USA reclaims first place in FIBA Ranking

2023-09-15 12:00

Spain's unsuccessful run at the 2023 FIBA World Cup proved crucial in the change of the ranking.

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The recent completion of the prestigious FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 has produced some eye-catching positive climbs in the latest FIBA World Ranking.

The USA reclaims pole position with 786.6 points after benefiting from their consistency at major tournaments over the last three summers.

Finishing in fourth place at the FIBA Basketball World Cup, where they outperformed former number one nation Spain, their run to the semifinals came off the back of winning an Olympic title at Tokyo in 2021 and also taking bronze at the FIBA AmeriCup 2022. 

Recently crowned FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 champions, Germany, have another slice of history to enjoy as they step into the top three of the rankings for the very first time after moving up a massive eight places and onto 759.7 points. Their stunning success was made all the more incredible because of the fact they made the journey to the top step of the podium without tasting defeat.

Canada also has another reason to celebrate too, with their maiden FIBA Basketball World Cup medal fueling an even bigger rise of nine spots. They now occupy sixth position with 745.5 points. 

Serbia performed in outstanding fashion to make the title game, and their second-placed finish gave their fans something to be proud of. Those supporters can also now enjoy and reflect on their country being a top-five nation again as they move up a place and into fifth position on 755.6 points.

Meanwhile, when it comes to the scale and impact of climbing the rankings in the upper echelon, nobody can match Latvia. They have rocketed up a staggering 22 places and into the top 10 after their heroic underdog displays which ensured they took fifth place at the FIBA Basketball World Cup. They now sit in 8th position on 743.7 points.

There were many other teams who impressed at the flagship event, including Brazil who recorded three wins in five games and moves up a place into 12th in the rankings on 660.5 points. The Americas region can also boast a nice move upwards of five places into 16th for Puerto Rico on 611.1 points, while Dominican Republic rise six spots into 18th place on 561.9 points.

There were also notable improvements for Georgia who move up 10 positions and into 23rd on 465.9 points, Japan jump 11 spots to 26th on 432.2 points and Lebanon claim an uplift of 16 places into 28th on 423.3.

One nation that truly made everyone sit up and take notice at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 were first-timers South Sudan. They made history by beating China to claim a first win at the event, then pushing on to beat Philippines and Angola. This has resulted in a sensational climb of 32 spots in the rankings. They now find themselves in 31st place with 375.5 points.

1. USA 1. USA 786.6 +1
2. Spain 1. ESP 778.2 -1
3. Germany 2. GER 759.7 +8
4. Australia 1. AUS 755.8 -1
5. Serbia 3. SRB 755.6 +1
6. Canada 2. CAN 745.5 +9
7. Argentina 3. ARG 743.8 -3
8. Latvia 4. LAT 743.7 +22
9. France 5. FRA 736.3 -4
10. Lithuania 6. LTU 715.5 -2
11. Slovenia 7. SLO 700.8 -4
12. Brazil 4. BRA 660.5 +1
13. Italy 8. ITA 653.9 -3
14. Greece 9. GRE 641.3 -5
15. Poland 10. POL 619.8 -1
16. Puerto Rico 5. PUR 611.1 +5
17. Montenegro 11. MNE 606.2 +2
18. Dominican Republic 6. DOM 561.9 +6
19. Czech Republic 12. CZE 561.1 -7
20. Finland 13. FIN 542.5 +5


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