In the latest FIBA Men’s World Rankings, the USA has regained its position as the best team in the world, despite finishing fourth at the FIBA World Cup and losing three out of its final four games. FIBA explained that the USA’s consistency at major tournaments over the past three summers played a significant role in their rise to the top spot. Spain, previously ranked No. 1, dropped to second place after failing to advance out of the group stage at the World Cup. Germany, the World Cup champions, climbed up to third place.
The current FIBA Top 10 teams are as follows: 1. USA, 2. Spain, 3. Germany, 4. Australia, 5. Serbia, 6. Canada, 7. Argentina, 8. Latvia, 9. France, and 10. Lithuania. With a powerful roster led by LeBron James, the USA will be the favored team to win gold at the upcoming Paris Olympics. However, winning gold will not be an easy task, regardless of the team composition. Serbia, who finished second at the World Cup, will have Nikola Jokic on their roster. Lithuania, who defeated the USA, will add Domantas Sabonis, and a strong Canadian team, who also beat the USA, will have Jamal Murray in their lineup. Furthermore, World Cup champions Germany will be a formidable opponent.
Following the Olympics, a new FIBA Men’s basketball ranking will be released, further adding to the confusion and discussion around the best team in the world. This has become a tradition in the world of international basketball.