The men's qualification for the Olympicbasketballtournament occurred from 2010–2012; all five FIBA (International Basketball Federation) zones sent in teams.
The first qualifying tournament was the 2010 FIBA World Championship in which the champion was guaranteed of a place in the Olympics. Throughout the next two years, several regional tournaments served as qualification for the zonal tournaments, which doubled as intercontinental championships, to determine which teams would participate in the 2012 London Olympics.
A total of 12 teams took part in the Olympics, with each NOC sending in one team. The host nation (Great Britain) qualified automatically as hosts.
There were a total of 5 zonal tournaments (doubling as intercontinental championships) that determined the qualifying teams, with a total of 7 teams qualifying outright. Each zone was allocated with the following qualifying berths: