The United States of America has long been recognised as the dominant force in men’s basketball, though in the years building up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, their reputation – and performances – had taken a bit of a hit.
At the 2019 FIBA World Cup, just three years after winning the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, the USA slipped to a 7th-place finish: their worst result in the history of the competition. However, Team USA quickly righted the ship at Tokyo 2020. Despite losing their opening game to France, the USA strolled to a fourth successive Olympic gold medal to put themselves back at the summit of world basketball.
But despite being the reigning Olympic champions, Team USA enters the 2023 FIBA World Cup as the No.2 ranked team in the world, behind defending world champions Spain. Should the USA secure a top-two finish amongst teams from the Americas at the World Cup, the team will have secured a quota to next summer’s Paris 2024 Olympic Games. As National Olympic Committees have the exclusive authority for the representation of their respective countries at the Olympic Games, athletes’ participation at the Paris Games depends on their NOC selecting them to represent their delegation at Paris 2024.
Olympics.com takes look at the USA’s roster and schedule for the upcoming World Cup, as well as information on how to watch their games live.
Team USA’s roster for the 2023 FIBA World Cup
Team USA’s roster for the World Cup is as follows:
- Paolo Banchero (Orlando Magic | NBA)
- Mikal Bridges (Brooklyn Nets | NBA)
- Jalen Brunson (New York Knicks | NBA)
- Anthony Edwards (Minnesota Timberwolves | NBA)
- Tyrese Haliburton (Indiana Pacers | NBA)
- Josh Hart (New York Knicks | NBA)
- Brandon Ingram (New Orleans Pelicans | NBA)
- Jaren Jackson Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies | NBA)
- Cam Johnson (Brooklyn Nets | NBA)
- Walker Kessler (Utah Jazz | NBA)
- Bobby Portis (Milwaukee Bucks | NBA)
- Austin Reaves (Los Angeles Lakers | NBA)
Team USA’s schedule at the 2023 FIBA World Cup
The USA has been drawn in Group C, along with Greece (world No.9), Jordan (world No.33) and New Zealand (world No.26).
Saturday, 26 August
- USA vs New Zealand | 20:40 local time | Manila (PHI), Mall of Asia Arena
Monday, 28 August
- Greece vs USA | 20:40 local time | Manila (PHI), Mall of Asia Arena
Wednesday, 30 August
- USA vs Jordan | 16:40 local time | Manila (PHI), Mall of Asia Arena
Details on the knockout round schedule can be found here.
How to watch Team USA live at the 2023 FIBA World Cup
Action will be available to watch in selected territories via FIBA’s streaming service Courtside 1891 Basketball. Fans in the USA can watch the team in action on ESPN2. Games can also be streamed on the ESPN App or ESPN+.
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