Best basketball players from Nordic countries
If we mention the Nordic countries, basketball is not the first sport that comes to mind. These countries are primarily known for hockey, soccer and other sports.
However, these 4 players, which we will talk about in this article, turned out to be one of the best from the Nordic countries. Although basketball is still evolving and not all players at the highest level like the NBA are competing, they have nevertheless managed to establish themselves in various leagues.
When we talk about Scandinavian basketball players, we shouldn’t miss out on Norway’s Torgeir Bryn, who was the only player from his home country to play in the NBA. At 6.9 feet, Bryn played as the center.
It should be noted that he had a very short career in the NBA. He only played 10 minutes for the Los Angeles Clippers in three games in which he scored only 4 points. However, it was very unusual for a Norwegian player to take part in the NBA games. And Bryn did it.
Because of this, he gained great respect and love from Norwegian citizens. Because of him, small children wanted to become basketball players and saw him as a role model. It is a very surprising fact that his reputation and influence have even been achieved Betting in Norway, which was still in its infancy around the world at the time. Bryn has been the subject of various betting options and at the moment some of the basketball promotions are named after him. Even now he is very respected among people and Bryn is the best-occupied player in Norway’s history with 111 games. An incredible number.
Jeffery Taylor, who played for Real Madrid, is a Swedish basketball professional of American origin. Taylor was born on May 23, 1989 in Norrköping, Sweden, and plays as a small forward and rifle guard. He was selected in the second round as the 31st choice in the 2012 draft by the Charlotte Bobcats (Hornets).
Jeffery Taylor is the second of six children of Jeff Taylor, who played for a short time in the NBA and then continued his career in Sweden, where he still lives today. During three years when Jeffrey Taylor played for the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA, he didn’t really impress, with an average of 6.1 points in 132 games. However, when he moved to Real Madrid, Taylor found his team, and while his stats aren’t spectacular, the work he’s done for the team on the field is enormous.
In Real Madrid, he won the 2018 Euroleague as well as the National Cup and the National League twice.
He is also part of the Swedish national basketball team, in which he was a key figure at EuroBasket 2013 with an average of 21.2 points per game.
Jonas Jerebko is a Swedish basketball professional who plays for the Russian Khimki.
Born on March 2, 1987 in a family of basketball players (father Chris Jerebko played for Syracuse Orange and Boros, mother Elaine Jerebko also played at a high level). He plays in the positions of power and little striker. He was selected as the 39th choice in the 2009 NBA draft. Before joining the NBA, he played for the Swedish clubs Boras Basket and Plannja Basket as well as for the Italian Biella. After the results of the debut season in the NBA, Jerebko was added to the second NBA rookie team. He scored an average of 6.2 points in 635 games in the NBA.
He has played for the Swedish national team since he was 18. Like Taylor, he also participated in the EuroBasket 2013.
Lauri Markkanen is currently the most popular player from Scandinavia. Markkanen, born on May 22, 1997 in Vantaa, Finland, is a professional basketball player who plays for the Chicago Bulls in the National Basketball Association. His primary playing position is a power forward, but he can also play in the middle. In the 2017 NBA draft, he was selected in the first round from the 7th overall design of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Minnesota exchanged Markkanen’s rights with Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine for Jimmy Butler and rights to Justin Patton in Chicago. On July 5, 2017, Lauri Markkanen signed a contract with the team. Markkanen is currently a key figure in Chicago. In 170 games, he scored an average of 16.1 points, which is a perfect score for a player who plays 30 minutes per game.
In terms of international career, Markkanen played for the Finnish national team at the 2015 UEFA European Under-18 Championship in Greece and the 2015 Under-20 Championship in Helsinki.
For the senior national team, he participated in the EuroBasket 2017, in which his team played in the round of 16 lost to Italy.
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