The Men’s FIBA World Cup team will not win the Championship. Team USA holds the number one world ranking, but this years team is different. This years team consists of many second/third tier players in the NBA. Don’t get me wrong, this team should be the favorite to win the Championship. However, I think they will fall short of doing so. Team USA does not have the cohesion and the time spent together like many of the teams they are competing against do.
— Basketball World Cup (@FIBAWC) August 28, 2019
I could see teams like Serbia and Spain get hot from the floor and take down this young USA team. Serbia is 9-0 this summer against some talented teams. They have also won the silver medal at the 2014 World Cum and the 2016 Olympics. Nikola Jokic is a phenomenal player who could carry this team deep into the tournament. Spain can take down team USA based on their toughness alone. Marc Gasol is a monster in the post that team USA doesn’t have an answer for.
FIBA basketball is a totally different style than what we see in the NBA. The games are 40 minutes and if team USA has a cold spell, another team will capitalize. The World Cup is all about which team can stay hot for the longest stretch of time. Team USA has the talent, but do they have the teamwork to get the job done?
Connor Strayer (CouchGuyBigC)