The basketball world cup will take place this year in China from August 31 to September 15.
Despite the many absences, including American stars who have declined the invitation, this edition of the World Cup looks exciting. Here is an overview of the teams that should compete for the title.
USA : With a revamped team, Team USA remains favorite of this world cup. In the absence of major players like LeBron James, Kevin Durant or Stephen Curry, it is Kemba Walker, Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum who represent this team USA. Finally, it is on the bench that we find the biggest star: Gregg Popovich, legendary coach of the San Antonio Spurs, will be at the head of this team.
Serbia : The main opponent of the USA is undoubtedly Serbia. Led by Nikola Jokic, probably the best pivot in the world, Bogdan Bogdanovic or the giant Boban Marjanovic (2.21 m!), This team is formidable. Leader Milos Teodosic's package will still weigh in the balance. The band in Jokic will enjoy the absences of the big stars to win the title. Serbia lost the final of the 2016 Olympics against a big US team (Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Demarcus Cousins or Carmelo Anthony).
Greece : Greece does not have as many NBA players as the Serbs or even France, but it has a player that these teams envy him: Giannis Antetokounmpo. MVP of the 2018-2019 season in the NBA, Giannis must now take his country to the heights. If we rely on the preparation matches, it will be very difficult to contain Antetokounmpo. It remains to be seen how his teammates will be able to support him, the presence of Kostas Sloukas after his injury in preparation being excellent news.
Spain : The third of the last Olympics and the last Eurobasket, Marc Gasol's team is always aiming for the summit. The experience of this same Gasol, Ricky Rubio or Sergio Llull will be a significant advantage. However, we must note significant absences: Pau Gasol is not recovered from an injury, Juan Carlos Navarro is retired and Nikola Mirotic and Serge Ibaka have withdrawn.
la France : France, with its myriad of NBA players, is still looking for a new leader after the retreats of Tony Parker and Boris Diaw. Evan Fournier offensive side and Rudy Gobert, named best defender of NBA, defensive side, seem to assert themselves as the bosses of this new generation. In an affordable group, it is in the second round that we will see the true value of this team.
Australia : USA falling in preparation, Australia sees its rating increase in the world of basketball. The Boomers will be led by Patty Mills, who scored 30 points against the USA team in preparation, and Joe Ingles, the Utah Jazz player. Negative point to note: the absence of the young star of the NBA Ben SImmons, who declined the invitation.