FIBA World Cup Qualifiers on NBA TV: What You Need to Know About 2013 Eurobasket and FIBA Americas
The path to a FIBA Basketball World Cup title leads through Llubjana. And Caracas and Auckland. Abidjan and Manila. And, 10 times over the month of September, it leads straight through your TV.
After three FIBA Qualifying tournaments -- FIBA Asia, Oceana and Afrobasket -- hoisted their top teams to World Cup bids this summer, the two biggest tournaments still remain, with FIBA Americas (Aug. 30) and Eurobasket (Sept. 4) tipping off within the week. Three-dozen NBA players will be there, including a FIBA Americas-high four for Canada and a Eurobasket-topping five for Spain. NBA TV -- which is set to broadcast 10 games in total -- will be there, too.
So to get you ready for two of the world's biggest basketball events -- served up just in time to remind us that NBA training camps are a month away -- check out our FIBA World Cup Qualifiers Primer right here.
The 10-team FIBA Americas tournament tips off on Friday, Aug. 30 from Caracas, Venezuela and continues through Sept. 11.
The 24-team Eurobasket (officially 'FIBA Europe') tournament tips on Sept. 4 from Slovenia and continues through Sept. 22.
If you're a fan of USA or Spanish basketball, we've got good news.
Team USA automatically qualified for the FIBA Worlds by virtue of its Olympic gold medal-game win over Spain in 2012. Which, in these hoops-starved times, you can look back on right here. But Spain's in too, as a reward for hosting the event.
From there, the breakdown for the 24-team pool goes like this:
2 spots for the winner and runner-up of FIBA Oceana
3 spots for the Top 3 teams at FIBA Asia
3 spots for the Top 3 teams at FIBA Africa
4 spots for the Top 4 teams at FIBA Americas
6 spots for the Top 6 teams at Eurobasket
4 wild card spots for invited teams
NBA TV will broadcast 10 games between Eurobasket and FIBA Americas -- eight live and two on tape delay.
- Sept. 5: 5:30 pm ET
- Sept. 5: 8 pm ET
- Sept. 10: 5:30 pm ET
- Sept. 10: 8 pm ET
- Sept. 12: TBD (Tape delayed from Sept. 11, 8 pm ET)
- Sept. 18: 11:30 am ET
- Sept. 18: 3 pm ET
- Sept. 20: 11:45 am ET
- Sept. 20: 3 pm ET
- Sept. 23: TBD (Tape delayed from Sept. 22, 3 pm ET)
For the full list of players participating in FIBA Tournaments, check out this list from HoopsHype.
|Francisco Garcia||Rockets||Dom. Repub.|
|JJ Barea||Timberwolves||Puerto Rico|
|Jan Vesely||Wizards||Czech Repub.|
|Nando de Colo||Spurs||France|
The 2014 FIBA World Cup tips off in six Spanish cities on Aug. 30 and will run through Sept. 14, bringing together 24 of the world's top basketball countries for a celebration of all things hoops and, well, humanist.
- Six Cities: Barcelona, Bilbao, Grenada, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Madrid, Sevilla
- Competition Format
- World Cup History
- All-Time Medalists
- FIBA World Rankings