There were no Americans on the FIBA All-World Cup Team

Having a representative on the all-tournament team after finishing seventh in the FIBA World Cup is probably nothing to write home about. But Team USA being left off the honors team, or the “All-Star Five,” entirely is just salt being rubbed in the wound.

Indeed, the international players stole the show at the World Cup. In the wake of Spain claiming gold on Sunday, Ricky Rubio and Marc Gasol made the All-World Cup Team along with France’s Evan Fournier, Serbia’s Bogdan Bogdanovic and Argentina’s Luis Scola.

Lack of offense for Team USA at FIBA World Cup

BEIJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 15:  All Star Five celebrate after Spain win the finals between Argentina and Spain of 2019 FIBA World Cup at the Cadillac Arena on September 15, 2019 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Di Yin/Getty Images)
The All-Star Five of the FIBA World Cup tournament did not include any Americans. (Photo by Di Yin/Getty Images)

This is not much of a surprise, considering Team USA did not advance deep into the tournament and their leading scorer was Kemba Walker (14.4 points per game) who ranked just 28th among all players.

The next-closest scorer was Donovan Mitchell, who was 44th at 13.3 points per game. Harrison Barnes at 60th (11.6 points per game) rounded out the only three Americans who averaged double digits in the tournament.

Despite head coach Gregg Popovich’s best efforts, there’s no way to sugarcoat just how poorly Team USA performed. Sure, many stars opted against participating and the roster was banged up toward the end, but that all-tournament team would look much different had the Americans played even close to their potential.

Nothing against the selections; all of them are or were previously serviceable NBA players. They excelled in the international tournament and their respective teams gelled much better than Team USA.

But this is just another indication of just how far south the FIBA World Cup went for the red, white and blue.

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