Team USA came into the 2019 FIBA World Cup thinking losses were possible, as basically none of America’s elite players had chosen to play, but few people expected what’s actually happened.
The Americans have secured their worst-ever finish at a major tournament following Thursday morning’s loss to Serbia. Team USA, following its quarterfinals loss to France, fell to Serbia, 94-89.
The best Team USA can now finish at the event is 7th. That’s the worst finish an American team has had at a major tournament since NBA players began participating in 1992. The previous worst finish in 45 tournaments was sixth at the 2002 world championships.
Technically, it’s the second-worst finish ever, though No. 1 came came via JUCO players, not NBA stars.
This will be the 2nd worst finish at a tournament in USA Basketball history. The only worse finish was when a team of JUCO players went 0-4 at the 2001 FIBA Americas tournament.
— John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) September 12, 2019
USA, led by Kemba Walker, Donovan Mitchell and Myles Turner, lost to a Rudy Gobert-led France team in the quarterfinals round.
The Americans fell today to a Serbia team featuring Bogdan Bogdanovic and Nikola Jokic.
The United States have lost back-to-back games for the first time since 2002.
More bad history for Team USA. Lose two straight for first time since 2002, falling 94-89 to Serbia. Best Americans can do at World Cup is seventh, worst since NBA players took over in 1992.
— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) September 12, 2019
The Olympics are next summer and Team USA should look a lot different, as most of the league’s top players opted to sit this one out.
Still, it’s an extremely discouraging result.