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Spain has won the 2019 FIBA World Cup basketball championship, claiming a convincing victory in the gold medal game, while Argentina came away with silver. And in the third place game, France won bronze, while Australia finished 4th. Spain's Ricky Rubio was named 2019 World Cup MVP. Full results are below.


1/Gold ESP Spain
2/Silver ARG Argentina
3/Bronze FRA France
4 AUS Australia
5 SRB Serbia
6 CZE Czech Republic
8 POL Poland
9 LTU Lithuania
10 ITA Italy
11 GRE Greece
12 RUS Russia
13 BRA Brazil
14 VEN Venezuela
15 PUR Puerto Rico
16 DOM Dominican Republic
17 NGR Nigeria
18 GER Germany
19 NZL New Zealand
20 TUN Tunisia
21 CAN Canada
22 TUR Turkey
23 IRI Iran
24 CHN China
25 MNE Montenegro
26 KOR Korea
27 ANG Angola
28 JOR Jordan
29 CIV Cote d'Ivoire
30 SEN Senegal
31 JPN Japan
32 PHI Philippines



Sunday, September 15

Gold Medal game: Spain 95, Argentina 75
For Spain, Ricky Rubio put up 20 points and 7 rebounds. Sergio Llull scored 15. Marc Gasol had 14 points (2/9 FG), 7 rebounds, 7 assists and three blocks. Rudy Fernandez added 11 points and 10 rebounds. And Juancho Hernangomez and Willy Hernangomez Geuer each scored 11. For Argentina, Gabriel Deck scored 24 points on 10/13 FG, and Nicolas Laprovittola scored 17. Facundo Campazzo dished eight assists. Luis Scola shot just 1/10 FG. And Argentina as a team shot just 36% FG.

Third Place/Bronze game: France 67, Australia 59
For France, Nando De Colo 19 points, Evan Fournier 16 points and five rebounds, everyone else 9 points or less. Nic Batum dished six assists. France as a team shot 38% FG and hit 9/21 threes. For Australia, Joe Ingles 17 points (7/11 FG) and five rebounds, Patty Mills 15 points, everyone else also 9 points or less. Andrew Bogut had six rebounds (but shot 2/7 FG). Matthew Dellavedova had five assists (but shot just 2/9 FG). Australia shot 46% FG but only hit 4/17 threes.


Saturday, September 14
USA 87, Poland 74 (Donovan Mitchell 16 pts 10 ast, Mateusz Ponitka 18 pts 7 reb)

Serbia 90, Czech Republic 81 (Bogdan Bogdanovic 31 pts 4 reb, Ondrej Balvin 12 pts 10 reb)


Friday, September 13

Spain 95, Australia 88, 2OT
Marc Gasol 33 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists. Ricky Rubio 19 points, 7 rebounds, 12 assists. Sergio Llull 17 points., 6 assists. And in the loss for Australia: Patty Mills 32 points, but 2 assists and 7 turnovers. Nic Kay 16 points, 11 rebounds. Andrew Bogut 12 points, 9 rebounds. Joe Ingles shot 1 of 9, 4 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists.

Argentina 80, France 66
Luis Scola 28 points, 13 rebounds. Gabriel Deck 13 points. Facundo Campazzo 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Luka Voldoza 10 points. Argentina 41% FG, 9 of 25 threes, 17 of 20 FT. And in the loss for France: Frank Ntilikina 16 points, Evan Fournier 16 points (on 17 shots), Nando de Colo 11 points and 4 assists. Rudy Gobert 3 points, 11 rebounds. France 39% FG, just 7 of 31 threes, and only hit 13 of 25 FT.


Thursday, September 12
Serbia 94, USA 89 (Bogdan Bogdanovic 28 pts 4 reb 6 ast, Harrison Barnes 22 pts 5 reb 4 ast)

Czech Republic 94, Poland 84 (Vojtech Hruban 24 pts 12 reb, Damian Kulig 12 pts 7 reb)


Wednesday, September 11
France 89, USA 79 (Rudy Gobert 21 pts 16 reb 3 blk, Donovan Mitchell 26 pts 6 reb 4 ast)

Australia 82, Czech Republic 70 (Patty Mills 24 pts 4 reb 6 ast, Tomas Satoransky 13 pts 9 reb 13 ast)

Tuesday, September 10
Argentina 97, Serbia 87 (Facundo Campazzo 18 pts 6 reb 12 ast, Nikola Jokic 16 pts 10 reb 5 ast)
Spain 90, Poland 78 (Ricky Rubio 19 pts 5 reb 9 ast, A.J. Slaughter 19 pts 6 ast)


Monday, September 9
Montenegro 80, Japan 65 (Nikola Vucevic 18 pts 7 reb, Yuta Watanabe 34 pts 9 reb)
Lithuania 74, Dominican Republic 55 (Jonas Valanciunas 19 pts 10 reb, Sadiel Rojas 11 pts 6 reb)
Jordan 79, Senegal 77 (Dar Tucker 34 pts 11 reb, Youssoupha Ndoye 22 pts 11 reb)
Greece 84, Czech Republic 77 (Nick Calathes 27 pts 6 reb 6 ast, Tomas Satoransky 13 pts 8 reb 9 ast)
New Zealand 102, Turkey 101 (Rob Loe 17 pts 4 ast, Cedi Osman 32 pts 6 reb 4 ast)
Australia 100, France 98 (Aron Baynes 21 pts 5 reb, Evan Fournier 31 pts 6 reb 4 ast)
Germany 82, Canada 76 (Dennis Schroder 21 pts 10 reb 9 ast, Khem Birch 15 pts 9 reb)
USA vs Brazil (Myles Turner 16 pts 8 reb, Anderson Varejao 14 pts 8 reb)

Sunday, September 8
Russia 69, Venezuela 60 (Andrey Vorontsevich 17 pts 9 reb 5 ast, Michael Carrera 19 pts 10 reb)
Korea 80, Cote d'Ivoire 71 (Guna Ra 26 pts 16 reb, Bryan Pamba 12 pts)
Tunisia 86, Angola 84 (Salah Mejri 18 pts, 8 reb, 8 blk, Yanick Moreira 21 pts 9 reb)
Italy 94, Puerto Rico 89 (Marco Belinelli 27 pts 6 reb, Renaldo Balkman 14 pts 7 reb)
Argentina 91, Poland 65 (Luis Scola 21 pts 6 reb, A.J. Slaughter 16 pts)
Nigeria 86, China 73 (Josh Okogie 19 pts 5 reb, Jianlian Yi 27 pts 6 reb)
Iran 95, Philippines 75 (Behnam Yakhchalidehkordi 14 pts 5 reb 5 ast, Robert Lee Jr. Bolick 15 pts)
Spain 81, Serbia 69 (Victor Claver 14 pts 7 reb, Bogdan Bogdanovic 26 pts 10 reb 6 ast)

Saturday, September 7
New Zealand 111, Japan 81 (Corey Webster 27 pts 5 reb 6 ast, Nick Fazekas 31 pts 9 reb 4 ast)
Australia 82, Dominican Republic 76 (Patty Mills 19 pts 9 ast, Eloy Vargas 16 pts 7 reb)
Canada 126, Jordan 71 (Kyle Wiltjer 29 pts, Amin Abu Hawwas 11 pts)
Czech Republic 93, Brazil 71 (Tomas Satoransky 20 pts 7 reb 9 ast, Marcelinho Huertas 11 pts 6 ast)
Turkey 79, Montenegro 74 (Cedi Osman 19 pts 4 reb, Nikola Vucevic 20 pts 7 reb 5 ast)
France 78, Lithuania 75 (Nando De Colo 21 pts 4 ast, Jonas Valanciunas 18 pts 8 reb)
Germany 89, Senegal 78 (Dennis Schroder 24 pts 6 reb 12 ast, Ibrahima Faye 17 pts 7 reb)
USA 69, Greece 53 (Kemba Walker 15 pts 4 reb 6 ast, Giannis 15 pts 13 reb)

Friday, September 6
Poland 79, Russia 74 (Mateusz Ponitka 14 pts 9 reb, Andrey Vorontsevich 11 pts 10 reb)
Nigeria 86, Cote D'Ivoire 66 (Al-Farouq Aminu 13 pts 7 reb, Deon Thompson 19 pts 9 reb)
Iran 71, Angola 62 (Mohammadsamad Nik Khahbahrami 21 pts, Carlos Morais 17 pts)
Serbia 90, Puerto Rico 47 (Nemanja Bjelica 18 pts 6 reb, David Huertas 11 pts)
Argentina 87, Venezuela 67 (Gabriel Deck 25 pts 4 reb, Michael Carrera 19 pts 4 reb)
China 77, Korea 73 (Qi Zhou 13 pts 14 reb, Guna Ra 21 pts 12 reb 4 stl)
Tunisia 86, Philippines 67 (Salah Mejri 12 pts 12 reb, Andray Blatche 24 pts 11 reb)
Spain 67, Italy 60 (Victor Claver 7 pts 9 reb, Danilo Gallinari 15 pts 5 reb)


Thursday, September 5
Canada 82, Senegal 60 (Cory Joseph 24 pts, Maurice Ndour 9 pts 12 reb)
Brazil 84, Montenegro 73 (Cristiano Felicio 14 pts 8 reb, Derek Needham 16 pts 10 ast)
Czech Republic 91, Turkey 76 (Ondrej Balvín 17 pts 11 reb, Cedi Osman 24 pts)
Germany 96, Jordan 62 (Maximilian Kleber 18 pts, Ahmad Al Dwairi 17 pts 8 reb)
Australia 87, Lithuania 82 (Aron Baynes 21 pts 13 reb, Domantas Sabonis 12 pts)
Greece 103, New Zealand 97 (Giannis 24 pts 10 reb 6 ast, Corey Webster 31 pts)
USA 98, Japan 45 (Jaylen Brown 20 pts 7 reb, Yudai Baba 18 pts 3 stl)
France 90, Dominican Republic 56 (Rudy Gobert 13 pts 8 reb, Victor Liz 12 pts)

Wednesday, September 4
Angola 84, Philippines 81 (Valdélicio Joaquim 20 pts 7 reb, Andray Blatche 23 pts 12 reb)
Poland 80, Cote d'Ivoire 63 (Adam Waczynski 16 pts 6 ast, Charles Abouo 23 pts 6 reb)
Nigeria 108, Korea 66 (Micheal Eric 17 pts 9 reb, Guna Ra 18 pts 11 reb)
Puerto Rico 67, Tunisia 64 (Renaldo Balkman 14 pts 9 reb, Omar Abada 14 pts 6 stl)
Serbia 92, Italy 77 (Bogdan Bogdanovic 31 pts 5 ast 5 stl, Danilo Gallinari 26 pts 8 reb)
Venezuela 72, China 59 (Heissler Guillent 15 pts 8 ast, Jiwei Zhao 12 pts)
Argentina 69, Russia 61 (Facundo Campazzo 21 pts 6 reb 7 ast, Andrey Zubkov 18 pts 7 reb)
Spain 73, Iran 65 (Juancho Hernangomez 11 pts 10 reb, Hamed Haddadi 10 pts 15 reb 6 ast)

Tuesday, September 3
Australia 81, Senegal 68 (Joe Ingles 17 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists)
New Zealand 93, Montenegro 83 (Corey Webster 25 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists)
Czech Republic 89, Japan 76 (Blake Schilb 22 pts, Rui Hachimura 21 pts 6 reb)
Dominican Republic 70, Germany 68 (Eloy Vargas 16 pts 5 reb, Daniel Theis 12 pts 5 stls)
Lithuania 92, Canada 69 (Jonas Valanciunas 13 pts 8 reb, Kyle Wiltjer 24 pts)
Brazil 79, Greece 78 (Anderson Varejao 22 pts 9 reb, Nick Calathes 16 pts 7 reb 4 ast)
USA 93, Turkey 92, OT (Kemba Walker 14 pts 6 reb 7 ast, Ersan Ilyasova 23 pts 14 reb)
France 103, Jordan 64 (Rudy Gobert 16 pts 13 reb, Dar Tucker 20 pts)
Monday, September 2
Italy 92, Angola 61 (Jeff Brooks 11 points, 11 rebounds)
Venezuela 87, Cote d'Ivoire 71 (Heissler Guillent 28 points, 7 assists)
Argentina 94, Nigeria 81 (Patricio Garino 17 points, 7 rebounds)
Tunisia 79, Iran 67 (Salah Mejri 22 points, 15 rebounds, 5 blocks)
Serbia 126, Philippines 67 (Nemanja Bjelica 20 points)
Poland 79, China 76 (Mateusz Ponitka 25 points, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks)
Russia 87, Korea 73 (Andrey Vorontsevich 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists)
Spain 73, Puerto Rico 63 (Marc Gasol 19 points, 7 rebounds)

Sunday, September 1
Australia 108, Canada 92 (Matthew Dellavedova 24 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists)
Brazil 102, New Zealand 94 (Rafa Luz 15 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists)
Turkey 86, Japan 67 (Ersan Ilyasova 19 points, 10 rebounds)
Dominican Republic 80, Jordan 76 (Ronald Roberts 11 points, 6 rebounds)
Lithuania 101, Senegal 47 (Jonas Valanciunas 13 points, 11 rebounds)
Greece 85, Montenegro 60 (Georgios Papagiannis 15 points, 8 rebounds)
USA 88, Czech Republic 67 (Donovan Mitchell 16 points)
France 78, Germany 74 (Evan Fournier 26 points, 10 rebounds)

Saturday, August 31
Serbia 105, Angola 59 (Bogdan Bogdanovic 24 points)
Poland 80, Venezuela 69 (Michal Sokolowski 16 points, 9 rebounds)
Russia 82, Nigeria 77 (Andrey Zubkov 12 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists)
Puerto Rico 83, Iran 81 (David Huertas 32 points, 4 assists)
Italy 108, Philippines 62 (Danilo Gallinari 16 points, 4 assists)
China 70, Cote d'Ivoire 55 (Ailun Guo 17 points, 9 assists)
Argentina 95, Korea 69 (Facundo Campazzo 11 points, 6 assists)
Spain 101, Tunisia 62 (Ricky Rubio 17 points, 9 assists)


The website reports: Spain are FIBA Basketball World Cup champions again after triumphing over Argentina, 95-75, in the Final of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 at the Beijing Wukesong Arena... Ricky Rubio had 20 points to lead Spain, which also got double-figure scoring Rudy Fernandez, Marc Gasol, Sergio Llull and the Hernangomez brothers. Argentina were led by Nicolas Laprovittola and Gabriel Deck, who tallied 17 and 24 points, respectively. Sept. 15, 2019

The website reports: France got the better of Australia, 67-59, in a see-saw encounter in the Third-Place Game at the Beijing Wukesong Arena to bag their second consecutive top three finish at the FIBA Basketball World Cup. Just like in their Semi-Finals loss to Argentina, the French slogged through another slow start in a Second Round rematch with Australia, but this time Les Bleus mounted a successful rally late in the third quarter to pull the rug from under Australia and repeat the success of Spain 2014. Sept. 15, 2019

The website reports: Serbia needed a strong second half and Bogdan Bogdanovic's hot shooting to rally past Czech Republic, 90-81, and finish among the top five teams at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019. Behind stingy defense and terrific perimeter shooting, Czech Republic erected a 50-41 lead at the half, but the Serbians got their act together in the last two periods to register their sixth win in eight games. Sept. 14, 2019

The website reports: Spain prevailed in a game for the ages to reach the Final of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, as the 2006 champions knocked off Australia in historic fashion in the Semi-Finals, winning 95-88 in the first-ever double overtime for a World Cup elimination game. Marc Gasol claimed TCL Player of the Game honors as he totalled 33 points while Ricky Rubio collected his first World Cup double-double with 19 points, 12 assists, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Sept 13, 2019

The website reports: The last time Rudy Gobert faced Team USA, France lost a nail-biter at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Facing elimination against the Americans, the 7ft 1in (2.16m) center made sure their Quarter-Finals meeting would have a different outcome. Anchoring the middle with assurance, Gobert collected 21 points, 16 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 assists and 1 steal in a performance to remember. The final scored, 89-79, may seem to imply that Les Bleus cruised to the victory, but the reality was they had to battle back from a seven-point fourth quarter deficit before earning their spot in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Semi-Finals. Sept. 12, 2019

The website reports: No matter who wins this Quarter-Finals duel, the crowd in Shanghai will have witnessed history by the time the game ends, because it will be a first for these two to reach the Semi-Finals of a FIBA Basketball World Cup. Australia are in their 12th World Cup appearance, and they haven't had a single misstep yet, sweeping their way to the Quarter-Finals for the first time since 1994. Powered by their NBA experience with Joe Ingles, Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills, Aron Baynes and Matthew Dellavedova, the Boomers are one step away from the best-ever finish. They were fifth in 1982 and 1994. Sept. 11, 2019

The website reports: For a boy who made his professional debut before his 15th birthday, it was always clear that Ricky Rubio is going to break some records along the way. In China, he surpassed Pablo Prigioni and is now the player with most assists in the history of the FIBA Basketball World Cup. Prigioni, the Argentine genius, had 106 assists in 24 games played to lead that stat department since assists were included in the boxscore in 1994. Rubio tied him with 4 assists against Serbia, then went on to take the overall lead when he found a wide open Juancho Hernangomez for a three-pointer against Poland, early in the second quarter of the Quarter-Finals in Shanghai on Tuesday. Sept. 10, 2019

The website reports: The first Quarter-Finals pairings were sealed after statement wins from Argentina and Spain in the penultimate day of the Second Round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019. Argentina is set to lock horns with Serbia while Spain will face off with Poland on the the other side of the bracket in the tantalizing Quarter-Finals stage of the most prestigious basketball event of the world. Sept. 8, 2019

The website reports: Even though their FIBA Basketball World Cup dreams are over, China and Nigeria have plenty to play for in a blockbuster game on Sunday. The teams will play their final game of the tournament in Classification 17-32 Group M action with the carrot of Olympic qualification dangling in front of them. With two victories each, China and Nigeria are in pole position for direct Olympics entry in their respective regions of Asia and Africa. Sept. 7, 2019

The website reports: Whenever called upon, Patty Mills comes to the party and Saturday has been that kind of day; or every other day that Australia has played at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 anyway. A remarkable 19 points and 9 rebounds as Australia saw off Dominican Republic 82-76 at the Youth Olympics Gymnasium in Nanjing to earn him the undisputed TCL Player of the Game - his third at this tournament - a record tying feat alongside Poland's Mateusz Ponitka. Sept. 6, 2019

The website reports: Czech Republic continued to surprise naysayers with a huge 93-71 victory over Brazil to improve their record to 3-1 in the Second Round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019. The Czechs outclassed their South American counterparts in a crucial game, putting a blemish to Brazil's record (3-1) and keep their own Quarter-Finals hopes alive. Sept. 6, 2019

The website reports: Germany avoided a winless Group Phase campaign after whipping Jordan, 96-62, to finish with a 1-2 record in Group G of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019. Max Kleiber scored a game-high 18 points to lead Germany while Danilo Barthel and Paul Zipser chipped in 13 and 12 points respectively. Dennis Schroder had a masterful performance, directing the German offense with 11 assists and also added 10 points. Sept. 5, 2019

The website reports: Canada collected an 82-60 win to proceed to the Classification Round 17-32 with a 1-2 record, while Senegal will move on winless after the first three games. Canada still have a shot of reaching the Olympic Qualifying Tournament via the World Cup, while Senegal could even book a trip to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics if they finish as the best African team in the Classification Round. Sept. 4, 2019

The website reports:The first six teams to qualify for the Second Round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 were confirmed, with Argentina, Italy, Poland, Russia, Serbia and Spain booking early-bird tickets on action-packed Monday night. Sept. 3, 2019

The website reports: Team USA started their FIBA Basketball World Cup title defense with an 88-67 victory over the Czech Republic in Group E action. Even though they were sluggish at times, the world No.1 team had too much firepower and eventually overwhelmed the Europeans after a tight start. It was a balanced effort with Donovan Mitchell leading the way with 16 points, while Harrison Barnes (14) and Kemba Walker (13) were also solid contributors. Sept. 2, 2019

In Italy’s opening game of the FIBA Basketball World Cup on Saturday, Danilo Gallinari showed he’s fully recovered from a surgery earlier this month. Gallinari logged 16 points, four assists and three rebounds while playing a team-high 23 minutes in Italy’s 108-62 win against the Philippines to open group play in China. -- The Oklahoman Sept 1. 2019


FIBA World Cup BasketballThe 32-team FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 competition will be held Aug. 31-Sept. 15 in China.

The United States, two-time defending World Cup champion and FIBA's No. 1 world ranked team, was drawn into Group E and will play its first-round games in Shanghai. The USA will play Czech Republic on Sept. 1, Turkey on Sept. 3 and Japan on Sept. 5.

Following competition of the round-robin first round games, the top two finishing teams from each group will qualify for the second round, while the bottom two teams from each group will play the classification round for places 17-32. Second round games are scheduled to be held Sept. 6-9 and the results of the three games from the first round carry over to the second-round standings.

The second round will feature four groups - Group I will consist of A1, A2, B1 and B2; Group J will feature C1, C2, D1 and D2; Group K will consist of E1, E2, F1 and F2; and Group L will include G1, G2, H1 and H2. Second round play will be held in Foshan, Nanjing, Shenzhen and Wuhan.

The top two finishing teams from each second-round group will qualify for the quarterfinals, and the bottom two teams from each second-round group are eliminated and ranked in places 9-16 according to the Official Basketball Rules. The quarterfinals action will be held in Dongguan and Shanghai on Sept. 10-11.

Semifinals and the gold and bronze medal game are slated to be held in Beijing on Sept. 13 and Sept. 15, respectively.

The USA men have participated in 17 FIBA World Cups and have collected 12 medals - five gold medals (1954, 1986, 1994, 2010 and 2014), three silver medals (1950, 1959 and 1982) and four bronze medals (1974, 1990, 1998 and 2006). USA Men's World Cup teams own an overall record of 123-27.

Results from the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 will qualify seven nations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The top two finishing teams in the World Cup from both the Americas and Europe zones will earn qualifying places in the 2020 Olympics, as will the top finisher from Africa, Asia and Oceania. Additionally, Olympic host Japan automatically qualified, and the final four nations will qualify through four FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments that will be held in 2020 in advance of the Olympics.

General 2019 FIBA World Cup Schedule:

First Round Games: August 31 - September 5
Second Round Games: September 6-9
Quarter-Finals: September 10-11
Classification Games 5-8: September 12
Semi-Finals: September 13
Classification Games 5-8: September 14
Final: September 15

FIBA World Cup Team Groups:

Group A: Poland, Cote d'ivoire, Venezuela, China
Group B: Russia, Argentina, Korea, Nigeria
Group C: Spain, Iran, Puerto Rico, Tunisia
Group D: Angola, Philippines, Italy, Serbia
Group E: Turkey, Czech Republic, USA, Japan
Group F: Greece, New Zealand, Brazil, Montenegro
Group G: Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Jordan
Group H: Canada, Senegal, Lithuania, Australia.

FIBA World Cup TV and Streaming Info

It seems like the main place to watch 2019 FIBA World Cup action is on ESPN+. Viewing and streaming info seemed very slow to come out this year.

2019 FIBA World Cup News

"The return of Nikola Vucevic couldn't have come at a better time for Montenegro, a country aiming to cause some damage in their FIBA Basketball World Cup debut later this month in China. The 28-year-old center had a breakthrough season with the NBA outfit Orlando Magic, averaging career-highs of 20.8 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 80 games throughout the Regular Season campaign." -- / August 6, 2019

"It's not every day an NBA player would be heard wishing to trade his NBA Most Valuable Player award for a FIBA Basketball World Cup title, but that's exactly what Giannis Antetokounmpo is thinking. Giannis is set to become the first player to see action at the World Cup right after capturing the prestigious MVP award, and to do so for a Greek program that has seen a lot of success at this level is nothing short of significant." -- / August 5, 2019



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 Nenę 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)