Everything you need to know about FIBA 3x3 World Tour Abu Dhabi Masters 2023

ABU DHABI (UAE) - The FIBA 3x3 World Tour returns to a favorite destination as anticipation builds for the Abu Dhabi Masters on October 28-29.

Here is all the important information you need before the 14th Masters of 2023.

Where can I watch the Abu Dhabi Masters?

The action runs from October 28-29, and you can follow it live on the FIBA 3x3 YouTube, and Sina Weibo pages.

Who is competing in Abu Dhabi?

This loaded draw has a total of 14 squads: Ub Huishan NE, Liman Huishan NE, Miami, Beijing, Partizan, San Juan, Lausanne Sport LS, Omaha, Wuxi, Jeddah, Pirot, Manila Chooks, Chonchi, Abu Dhabi

What are the pools?

Pool A: Ub Huishan NE (SRB), Omaha (USA), Wuxi (CHN)
Pool B: Liman Huishan NE (SRB), Lausanne Sport LS (SUI), Qualifier
Pool C: Miami (USA), San Juan (PUR), Pirot (SRB)
Pool D: Beijing (CHN), Partizan (SRB), Manila Chooks (PHI)

Who are the favorites?

We have to start with the most recent Masters champs and that's legendary Liman Huishan NE (SRB), who added another title to their collection of silverware after their epic win in Chengdu

Liman's run included knocking out Ub Huishan NE (SRB), who have surprisingly gone more than two months without a title on the World Tour.

You just know they'll be fired up to end their drought, but it won't be easy in this tough draw. 

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Miami (USA) missed the Chinese swing, but it's not long ago that they were within an inch of back-to-back titles on the World Tour. 

While the top three seeds all have Masters titles, Beijing (CHN) are still seeking their first-ever triumph on the World Tour. 

It will be tough without superstar Karlis Lasmanis and Chengdu standout Songwei Zhu, but don't write them off because superhero Nauris Miezis is about to put his cape on. 

There is a long line of teams capable of upstaging the top seeds led by Partizan (SRB), who boast marksman Stefan Milivojevic - a sniper always on target in the clutch. 

San Juan (PUR) have their own cold-blooded assassin in Antonio Ralat, who just should be guarded tightly at all times. 

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Lausanne Sport LS (SUI), Omaha (USA), Wuxi (CHN) and Jeddah (KSA) all have realistic dreams of winning the title. 

Who are the players to watch? 

We just can't go past the world's best player - Strahinja Stojacic. Just because he had a downer in Chengdu doesn't affect his standing as the baddest man in 3x3. 

'Doctor Strange' will be  hungrier than ever but he has a fight to regain the crown in a draw stacked with superstars.

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No one will be entering hotter than Stefan Kojic after his insane title-winning Maurice Lacroix Buzzer Beater in Chengdu. 

Speaking of buzzer beaters, you just know Jimmer Fredette will be calling game if he gets the chance with the American taking two-point shooting to heights never before seen in 3x3. 

Speaking of American bucket getters and we have to now include James Parrott, who is so much more than a nasty dunker. 

If you want some tricksters then we've got some of the best in the business. Gilles Martin, Malik Hluchoweckyj and OG Dragan Bjelica can all do things with the Wilson you wouldn't even believe is possible. 

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