Men’s Olympic Basketball Power Rankings – Volume 1

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TOKYO (Japan) – The video games in Saitama Super Arena tip off in lower than ten days. Sounds like a nice timing to investigate cross-check the type of the groups in our first version of the pre-event Power Rankings.

Now, in case you adopted our different pre-event Power Rankings in earlier occasions, you might be almost certainly already mad at me. I almost certainly did not admire your workforce sufficient; how may I put them so low when they’re about to win the whole lot, this isn’t applicable and I can feel sorry about scripting this, and who cares what I feel anyway and all of that stuff. Okay, I am getting it. I’ve heard all of it sooner than. We’ve heard all of it sooner than. Chill.

These are not the predictions of who will select up which medal. These are the Power Rankings. Sometimes* they finally end up being the similar as the general standings on that remaining Sunday of basketball. But extra ceaselessly than now not, they’re already modified from the time we click on “Publish” to the general buzzer of the following preparation sport someplace in Las Vegas, USA or Okinawa, Japan, since the energy of the groups has modified, too.

*Okay, now not “sometimes.” More like “never.”

Now that we now have gotten the intro section out of the best way, it is time for the true ratings.

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#1 Australia

Qualifiers Record: Qualified during the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019
FIBA World Ranking introduced through Nike:
third

The whole global almost certainly desires to look the Boomers climb the rostrum in Tokyo. Finally. Because they have got been the sweethearts of the 2016 Rio Olympics, and the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China, but they ended up within the fourth spot each occasions round. They went 3-0 in opposition to the United States, Argentina and Nigeria of their preparation video games to this point, appearing they clicked in an instant with their new head trainer Brian Goorjian. Their different sport in opposition to the United States was once cancelled, so that they pass over a possibility to cement that #1 spot forward of the Olympics.

#2 Spain

Qualifiers Record: Qualified because the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 winners
FIBA World Ranking introduced through Nike:
2d

Spain are doing their factor, once more. Some numbers to turn out that successful is a dependancy: They went 4-0 of their first 4 preparation video games, scoring 89.2 issues in keeping with sport whilst permitting 67.5 on the different finish, Pau Gasol scored his 3,600th level for the nationwide workforce, Rudy Fernandez climbed over 4500 mins performed for Spain, Ricky Rubio scored his a thousandth level for the squad, and Pau and Marc performed their one hundred and fifteenth sport in combination. Oh, when the Gasols performed in combination for the primary time? Back in 2006. In the Saitama Super Arena. We all understand how that one ended, as glaring through the photograph lower than a scroll in the past.

#3 USA

Qualifiers Record: Qualified during the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019
FIBA World Ranking introduced through Nike:
1st

This is the complicated and confounding section. Is quantity 3 too low? Because we are speaking about Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard and others right here. Or is it too prime? As they misplaced two video games in a few days, the same quantity of exhibition video games misplaced from 1992 to 2021. They did defeat Argentina comfortably 3 days in the past, so it looks as if they might be again not off course to win their fourth Olympic gold in a row – the remaining time the United States gained 4 immediately gold medals was once again within the Sixties…

#4 Nigeria

Qualifiers Record: Qualified during the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019
FIBA World Ranking introduced through Nike:
twenty second

Around that point after we had the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Power Rankings, I began receiving a large number of Alcoholics Anonymous junk mail mail. Because other folks stored pronouncing I will have to be consuming. Because I had Nigeria as prime as #7 some of the 32 groups two years in the past. Okay, let’s forget about the truth that I used to be utterly improper they usually completed seventeenth again then, you continue to get the purpose. Naija = feel-good workforce! Coach Mike Brown created a monster, they defeated the United States, they blew out Argentina, and most significantly, they gained the Internet.

#5 Slovenia

Qualifiers Record: 4-0 to win the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Lithuania
FIBA World Ranking introduced through Nike:
sixteenth

Can’t wait to look that Luka child dish out loopy no-look passes, ruin ankles together with his absurd handles and hit the ones long-range three-pointers from near to anyplace at the court docket! That’s proper. Luka Rupnik is a legend!

(On a extra critical word, Slovenia get #5 right here as a result of that different Luka, Doncic, silenced the raucous crowd in Lithuania within the OQT Final in Kaunas. Not a large number of other folks can silence basketball crowds in Lithuania. Special.)

#6 France

Qualifiers Record: Qualified during the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019
FIBA World Ranking introduced through Nike:
seventh

Two defeats to arch-rival Spain didn’t concern France forward of the Olympics. In truth, it kind of feels like they arrived in Japan feeling nice, able to play the “hide your hand” card when anyone mentions their winless bouts in opposition to Spain able to mention that they have got stored the most productive for the outlet day of motion within the Saitama Super Arena. Oh, it is gonna be a nice one. France vs USA, remaining sport of this system on July 25. Remember, France have been those who eradicated trainer Gregg Popovich and the remainder of the United States within the Quarter-Finals in FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.

#7 Italy

Qualifiers Record: 3-0 to win the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Serbia
FIBA World Ranking introduced through Nike:
tenth

The concept was once all the time going to be to win the Belgrade FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament after which stay up for the sharpshooting European participant from the Atlanta Hawks to sign up for the workforce for the Olympics. But everyone anticipated Serbia to be the workforce and Bogdan Bogdanovic to be the participant, so the truth that Italy made it and were given Danilo Gallinari for the Games, that is already wonderful. Their opener in opposition to Germany might be the one who sends them thru since each Australia and Nigeria appeared unreal to this point this summer season. Then once more, the Italians made up our minds to make 2021 their 12 months, they gained the UEFA Euro 2020, the OQT in Belgrade, the Eurovision Song Contest…

#8 Argentina

Qualifiers Record: Qualified during the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019
FIBA World Ranking introduced through Nike:
4th

We would possibly not speak about Argentina going 0-3 of their preparation video games in Las Vegas, USA. Okay? Okay. They were not spectacular in any respect heading into the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, both, and but, they completed because the runners-up of the development, pushing Spain to the prohibit within the championship sport. Losing friendlies generally is a nice signal for Argentina while you put it that method. But dropping friendlies additionally way they’re #8 right here.

#9 Germany

Qualifiers Record: 4-0 to win the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Croatia
FIBA World Ranking introduced through Nike:
seventeenth

The incontrovertible fact that now not a large number of other folks see Germany advancing to the medal hunt sounds best for trainer Henrik Rodl. Not a large number of other folks noticed Germany successful their team with Russia and Mexico in Split, Croatia. Not a large number of other folks noticed Germany successful their Semi-Finals matchup with the hosts in Split. Not a large number of other folks noticed Germany successful the entire OQT in opposition to the mighty Brazil within the Final. Putting Germany in ninth is solely our method of revealing we imagine in Germany. Somehow. It truly is.

#10 Czech Republic

Qualifiers Record: 3-1 to win the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Canada
FIBA World Ranking introduced through Nike:
twelfth

The incontrovertible fact that now not a large number of other folks see the Czech Republic advancing to the medal hunt sounds best for trainer Ronen Ginzburg. Because now not a large number of other folks noticed the Czech Republic successful their do-or-die sport in opposition to Uruguay in Victoria, Canada. Not a large number of other folks noticed the Czechs successful their Semi-Finals matchup with the hosts in Victoria. Not a large number of other folks noticed them successful the entire OQT in opposition to the mighty Greece within the Final. Putting the Czech Republic in tenth is solely our method of revealing we imagine within the Czech Republic. Somehow. It truly is.

#11 Japan

Qualifiers Record: Host country
FIBA World Ranking introduced through Nike:
forty second

Here’s the deal. Their defeats to Belgium and Finland are not truly newsworthy. Because the true deal begins proper about as you’re studying those strains – a soldout area is witnessing the go back of Rui Hachimura and Yudai Baba – even though they would possibly not be spectators allowed within the stands on the Olympics in Tokyo. This eleventh spot is not truly honest to the hosts, as a result of we’re but to look them play with their complete roster.

#12 Iran

Qualifiers Record: Qualified during the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019
FIBA World Ranking introduced through Nike:
twenty third

Iran stricken Spain again on the summit in China in 2019 however have been nowhere just about an disenchanted within the two exhibition video games performed in Spain this summer season. A couple of defeats through 43 and 27 in Madrid and Valencia, respectively, function some other take-heed call since Iran additionally went 1-2 in opposition to Japan previous within the preparation length. While the removal segment could also be a difficult process for them, Iran will attempt to finish the drought through merely successful a sport at those Olympics. Their remaining win on the Summer Olympics was once long ago in 1948.

Volume 1 of the Men’s Olympic Basketball Power Rankings – In Graphic Form

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*The energy ratings are totally subjective and is under no circumstances a real, correct score device. All feedback are purely the ones of the writer.

Igor Curkovic

Igor Curkovic

Igor Curkovic is a Croatian freelance creator who watches a large number of basketball. He has been part of the FIBA editorial circle of relatives since 2015, following quite a lot of occasions starting from the FIBA U16 European Championship, Division C all of the option to the Olympics.




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