorović, Marko 24 – (1992-04-19)19 April 1992 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) BC Khimki Russia
PF 14 Dubljević, Bojan 25 – (1991-10-24)24 October 1991 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) Valencia BC Spain
PG 20 Ivanović, Nikola 22 – (1994-02-19)19 February 1994 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Orlandina Basket Italy
SG 21 Vranješ, Nemanja 28 – (1988-05-11)11 May 1988 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Budućnost Montenegro
SF 22 Đurišić, Nemanja 24 – (1992-02-23)23 February 1992 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Stelmet Zielona Góra Poland
F 23 Dašić, Vladimir 28 – (1988-05-13)13 May 1988 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) AEK Larnaca Cyprus
PG 24 Popović, Petar 20 – (1996-09-13)13 September 1996 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) Budućnost Montenegro
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) – Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 31 January 2017

Depth Chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Nikola Vučević Bojan Dubljević Radosav Spasojević Nikola Peković
PF Vladimir Dašić Marko Todorović Danilo Nikolić Vladimir Dragičević
SF Nemanja Djurišić Dino Radončić Nemanja Radović
SG Vladimir Mihailović Nemanja Vranješ Petar Popović Suad Šehović
PG Derek Needham Nikola Ivanović Nikola Pavličević Taylor Rochestie

Head coaches[edit]

Bogdan Tanjević is a current head coach of Montenegro

Since independence, all head coaches were Montenegrin-born. First head coach of Montenegro was Duško Vujošević. With him, Montenegro won FIBA B division championship (2009). From 2010 to 2012, Montenegro was coached by Dejan Radonjić and, for the first time played on Eurobasket (2011). At their next Eurobasket participation (2013) Montenegro was led by Luka Pavićević. From 2015, head coach of Montenegro is Bogdan Tanjević.

Years Name Score Competition
2007–2010 Montenegro Duško Vujošević 10–0
2010–2012 Montenegro Dejan Radonjić 7–6 EuroBasket 2011 (21st)
2012–2014 Montenegro Luka Pavićević 15–6 EuroBasket 2013 (17th)
2015– Montenegro Italy Bogdan Tanjević 8–1 Gold medal europe.svg GSS 2015 (1st); EuroBasket 2017

Notable former players[edit]

Statistics and games[edit]

Records[edit]

Largest home victory
102-58,  Montenegro Iceland, 26 August 2009, Podgorica
Largest away victory
73-113,  Albania Montenegro, 3 September 2016, Tirana
Largest home defeat
65-80,  Montenegro Israel, 20 August 2014, Podgorica
Largest away defeat
71-55,  Greece Montenegro, 4 September 2011, Alytus
Longest winning streak
13 matches, (6 September 2008 - 14 August 2010)
Longest losing streak
4 matches, (1 September 2011 - 5 September 2011)
Most scored points in a match
113,  Albania Montenegro 73-113
Least scored points in a match
55,  Greece Montenegro 71-55,  Netherlands Montenegro 68-55
Most conceded points in a match
97,  Israel Montenegro 97-100
Least conceded points in a match
48,  Montenegro Slovakia 80-48
Highest home attendance
5,500,  Montenegro Serbia 72-62, 2 September 2012, Podgorica
Highest away attendance
18,000,  Serbia Montenegro 71-73, 18 August 2012, Belgrade

List of official matches[edit]

Montenengro played its first official match at September 2008. There is a List of official matches of the Montenegro national basketball team.

Opponents[edit]

Below is the list of performances of Montenegro national basketball team against every single opponent.

Opponents' country G W L PD
 Albania
2
2
0
+78
 Andorra
1
1
0
+20
 Austria
2
2
0
+46
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
2
0
2
-14
 Bulgaria
2
2
0
+17
 Croatia
1
0
1
-6
 Denmark
2
2
0
+52
 Estonia
2
2
0
+22
 Finland
3
2
1
+28
 Georgia
2
1
1
-4
 Greece
1
0
1
-16
 Iceland
5
5
0
+103
 Israel
6
4
2
+8
 Italy
2
1
1
+8
 Latvia
3
2
1
+35
 Lithuania
1
1
0
-7
 Luxembourg
1
1
0
+27
 Macedonia
2
2
0
+6
 Netherlands
4
2
2
+14
 Serbia
4
4
0
+25
 Slovakia
4
4
0
+114
 Sweden
2
2
0
+37
OVERALL
54
41
13
+612

Last update: September 2016.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Official website
  • [www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/FIBA/fibaStru/nfLeag/p/nationalfederationnumber/96781/nfProf.html FIBA profile