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FIBA World Cup Basketball





| 2014 FIBA World Cup Basketball

FIBA World Cup basketball tournamentThe first-ever FIBA Basketball World Cup will take place in Spain from August 30 through September 14, 2014. The Group Phase will be played in Bilbao, Gran Canaria, Granada and Sevilla (August 30 to September 4). The Final Phase will take place in the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona and in the Palacio de los Deportes in Madrid (September 6-14). The FIBA Basketball World Cup, known from 1950 until 2010 as the FIBA World Championship, is the flagship event of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

September 13, 2014 -- France claimed their first-ever podium finish at the Basketball World Cup on Saturday beating Lithuania 95-93 in a third-place thriller. Nicolas Batum paced the French with 27 points and Joffrey Lauvergne and Thomas Heurtel both added 13 points, as Les Bleus improved on their previous best fourth place in 1954. It was also a rematch of the 2013 EuroBasket final, won by France. Lithuania missed a chance to repeat their third-place finish from 2010, where they beat Serbia. Jonas Valanciunas was Lithuania's leader with 25 points while Adas Juskevicius had 14 points. -- AFP

There are 24 teams in the FIBA World Cup, 12 players per roster.

Focused on the USA's games? Their schedule is on the Team USA Basketball page.

Key World Cup Links:
- Groups
- Preview
- Team Rankings
- Schedule/Results
- Video intro
- NBA players on World Cup rosters


There are 12 games Saturday August 30, 12 games Sunday August 31, six games Monday September 1, six games Tuesday September 2, 12 games Wednesday September 3, and 12 games Thursday September 4.

The daily game schedule with scores and stats is here.

FIBA World Cup: Day 1 scores:
Group A: Egypt 64, Serbia 85 ... Brazil 65, France 63 ... Spain 90, Iran 60
Group B: Croatia 81, Philippines 78 ... Puerto Rico 75, Argentina 98 ... Greece 87, Senegal 64
Group C: Ukraine 72, Dominican Republic 62 ... New Zealand 73, Turkey 76 ... United States 114, Finland 55
Group D: Angola 80, Korea 69 ... Australia 80, Slovenia 90 ... Lithuania 87, Mexico 74

FIBA World Cup: Day 2 scores:
Group A: France 74, Serbia 73 ... Brazil 79, Iran 50 ... Spain 91, Egypt 54
Group B: Croatia 90, Argentina 85 ... Senegal 82, Puerto Rico 75 ... Greece 82, Philippines 70
Group C: Dominican Republic 76, New Zealand 63 ... Finland 81, Ukraine 76 ... USA 98, Turkey 77
Group D: Australia 89, Korea 55 ... Slovenia 89, Mexico 68 ... Lithuania 75, Angola 62

FIBA World Cup: Day 3 scores:
Group A: Serbia 83, Iran 70 ... France 94, Egypt 55 ... Spain 82, Brazil 63
Group B: Senegal 77, Croatia 75 ... Argentina 85, Philippines 81 ... Greece 90, Puerto Rico 79

FIBA World Cup: Day 4 scores:
Group C: Ukraine 64, Turkey 58 ... USA 98, New Zealand 71 ... Dominican Republic 74, Finland 68

Group D: Mexico 79, Angola 55 ... Australia 82, Lithuania 75 ... Slovenia 89, Korea 72

FIBA World Cup: Day 5 scores:
Group A: Iran 88, Egypt 73 ... Brazil 81, Serbia 73 ... Spain 88, France 64
Group B: Puerto Rico 77, Philippines 73 ... Argentina 81, Senegal 46 ... Greece 76, Croatia 65
Group C: USA 106, Dominican Republic 71 ... New Zealand 73, Ukraine 61 ... Turkey 77, Finland 73
Group D: Australia 70, Mexico 62 ... Slovenia 93, Angola 87 ... Lithuania 79, Korea 49

FIBA World Cup: Round of 16 scores:
USA 86, Mexico 63
Slovenia 71, Dominican Republic 61
Lithuania 76, New Zealand 71
Turkey 65, Australia 64
France 69, Croatia 64
Spain 89 vs. Senegal 56
Serbia 90, Greece 72
Brazil 85, Argentina 65


Group A (Granada): Brazil; Egypt; France; Iran; Serbia; Spain

Group B (Sevilla): Argentina; Croatia; Greece; Philippines; Puerto Rico; Senegal

Group C (Bilbao): Dominican Republic; Finland; New Zealand; Turkey; Ukraine; USA

Group D (Gran Canaria): Angola; Australia; Korea; Lithuania; Mexico; Slovenia

WORLD CUP GROUP-BY-GROUP PREVIEWS reports: Spain will open the title race at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup on Saturday in Granada, aiming for a good Group A campaign that would boost their chances along the way. And there to test Juan Orenga's men in the Group Phase at Palacio Municipal de Deportes, are Iran, Egypt, Brazil, France and Serbia. The North Africans, who finished runners-up at AfroBasket 2013, will take on Serbia, in the group opener. In the highly-anticipated game of the day France, the EuroBasket 2013 champions, will take on Brazil, with the host nation then ending the day's action squaring off against Iran, the winners of FIBA Asia Champions 2013. Standing inside the top 11 of the FIBA bwin Ranking, France, Spain, Brazil and Serbia are the frontrunners to advance to the Final Phase, but Egypt and Iran will have something to say about that. reports: Croatia not only tip off Group B play against the Philippines, but the Europeans are also seen as the slight favourites in a Sevilla group that is considered quite open. In addition to the two opening teams, the other quartet of nations in Group B are Argentina, Greece, Puerto Rico and Senegal. But Croatia, who finished fourth at EuroBasket 2013, go into Spain 2014 as the team expected to top Group B when it's all said and done - even among at least one of the other teams in Sevilla. "If you look at the talent of the players on the roster I think Croatia is the top team in the group," said Argentina veteran playmaker Pablo Prigioni. "I think they have the best team, the best players. For me, the favourites in the group." Croatia have a lot of weapons, including Bojan Bogdanovic, Ante Tomic and Dario Saric. But there is a lot more to Jasmin Repesa's team with Roko Ukic, Oliver Lafayette, Damjen Rudez, Krunoslav Simon and Luka Zoric. The Croatians also come into the World Cup having finally gotten past the Quarter-Finals hurdle in Europe last summer. reports: Not everything in the build-up to the world's biggest basketball event has been favorable to reigning Olympic gold medallists USA in their attempt to become only the second team in the history of the FIBA Basketball World Cup - formerly known as the FIBA World Championship - to successfully defend their title. Many of the top stars pulled out of the world's most celebrated basketball team at one stage or another, for some reason - all of them well justified - or the other. Yet Mike Krzyzewski's 12-player ensemble remains the most conspicuous of the 24 teams in the fray as they take on the Dominican Republic, Finland, New Zealand, Turkey and Ukraine in Group C. "I'm excited about the 12 players selected and feel we have excellent versatility and the makings of a really good defensive team," said the Duke University Hall of Famer said after making the cut to his roster. Leading the American campaign in Spain are three players who are out to prove a point to the basketball world. Derrick Rose is all keyed up - and more importantly all healthy - to celebrate his comeback into action after two injury-hit years robbed him of a logical progression from his 2011 NBA MVP award. Rose, along with Stephen Curry and Rudy Gay are the only three players in the current roster who carry the experience of the 2010 FIBA World Championship title run. reports: Medallists from all five continents do battle as Group D of the FIBA Basketball World Cup tips off in Gran Canaria on Saturday. Many pundits had Lithuania pencilled in to claim first place, but the loss of floor general Mantas Kalnietis has thrown the group wide open. The Green Machine frontcourt led by Ksistof Lavrinovic, Jonas Valanciunas and Donatas Motiejunas is still an imposing force, but much pressure will be placed on young playmaker Sarunas Vasiliauskas and natural shooting guards Martynas Pocius and Renaldas Seibutis. If they can't fill Kalnietis' shoes finding rolling big men and spot-up shooters like Pocius, Seibutis, Lavrinovic, Jonas Maciulis and Simas Jasaitis, the Lithuanian offence could lose some of its trademark fluency. The European silver medallists open the tournament against Mexico, the Americas champions, who will be looking to put some troubling lead-up defeats behind them. The good news is that highly-skilled centre Gustavo Ayon has shaken off the effects of injury on his way to Spain 2014, and the Round of 16 is a genuine possibility in Mexico's first appearance in this tournament since 1974, but two factors are critical. The first is the three-point shooting led by Hector Hernandez and Orlando Mendez, which not only spreads the defence for Ayon to go to work, but also makes the Mexicans a dangerous and unpredictable team in transition.


These are the FIBA Basketball World Cup team rankings, before the start of the tournament, with the best up top. These are the "world" rankings, meaning, although there are 24 teams in this touranment, some teams aren't considered in the 24 best in the entire world. Teams qualify for this tournament based on the region they're in. Some regions are weaker than others. So some teams that FIBA doesn't think are top 24 still qualify for the event.

So, we aren't missing numbers here below. Again, these are "world" rankings of the teams involved in the tournament, prior to the start of the World Cup.

1) USA
2) Spain
3) Argentina
4) Lithuania
5) Greece
7) Turkey
8) France
9) Australia
10) Brazil
11) Serbia
13) Slovenia
15) Angola
16) Croatia
17) Puerto Rico
19) New Zealand
20) Iran
24) Mexico
26) Dominican Republic
31) Korea
34) Philippines
39) Finland
41) Senegal
45) Ukraine
46) Egypt



A record 45 current NBA players will be featured on national team rosters for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, up from 44 in 2010. The tournament features a record 75 players who have played in the NBA. The World Cup will showcase 17 former NBA draftees whose rights are currently held by NBA teams, bringing the total number of current NBA players, former NBA players and NBA draftees participating in the tournament to a record 92. Twenty-one of 24 national teams feature at least one current NBA player, former NBA player or NBA draftee, and 22 NBA teams are represented on national team rosters.

The Cavaliers and Rockets each have four current NBA players in the tournament, while the Bulls, Jazz, Nets and Timberwolves each have three. The Grizzlies, Kings, Knicks, Pacers, Pelicans, Raptors, Spurs, Trail Blazers and Warriors each have two current NBA players in the tournament.

Outside of the United States, Spain has the most current NBA players with six. France and Australia feature four current NBA players, while Brazil and Greece each feature three. Argentina, Croatia and Lithuania each feature two current NBA players.

List of current NBA players on 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup rosters*

Argentina Luis Scola Indiana Pacers
Argentina Pablo Prigioni New York Knicks
Australia Cameron Bairstow Chicago Bulls
Australia Matthew Dellavedova Cleveland Cavaliers
Australia Dante Exum Utah Jazz
Australia Brock Motum Utah Jazz
Brazil Anderson Varejao Cleveland Cavaliers
Brazil Tiago Splitter San Antonio Spurs
Brazil Nenê Washington Wizards
Croatia Bojan Bodgdanovic Brooklyn Nets
Croatia Damjan Rudez Indiana Pacers
Dominican Republic Francisco Garcia Houston Rockets
Finland Erik Murphy Cleveland Cavaliers
France Evan Fournier Orlando Magic
France Nicolas Batum Portland Trail Blazers
France Boris Diaw San Antonio Spurs
France Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz
Greece Kostas Papanikolaou Houston Rockets
Greece Nick Calathes Memphis Grizzlies
Greece Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
Lithuania Donatas Motiejunas Houston Rockets
Lithuania Jonas Valanciunas Toronto Raptors
Mexico Jorge Gutierrez Brooklyn Nets
Puerto Rico J.J. Barea Minnesota Timberwolves
Senegal Gorgui Dieng Minnesota Timberwolves
Slovenia Goran Dragic Phoenix Suns
Spain Pau Gasol Chicago Bulls
Spain Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies
Spain Ricky Rubio Minnesota Timberwolves
Spain José Calderon New York Knicks
Spain Serge Ibaka Oklahoma City Thunder
Spain Victor Claver Portland Trail Blazers
Turkey Omer Asik New Orleans Pelicans
United States Mason Plumlee Brooklyn Nets
United States Derrick Rose Chicago Bulls
United States Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers
United States Kenneth Faried Denver Nuggets
United States Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons
United States Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
United States Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors
United States James Harden Houston Rockets
United States Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans
United States DeMarcus Cousins Sacramento Kings
United States Rudy Gay Sacramento Kings
United States DeMar DeRozan Toronto Raptors

List of NBA free agents on 2014 FIBA World Cup rosters*

Australia Aron Baynes San Antonio Spurs
Brazil Leandro Barbosa Phoenix Suns
Mexico Gustavo Ayon Atlanta Hawks
Philippines Andray Blatche Brooklyn Nets
Serbia Miroslav Raduljica Los Angeles Clippers

List of former NBA players on 2014 FIBA World Cup rosters*

Argentina Walter Herrmann Detroit Pistons
Argentina Andres Nocioni Philadelphia 76ers
Australia David Andersen New Orleans Hornets
Australia Nathan Jawai Minnesota Timberwolves
Brazil Alex Garcia New Orleans Hornets
Brazil Marcus Vinicius New Orleans Hornets
Croatia Oliver Lafayette Boston Celtics
Croatia Damir Markota Milwaukee Bucks
Croatia Roko Ukic Milwaukee Bucks
Finland Hanno Möttölä Atlanta Hawks
France Mickael Gelabale Minnesota Timberwolves
Greece Andreas Glyniadakis Seattle SuperSonics
Iran Hamed Haddadi Phoenix Suns
New Zealand Kirk Penney San Antonio Spurs
Puerto Rico Carlos Arroyo Boston Celtics
Puerto Rico Renaldo Balkman New York Knicks
Puerto Rico Daniel Santiago Milwaukee Bucks
Senegal Hamady N’Diaye Sacramento Kings
Serbia Nenad Krstic Boston Celtics
Slovenia Uroš Slokar Toronto Raptors
Spain Rudy Fernandez Denver Nuggets
Spain Juan Carlos Navarro Memphis Grizzlies
Spain Sergio Rodriguez New York Knicks
Ukraine Pooh Jeter Sacramento Kings
Ukraine Slava Kravtsov Phoenix Suns

List of NBA draftees whose rights are currently held by NBA teams on 2014 FIBA World Cup rosters*

Australia Brad Newley Houston Rockets
Brazil Raul Neto Utah Jazz
Croatia Dario Saric Philadelphia 76ers
Croatia Ante Tomic Utah Jazz
Finland Petteri Koponen Dallas Mavericks
France Joffrey Lauvergne Denver Nuggets
Greece Georgios Printezis Atlanta Hawks
Iran Arsalan Kazemi Philadelphia 76ers
Lithuania Renaldas Seibutis Dallas Mavericks
Serbia Nemanja Bjelica Minnesota Timberwolves
Serbia Bogdan Bogdanovic Phoenix Suns
Spain Alex Abrines Oklahoma City Thunder
Spain Sergio Llull Houston Rockets
Turkey Cenk Akyol Los Angeles Clippers
Turkey Furkan Aldemir Philadelphia 76ers
Turkey Emir Preldzic Dallas Mavericks
Ukraine Sergii Gladyr Atlanta Hawks

*As of August 29, 2014 (all rosters subject to change)

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