Timberwolves at FIBA World Cup 2023: schedule, updated scores & more 

The Minnesota Timberwolves were well represented at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023. 

Tied with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Wolves had an NBA-high six players playing in the World Cup: Anthony Edwards (USA), Karl-Anthony Towns (Dominican Republic), Rudy Gobert (France), Kyle Anderson (China), Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Canada) and Matteo Spagnolo (Italy). 

Want to know how all six of the Wolves played in the World Cup? Here’s everything you need to know.

What is the FIBA World Cup? 

Taking place from Aug. 25 through Sept. 10, the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 is essentially a qualifying tournament for the 2024 Paris Olympics.  

There are 32 teams playing in the tournament: 12 from Europe, eight from Asia and Oceania, seven from the Americas and five from Africa. Those 32 teams are divided into eight groups of four for the First Round. 

The winner of the tournament becomes the World Cup champion and will receive a gold medal. Silver (2nd place) and bronze (3rd place) medals will also be awarded. 

The top seven teams by region will secure a berth for the Olympics: one team from Africa, two teams from the Americas, one team from Asia, two teams from Europe and one team from Oceania.  

France has an automatic Olympic bid for 2024 because they are the host team. The other four remaining Olympic berths will be determined by Olympic qualifying tournaments in 2024.    

Anthony Edwards in the World Cup:

In the World Cup, Anthony Edwards and Team USA advanced all the way to the bronze medal game and qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics. USA however, lost 127-118 in overtime to Canada and finished fourth overall in the World Cup.

In the World Cup, Edwards lead Team USA in scoring with 18.9 points (FG: 47.5%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 70%). He also averaged 4.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and a 1.1 steals in 26 minutes a game.

Date Opponent Time (CT) TV Channel Score 
Saturday, Aug. 26 vs. New Zealand 7:40 AM ESPN2 USA 99 - NZ 72
Monday, Aug. 28 vs. Greece 7:40 AM ESPN2 USA 109 - GRE 81
Wednesday, Aug. 30 vs. Jordan 3:40 AM ESPN2 USA 110 - JOR 62
Friday, Sept. 1vs. Montenegro3:40 AMESPN2USA 85 - MNE 73
Sunday, Sept. 3vs. Lithuania7:40 AMESPN2LTU 110 - USA 104
Tuesday, Sept. 5vs. Italy7:40 AMESPN2USA 100 - ITA 63
Friday, Sept. 8vs. Germany7:40 AMESPN2GRE 113 - USA 111
Sunday, Sept. 10vs. Canada3:30 AMESPN2CAN 127 - USA 118

Nickeil Alexander-Walker in the World Cup: 

Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Canada finished third in the World Cup and qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

By beating USA to claim bronze, Canada won their first-ever FIBA medal in the country's history. This was also Canada's first international medal in basketball since their silver medal finish in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

In the World Cup, Alexander-Walker averaged 9.4 points (FG: 39.7%, 3PT: 38.5%), 2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and a steal in 21.9 minutes a game. Alexander-Walker also hit a total of 20 threes, which was the most by any bench player in the World Cup.

Date Opponent Time (CT) Channel Score 
Friday, Aug. 25 vs. France 9:30 AM ESPN+  CAN 95 - FRA 65
Sunday, Aug. 27 vs. Lebanon 5:30 AM ESPN+  CAN 128 - LBN 73
Tuesday, Aug. 29 vs. Latvia 9:30 AM ESPN+  CAN 101 - LAT 75
Friday, Sept. 1vs. Brazil8:30 AMESPN+BRA 69 - CAN 65
Sunday, Sept. 3vs. Spain8:30 AMESPN+CAN 88 - SPN 85
Wednesday, Sept. 6vs. Slovenia7:30 AMESPN+CAN 100 - SLO 89
Friday, Sept. 8vs. Serbia3:45 AMESPN+SRB 95 - CAN 86
Sunday, Sept. 10vs. USA3:30 AMESPN2CAN 127 - USA 118

Karl-Anthony Towns in the World Cup: 

Karl-Anthony Towns and the Dominican Republic went undefeated in the First Round of the World Cup but went 0-2 in the Second Round, which knocked them out of the tournament.

For the World Cup, Towns averaged 24.4 points (FG: 45.5%, 3PT: 39.4%), 8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 29.6 minutes a game.

Here are the final results for Towns and the Dominican Republic in the World Cup:

Date Opponent Time (CT) Channel Score 
Friday, Aug. 25 vs. Philippines 8 AM ESPN+  DR 87 - PHI 81
Sunday, Aug. 27 vs. Italy 4 AM ESPN+  DR 87 - ITA 82
Tuesday, Aug. 29 vs. Angola 4 AM ESPN+  DR 75 - ANG 67
Friday, Sept. 1vs. Puerto Rico7 AMESPN+PR 102 - DR 97
Sunday, Sept. 3vs. Serbia7 AMESPN+SRB 112 - DR 79

Rudy Gobert in the World Cup:

Rudy Gobert and France closed out the World Cup with two wins in the Classification Round to finish 3-2 overall.

In the World Cup, Gobert averaged 10.8 points (FG: 66.7%), 8.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, one steal and 1.8 blocks in 23.9 minutes a game.

Here are the final results for Gobert and France in the World Cup:

Date Opponent Time (CT) Channel Score 
Friday, Aug. 25 vs. Canada 9:30 AM ESPN+  CAN 95 - FRA 65
Sunday, Aug. 27 vs. Lativa 9:30 AM ESPN+  LAT 88 - FRA 86
Tuesday, Aug. 29 vs. Lebanon 5:30 AM ESPN+  FRA 85 - LBN 79
Thursday, Aug. 31vs. Iran8:30 AMESPN+  FRA 82 - IRN 55
Saturday, Sept. 2vs. Cote d'lvoire4:45 AMESPN+FRA 87 - CIV 77

Kyle Anderson in the World Cup:

Eligible for Chinese citizenship through his maternal great-grandfather, Kyle Anderson obtained Chinese nationality in July and represented China for the first time in the 2023 World Cup. His Chinese name of Li Kaier was featured on the back of his jersey.

In the World Cup, Anderson averaged 13 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and a steal in 32.1 minutes. Anderson and China finished the World Cup with a record of 1-4.

Here are the final results for Anderson and China in the World Cup:

Date Opponent Time (CT) Channel Score 
Saturday, Aug. 26 vs. Serbia 8 AM ESPN+  SRB 105 - CHN 63
Monday, Aug. 28 vs. South Sudan 4 AM ESPN+  SSD 89 - CHN 69
Wednesday, Aug. 30 vs. Puerto Rico 8 AM ESPN+ PR 107 - CHN 89
Thursday, Aug. 31vs. Angola3 AMESPN+CHN 83 - ANG 76
Saturday, Sept. 2vs. Philippines7 AMESPN+PHI 96 - CHN 75

Matteo Spagnolo in the World Cup:

Picked 50th overall by the Timberwolves in the 2022 NBA Draft, Matteo Spagnolo is the third-youngest player to play for Italy’s senior team.

Italy made it to the Quarter Finals of the World Cup but lost to Edwards and Team USA. They ended up finishing eighth overall.

Date Opponent Time (CT) Channel Score 
Friday, Aug. 25 vs. Angola 4 AM ESPN+  ITA 81 - ANG 67
Sunday, Aug. 27 vs. Dominican Republic 4 AM ESPN+ DR 87 - ITA 82
Tuesday, Aug. 29 vs. Philippines 8 AM ESPN+ ITA 90 - PHIL 83 
Friday, Sept. 1vs. Serbia3 AMESPN+ITA 78 - SRB 76
Sunday, Sept. 3vs. Puerto Rico3 AMESPN+ITA 73 - PR 57
Tuesday, Sept. 5vs. USA7:40 AMESPN2USA 100 - ITA 63
Thursday, Sept. 7vs. Latvia3:45 AMESPN+LAT 87 - ITA 82
Saturday, Sept. 9vs. Slovenia3:45 AMESPN+SLO 89 - ITA 85