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.

When and Where Do They Take Place?

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.

How Do Teams Qualify For FIBA 2014?

Check out FIBA's nifty graphic at the Official FIBA Home Page

If you're a fan of USA or Spanish basketball, we've got good news.

You're in.

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.

San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills led Australia's charge into the World Cup, going for 21 points and 5 steals in the Aussies' FIBA Oceana title game win over New Zealand.

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

How Do I Watch The Games?

NBA TV will broadcast 10 games between Eurobasket and FIBA Americas -- eight live and two on tape delay.

FIBA Americas on NBA TV
Second Round
  • 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)
Eurobasket on NBA TV
  • 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)

Which NBA Players Are Participating in FIBA Americas and Eurobasket?

For the full list of players participating in FIBA Tournaments, check out this list from HoopsHype.

Tony Parker and Jose Calderon's French and Spanish squads bring a combined nine NBA players into the 2013 Eurobasket tourney.
FIBA Americas
Luis ScolaPacersArgentina
Joel AnthonyHeatCanada
Cory JosephSpursCanada
Kris JosephNetsCanada
Andrew NicholsonMagicCanada
Francisco GarciaRocketsDom. Repub.
Gustavo AyonHawksMexico
JJ BareaTimberwolvesPuerto Rico
Greivis VasquezKingsVenezuela
Mirza TeletovicNetsBosnia
Jan VeselyWizardsCzech Repub.
Nicolas BatumBlazersFrance
Nando de ColoSpursFrance
Boris DiawSpursFrance
Tony ParkerSpursFrance
Johan PetroHawksFrance
Luke ZellerSunsGeorgia
Nick CalathesGrizzliesGreece
Omri CasspiRocketsIsrael
Andrea BargnaniKnicksItaly
Marco BelinelliSpursItaly
Gigi DatomePistonsItaly
Donatas MotiejunasRocketsLithuania
Jonas ValanciunasRaptorsLithuania
Pero AnticHawksMacedonia
Nikola VucevicMagicMontenegro
Marcin GortatSunsPoland
Alexey ShvedTimberwolvesRussia
Sergey KarasevCavaliersRussia
Nemanja NedovicWarriorsSerbia
Goran DragicSunsSlovenia
Jose CalderonMavericksSpain
Victor ClaverBlazersSpain
Marc GasolGrizzliesSpain
Ricky RubioTimberwolvesSpain
Jonas JerebkoPistonsSweden
Jeffery TaylorBobcatsSweden
Omer AsikRocketsTurkey
Ersan IlyasovaBucksTurkey
Hedo TurkogluMagicTurkey
Vyacheslav KravtsovBucksUkraine
When Does the World Cup Start?

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.

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