Bulls: Goran Dragic will join Doncic for Slovenia in EuroBasket 2022

Goran Dragic, Chicago Bulls, EuroBasket 2017 (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)
Goran Dragic, Chicago Bulls, EuroBasket 2017 (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images) /

While many Chicago Bulls fans were curious whether or not the recently signed Goran Dragic could still log heavy minutes of high-level basketball, they won’t have to wait much longer to find out. The 36-year-old veteran has officially declared he’ll be joining Team Slovenia in EuroBasket 2022, where he’ll undoubtedly play a prominent role.

As something of a EuroBasket legend himself, this comes as big news for international fans all over the world. In the last EuroBasket hosted in 2017, Dragic put on a one-man show and helped Slovenia post a perfect 9-0 record and take home the championship while earning the EuroBasket MVP award in the process.

Although an 18-year-old Luka Doncic was on that Slovenian team, Dragic was the clear leader as he averaged a team-high 22.6 points, 5.1 assists, and 4.4 rebounds per game. En route to the championship, Dragic defeated notable rosters with NBA-caliber talent such as:

  • Spain (Ricky Rubio, Gasol brothers, Hernangomez brothers)
  • Latvia (Kristaps Porzingis and Davis Bertans)
  • Serbia (Bogdan Bogdanovic, Boban Marjonavic, Vasilije Micic)
  • France (Evan Fournier, Boris Diaw)
  • Finland (Lauri Markkanen)

Dragic took to Twitter to share news of his return to the Slovenian national team.


European star and Chicago Bulls point guard Goran Dragic will once again suit up to play for Team Slovenia in EuroBasket 2022.

This news truly demonstrates Dragic’s seniority status in the league, as news recently broke that promising prospects Nikola Jovic and Aleksej Pokusevski were denied permission to participate for Team Serbia in EuroBasket 2022 by the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder, respectively.

He’ll once again be joining NBA superstar Luka Doncic, as the pair continue to work on improving Slovenia’s image as a worldwide basketball powerhouse. In 2020, the two previously teamed up to make an impressive run at the Tokyo Olympics, where they narrowly lost by a single point to the silver medalist French team and finished 4th place in their first Olympic appearance.

While Dragic was assumed to be retired from international play, this should give him one last opportunity to go down as a national basketball hero and help continue expanding the sport in Slovenia.

For us Bulls fans back at home, it will also be a great opportunity to see just what Dragic can bring to the table when playing alongside one of the world’s best scorers.

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