Teams That Could Beat Team USA at FIBA World Cup 2019
The NBA-assembled basketball teams that take part in international competitions are the stuff of legend. There’s the Dream Team of 1992 which many would argue has never been and will never be bettered.
Then there are the teams that have won the last three Olympic games, as well as the last two editions of the FIBA World Cup. But, even so, history has shown us, not even Team USA is unbeatable.
Team USA is dealing with a troubling issue, with plenty of its top players withdrawing from the commitment to help the basketball powerhouse defend their FIBA World Cup title. Now seems to be the perfect time for the rest of the world to pull the rug from underneath Team USA.
Nitrogen Sports Blog looks at three of the teams looking to adjust the history pages and capture the World Cup trophy for themselves. But can they beat Team USA?
The Canadians are looking impressive not only because of their solid core of NBA players. Perhaps even more impressive is that they’ve managed to qualify for the World Cup without relying on them.
While arguably a long shot to win the trophy, the Canadians can give any team a run for their money, provided they make it out of their tough group which includes Senegal, Lithuania and Australia. To beat USA, though, the Canadians need all available NBA hands on deck.
If a European nation is going to win the trophy, then that most likely is going to be Spain. What makes us confident of their chances? The Spaniards are ranked second in the FIBA World Rankings, they’ve won the World Cup before (most recently in 2014) and Spain have made Team USA sweat bullets before.
At the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, Spain lost by just a slim margin to Team USA, 82-76. Spain have NBA talent in Marc Gasol and Ricky Rubio. They can match up with any team in terms of size, even if Pau Gasol and Serge Ibaka will ultimately not be part of the Spanish Armada in China, as they still have Willy Hernangomez and Juan Hernangomez to help the younger Gasol in the middle.
As far as tradition goes, the sport of basketball is ingrained in the nation’s fabric, rivaled in terms of popularity only by football. Victory in the World Cup will not be a surprising triumph back home.
The Aussies have been picked by numerous pundits as being among the favorites to win the FIBA World Cup. The Australians finished fourth at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, nearly beating Spain in the bronze medal game which ended in an 89-88 score.
Australia won the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup on the strength of a team that includes NBA players like Matthew Dellavedova. Fans should get an early idea of the strength of the Australian Boomers when they take on the powerful Lithuanian and Canadian teams in the group stages.
The Chinese hosted 2019 World Cup begins on Aug. 31 with the tournament’s exciting conclusion due to take place on Sep. 15.
Even with star players dropping like flies from the United States’ roster for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China, it’s still going to take other squads a lot to beat Team USA. But can Team USA successfully weather the storm in China? We’ll all just have to wait and see how the tournament unfolds in a few weeks from now.
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