Mexico national basketball team

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Mexico Mexico México
FIBA ranking 19 Increase 5
Joined FIBA 1936
FIBA zone FIBA Americas
National federation Mexican Basketball Federation
Coach Sergio Valdeolmillos
Olympic Games
Appearances 7
Medals Bronze medal.svg Bronze: 1936
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 5
Medals None
FIBA Americas Championship
Appearances 12
Medals Gold medal.svg Gold: 2013
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The Mexico national basketball team is the side that represents Mexico in men's international basketball competitions. The governing body of the team is the Asociación Deportiva Mexicana de Baloncesto (Mexican Basketball Federation) – abbrev. as ADEMEBA.

As of 2013, Mexico is the reigning basketball champion of the Americas.


Fans of Team Mexico at the 2014 Basketball World Cup

Until the late 1960s, team Mexico was a major force at the world stage. The team won the bronze medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics, finished 4th at the 1948 event and 5th in 1968.

At the FIBA Americas Championship 2009 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mexico finished 7th, ahead of Panama, Venezuela and the United States Virgin Islands.[1]

On individual performances, Gustavo Ayon finished among the tournament's top performers in steals (3rd), blocks (3rd) and minutes per game (9th).[2]

Both Eduardo Najera and Earl Watson expressed their interest in representing Mexico internationally.[3][4] However, neither received permission by their NBA teams to participate at the FIBA Americas Championship 2009 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.[5]

"La Edad de Oro" (2013-Present)[edit]

Mexico took part in the FIBA Americas Championship 2013 to replace Panama, who were disqualified. To the surprise of many they beat hosts Venezuela in their opening game and advanced to the second round with wins over Paraguay and the Dominican Republic. They later finished top of the eight-team second round group and a semi-final win over heavy favourites Argentina saw them through to the final.

On 11 September 2013, they beat Puerto Rico 91-83 in the Gold medal game to win the FIBA Americas Championship.[6] Inside player Gustavo Ayon was voted as the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

2014 Basketball World Cup[edit]

The surprising gold medal at the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship secured Mexico a spot at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain. This marked the first qualification to the Basketball World Cup in 40 years.[7]

At the 2014 FIBA World Cup, the Mexicans won two of their five preliminary round games against Korea and Angola which earned them a playoff spot for the first time in their history. They would, however, come unstuck against eventual champions USA.

Especially noteworthy was Mexico’s 3 point field goal percentage, which was one of the highest among all the teams at the event.[8]

2015 FIBA Americas Championship[edit]

Due to Mexico's strong performances of late, the country gained the right to host the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship. Former NBA Champion Bill Cartwright was announced as the team's new head coach on September 25, 2014.[9]


Team for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Mexico men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age - DOB Ht. Club
G 4 Stoll, Paul 28 – (1985-12-14)14 December 1985 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Halcones Rojos Veracruz Mexico
F 5 Ramos, Marco 27 – (1987-02-26)26 February 1987 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Halcones Rojos Veracruz Mexico
F 6 Martínez, Román 26 – (1988-03-05)5 March 1988 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Soles de Mexicali Mexico
G 7 Gutiérrez, Jorge 25 – (1988-12-27)27 December 1988 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Milwaukee Bucks United States
C 8 Ayón, Gustavo (C) 29 – (1985-04-01)1 April 1985 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Real Madrid Baloncesto Spain
F 9 Cruz, Francisco 24 – (1989-10-03)3 October 1989 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Halcones Rojos Veracruz Mexico
C 10 Gutierrez, Israel 21 – (1993-01-15)15 January 1993 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Halcones Rojos Veracruz Mexico
G 11 Meza, Pedro 28 – (1985-10-15)15 October 1985 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) Halcones de Xalapa Mexico
C 12 Hernández, Héctor 29 – (1985-06-15)15 June 1985 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) Pioneros de Quintana Roo Mexico
G 13 Méndez-Valdez, Orlando 28 – (1986-04-29)29 April 1986 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Halcones de Xalapa Mexico
F 14 Zamora, Adrian 27 – (1986-10-28)28 October 1986 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Halcones Rojos Veracruz Mexico
C 15 Parada, Adam 32 – (1981-10-21)21 October 1981 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Halcones de Xalapa Mexico
Head coach
Assistant coach
  • Spain Ramón Diaz
  • Mexico Javier Ceniceros
  • Mexico Mateo Rubio

  • Club – describes current club
  • Age – describes age
    on 30 August 2014

Depth chart[edit]

Starter Bench Bench Inactive
C Gustavo Ayón Lorenzo Mata Adam Parada
PF Héctor Hernández Fernando Benitez Jesus Hiram Lopez
SF Román Martínez Noe Alonzo Jesus Gonzalez Romel Beck
SG Orlando Mendez Jovan Harris Omar Quintero
PG Jorge Gutierrez Paul Stoll Pedro Meza Earl Watson


Summer Olympics[edit]

Year Position Tournament Host
1936 3 Bronze medal.svg Basketball at the 1936 Summer Olympics Berlin, Germany
1948 4 Basketball at the 1948 Summer Olympics London, United Kingdom
1952 9 Basketball at the 1952 Summer Olympics Helsinki, Finland
1960 12 Basketball at the 1960 Summer Olympics Rome, Italy
1964 12 Basketball at the 1964 Summer Olympics Tokyo, Japan
1968 5 Basketball at the 1968 Summer Olympics Mexico City, Mexico
1976 10 Basketball at the 1976 Summer Olympics Montreal, Canada
2016 TBD Basketball at the 2016 Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament[edit]

  • 1964: 1st place
  • 1976: 3rd place

FIBA World Cup[edit]

Members of the 2014 Team Mexico, which reached the World Cup's playoffs for the first time.
Year Position Tournament Host
1959 13 1959 FIBA World Championship Chile
1963 9 1963 FIBA World Championship Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1967 8 1967 FIBA World Championship Uruguay
1974 9 1974 FIBA World Championship Puerto Rico
2014 14 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup Spain

FIBA Americas Championships[edit]

Year Position Tournament Host
1980 5 1980 Tournament of the Americas San Juan, Puerto Rico
1984 5 1984 Tournament of the Americas São Paulo, Brazil
1988 6 1988 Tournament of the Americas Montevideo, Uruguay
1989 9 1989 Tournament of the Americas Mexico City, Mexico
1992 7 1992 Tournament of the Americas Portland, United States
1993 1993 Tournament of the Americas San Juan, Puerto Rico
1995 1995 Tournament of the Americas Tucumán, Argentina
1997 10 1997 FIBA Americas Championship Montevideo, Uruguay
1999 1999 FIBA Americas Championship San Juan, Puerto Rico
2001 9 2001 FIBA Americas Championship Neuquén, Argentina
2003 6 2003 FIBA Americas Championship San Juan, Puerto Rico
2005 10 2005 FIBA Americas Championship Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
2007 7 2007 FIBA Americas Championship Las Vegas, United States
2009 7 2009 FIBA Americas Championship San Juan, Puerto Rico
2011 2011 FIBA Americas Championship Mar del Plata, Argentina
2013 1 Gold medal with cup.svg 2013 FIBA Americas Championship Caracas, Venezuela

Pan American Games[edit]

  • 1951: 8th place
  • 1955: 4th place
  • 1959: 4th place
  • 1963: 7th place
  • 1967: Silver medal Med 2.png (Mexico finished second only to Team USA.)[10]
  • 1971: 4th place
  • 1975: 4th place
  • 1979: 8th place
  • 1983: Bronze medal Med 3.png (This competition was memorable for Mexico taking a 20–4 lead against a Team USA squadron that featured Michael Jordan, Chris Mullin, Sam Perkins, Michael Cage, Ed Pinckney, Mark Price, and Wayman Tisdale. Team USA later came back for an 11-point win: 74–63. Team USA won the Gold, Brazil won the Silver, and Mexico beat Canada for the Bronze medal.)[11]
  • 1987: 4th place
  • 1991: Silver medal Med 2.png (Mexico finished ahead of a Team USA squadron that featured Grant Hill, Christian Laettner, Thomas Hill, Walt Williams, Clarence Weatherspoon, Tracey Murray, Jimmy Jackson, Terry Dehere, Adam Keefe, Eric Montross, and Tony Bennett. Puerto Rico won the Gold, Mexico won the Silver, and Team USA won the Bronze medal.)[12]
  • 1995: 5th place
  • 1999: Did not participate
  • 2003: 5th place
  • 2007: Did not participate
  • 2011: Silver medal Med 2.png (Mexico beat Team USA 71–55 in their semifinal game and lost to Puerto Rico 74–72 in the Gold Medal game.)[13]

Centrobasket – Central American Championships[edit]

Román Martínez and Marco Ramos helped Mexico secure the gold medal at the 2014 Centrobasket
  • 1965 Gold Medal Med 1.png
  • 1967 4th place
  • 1975 Gold Medal Med 1.png
  • 1987 Bronze Medal Med 3.png
  • 1989 4th place
  • 1991 Silver Medal Med 2.png
  • 1997 4th place
  • 2001 Silver Medal Med 2.png
  • 2003 Bronze Medal Med 3.png[14]
  • 2004 4th place
  • 2006 4th place
  • 2008 5th place (Coach Nolan Richardson)
  • 2010 6th place
  • 2014 Gold Medal Med 1.png

Centrobasket U17 championship[edit]

  • 2007: Silver medal Med 2.png
  • 2009: Silver medal Med 2.png
  • 2011: Silver medal Med 2.png
  • 2013: Bronze medal Med 3.png[15]

FIBA COCABA Championship[edit]

  • 2006: Champions Med 1.png[16]
  • 2007: Champions Med 1.png[17]
  • 2009: Champions Med 1.png[18] (Coach: Nolan Richardson)
  • 2013: Champions Med 1.png[18]

William Jones Cup[edit]

  • 1990: Champions Med 1.png (2nd place = Poland, 3rd place = USA)

Central American and Caribbean Games[edit]

  • 2010: Silver medal Med 2.png

Past Team Rosters[edit]

1936 Olympic Games: finished 3rd among 21 teams (Bronze Medal Team) Med 3.png

Jesus Olmos, Alfonso Rojo, Carlos Borja, Silvio Hernandez, Rodolfo Choperena, Jose Pamplona, Andres Gomez, Greer Skousen, Raul Fernandez, Victor Borja, Luis Ignacio de la Vega, Francisco Martinez

1948 Olympic Games: finished 4th among 23 teams

Hector Guerrero, Jose de la Cruz Cabrera, Jorge Cardiel, Emilio Lopez, Ignacio Romo, Rodolfo Diaz, Angel Acuna, Isaac Alfaro, Jose Rojas Herrera, Jorge Gudino, Francisco Galindo, Alberto Bienvenu, Josue Neri, Fernando Rojas Herrera

1952 Olympic Games: finished 9th among 23 teams

Hector Guerrero, Jose de la Cruz Cabrera, Jorge Cardiel, Jose Rojas Herera, Carlos Jose Bru Villarreal, Emilio Lopez, Jose Pioquinto Soto Villanueva, Fernando Rojas Herrera, Sergio Olguin Fierro, Ruben Almanza Garcia, Rolando Rubalcava Pena, Jose Meneses Luna, Filiberto Manzo Hernandez

1959 World Championship: finished 13th among 13 teams

Hector Aizpuro, Edmundo Marquez, Arturo Escalera, Felipe Manzo, Armando Herrera, Daniel Cuevas, Ignacio Chavira, Jaime Rodriguez, Jose Maria Lozano, Hugo Orozco, Jorge Renteria, Carlos Quintanar (Coach: Agustin Garcia)

1960 Olympic Games: finished 12th among 16 teams

Guillermo "Billy" Wagner, Hector Aizpuro, Armando Herrera, Gayle "Chato" Bluth, Jose Maria Lozano, Ignacio Chavira, Carlos Quintanar, Urbano Zea, Eulalio Avila, Cesar Herrera, Guillermo Torres, Alberto Almanza (Coach: Enrique "Kiki" Romero)

1963 World Championship: finished 9th among 13 teams

Manuel Raga, Carlos Vega, Guillermo Torres, Ricardo Pontvianne, Urbano Zea, Humberto Camero, Carlos Quintanar, Luis Enrique Grajeda, Mario Pena, Rafael Heredia, Jaime Castillo, Ruben Izaguirre (Coach: Pedro Barba Ramos)

1964 Olympic Games: finished 12th among 16 teams

Manuel Raga, Luis Enrique Grajeda, Ricardo Pontvianne, Mario Pena, Armando Herrera, Eulalio Avila, Carlos Quintanar, Alberto Almanza, Rafael Heredia, Miguel Arellano (Coach: Agustin Garcia Arreola)

1967 World Championship: finished 8th among 13 teams

Manuel Raga, Arturo Guerrero, Ricardo Pontvianne, Rafael Heredia, Eulalio Avila, Raul Palma, Antonio Ayala, Alejandro Guzman, Miguel Arellano, Fernando Tiscareno, Carlos Quintanar, Ricardo Monreal (Coach: Lester Lane)

1968 Olympic Games: finished 5th among 16 teams

Manuel Raga, Arturo Guerrero, Ricardo Pontvianne, Luis Enrique Grajeda, Rafael Heredia, Antonio Ayala, Alejandro Guzman, John Hatch, Carlos Quintanar, Miguel Arellano, Oscar Asiain, Fernando Tiscareno (Coach: Lester Lane)

1974 World Championship: finished 9th among 14 teams

Manuel Raga, Ricardo Pontvianne, Arturo Guerrero, Raul Palma, Antonio Ayala, Jesus Garcia, Ricardo Monreal, Guillermo Marquez, Jesus Alvarado, Manuel Saenz, Gustavo Hernandez, Oscar Asiain (Coach: Pedro Barba Ramos)

1976 Olympic Games: finished 10th among 12 teams

Manuel Raga, Arturo Guerrero, Antonio Ayala, Manuel Saenz, Jesus Garcia, Samuel Campis, Hector Rodriguez, Gabriel Nava, Ruben Alcala, Jorge Flores, Rafael Palomar, Anastasio Reyes (Coach: Carlos Jose Bru)

2013 FIBA Americas: finished 1st among 10 teams (Gold Medal Team) Med 1.png

Jorge Gutierrez, Orlando Mendez, Román Martínez, Hector Hernandez, Gustavo Ayón, Paul Stoll, Jovan Harris, Noe Alonso, Fernando Benitez, Lorenzo Mata, Pedro Meza, Jesus Gonzalez (Coach: Ramón Diaz)

2014 Centrobasket Championships: finished 1st among 10 teams (Gold Medal Team) Med 1.png

Jorge Gutierrez, Román Martínez, Hector Hernandez, Gustavo Ayón, Paul Stoll, Noe Alonso, Pedro Meza, Francisco Cruz, Marco Ramos, Gabriel Giron, Rodrigo Zamora, Adam Parada

2014 FIBA World Cup: finished 14th among 24 teams

Jorge Gutierrez, Román Martínez, Hector Hernandez, Gustavo Ayón, Paul Stoll, Orlando Méndez-Valdez, Pedro Meza, Francisco Cruz, Marco Ramos, Israel Gutiérrez, Rodrigo Zamora, Adam Parada (Coach: Sergio Valdeolmillos)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ " 2009 FIBA Americas Championship for Men". 6 September 2009. 
  2. ^ " 2009 FIBA Americas Championship for Men Top players". 
  3. ^ "MEX – Najera reports to Mexican national team". 13 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "HoopsHype – Earl Watson: "I signed with the Pacers because they want to win now"". 3 August 2009. 
  5. ^ " 2009 FIBA Americas Championship for Men Team profile". 
  6. ^ "Spain 2014-bound Mexico are 2013 Americas champions!". FIBA. 12 September 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "FIBA Archive; Mexico". FIBA. Retrieved 2014-10-01. 
  8. ^ "TEAM STATISTICS; TEAM LEADERS". FIBA. Retrieved 2014-10-02. 
  9. ^ THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (24 September 2014). "Bill Cartwright to Coach Mexico". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "USA Basketball". USA Basketball. 6 August 1967. 
  11. ^ "USA Basketball". USA Basketball. 
  12. ^ "USA Basketball". USA Basketball. 
  13. ^ "Mexico Ends USA's Pan American Games Gold Medal Quest 71–55". USA Basketball. 29 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Latinbasket – Central American Championships '01". 
  15. ^ "Mexican Basketball, Teams, Scores, Stats, News, Standings – LATINBASKET". 
  16. ^ "LATINBASKET – 5th Tournament of the Americas (Copa America) 2005 Basketball, Teams, Scores, Stats, News, Standings, Pro Basketball". 
  17. ^ "LATINBASKET – COCABA – Centro America Championships Basketball, Teams, Scores, Stats, News, Standings, Pro Basketball". 
  18. ^ a b "COCABA-Championships Basketball, Teams, Scores, Stats, News, Standings". Latinbasket. 

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