The FIBA has reached its thrilling climax with just the best teams left competing for the coveted gold, the Top 4 of FIBA World Cup 2023 teams include USA, Germany, Canada, and Serbia.
Team USA, Canada, Germany, and Serbia have surpassed the challenges posed by 28 other teams and are now poised to continue their quests for the Naismith Trophy. The semifinals of the World Cup are scheduled to take place at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The Top 4 of FIBA World Cup 2023
The American journey began with a string of impressive victories against New Zealand, Greece, Jordan, and Montenegro. However, a setback against Lithuania in Phase 2 (104-110) briefly dented their momentum. They quickly rebounded, though, with a resounding 100-63 win over Greece, securing their spot in the final four.
Anthony Edwards has emerged as Team USA’s offensive leader, averaging 17.3 points, 2.7 assists, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.2 steals in six games. Austin Reaves has also adapted well to the Philippines, contributing 11.0 points, 3.0 assists, and 2.5 rebounds. This youthful Team USA aims to reclaim the World Cup gold, but first, they face the formidable German team.
Germany, another squad rich in NBA talent, is making its first World Cup semifinal appearance since 2002. Dennis Schroder, an NBA veteran, leads the charge with 18.0 points, 6.3 assists, and 2.0 rebounds. Deutschland has been dominant, winning all six of its games leading up to the quarterfinals, including a convincing 29-point victory over Slovenia.
With players like Franz and Moe Wagner, Daniel Theis, Isaac Bonga, and a strong team, Germany is determined to maintain its composure as they go head-to-head with Team USA.
North America is well-represented as Canada seeks to achieve the pinnacle of international basketball. Canada’s journey to their first-ever semifinals included victories against France, Lebanon, and Latvia, as well as eliminating defending champions Spain.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, a 2023 First Team All-NBA member, delivered an outstanding performance with 31 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists in the game that propelled them to the semis. Supported by NBA standouts RJ Barrett, Dillon Brooks, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Kelly Olynyk, Dwight Powell, Lu Dort, and the rest of the team, Canada’s combination of talent, determination, and athleticism makes them a formidable force. However, they face a formidable Serbia.
Serbia has won five of their six games leading up to the quarterfinals, displaying remarkable efficiency in shooting, converting 55% of their field goals and 38% from beyond the arc. Captained by Bogdan Bogdanovic, and with key players like Nikola Jovic and Nikola Milutinov, Serbia is keen to maintain their impressive form as they take on Canada.
The semifinals will see Canada and Serbia face off at 4:45 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, followed by the clash between Team USA and Germany at 8:40 p.m. The winners of Friday’s matches will advance to the World Cup finals on Sunday at 8:40 p.m., while the defeated teams will compete for third place earlier in the day at 4:30 p.m., with both games taking place at the same Pasay venue.