What Gilas is up against at FIBA Worlds

Posted at 02/04/2014 7:37 PM | Updated as of 02/04/2014 8:29 PM

1. Argentina
FIBA Ranking: No. 3

Argentina qualified for the 2013 FIBA Basketball World Cup after finishing third in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.

Among the players to watch out are Indiana Pacers power forward Luis Scola and San Antonio Spurs vet Manu Ginobili. Scola, who was with the NBA’s 2008 Rookie First Team, averages 13.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Ginobili, on the other hand, tallies 14.7 points and 4.0 assists per game.

Among the team's recent accomplishments are: a gold medal at the 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball, a bronze-medal finish at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a gold-medal win at the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship.

Possible lineup:
Juan Pedro Gutiérrez
Luis Scola
Andrés Nocioni
Manu Ginóbili
Pablo Prigioni
Martín Leiva
Leonardo Gutiérrez
Hernán Jasen
Carlos Delfino
Facundo Campazzo
Federico Kammerichs
Marcos Mata

2. Senegal
FIBA Ranking: No. 37

Senegal nabbed a qualification for the 2014 FIBA World Cup when it won bronze at the 2013 FIBA Africa Championship.

The team is a five-time gold medalist (in 1968, 1972, 1978, 1980, and 1997), a six-time silver medalist, and a thrice bronze medalist at the FIBA Africa Championship. Senegal was also the first Sub-Saharan African team to qualify for the Summer Olympic Games.

Senegal has 7-foot-tall center Hamady N'Diaye, who was formerly with the Washington Wizards. He now plays for the Delaware 87ers in the NBA D-League. The team also has defensive specialist Mouhamed Saer Sene, who boasts of a 7-foot-8.5 wingspan. Sene had stints with the Seattle Supersonics, Oklahoma City Thunder and the New York Knicks.

Possible lineup
El Hadji Malick Ndiaye
Louis Adams
Ibrahima Thomas
Mamadou Ndoye
Mohamed Diop
Maleye Ndoye
Ibrahima Mbengue
Mouhammad Faye
Pape Malick Gadiaga
Hamady N'Diaye
Mouhamed Sene
Abdou Badji

3. Puerto Rico
FIBA Ranking: No. 19

Puerto Rico qualified the FIBA Worlds by virtue of its second-place finish at the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.

It also has participated in all of the FIBA Americas Championships and has gone all the way to the semifinals in all but the 1984 and 2005 tournaments for a total of nine medals.

Puerto Rico has NBA point guards JJ Barea and Carlos Arroyo. Barea currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves, while Arroyo was with the Miami heat and the Boston Celtics. It also boasts of 7-foot-3 center Peter Ramos, formerly of the Washington Wizards.

Possible lineup
Ramon Clemente
José Juan Barea
John Holland
Carlos Arroyo
Andrés Rodríguez
Richard Chaney
Elías Larry Ayuso
Ricky Sánchez
Luis Villafañe
Renaldo Balkman
Alex Galindo
Daniel Santiago

4. Croatia
FIBA Ranking: No. 16

Croatia finished third behind France and Lithuania at FIBA EuroBasket 2013 to gain a seat in the FIBA Worlds.

It has a rich basketball tradition, with several of its members ending up at the the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Among its legends who made into the list are Krešimir Ćosić, Dražen Petrović, and Mirko Novosel. The biggest success Croatia has achieved was at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics when the team reached the finals against the US Dream Team and won the silver.

Croatia has at its disposal the services of 6-foot-5 point guard Roko Ukić, formerly of the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks, and power forward Damir Markota, who had playing stint with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Possible lineup
Ante Tomić
Damir Markota
Bojan Bogdanović
Krunoslav Simon
Roko Ukić
Luka Žorić
Dario Šarić
Damjan Rudež
Ante Delaš
Dontaye Draper
Lukša Andrić
Mario Delaš

5. Greece
FIBA Ranking: No. 5

Greece, traditionally considered among the world's top basketball powers, acquired a wild card to join the FIBA World Cup.

Greece’s most remarkable achievement was its runner-up finish at the 2006 FIBA World Championship, after beating the 2006 Team USA of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony in the semis.

Despite an impressive win against the defending champion Spain in Eurobasket 2013, it lost crucial games and failed to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 2001. Among its prized players are 7-foot center Kosta Koufos of the Memphis Grizzlies, Memphis Grizzlies point guard Nick Calathes and Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Possible lineup
Kosta Koufos
Giorgos Printezis
Kostas Papanikolaou
Vassilis Spanoulis
Nick Calathes
Loannis Bourousis
Kostas Kaimakoglou
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Michael Bramos
Vangelis Mantzaris
Sofoklis Schortsanitis
Antonis Fotsis
Stratos Perperoglou
Nikos Zisis
Kostas Sloukas