The FIBA World Cup is well underway and so far Team USA, who were the favorites entring the tournament, have looked the part.
The talent level around the world has increased in recent years, so a lot of the teams participating feature NBA players, though none have the depth of Team USA.
But a gold medal is not a given for them, as Team USA always has a big target on their backs and anything can happen once they get into the knockout rounds, where a loss would send them home.
So are there any real threats?
The Dominican Republic has the mojo in the FIBA World Cup
Are the Dominicans really a threat to Team USA? No, probably not, and you could probably put teams like Serbia, Australia and Spain ahead of them if we are being realistic.
But they’ve been one of the fun stories from the tournament so far after going 3-0 to start the group stage. They’ve only beaten the Philippines, Italy and Angola but are building some momentum.
The Dominican fans have been great and the team has Karl Anthony-Towns and guard Andres Felix leading the way:
The DR probably doesn’t have the depth to hang with Team USA, but you can’t rule out mojo and momentum in a tournament like this, especially when one bad game can send you home.