FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final - Team Preview: Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE)
ABU DHABI (2015 FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final) - The 2015 FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final will be staged in Abu Dhabi on 15-16 October 2015 and we look at the 12 participating teams. We start things off with reigning champs Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE).
NOVI SAD AL WAHDA (UAE)
Qualified: Winning the Manila Masters
Previous World Tour Final appearances: 2013 (runners-up), 2014 (winners)
- Dusan Domovic Bulut aka 'Mr Bullutproof' (SRB): 29 years old; 1.91m; World Rank: 1
- Dejan 'The Maestro' Majstorovic (SRB): 27 years old; 2.00m; World Rank: 2
- Marko Savic (SRB): 28 years old; 1.97m; World Rank: 3
- Marko 'Sub Zero' Zdero (SRB): 30 years old, 1.90m; World Rank: 4
- Won every FIBA 3x3 World competitions (2012 FIBA 3x3 World Championships representing Serbia, 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Tour, 2014 FIBA 3x3 All Stars).
- Only Novi Sad Al Wahda players (Bulut and Majstorovic) have reached first place in the FIBA 3x3 Individual World Ranking since June 2014.
- Bulut, Savic and Zdero are friends since they were children growing up in the same neighbourhood.
- Became the first-ever team to win 2 FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters during the same season (Manila and Rio de Janeiro 2015).
"We feel confident. We played this season against every team except NY Harlem.
We know what to expect from our opponents and how to play to beat them. - Bulut
"There are a lot of good teams that will come to win it all, but I think that our best game is still better than anybody else best game. Coming back to Abu Dhabi after we started our quest here in the spring it’s like completing full circle. We are excited to come back and play in front of the people who already know us, and support us, but main focus is on the game. We just follow our philosophy: we need to prove any next opponent that we are better."