- Selection: The duties of Spain before leaving for China
Less than 10 days before the World Cup kicks off in China, FIBA has published its particular list of favorites for the tournament. And, surprisingly, the USA Team does not lead it.
The bleeding of casualties has taken its toll on Americans on the scale of the international entity. He has passed over the Serbian team, the great group that commands Sasha Djordjevic on the bench and the Nikola Jokic court. His good results in the preparation have increased, although along the way they have been left to Milos Teodosic (discarded 99% by his coach). The Balkans, to whom Spain will most likely be measured in the second phase, in Wuhan, have a collective full of talent and centimeters, which also highlights Bogdanovic, Micic, Marjanovic or Bjeliça.
In the second 'Power Rankings' in which FIBA orders the 32 participating teams according to their options to conquer the title, Spain appears in the third step , earning a position with respect to the previous publication.
Fourth is France and fifth Greece, despite the impact that threatens what is undoubtedly the star of the World Cup: Giannis Antetokounmpo , the last MVP of the NBA.
Although, despite the bad omens, the USA Team on Thursday demonstrated its potential in a friendly preparation in Melbourne, where it beat Australia without problems (86-102) , ninth in the FIBA predictions. And that the boomers, led by Patty Mills and Goulding (19 points, 4 triples), came to be ahead of the turnaround (45-44). Kemba Walker (23 points), Tatum and Myles Turner led the blunt US response, which will be seen again against the Australians on Saturday and on Monday 26 will face Canada.
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