Spain has risen to the top of the FIBA World Ranking for Men, which is sponsored by Nike, making the country the new number one team in the world.
Due to the fact that the United States of America has held the number one slot for more than a decade, Spain is only the second team to top the ranking since 2010.
The consistency that Spain has shown in recent years throughout all of their games in all of their competitions has led to their ascent to the top spot, moving them up from the No. 2 position. Spain not only advanced to the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympics but also won the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 and the FIBA EuroBasket 2022 tournaments. Their qualification campaigns since 2017 have also been quite strong, which has helped them accumulate more points.
The United States of America, on the other hand, did win the gold medal in the Olympics, but they were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the World Cup and ended up in third place at the FIBA AmeriCup 2022.
In the most recent window for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers, Spain was once again successful. They won a nail-biter in Italy and defeated the Netherlands to book their spot in the Asian Qualifiers.
The capacity of Spain’s national team to mature as a unit over the course of several decades and produce a sizable talent pool by competing in FIBA qualifying tournaments has been a significant contributor to the country’s remarkable level of consistency in international competition. Sergio Scariolo has used a total of 29 players, nine of whom have appeared in six games or more, and three of them have made nine appearances.
Following Spain in second place with 757.5 points is the United States of America. Spain has a total of 758.6 points. The remaining positions in the top 10 have not altered and are as follows: Australia, Argentina, France, Serbia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Greece, and Italy.
The South Americans moved up one slot, from 14 to 13, exchanging places with Poland in the process as a result of their victory over the United States of America and following rout of Mexico.
Thailand had the highest jump in the rankings, moving up 10 spots to 92nd in the world after they won all four of their games in the FIBA Asia Cup 2025 Pre-Qualifiers in the November window. This caused them to move up 10 points in the rankings.
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