Dallas Mavericks: Boban Marjanovic starts in Serbia’s World Cup win over Angola
By Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks center Boban Marjanovic started in Serbia’s win over Angola to kick off the 2019 FIBA World Cup on Aug. 31.
Dallas Mavericks fans have basketball to watch for the next two weeks. The 2019 FIBA World Cup is underway in China. It features 32 nations and plenty of NBA talent.
Mavs center Boban Marjanovic is playing for Serbia. They are the co-favorites to win the tournament with Team USA. Maxi Kleber is representing Germany this year as well. They are the only two current Mavericks in China.
Marjanovic had his first game on Saturday. Here is a look at how the 31-year-old performed.
Serbia defeats Angola
The Serbian National Team earned a dominant 105-59 win over Angola to kick off the World Cup on Aug. 31. Angola came out strong, but Serbia proved too much by dominating the final three quarters to run away with the game.
Marjanovic drew the start at center over Nikola Jokic which was a bit surprising. He played 8.5 minutes during the first half because of foul trouble. Bobi had two points, three rebounds, one block, three turnovers, and three fouls at halftime.
Marjanovic did not play in the third quarter.
He entered in the fourth quarter with the game decided. Boban quickly scored eight points by using his size.
The 7’3 center finished the game with 12 points, ten rebounds, one block, and five turnovers in 17.5 minutes of action. Marjanovic was six of nine from the field.
Serbia was without Sacramento Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica. Kings wing Bogdan Bogdanovic finished with 24 points, and Jokic had 14 in the dominating victory.
Serbia returns to action on Monday with their second of three group games. They face the Philippines. Serbia will again be a massive favorite on Sept. 2.
They are favored to win their group. They will need strong play from Jokic, Bogdanovic, and Marjanovic to earn a medal in China, though.
The Smoking Cuban will cover Boban Marjanovic’s performances in the 2019 FIBA World Cup plus plenty of analysis to get Dallas Mavericks fans ready for the season, so please return often.