In an unprecedented turn of events, Germany secures its first-ever World Cup championship title, leaving traditional powerhouses like the USA and France trailing behind. The 2023 FIBA World Cup came to an exciting conclusion as Germany clinched an 83-77 victory over Serbia. Basketball enthusiasts worldwide had the opportunity to appreciate the sport from a global perspective.
The competition reached unparalleled levels of intensity throughout the 17-day tournament. Luka Doncic astounded fans with his mesmerizing skills, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander solidified his status as a superstar, and Dennis Schroder consistently delivered outstanding performances for Germany, earning him the coveted MVP title.
While numerous moments from this year’s tournament deserve recognition, we have highlighted the most remarkable highlights below.
The 2023 FIBA World Cup Award Recipients
First Team All-Tournament
- Dennis Schroder, representing the Toronto Raptors hails from Germany.
- Bogdan Bogdanovic, an Atlanta Hawks player, representing Serbia.
- Anthony Edwards, a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, representing the USA.
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, shining for the Oklahoma City Thunder, representing Canada.
- Luka Doncic, making his mark with the Dallas Mavericks, and proudly representing Slovenia.
- Mikal Bridges, donning the jersey of the Brooklyn Nets, representing the USA.
- Josh Giddey, a standout for the Oklahoma City Thunder, representing Australia.
- Carlik Jones, showcasing his talents with the Chicago Bulls and hailing from South Sudan.
- Nikola Milutino, representing Serbia.
- Karl-Anthony Towns, contributing to the Minnesota Timberwolves’ success, represents the Dominican Republic.
Defensive Player Award
- Dillon Brooks, a key player for the Houston Rockets, representing Canada.
Rising Star Award
- Josh Giddey, an emerging talent with the Oklahoma City Thunder, representing Australia.
Best Coach Award
Germany Ascends to World Champions
Bogdan Bogdanovic and the Serbian team have ample reasons to celebrate their Silver medal achievement. The Serbs displayed inspiring basketball prowess throughout the entire tournament, earning well-deserved commendations. However, it was Germany that outshone everyone on Sunday, ultimately emerging as the tournament’s best team with a perfect record of 8-0.
The international basketball landscape presents a stark contrast to the NBA, and Germany orchestrated a masterclass performance that highlighted these nuances. Their extensive experience and synergy on the court were unmistakable, particularly in their offensive strategies.
While Dennis Schroder led the charge, it was the supporting ensemble, including the Wagner Brothers (Franz and Moritz), Andreas Obst, and Daniel Theis, that set Germany apart from their competitors.