As some of the finest basketball nations begin to gear up for the Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan on July 25, some of the powerhouse like USA, Argentina, Australia and Nigeria are already prepping themselves up with premium friendly matches.
If there’s anything we’ve learned from the 2016 Olympic in Rio de Janeiro, it’s that quite a number of basketball playing countries are gradually coming up to speed with the game.
That said, let unveil the top four countries to watch at these year Olympic games in Japan.
Tokyo Olympic: Top 4 Basketball Teams To Watch
The U.S men’s basketball team has lost four of their last five games as the Americans prep up for the Olympic games. One shocking loss for this year Tokyo Olympic heavily favored team was their defeat to the D’Tigers in a friendly exhibition game in Las Vegas losing 90-87.
The match between the first ranked and 22nd ranked team in the world by FIBA was described as one of the greatest upsets in international basketball history. The Americans may not be faring well in pre-Olympic exhibition game but they’re one of the best team that is highly favored to win the men’s basketball in Japan.
Going into the first game of the Americans they’re by far the most talented squad with the likes of Davin Booker, Kevin Durant, Jray Holliday, Damian Lillard, and Bam Adebayo a player of Nigerian origin. The bookmakers even favored Gregg Popovich’s side to win this year edition again just like they did in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
When talking about some of the finest team to watch out for at this year men’s basketball game the 2004 Champions in Athens are no doubt the team capable of conjuring yet another magic just like they did in Greece.
This year Tokyo Olympic run for Argentina will feature their best players with the likes of Luis Scola and their point guard Facundo Campazzo, both players would be crucial to ‘El Alma Argentina’ Olympic outing. They’re also not doing quite impressively well in their exhibition game but trust them to hit the ground running once the game start proper.
Sergio Hernandez led side are expected to make the South American nation proud with premium performance in their game, that said they’re one of the team that would give the likes of USA and every top side in competition a run for their money.
The Spanish team would definitely come into this year Olympic games with the mindset of dethroning the Americans as the current champions. Spain couldn’t went pass the Americans in 2012 at London losing to the number one ranked team in the world as they went home with the Silver medal.
They’re also known to play a variety of style of basketball with some of finest players in their squad that are quite vest when it comes to international basketball games. Great guys like Marc Gasol, Rudy Fernandez, Sergio Rodriguez, Alex Abrines, and Sergio Llull are some of brilliant players that would be instrumental in their quest to win gold.
Sergio Scariolo side knows it’s a know brainer for them not to triumph in this year olympic games having come very close couple of times.
The 2013 FIBA Oceania Champions are also one of the experience side in this year olympic games with fantastic players in their roaster. Patty Mills and five more NBA players are on the Boomers roaster with the hope to win their first medal in the basketball event.
The Australia Boomers are the first team to qualify for the Olympic games in 2019, as such the expectations of doing quite well at this year game is very high with some of their NBA top players all present in team. Mills is no doubt the man the fans are expecting to conjure some kind of magic, but then the 32 year old guard would be supported with the likes of Joe Ingles, Dante Exum, Matthew Dellavedova, Aron Baynes and Josh Green.
The Oceanian nation are one of the most accomplished basketball nations yet to win an Olympic men’s medal, they’ve always been the nearly men with the fourth position their usual finished point in 1988, 1996, 2000 and 2016.