Everything you need to know about FIBA 3x3 World Tour Lausanne Masters 2023
LAUSANNE (Switzerland) - It's that time of the year when the FIBA 3x3 World Tour takes center stage at the Olympic capital.
That's right, the Lausanne Masters is back and will be better than ever on August 18-19. Here is all the important information you need before the seventh Masters of 2023.
Where can I watch the Lausanne Masters?
The action runs from August 18-19, and you can follow it live on the FIBA 3x3 YouTube channel
Who is competing in Lausanne?
This loaded draw has a total of 14 squads: Ub Huishan NE, Antwerp TOPdesk, Raudondvaris Hoptrans, Liman Huishan NE, Ulaanbaatar MMC Energy, Miami, Lausanne, Princeton, Marijampole Mantinga, Dusseldorf LFDY, Versailles, Tel-Aviv, Kandava Turiba, Sant Feliu
What are the pools?
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Who are the favorites?
Obviously, the team that has won 6 of 6 Masters in 2023 just have to start first. To be fair, Ub Huishan NE (SRB) probably deserve their own separate category because these dudes have been unbeatable all year.
And they will bring their best team for their title defense with Macau Masters MVP Marko Brankovic back in action.
Rivals are getting sick and tired of seeing Ub get all the glory, so we know the field will be extra motivated.
No.2 seeds Antwerp TOPdesk (BEL) will arrive in-form and they have a secret weapon giving them extra firepower - walking bucket Vic van Oosterwyck.
Liman Huishan NE (SRB) almost beat Ub in the final of the Belgrade Challenger, but they won't be satisfied until they again taste Masters success.
Is this the event an American four-year Masters drought ends? The red, white and blue's chances look good with Miami and Princeton boasting a number of stars who can walk away with the MVP.
This loaded field also has a number of teams capable of going on deep runs if they get on a roll - we're looking at Raudondvaris Hoptrans (LTU), Ulaanbaatar MMC Energy (MGL) and Versailles (FRA).
And we just can't ignore hometown heroes Lausanne, who always rise to the occasion in front of their loud fans ensuring the Olympic capital is party central.
Who are the players to watch?
Add Lausanne to the long list where 'Doctor Strange's' multiverse extends to. The reigning Lausanne MVP has a good chance to go back-to-back because Strahinja Stojacic is submitting the greatest season we've ever seen.
But the crown will be fiercely fought with established stars such as Stefan Kojic and Steve Sir capable of making it rain in Lausanne.
Some of the best dunkers on the planet will be in the Swiss city with Modestas Kumpys set to soar higher than the Alps when he activates Flight Mode.
Jimmer Fredette is an Olympic junkie, so there is no better place for the former NBA player to make a name for himself on the World Tour.
There are plenty of talented newcomers who might have a breakout on the big stage. So keep a close eye on Princeton bucket getter Henry Caruso, unicorn Niklas Kropp and rising star Lazis.