Latest FIBA World ranking

The latest FIBA world ranking has been published, following the first window of the FIBA World Cup 2023 Qualifiers that will be staged in Indonesia, Japan, and the Philippines.

Strong results have led to changes in the latest FIBA Ranking Men, especially for the likes of Lithuania, Belgium, and Sweden in Europe, Cote d’Ivoire and Cape Verde in Africa, as well as Saudi Arabia in Asia. 

Not much movement in the European FIBA ranking

Lithuania leapfrogging Italy for the No. 8 spot constitutes the only movement inside the top 10 after the Baltic giants romped to an 89-69 home victory over Bulgaria and a 74-66 win away at No. 12 Czech Republic. Meanwhile, Italy split their games against Russia and Netherlands.

Belgium’s rise to No. 36 owes to their convincing 83-57 victory at Slovakia and a thrilling, come-from-behind 73-69 triumph over No. 6 Serbia in the European Qualifiers.

Subsequently, Sweden climbed six places to No. 51  in the FIBA World ranking because of solid efforts against much higher-ranked teams. They were impressive at home against No. 34 Finland, claiming a 72-62 success in Stockholm, and in their next game at No. 4 Slovenia, only fell, 94-89.

Cape Verde makes the biggest move in FIBA World Ranking

The biggest mover in the FIBA World Ranking was Cape Verde, Semi-Finalists at this past summer’s FIBA AfroBasket. The Blue Sharks have jumped 26 points to No. 74 after opening their African Qualifiers campaign with a 79-71 upset of No. 23 Nigeria and following that with narrow defeats to higher-ranked Uganda and Mali. 

Cote d’Ivoire also benefited from strong play in November, rising six places to No. 40 after a stunning come-from-behind win over Angola and big triumphs over both the Central African Republic and Guinea.

Saudi Arabia jumps eight places FIBA rankings

In Asia, Saudia Arabia confirmed their solid showings in the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers 2021 were no fluke in two games against Jordan, a much higher-ranked country at No. 39. Jordan won the first encounter by just seven points, and the Saudis prevailed in the second by eight points, leading to their jump of eight positions to No. 79 in the FIBA World Ranking.

A slight adjustment in the calculation of FIBA ranking

Four years after the introduction of the new FIBA ranking and as men’s national team basketball enters a new cycle leading to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, the region weights (C) considered in the points calculation have been slightly adjusted based on regional performances in FIBA competitions at world level over the past eight years.

WORLD
RANK
COUNTRY ZONE
RANK
IOC CURRENT POINTS +/- RANK *
1. USA 1. USA 763.3 0
2. Spain 1. ESP 724.1 0
3. Australia 1. AUS 690.7 0
4. Slovenia 2. SLO 676.3 0
5. France 3. FRA 671.9 0
6. Serbia 4. SRB 664.6 0
7. Argentina 2. ARG 656.6 0
8. Lithuania 5. LTU 649.5 +1
9. Italy 6. ITA 646.9 -1
10. Greece 7. GRE 641.0 0
11. Germany 8. GER 602.6 0
12. Czech Republic 9. CZE 577.9 0
13. Poland 10. POL 560.8 0
14. Russia 11. RUS 545.2 0
15. Brazil 3. BRA 542.3 0
16. Turkey 12. TUR 495.2 0
17. Venezuela 4. VEN 490.9 0
18. Canada 5. CAN 488.8 0
19. Puerto Rico 6. PUR 467.0 0
20. Dominican Republic 7. DOM 465.7 0
21. Croatia 13. CRO 459.6 0
22. Nigeria 1. NGR 458.7 +1
23. Iran 2. IRI 444.8 -1
24. Mexico 8. MEX 393.8 0
25. Montenegro 14. MNE 387.8 +1
26. Latvia 15. LAT 378.3 +1
27. New Zealand 3. NZL 372.1 -2
28. Tunisia 2. TUN 371.6 +2
29. China 4. CHN 361.7 -1
30. Korea 5. KOR 344.1 -1
31. Angola 3. ANG 335.4 +2
32. Ukraine 16. UKR 326.9 0
33. Philippines 6. PHI 325.9 -2
34. Senegal 4. SEN 321.3 +2
35. Finland 17. FIN 298.6 -1
36. Belgium 18. BEL 288.1 +2
37. Japan 7. JPN 285.0 -2
38. Georgia 19. GEO 284.7 -1
39. Jordan 8. JOR 276.7 0
40. Cote d’Ivoire 5. CIV 266.8 +6
41. Uruguay 9. URU 256.8 -1
42. Israel 20. ISR 252.8 +1
43. Hungary 21. HUN 251.0 -2
44. Great Britain 22. GBR 248.6 -2
45. Bosnia and Herzegovina 23. BIH 241.2 -1
46. Iceland 24. ISL 239.1 +1
47. Netherlands 25. NED 226.7 -2
48. Belarus 26. BLR 213.2 +3
49. Estonia 27. EST 206.7 0
50. Panama 10. PAN 206.0 -2
51. Sweden 28. SWE 202.2 +6
52. North Macedonia 29. MKD 197.4 +1
53. Bulgaria 30. BUL 195.9 -3
54. Virgin Islands 11. ISV 192.5 -2
55. Lebanon 9. LBN 188.5 +1
56. Romania 31. ROU 186.6 -2
57. Denmark 32. DEN 183.9 -2
58. Portugal 33. POR 179.5 0
59. Egypt 6. EGY 176.4 +3
60. Switzerland 34. SUI 175.5 0
61. Austria 35. AUT 166.3 0
62. Bahamas 12. BAH 163.6 -3
63. Slovakia 36. SVK 155.5 +2
64. Cameroon 7. CMR 146.5 -1
65. Cuba 13. CUB 143.6 -1
66. Chinese Taipei 10. TPE 142.2 +2
67. Colombia 14. COL 140.1 -1
68. Chile 15. CHI 137.1 -1
69. Morocco 8. MAR 135.0 0
70. Kazakhstan 11. KAZ 134.9 +2
71. Kosovo 37. KOS 132.6 -1
72. Mali 9. MLI 131.9 +3
73. Luxembourg 38. LUX 130.2 +1
74. Cape Verde 10. CPV 128.9 +26
75. Central African Rep. 11. CAF 126.1 +1
76. Qatar 12. QAT 124.9 -5
77. Paraguay 16. PAR 123.9 -4
78. Uganda 12. UGA 122.2 +12
79. Saudi Arabia 13. KSA 119.6 +8
80. India 14. IND 119.1 -2
81. Congo DR 13. COD 117.0 0
82. South Sudan 14. SSD 116.5 +12
83. Cyprus 39. CYP 111.8 -4
84. Rwanda 15. RWA 111.2 +11
85. Syria 15. SYR 110.9 -3
86. Iraq 16. IRQ 110.2 -6
87. Andorra 40. AND 110.2 +12
88. Guam 17. GUM 109.6 -11
89. Palestine 18. PLE 109.1 -6
90. Ireland 41. IRL 108.1 +17
91. Indonesia 19. INA 105.1 -6
92. Costa Rica 17. CRC 104.7 -8
93. Armenia 42. ARM 103.9 -7
94. Malta 43. MLT 103.7 -1
95. Norway 44. NOR 101.6 -6
96. Antigua & Barbuda 18. ANT 99.6 -5
97. Tahiti 20. TAH 99.2 -5
98. Mozambique 16. MOZ 98.4 -10
99. Guinea 17. GUI 97.7 +19
100. Barbados 19. BAR 97.1 -4
101. Nicaragua 20. NCA 96.9 -4
102. Jamaica 21. JAM 96.1 -4
103. Kenya 18. KEN 94.1 +8
104. Bahrain 21. BRN 92.8 -2
105. Algeria 19. ALG 91.0 -4
106. Albania 45. ALB 90.2 -1
107. Thailand 22. THA 90.0 -4
108. Chad 20. CHA 89.1 -4
109. Honduras 22. HON 85.7 -3
110. t.Vincent and the Grenadines 23. VIN 81.7 -1
111. Guyana 24. GUY 81.5 -3
112. Singapore 23. SGP 81.4 0
113. Bermuda 25. BER 80.7 -3
114. Hong Kong 24. HKG 80.2 0
115. Suriname 26. SUR 79.3 0
116. Bolivia 27. BOL 79.2 -3
117. Congo 21. CGO 76.2 -1
118. Belize 28. BIZ 71.7 -1
119. Grenada 29. GRN 71.4 0
120. Samoa 25. SAM 71.1 0
121. Malaysia 26. MAS 70.7 +1
122. Burundi 22. BDI 70.1 +2
123. El Salvador 30. ESA 69.3 -2
124. San Marino 46. SMR 68.3 +3
125. Madagascar 23. MAD 68.0 +1
126. UAE 27. UAE 67.9 -1
127. South Africa 24. RSA 66.2 -4
128. Cayman Islands 31. CAY 66.1 0
129. Ecuador 32. ECU 65.1 0
130. British Virgin Islands 33. IVB 64.8 0
131. Gabon 25. GAB 59.7 0
132. Sri Lanka 28. SRI 59.2 0
133. Montserrat 34. MAT 57.2 0
134. Seychelles 26. SEY 56.0 +5
135. Burkina Faso 27. BUR 55.0 -1
136. Zimbabwe 28. ZIM 54.9 -1
137. Moldova 47. MDA 54.2 0
138. Tonga 29. TGA 52.8 0
139. Maldives 30. MDV 52.2 +3
140. Vietnam 31. VIE 52.1 +1
141. Kuwait 32. KUW 51.1 +2
142. Equatorial Guinea 29. GEQ 50.2 +3
143. Zambia 30. ZAM 49.8 -7
144. Bangladesh 33. BAN 49.5 +2
145. Benin 31. BEN 49.1 -1
146. Somalia 32. SOM 48.6 -6
147. Bhutan 34. BHU 48.3 0
148. Gibraltar 48. GIB 46.5 +4
149. American Samoa 35. ASA 46.4 0
150. Guatemala 35. GUA 43.6 0
151. Botswana 33. BOT 43.3 -3
152. Tanzania 34. TAN 42.2 +5
153. Macau 36. MAC 41.9 -2
154. Brunei Darussalam 37. BRU 41.4 -1
155. Nepal 38. NEP 40.5 -1
156. St. Lucia 36. LCA 39.4 -1
157. Oman 39. OMA 34.2 0
158. Fiji 40. FIJ 30.2 0
159. Cambodia 41. CAM 28.8 0
160. Myanmar 42. MYA 27.0 0
161. Cook Islands 43. COK 23.1 0
162. Haiti 37. HAI 22.7 0
163. Eritrea 35. ERI 20.3 0
164. Libya 36. LBA 16.0 0

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