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Olympics Basketball: A Look At The FIBA's Rankings

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And our choice for an emerging power.

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2008 (pictured)...2012...can the U.S. win gold again in 2016?
2008 (pictured)...2012...can the U.S. win gold again in 2016?
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Since Coach K is the U.S. Olympic basketball coach, we've obviously been paying close attention to the U.S. team.

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We're just starting to look at the possible opponents.

For now,here are the teams around the world as they were last ranked (in October).The U.S. is #1 of course.

The Top Ten:

  1. USA
  2. Spain
  3. Lithuania
  4. Argentina
  5. France
  6. Serbia
  7. Russia
  8. Turkey
  9. Brazil
  10. Greece
There are some other intriguing teams which could be in the mix as well. Australia is # 11 and we love their open style.

Puerto Rico is #16 and always dangerous. Like the Philippines, Puerto Rico has embraced basketball with immense passion.  Never underestimate that.

Finally, the rising star in FIBA basketball, in our opinion, has to be Canada, currently #26.

The Canadians bring some serious NBA talent to the table: Andrew Wiggins, Tyler Ennis, Tristan Thompson, Kelly Olynyk, Robert Sacre and Corey Joseph may all play. That's a really solid core. Moreover, good Canadians are moving up every year, usually through NCAA play. They're essentially a 51st state basketball wise.

Lithuania doesn't appear to be going anywhere but Spain and Argentina are aging. There's room for the Canadians to make their mark.