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Top 10 FIBA World Cup Rankings

Ranking the best FIBA Basketball Teams in the World after competing in this year's 2023 FIBA World Cup. as Germany won the title.

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By admin | July 6, 2023

FIBA Basketball World Cup Rankings 2023

The summer was loaded with a ton of excitement from the world of sports including an exciting 2023 FIBA World Cup. As you look around at the best baseball countries from around the world all are well deserving of a spot among the Top 10 FIBA Basketball World rankings list. A list that is currently headlined by the United States or otherwise known as Team USA. Despite failing to take home a medal the United States were able to take home a fourth place finish despite a roster not featuring many of the top players from the United States.

With the next major men’s world basketball competition taking place during the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris between July 26th, 2024, and August 11th, 2024, the excitement level continues to build for all the best men’s basketball teams around the world.

This includes the team’s who have secured a spot within the Olympics as well as for other top teams who will be competing during the 2024 FIBA Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament. The tournament to be held between July 2nd and July 24th next summer. Joining Team USA among the top five Men’s FIBA teams include Germany who won the 2023 FIBA World Cup as well as Canada, Australia, and Serbia.

Here is a look at the Top 10 FIBA Basketball World Cup Rankings list:

FIBA Qualifiers

Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D
Dominican RepublicSouth SudanGreeceLithuania
PhilippinesChinaNew ZealandMontenegro
AngolaSerbiaJordanEgypt
ItalyPuerto RicoUSAMexico
Group EGroup FGroup GGroup H
AustraliaVenezuelaIranLebanon
JapanSloveniaSpainFrance
GermanyGeorgiaBrazilLatvia
FinlandCape VerdeIvory CoastCanada

Honorable Mention

Latvia

Noteable Players: Davis Bertans, Andrejs Grazulis

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Just missing the Top 10 FIBA Basketball World Cup rankings list is Latvia. They finished the 2023 World Cup with a fifth place finish after knocking off Lithuania within the Fifth Place Game.

Since the 2023 World Cup Latvia has continued their success in international play. They picked up wins over both Italy and Lithuania during exhibition play in early September.

As you look at Latvia the team is loaded with talent. This includes both Davis Bertans and Andrejs Grazulis who both averaged over 12 points per game.

Despite falling short of taking home a medal during the World Cup, Latvia is expected to possibly have NBA All-Star Kristaps Porzingis back for the 2023 Summer Olympics. Despite not having their best overall player Latvia put together a strong FIBA World Cup

Lithuania

Noteable Players: Jonas Valanciunas, Rokas Jokubaitis and Ignas Brazdeikis

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Another FIBA basketball team missing the Top 10 list is Lithuania. They finished the 2023 World Cup with a sixth place finish after falling to Latvia within the Fifth Place Game.

Nonetheless Lithuania showed their potential after cruising through pool play. They posted a 5-0 record while taking home the best record in Group J which also featured Greece and the United States.

Lithuania currently has a deep roster that featured five players who averaged at least eight points during the 2023 FIBA World Cup. Their were also three other players posted at least six points per game.

Leading the way is NBA center Jonas Valanciunas who averaged nearly 15 points per game (14.8) to go along with 8.8 rebounds per game.

Other notable Lithuania team members include Rokas Jokubaitis and Ignas Brazdeikis. In addition, Lithuania may get the return of Domantas Sabonis who has blossomed into an NBA All-Star game next summer.

Top 10 FIBA Basketball Rankings

10. Dominican Republic

Notable Players: Jean Montero, Karl-Anthony Towns (Questionable)

Previous Ranking: 10

Coming in at number 10 on the Top 10 FIBA Basketball World rankings is the Dominican Republic who finished 3-2 during the 2023 World Cup.

Led by Karl-Anthony Towns the Dominican Republic basketball team put together a solid run at the 2023 World Cup despite no other top tier players joining him on the roster.

This includes both Chris Duarte and Al Horford who both elected to skip the tournament. However, expectations are set that both of those players may compete at the 2024 Summer Olympic next summer in Paris.

The Minnesota Timberwolves big man finished the tournament averaging 24.4 points per game to go along with eight rebounds, 1.6 assists, and one blocked shot per game.

Other notable players include Andres Feliz who averaged 16 points per game and 4.8 assists. Also Jesus Montero who averaged 9.8 points and 4.8 assists per game

9. Greece

Notable Players: Kostas Sloukas, Nikos Rogkavopoulos, Giannis Antetokounmpo (Questionable)

Previous Ranking: 9

Joining the list of the best FIBA teams is Greece who is expected to have Giannis Antetokounmpo back on the roster for the Summer Olympics.

With the Greek Freak back on the floor Greece is a team to beat and a team that can play with any international team night in and night out.

Along with Antetokounmpo Greece has weapons on both sides of the hardwood including Ioannis Papapetrou who averaged nearly 15 points per game.

Other notable players for Greece include Nikos Rogkavopoulos and Thomas Walkup while Antetokounmpo’s brother Thanisis may also rejoin the roster delivering depth to the overall roster.

8. France

Notable Players: Rudy Gobert, Evan Fournier

Previous Ranking: 3

France continues to be one of the top international basketball teams each year including during both the FIBA World Cup and Summer Olympics.

Currently France lands among the 10 Best FIBA men’s basketball teams heading into preparation for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

When healthy, France has a talented roster to include NBA All-Star and Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert. Gobert posted 10.8 points per game during the World Cup and will return for the Olympics next summer to deliver the team a strong defensive weapon.

Other notable France players include Evan Fournier who averaged 13.8 points per game as well as Guerschon Yabusele.

7. Spain 

Notable Players: Tyson Perez, Willy Hernangomez, Rudy Fernandez

Previous Ranking: #2

Leading into the 2023 FIBA World Cup Spain had been the team to watch and possibly beat during the tournament.

However, despite ranking among the leaders in assists per game (27.8) and rebounds per game (38.6), Spain struggled to score at times, limiting their success on the floor.

Despite their struggles Spain is as talented as any team on the international stage while also having here players who averaged double figures during the World Cup.

Headlining the roster is the team’s big man Willy Hernangomez who averaged 18.2 points per game to go along with 1.8 assists and 5.6 rebounds. Heading into the Summer Olympics Spain may get additional help including veteran point guard Ricky Rubio to help run the team’s offense.

6. Slovenia

Notable Players: Luka Doncic, Jordan Morgan

Previous Ranking: #7

When your roster features one of the top basketball players in the World in Luka Doncic it is easy to understand why the team ranks among the best teams.

Despite failing to make it to the title round of the 2023 World Cup, Slovenia remains one of the top teams in the world. Doncic was brilliant during the entire tournament while delivering excitement during each contest.

The Dallas Mavericks All-Star finished the tournament averaging 27 points per game to go along with 7.1 rebounds and 6.1 assists.

Other notable players playing to watch leading into the 2024 Summer Olympics include Mike Tobey who also averaged double figures as well as Aleksej Nikolic.

5. Australia

Notable Players: Matthew Dellavedova, Dejan Vasiljevic

Previous Ranking: #4

Rounding out the Top 5 men’s basketball teams landing on the Top 10 FIBA Basketball World rankings list is Australia. Australia while not featuring a star studded roster as some of the other top international basketball teams does have a deep roster with talented players who can play together.

One of those players is Josh Giddey who plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA. Giddey averaged 19.4 points while also averaging six assists. In addition, Giddey is joined by Patty Mills who averaged over 18 points per game to go along with five assists.

Other notable Australia basketball players include Josh Green, Nick Kay, and Joe Ingles. The talented roster combined to average 93.8 points per game while also shooting 50.9 percent from the field and playing strong defense on the opposite end of the floor.

Leading into play next season Ben Simmons is another weapon Australia may have on the floor during the Olympics.

4. Canada

Notable Players: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kelly Olynyk

Previous Ranking: #6

Coming off their impressive performance against Team USA to take home the third place finish during the 2023 FIBA World Cup, Canada moves into the Top 5 FIBA basketball teams.

With the 2024 Summer Olympics less than a year away, Canada is qualified and is expected to be a team to watch next summer. Headlining Canada’s roster is the talented guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander who is a budding star in the NBA.

Gilgeous who is coming off averaging 31.4 points per game this season. Gilgeous-Alexander gives Canada a prime time player who has the ability to take over the game.

The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard is also joined on Canada’s roster by RJ Barret who also averaged 16.8 points during the World Cup.

Other notable players include Dillon Brooks, Dwight Powell, and Kelly Olynyk. Overall Canada finished play averaging 98.8 points per game trailing only the United States.

3. Serbia 

Notable Players: Nikola Jokic, Aleksa Avramovic, Milos Teodosic

Previous Ranking: #5

Entering the FIBA World Cup 2023, Serbia had been ranked fifth among the best FIBA Basketball teams despite not being expected to feature two time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic.

Despite not having Jokic on the roster Serbia put together an impressive performance while taking home the second place finish after falling to Germany in the FIBA world championship game.

Now as teams look to the Olympics next summer, Serbia is expected to have their best player back during play joining other top players filling out their current roster. A roster that included NBA player Bogdan Bogdanovic who averaged 18.2 points per game during the World Cup.

Other notable players include Nikola Milutinov, Aleksa Avramovic, and Nikola Jovic who each averaged double figures during international play.

2. Germany

Notable Players: Dennis Schroder, Franz Wagner

Previous Ranking: #8

Leading into the 2023 FIBA World Cup, Germany ranked in the middle of the pack among the top men’s basketball teams. However, taking home the FIBA World Cup gold medal, it is hard to look past Germany as one of the teams to beat heading into the Olympics next summer.

The team is led by NBA players Franz Wagner and Dennis Schroder who both put together strong performances.

Leading into the World Cup Germany had been playing some of the best basketball while competing during the EuroBasket 2022 tournament and taking home a third place finish behind talented international basketball teams from Spain and France.

Other notable players include Moritz Wagner and Daniel Theis who both averaged double figures during the World Cup.

1. United States (Team USA)

Notable Players: Paolo Banchero, Tyrese Haliburton, Anthony Edwards

In at number one on the Top 10 FIBA Basketball World rankings list is Team USA who is expected to make a deep run during the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

After failing to take home a medal during the 2023 FIBA World Cup, the United States roster is still deep. They expect to be supplemented with some of the other players who did not compete during the World Cup.

This includes LeBron James as well as top NBA stars such as Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, and Kevin Durant.

How would you rank these FIBA teams going into the 2023 FIBA Championship? Rank below to be added in the FIBA Power Rankings..

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  1. Lithuania

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  2. Nigeria

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  3. Spain

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  4. Australia

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  5. Czech Republic

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  6. Germany

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  7. Argentina

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  8. Italy

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  9. France

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  10. Slovenia

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