FIBA World Ranking Men
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Team USA maintained their top-ranked status in the FIBA World Ranking Men, but the newly World Cup champions Spain closed the gap.

There was significant movement at the top end of the ranking, with Australia (673.6) climbing to third place and leapfrogging the fourth-ranked Argentina (670.5) and fifth-placed France (665.4) in the process.

Coming into the World Cup as the #11 ranked team, Australia received extra points for beating higher-ranked teams in France and Lithuania en route to their best-ever performance at the flagship event.

As the ranking takes into account results from the past eight years, the Boomers also benefited from a great run of results in major tournaments with their fourth-place finish in China coming on the back of a Semi-Finals appearance at the 2016 Rio Olympics and winning the FIBA Asia Cup in 2017.

World Cup runners-up Argentina also moved up a spot at the expense of France, whose overall point tally did increase at the World Cup, but not enough to compensate for the gains made by Australia and Argentina.