Top Performers and Records at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023
The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 has wrapped up, bringing an exciting competition to a close. This event showcased remarkable performances, record-breaking moments, and a new world champion. Let’s delve into the standout individuals and their achievements throughout the tournament.
Slovenia’s Luka Doncic emerged as the top scorer, averaging an impressive 27.0 points per game. Doncic’s basketball magic shone in Manila, where he averaged 28.0 points across three games. Jordan Clarkson of the Philippines (26.0) and Finland’s Lauri Markkanen (24.8) closely trailed behind, securing the second and third spots. Canada’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (24.5) and the Dominican Republic’s Karl-Anthony Towns (24.4) rounded out the top five scorers.
Edy Tavares from Cape Verde dominated the boards, averaging 12.4 rebounds per game. Notably, Tavares secured 14 rebounds in not one but two games, a remarkable feat against Venezuela and Japan. Japan’s Joshua Hawkinson ranked second overall in rebounding, averaging 10.8 boards per game.
Carlik Jones of South Sudan emerged as the playmaking leader, with a remarkable average of 10.4 assists per game. Jones achieved a historic milestone by becoming the first player to maintain a double-digit assist average throughout a World Cup tournament. Puerto Rico’s Tremont Waters claimed the second spot with 9.2 assists per game, while New Zealand’s Shea Ili and Japan’s Yuki Kawamura each averaged 7.6 assists per game.
Tremont Waters continued to shine as the leader in steals, tying with Egypt’s Ehab Amin at 2.6 steals per game. Luka Doncic showcased his defensive prowess, ranking third overall with an average of 2.5 steals per contest.
Wenyen Gabriel of South Sudan showcased his shot-blocking abilities, finishing as the overall blocks leader with an average of 2.6 blocks per game, including an impressive 6 blocks in the final game against Angola. Egypt’s Anas Mahmoud secured the second position with an average of 2.2 blocks per game, while Greece’s Georgios Papagiannis, Japan’s Yuta Watanabe, and Edy Tavares each averaged 1.8 blocks per game to complete the top five.
Canada’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander demonstrated remarkable efficiency throughout the tournament, boasting a 30.4 efficiency rating average, showcasing his class on the court. Joshua Hawkinson followed closely with a solid 28.6 efficiency average, while Luka Doncic and Carlik Jones both achieved an efficiency rating of 26.0.
Latvia’s Davis Bertans claimed the title of the three-point king, sinking 24 triples over eight games. Italy’s Marcus Spissu and Luka Doncic closely followed with 23 three-pointers each. Serbia’s Bogdan Bogdanovic secured the fourth spot with 22 triples, while two Canadians, Dillon Brooks and Nickeil Alexander-Walker, both made 20 three-pointers each.
These outstanding performances and records at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 left an indelible mark on the tournament’s history, celebrating the remarkable talent and skills of these top athletes.