Team USA is the odds-on favorite to win 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup, and for good reason.
32 nations from four federations will compete for 2024 Olympic qualification and a World Cup title starting on August 25.
This is the 19th edition of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, and the second to feature 32 nations, having expanded from 24 teams in 2019.
Team USA (-112 to Win Outright), which finished seventh in the 2019 FIBA World Cup, begins its redemption run as the heavy favorite to win this tournament.
They begin play on August 26th against New Zealand at 8:40 AM ET. The U.S. won the 2010 and 2014 tournaments and are tied with the former Yugoslavia for the most gold medals overall in FIBA World Cup history with five. They lead all nations with 12 total medals.
|What||2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup|
|Where||Across the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia|
|When||Friday, August 25th - Sunday, September 10th, 2023|
|How to Watch||ESPN2, ESPN+|
|Odds (To Win Outright):||USA -125, France +800, Australia +900, Canada +1000|
Let’s take a look at USA’s confirmed 2023 FIBA World Cup roster.
|Forward||Paolo Banchero||Orlando Magic|
|Forward||Mikal Bridges||Brooklyn Nets|
|Guard||Jalen Brunson||New York Knicks|
|Guard||Anthony Edwards||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Guard||Tyrese Haliburton||Indiana Pacers|
|Guard||Josh Hart||New York Knicks|
|Forward||Brandon Ingram||New Orleans Pelicans|
|Forward||Jaren Jackson Jr.||Memphis Grizzlies|
|Forward||Cam Johnson||Brooklyn Nets|
|Center||Walker Kessler||Utah Jazz|
|Forward||Bobby Portis||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Guard||Austin Reaves||Los Angeles Lakers|
Steve Kerr, who won five NBA championships as a player and has led the Golden State Warriors to four NBA titles as a coach, is team USA’s head coach.
Brunson, one of three former Villanova Wildcats on the squad, will be the team’s primary ball handler and has been labeled the team’s leader by Kerr. He has gone for double digit points in each of the team’s three pre-World Cup exhibition wins so far, highlighted by a team-high 21 points in a 98-88 win over FIBA No. 1 Spain.
Edwards, the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft out of Georgia, made his first all-star team this past season, and his explosiveness has been on display in camp and the exhibition games, where he has averaged nearly 14 points in the three USA victories.
Bridges, another former Villanova player, came on last season after his trade from the Phoenix Suns to the Brooklyn Nets. He is a 3-and-D who can score in bunches.