Top Performers for Each Country at the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup
Rondae Hollis Jefferson emerged as a standout player, showcasing Kobe Bryant-like skills with 23.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.
In honor of his legendary career, Hamed Ehadadi shone with 10.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.5 blocks per game, announcing his retirement on a high note.
Nestor Colmenares stood out with 10.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.4 steals per game, contributing consistently during Venezuela’s World Cup campaign.
Kaier Li, also known as Kyle Anderson, impressed for China with an average of 13.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game.
Cape Verde (CPV):
Edy Tavares showcased his dominance with 9.2 points, 12.4 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, and 3.2 assists per game, establishing himself as one of Europe’s best centers.
Cote d’Ivoire (CIV):
Solo Diabate’s steady performance, highlighted by 5.6 assists and solid playmaking, guided the team through the World Cup battles.
Childe Dundao emerged as a feel-good story, averaging 14.0 points, 5.2 assists, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game, despite his stature.
Pako Cruz was Mexico’s standout player, averaging 18.2 points, 4.6 assists, and 3.4 rebounds per game, leading the team to a 2-3 record.
Wael Arakji was Lebanon’s MVP with 18.0 points and 6.0 assists per game, making a memorable impact in Jakarta.
New Zealand (NZL):
Shea Ili took the spotlight, contributing 14.8 points and 7.6 assists per game, earning recognition as New Zealand’s best player, although Finn Delany and Reuben Te Rangi also made notable contributions.
Ehab Amin’s impressive 19.4 points and 5.6 assists per game made him a standout player for Egypt, who transformed from a team without a World Cup win in 29 years to a 2-3 contender for an Olympic spot.
Yuki Kawamura, with 13.6 points and 7.6 assists per game in limited minutes, showcased his influence and efficiency as Japan’s best player.
Rudy Gobert led France statistically with 10.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game, even though the tournament didn’t meet their expectations.
South Sudan (SSD):
Carlik Jones was South Sudan’s standout player, flirting with triple-doubles and records with 20.4 points, 10.4 assists, and 4.8 rebounds per game, as they secured an Olympic berth.
Tornike Shengelia emerged as Georgia’s top performer, averaging 15.5 points per game and helping the team reach the top 16 in the world for the first time.
Thomas Walkup’s contribution as the point guard with 12.8 points and 7.2 assists per game was notable for Greece, although they faced challenges without several key players.
Dominican Republic (DOM):
Karl-Anthony Towns showcased his skills with 24.4 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, making his presence felt on and off the court.
Yago Mateus and Bruno Caboclo stood out with a combined average of 31.2 points, 13.2 rebounds, and 8.0 assists per game, with Yago taking the spotlight.
Puerto Rico (PUR):
Tremont Waters impressed with 20.0 points and 9.2 assists per game, earning recognition as Puerto Rico’s best player.
Nikola Vucevic delivered outstanding performances, averaging 19.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, and 1.4 steals per game, establishing himself as Montenegro’s top player.
Josh Giddey showed promise with team-highs of 19.4 points and 6.0 assists per game, hinting at a bright future for Australian basketball.
Willy Hernangomez emerged as Spain’s statistical leader with 18.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, as the team transitioned to its next generation.
Simone Fontecchio’s efficient performance, with 18.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, earned him recognition as Italy’s difference-maker.
No need for words—Luka Dončić led the World Cup in scoring with an impressive 27.0 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game.
Jonas Valančiūnas was Lithuania’s MVP, contributing consistently with 14.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
Arturs Zagars turned heads with 12.4 points, 7.4 assists, and 2.6 rebounds per game, making a strong impact in Jakarta and Manila.
United States (USA):
Anthony Edwards showcased his worth with 18.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.1 steals per game, confirming the hype around him.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander demonstrated exceptional all-around skills with 24.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 6.4 assists, and 1.6 steals per game, solidifying his place as Canada’s standout performer.
Bogdan Bogdanovic excelled with 19.1 points, 4.6 assists, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.1 steals per game, making him a revered figure in Serbian basketball.
Dennis Schröder, the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 TISSOT MVP, was also Germany’s MVP with 19.1 points, 6.1 assists, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game.