Boomers: The line-up, the numbers

Boomers: The line-up, the numbers

Penpix of the Australian men's basketball team ahead of the 2010 world championships, starting on August 28 in Turkey:

DAVID ANDERSEN

Age: 30.

Position: Forward/centre.

Club: Toronto Raptors.

Height: 212cm.

One of the most high-profile members of the team, Andersen needs to reproduce his stellar club form in the national colours for the Boomers to compete with the best.  

PATRICK MILLS

Age: 22.

Position: Point guard.

Club: Portland Trailblazers.

Height: 183cm.

There is a lot riding on the diminutive point guard's shoulders, with Australia relying on him for his explosive scoring and his skills in distributing the ball.  

BRAD NEWLEY

Age: 25.

Position: Shooting guard.

Club: Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania).

Height: 198cm.

Newley can be a key offensive threat and needs to consistently hit his jumpshot and drive to the basket to boost Australia's thin scoring options.  

ALEKS MARIC

Age: 25

Position: Centre.

Club: Panathinaikos (Greece).

Height: 210cm.

Maric has had a meteoric rise and been tipped as potentially one of the break-out players of the world championships. Will fill Andrew Bogut's considerable shoes at starting centre.  

JOE INGLES

Age: 22.

Position: Guard.

Club: CB Granada (Spain).

Height: 203cm.

A hot-and-cold player offensively, the highly-talented Ingles has also been working hard on his defence.  

MATT NIELSEN

Age: 32

Position: Forward.

Club: Olympiakos BC.

Height: 209cm.

The veteran of the team and the Australian captain, the intense Nielsen will be hoping for a strong tournament in likely his world championship swansong.  

MARK WORTHINGTON

Age: 27

Position: Forward.

Club: Brose Baskets (Germany).

Height: 202cm.

Another player who brings plenty of aggression and intensity, Worthington will provide some scoring punch and rebounding off the bench.  

DAVID BARLOW

Age: 26

Position: Forward.

Club: Zaragoza (Spain).

Height: 205cm.

Has built up physically after leaving the NBL for Europe and is another player who will need to consistently hit his unorthodox jumpshot if he is to earn extended minutes in Brett Brown's rotation.  

ADAM GIBSON

Age: 23

Position: Guard.

Club: Gold Coast Blaze.

Height: 188cm.

One of two current NBL players to make the squad, Gibson is another who has worked hard on his fitness and will need all of his renowned defensive nous against some of the world's best guards.  

STEVE MARKOVIC

Age: 25

Position: Guard.

Club: Red Star Belgrade.

Height: 190cm.

Markovic hasn't played much of late due to a nagging knee injury, but has made the squad on merit and will provide steady back-up production with the ball in hand.  

DAMIAN MARTIN

Age: 25

Position: Guard.

Club: Perth Wildcats.

Height: 188cm.

Coming off an NBL championship with the Wildcats, Martin has improved immensely and has forced his way into the squad, where he will add back-court depth.  

ARON BAYNES

Age: 23

Position: Centre.

Club: EWE Baskets Oldenburg (Germany).

Height: 207cm.

With Bogut and Nathan Jawai unavailable, Baynes earned a coveted spot on the bench and will likely play limited minutes backing up the big men when they run into foul trouble.  

FACTBOX ON THE 2010 MEN'S BASKETBALL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, COMMENCING AUGUST 28 IN TURKEY:  

TOP TEAMS (betting from Centrebet):

   $1.72 United States

   $3.50 Spain

   $11 Greece

   $15 Serbia

   $21 Argentina

   $23 Turkey

   $26 Brazil

   $51 Russia

   $101 Australia

   $1001 New Zealand  

FIRST HELD:

   1950 Buenos Aires, Argentina.  

RECENT WINNERS:

   2006: Spain

   2002: Serbia and Montenegro

   1998: Yugoslavia

   1994: United States  

FORMAT:

24 nations split into four groups of six. The top four teams in each group progress to the first knock-out round, where it is sudden-death until a world champion is decided.  

   AUSTRALIA'S GROUP GAMES (dates and times AEST):

   v Jordan, Aug 28 (2330)

   v Argentina, Aug 30 (0430)

   v Germany, Aug 31, (0200)

   v Serbia, Sept 1 (2330)

   v Angola, Sept 2 (2330AEST)

- James Dampney, AAP