Ex Atlanta Hawks forward representing France in EuroBasket

Atlanta Hawks. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
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The Atlanta Hawks are well represented in the EuroBasket tournament. They have players in multiple teams including Dennis Schroder who is hoping to lead the German national team to glory in the tournament that they are jointly hosting.

Another team who have qualified for the EuroBasket is France which have been one of the best teams in the world. They have won the tournament once this century back in 2013, finished second once, and third twice. They also won the silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

It is easy to understand why they have been so successful. They have the likes of Rudy Gobert, Evan Fournier, Theo Maledon, and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. Now, while the Hawks barely saw any level of consistency from the French small forward, he is a solid international player.

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Now, while the Atlanta Hawks chose not to pursue Luwawu-Cabarrot, that does not mean that he is not going to experience success with the Hawks being the last franchise he played for. The reason for this is that the French national team is ranked third in the world.

Obviously, the first-ranked team in the world is Team USA. They have won almost every major tournament since professional basketballers were able to play for their country. The second-ranked team in the world is the Spanish national team who is also playing in EuroBasket.

Luwawu-Cabarrot has been crucial in helping the French get to this position. He has had a couple of ten-point games in the qualifying tournament, taking pressure off the bigger names in the group. While he is not coming back to the Hawks for the start of next season, he has still played a season out of Georgia and we wish him the best throughout EuroBasket.

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For those who are starved of watching high-level basketball, Luwawu-Cabarrot and the rest of the NBA players who are playing in EuroBasket can help alleviate basketball withdrawals. While  Hawks fans were frustrated with Luwawu-Cabarrot last season, he is a link to a tournament that features many NBA players.