How 2023 FIBA World Cup can affect Knicks, Nets this season

Mar 1, 2023; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson (11) brings the ball up court against Brooklyn Nets forward Mikal Bridges (1) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports / © Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Evan Fournier wrapped up his third FIBA World Cup with Team France earlier this month. He’s played in seven major international tournaments over the past 10 summers.

So Fournier is well accustomed to the small window between an Olympics/FIBA tournament and the NBA season.

Last year, he started training camp with the Knicks just nine days after playing in FIBA Eurobasket.

He felt good early in camp, but Fournier knew he’d hit a wall at some point in the season.

“It really hits you in December; you have the first wave of fatigue,” Fournier said last year during training camp. “It’s not my first time dealing with it, so I know how to manage myself. I know being in the weight room is going to be very important. Sleep is going to be very important, but. … I’ll be alright.”

As you know, Fournier didn’t get the chance to hit that December wall last year. Tom Thibodeau removed him from the rotation after the 13th game of the club’s 47-win season.

So international play in the offseason had no impact on the 2022-23 Knicks. But that won’t be the case this season.

Jalen Brunson and Josh Hart both started for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup this month. RJ Barrett played significant minutes for Team Canada. Brunson, Hart, and Barrett played their final FIBA games on Sunday (Barrett and Team Canada topped the United States to capture the bronze medal). So they’ll have about three weeks to prepare for the first day of training camp.

We’ll start to find out then whether the international tournament helps or hurts those Knicks this season. Research from ESPN’s Kevin Pelton suggests that it could have a positive effect on the club.

Writing for ESPN+, Pelton used his own SCHOENE projection system to conclude that “U.S. players from 2010 through 2021 to average 2.1 points per 100 possessions better than league average the following season.”


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