In a warm-up exhibition on Saturday, team USA lost to Australia in Melbourne. Though this isn’t a reason to worry, it’s a clear indication that the team is vulnerable. Since 2006, team USA has never lost while using NBA players exclusively.
Many American stars dropped out of 2019 FIBA World Cup. Team USA is scheduled to start the first game on 1st September. The roster is full of plumless player, Kemba Walker and Donovan Mitchell will take the lead to the tournament.
On Monday, team USA beat Canada, who are also lacking star players. For now, there are high chances that for the first time, Americans will not win gold while using NBA players.
The US has dominated in the sport for decades. In the last decade, they have proven that they are unstopped in international level mainly when they recruit American born stars. They have been reigning for quite some time, and it won’t be a bad thing to see another country do the same. That might be the reason why American stars stepped aside, though, the average players are also fighting for a good chance.
Things are now shaking up in the world of basketball. Star players are now available in other countries. The 2019 NBA MVP will be representing Greece in the World Cup. Thus, it won’t be a big deal to see Antetokounmpo outdo Mitchell or Kemba in FIBA game.
Serbia also has star players the likes of Nikola Jokic, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Nemanja Bjelica and Boban Marjanovic. They also have something to show, a silver from 2016 Olympics.
Other countries that may compete favorably in this World Cup include Spain, France, Russia, Lithuania, German, Australia and Brazil.