FIBA World Cup is set to kick off on 31st August in China. Thirty-two teams will be battling for the trophy across eight cities in about two weeks. Here is some takeaway to consider before the captivating competition.
Team USA Favorite To Win the Cup
The USA is the only country to have won three consecutive editions of World Cup. Thus, it is also among the favorite country to win the 2019 Cup, though they are lacking NBA star players. They will be relying heavily on a group of young players.
This isn’t to say they are incapable. Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma believes they can do it just like the 2010 World Cup squad which had young guys the likes of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Kevin Love. They made a name for themselves, which propelled their future career. Kuzma will lead the team USA in the competition.
USA Lost For the First Time To Australia In a Warmup Game
USA lost to Australia in pre-World Cup Warm at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne. This was the first time the USA has dropped to Australia with 98-94. However, Australia lost to Germany 74-64 in their final warmup game.
Nick Nurse and Canada
Nick Nurse will lead Canada in China after winning NBA Championship with Raptors. However, in warmup game, Canada lost to Nigeria, Australia, and the USA showing an apparent weakness in their lineup.
Greece To Rely On Giannis Antetokounmpo
Greece will be relying on NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. In the 2006 World Cup in Japan, Greece had an impressive performance and finished second behind Spain.
Antetokounmpo will be an integral part of Greece squad, though he didn’t appear in the final warmup against Venezuela due to knee problem. If he will be well, he will leave a mark in the competition.
Spain Strength Diminish
It seems difficult for Spain to retain the title. They have a well-experienced squad lead by Marc Gasol, Ricky Rubio, Rudy Fernandez, and Sergio Llull.
The squad would have been formidable if they had added Serge Ibaka, Nikola Mirotic and Paul Gasol.