EuroBasket 2022: Who are the favorites to take home the gold medal?

Giannis Antetokounmpo, left, and Nikola Jokic will look to lead their teams to success at EuroBasket 2022. ANDREJ CUKIC/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

After a five-year hiatus, one of the best basketball tournaments in the world is finally back. EuroBasket 2022, which features 24 European national teams and three of the NBA's leading MVP candidates for the upcoming season, begins Thursday with pool play in four cities and culminates with a highly anticipated title game on Sept. 18 in Berlin.

Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic and Giannis Antetokounmpo are more than just headliners here; they are all motivated to win this tournament and bring home one of the most coveted championships in international hoops.

A lot has changed since Doncic and the Slovenian team shocked the continent and won the last iteration of EuroBasket in Istanbul in 2017, so let's check out this tournament's top contenders, the players to watch and what's at stake for each one.

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