Basketball at the Summer Olympics

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Basketball at the Summer Olympics
Basketball pictogram.svg
Governing body FIBA
Events 4 (men: 2; women: 2)
Games
  • 1896
  • 1900
  • 1904
  • 1908
  • 1912
  • 1920
Note: demonstration sport years indicated in italics

Basketball at the Summer Olympics has been a sport for men consistently since 1936. Prior to its inclusion as a medal sport, basketball was held as a demonstration event in 1904. Women's basketball made its debut in the Summer Olympics in 1976.

The United States is by far the most successful country in Olympic basketball, with United States men's teams having won 15 of 18 tournaments in which they participated, including seven consecutive titles from 1936 through 1968. United States women's teams have won 8 titles out of the 10 tournaments in which they competed, including six in a row from 1996 to 2016. Besides the United States, Argentina is the only nation still in existence who has won either the men's or women's tournament. The Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and the Unified Team are the countries no longer in existence who have won the tournament. The United States are the defending champions in both men's and women's tournaments.

On June 9, 2017, the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee announced that 3x3 basketball would become an official Olympic sport as of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, for both men and women.[1][2]

History[edit]

Basketball was invented by James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1891. Within a few decades, the new game became popular throughout the United States as an indoor sport. The popularity spread overseas and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) was organized in 1932 in Geneva, Switzerland.

American dominance[edit]

Thanks in part to the effort of Phog Allen[3][4]—a Kansas Jayhawks collegiate coach—the first Olympic basketball tournament was organized in the 1936 Berlin Olympics on outdoor tennis courts. Dr. Naismith presented the medals to the top three teams. According to the Olympic rules of that time, all of the competitors were amateurs. The tournament was held indoors for the first time in 1948. The American team proved its dominance, winning the first seven Olympic tournaments until 1968, without losing a single game. While the Americans were barred from sending a team that contained players from the professional National Basketball Association, they instead sent in college players; teams from some other countries sent in their best players, as some of their players were classified as "amateur" by FIBA, by earning allowances instead of wages.

Munich and after[edit]

The U.S. winning streak ended in 1972 under highly controversial circumstances, when the Soviet Union beat them in the gold-medal game. After the game, the American team refused to accept the silver medal, and the medal has been kept in IOC possession ever since.

The U.S. team reclaimed the gold medal in 1976, with Yugoslavia, which had beaten the Soviet Union in the semifinal, finishing runner-up for the second time. In 1980, with the Americans' absence due to the boycott, Yugoslavia became the third team to win the title, after beating the Soviets anew in the semifinals and Italy in the final. The Americans regained the title in 1984, by beating Spain in the final, with the Soviets boycotting this time. The Soviets won the gold medal for the second time in 1988, after beating the U.S. team for the second time in the semifinal, and the Yugoslavs in the gold medal game.

Professional era: renewed American dominance[edit]

The advent of the state-sponsored "full-time amateur athlete" of the Eastern Bloc countries eroded the ideology of the pure amateur, as it put the self-financed amateurs of the Western countries at a disadvantage. The Soviet Union entered teams of athletes who were all nominally students, soldiers, or working in a profession, but all of whom were in reality paid by the state to play in a well-developed league with modern facilities and train year-round.[5][6][7] In April 1989, through the leadership of Secretary General Borislav Stanković, FIBA approved the rule that allowed NBA players to compete in international tournaments, including the Olympics. In the 1992 Summer Olympics, the U.S. "Dream Team" won the gold medal with an average winning margin of 44 points per game, and without calling a timeout. By this time, the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia no longer existed, but their successor states continued to be among the leading forces. Two newly independent countries of the former Yugoslavia and Soviet Union, Croatia and Lithuania, won the silver and bronze medals respectively.

The American team repeated its victory in 1996 and 2000, but its performance was not as dominant as in 1992. Since active NBA players have been allowed to compete in the Summer Olympics, the 1996 Games in Atlanta is the only instance where the Olympic host city also had a home NBA team — the Hawks. Yugoslavia was the runner-up in Atlanta, and France in Sydney, with Lithuania winning bronze again on both occasions.

The renewed dominance of the U.S. was interrupted in 2004, when the Americans barely made it to the semifinal, after losing to Puerto Rico and Lithuania in the preliminaries; Argentina defeated them in the semifinals, on their way to a gold medal finish, where they beat Italy in the final, and became the fourth team to win the Olympic title.

The Americans regrouped in 2008, beating the reigning FIBA world champions, Spain, in an intense gold medal game, with the Argentines beating the Lithuanians in the bronze medal game. The Americans and the Spaniards met again in the 2012 gold medal game, with the U.S. again winning, although with the closest winning margin for the American team. The U.S. won again in 2016, defeating the Serbians in the gold medal game, a rematch of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup Final, after eliminating the Spaniards, who settled for bronze.

Women[edit]

The first women's tournament was staged in the 1976 Summer Olympics. The Soviet Union won five straight games, becoming the inaugural champion. The next two tournaments followed the six-team round-robin format, with the Soviets defending their title in 1980 amid the U.S.-led boycott, and the U.S. winning in 1984, against the South Koreans, amid the Soviet-led boycott. In 1988, the tournament expanded into eight teams, with the Americans beating Yugoslavia in the gold medal game. In 1992, the Unified Team, consisting of the former Soviet republics, defeated China in the gold medal game. In 1996, the tournament settled into its current 12-team format; the U.S. has swept all of the tournaments since then, winning 48 consecutive games.

Venues[edit]

All venues were indoor stadiums except for the 1936 tournament which was held outdoors on lawn tennis courts.

Qualifying[edit]

As of 2012, the qualifying process consists of three stages:

  1. 1 team (for each gender) qualifies as the reigning world champion.
  2. 7 teams for men and 5 for women qualify through their respective regional championships.
  3. 3 teams for men and 5 for women qualify through a world qualifying tournament, in which the best teams which did not qualify directly from each zone compete for the remaining berths.

Additionally, the teams of the host nation qualify automatically.

Zone Men Women
World Cup 1 1
African championship 1 1
Americas championship 2 1
Asian championship 1 1
European championship 2 1
Oceania championship 1 1
World qualifying tournament 3 5
Host Nation 1 1
Total 12 12

In 2020, the men's tournament will have a new qualification system. After the 2019 FIBA World Cup, seven teams will qualify directly: the top two European and American teams, and the top team from Africa, Asia and Oceania. The next 16 best teams from the FIBA World Cup will join the two teams from each continent at the Olympic qualifiers. It will feature four groups of six teams, where the best team of each group will get the remaining spots at the Olympics. The continental championships will no longer be used for Olympic qualifying.

Men's tournaments[edit]

Year Hosts Gold Medal Game Bronze Medal Game
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score Fourth Place
1936
Details
Nazi Germany
Berlin

United States
19–8
Canada

Mexico
26–12
Poland
1948
Details
United Kingdom
London

United States
65–21
France

Brazil
52–47
Mexico
1952
Details
Finland
Helsinki

United States
36–25
Soviet Union

Uruguay
68–59
Argentina
1956
Details
Australia
Melbourne

United States
89–55
Soviet Union

Uruguay
71–62
France
1960
Details
Italy
Rome

United States
No playoffs
Soviet Union

Brazil
No playoffs
Italy
1964
Details
Japan
Tokyo

United States
73–59
Soviet Union

Brazil
76–60
Puerto Rico
1968
Details
Mexico
Mexico City

United States
65–50
Yugoslavia

Soviet Union
70–53
Brazil
1972
Details
West Germany
Munich

Soviet Union
51–50
United States

Cuba
66–65
Italy
1976
Details
Canada
Montreal

United States
95–74
Yugoslavia

Soviet Union
100–72
Canada
1980
Details
Soviet Union
Moscow

Yugoslavia
86–77
Italy

Soviet Union
117–94
Spain
1984
Details
United States
Los Angeles

United States
96–65
Spain

Yugoslavia
88–82
Canada
1988
Details
South Korea
Seoul

Soviet Union
76–63
Yugoslavia

United States
78–49
Australia
1992
Details
Spain
Barcelona

United States
117–85
Croatia

Lithuania
82–78
Unified Team
1996
Details
United States
Atlanta

United States
95–69
Yugoslavia

Lithuania
80–74
Australia
2000
Details
Australia
Sydney

United States
85–75
France

Lithuania
89–71
Australia
2004
Details
Greece
Athens

Argentina
84–69
Italy

United States
104–96
Lithuania
2008
Details
China
Beijing

United States
118–107
Spain

Argentina
87–75
Lithuania
2012
Details
United Kingdom
London

United States
107–100
Spain

Russia
81–77
Argentina
2016
Details
Brazil
Rio

United States
96–66
Serbia

Spain
89–88
Australia
2020
Details
Japan
Tokyo

Performance by confederation[edit]

This is a summary of the best performances of each confederation in each tournament.

Confederation 36
Nazi Germany
48
United Kingdom
52
Finland
56
Australia
60
Italy
64
Japan
68
Mexico
72
West Germany
76
Canada
80
Soviet Union
84
United States
88
South Korea
92
Spain
96
United States
00
Australia
04
Greece
08
China
12
United Kingdom
16
Brazil
FIBA Africa 15th–18th 19th 9th–16th -- -- -- 15th 15th 12th 11th 12th 10th 10th 11th 12th 12th 12th 10th 11th
FIBA Americas 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 5th 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
FIBA Asia 5th 8th 9th–16th 7th 11th 10th 13th 13th 11th 12th 10th 9th 12th 8th 10th 8th 8th 12th 12th
FIBA Europe 4th 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd
FIBA Oceania -- -- -- 12th -- 9th -- 9th 8th 8th 7th 4th 6th 4th 4th 9th 7th 7th 4th
Nations 21 23 23 15 16 16 16 16 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12

Participating nations[edit]

Nation 36
Nazi Germany
48
United Kingdom
52
Finland
56
Australia
60
Italy
64
Japan
68
Mexico
72
West Germany
76
Canada
80
Soviet Union
84
United States
88
South Korea
92
Spain
96
United States
00
Australia
04
Greece
08
China
12
United Kingdom
16
Brazil
Years
 Angola A 10th 11th 12th 12th 12th 5
 Argentina 15th 4th 9th 1st 3rd 4th 8th 7
 Australia 12th 9th 9th 8th 8th 7th 4th 6th 4th 4th 9th 7th 7th 4th 14
 Belgium 19th 11th 17th 3
 Brazil 9th 3rd 6th 6th 3rd 3rd 4th 7th 5th 9th 5th 5th 6th 5th 9th 15
 Bulgaria 7th 5th 16th 10th 4
 Canada 2nd 9th 9th 9th 14th 4th 4th 6th 7th 9
 Central African Republic A 10th 1
 Chile 9th 6th 5th 8th 4
 China A 10th 11th 12th 8th 10th 8th 8th 12th 12th 9
 Chinese TaipeiB 15th 18th 11th 3
 Croatia C 2nd 7th 6th 5th 4
 Cuba 13th 9th 11th 3rd 7th 6th 6
 Czechoslovakia 9th 7th 9th 5th 8th 6th 9th A 7
 Egypt 15th 19th 9th 16th 12th 12th 12th 7
 Estonia 9th D 1
 Finland 9th 11th 2
 France 19th 2nd 8th 4th 10th 11th 2nd 6th 6th 9
 GermanyE 15th 12th 8th 7th 10th 5
 Great Britain 20th 9th 2
 Greece 17th 5th 5th 5th 4
 Hungary 16th 9th 9th 13th 4
 India 12th 1
 Iran 14th 11th 2
 Iraq 22nd 1
 Ireland 23rd 1
 Israel A 17th 1
 Italy 7th 17th 17th 4th 5th 8th 4th 5th 2nd 5th 5th 2nd 12
 Japan 9th 10th 15th 10th 14th 11th 6
 South Korea A 8th 14th 16th 14th 9th 12th 6
 Latvia 15th D 1
 Lithuania D 3rd 3rd 3rd 4th 4th 8th 7th 7
 Mexico 3rd 4th 9th 12th 12th 5th 10th 7
 Morocco A 16th 1
 New Zealand 11th 10th 2
 Nigeria 10th 11th 2
 Panama 12th 1
 Peru 8th 10th 15th 3
 Philippines 5th 12th 9th 7th 11th 13th 13th 7
 Poland 4th 7th 6th 6th 10th 7th 6
 Puerto Rico A 13th 4th 9th 6th 9th 7th 8th 10th 6th 9
 Romania 17th 1
 Russia D F 8th 9th 3rd 3
 Senegal A 15th 15th 11th 3
 Serbia G H 2nd 1
 Serbia and Montenegro G 11th A 1
 Singapore A 13th I 1
 Soviet Union J 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st 3rd 3rd 1st F A 9
 Spain 14th 7th 11th 4th 2nd 8th 9th 9th 7th 2nd 2nd 3rd 12
 Sweden 10th 1
  Switzerland 9th 21st 17th 3
 Thailand A 15th 1
 Tunisia 11th 1
 Turkey 19th 17th 2
 Unified Team A 4th A 1
 United States 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st 18
 Uruguay 6th 5th 3rd 3rd 8th 8th 6th 7
 Venezuela 11th 10th 2
 Yugoslavia 6th 7th 2nd 5th 2nd 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd 6th 10
Nations 21 23 23 15 16 16 16 16 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Year 36
Nazi Germany
48
United Kingdom
52
Finland
56
Australia
60
Italy
64
Japan
68
Mexico
72
West Germany
76
Canada
80
Soviet Union
84
United States
88
South Korea
92
Spain
96
United States
00
Australia
04
Greece
08
China
12
United Kingdom
16
Brazil
Notes[edit]
^A NOC was not member of IOC
^B as Taiwan China from 1936–56
^C part of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia from 1936–1988
^D part of  Soviet Union
^E as West Germany West Germany from 1968–88
^F part of  Unified Team in 1992
^G now Serbia Serbia, part of  Yugoslavia in 1936–1988, as  Independent Olympic Participants (IOP) in 1992 and part of  Yugoslavia in 1996–2000
^H part of  Serbia and Montenegro in 2004
^I part of Malaysia Malaysia in 1964
^J Soviet Union chose not to compete in 1936 and 1948

Women's tournaments[edit]

Year Hosts Gold Medal Game Bronze Medal Game
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score Fourth Place
1976
Details
Canada
Montreal

Soviet Union
No playoffs
United States

Bulgaria
No playoffs
Czechoslovakia
1980
Details
Soviet Union
Moscow

Soviet Union
104–73
Bulgaria

Yugoslavia
68–65
Hungary
1984
Details
United States
Los Angeles

United States
85–55
South Korea

China
63–57
Canada
1988
Details
South Korea
Seoul

United States
77–70
Yugoslavia

Soviet Union
68–53
Australia
1992
Details
Spain
Barcelona

Unified Team
76–66
China

United States
88–74
Cuba
1996
Details
United States
Atlanta

United States
111–87
Brazil

Australia
66–56
Ukraine
2000
Details
Australia
Sydney

United States
76–54
Australia

Brazil
84–73
South Korea
2004
Details
Greece
Athens

United States
74–63
Australia

Russia
71–62
Brazil
2008
Details
China
Beijing

United States
92–65
Australia

Russia
94–81
China
2012
Details
United Kingdom
London

United States
86–50
France

Australia
83–74
Russia
2016
Details
Brazil
Rio

United States
101–72
Spain

Serbia
70–63
France
2020
Details
Japan
Tokyo

Performance by confederation[edit]

This is a summary of the best performances of each confederation in each tournament.

Confederation 76
Canada
80
Soviet Union
84
United States
88
South Korea
92
Spain
96
United States
00
Australia
04
Greece
08
China
12
United Kingdom
16
Brazil
FIBA Africa 12th 12th 11th 12th 12th 12th
FIBA Americas 2nd 5th 1st 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
FIBA Asia 5th 2nd 6th 2nd 7th 4th 9th 4th 5th 8th
FIBA Europe 1st 1st 6th 2nd 1st 4th 5th 3rd 3rd 2nd 2nd
FIBA Oceania 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 5th

Participating nations[edit]

Nation 76
Canada
80
Soviet Union
84
United States
88
South Korea
92
Spain
96
United States
00
Australia
04
Greece
08
China
12
United Kingdom
16
Brazil
Years
 Angola 12th 1
 Australia 5th 4th 6th 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 5th 9
 Brazil 7th 2nd 3rd 4th 11th 9th 11th 7
 Belarus B C 6th 9th 2
 Bulgaria 3rd 2nd 5th 3
 Canada 6th 4th 11th 10th 8th 7th 6
 China A 3rd 6th 2nd 9th 9th 4th 6th 10th 8
 Croatia F 10th 1
 Cuba 5th 4th 6th 9th 4
 Czechoslovakia 4th A 1
 Czech Republic D 5th 7th 7th 3
 France 5th 2nd 4th 3
 Great Britain 11th 1
 Greece 7th 1
 Hungary 4th 1
 Italy 6th 8th 8th 3
 Japan 5th 7th 10th 8th 4
 Korea 2nd 7th 10th 4th 12th 8th 6
 Latvia B 9th 1
 Mali 12th 1
 New Zealand 11th 8th 10th 3
 Nigeria 11th 1
 Poland 8th 1
 Russia B C 5th 6th 3rd 3rd 4th 5
 Senegal 12th 12th 2
 Serbia F 3rd 1
 Slovakia D 7th 1
 Soviet Union 1st 1st 3rd C A 3
 Spain 5th 6th 5th 2nd 4
 Turkey 5th 6th 2
 Ukraine B C 4th 4
 Unified Team A 1st A 1
 United States 2nd 1st 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 10
 Yugoslavia 3rd 6th 2nd A 3
 DR CongoE 12th 1
Nations 6 6 6 8 8 12 12 12 12 12 12

Notes[edit]

^A NOC was not member of IOC
^B competed as part of Soviet Union Soviet Union from 1952–88
^C part of  Unified Team in 1992
^D part of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia from 1920–92
^E as Zaire Zaire from 1984–96
^F part of "Yugoslavia" from 1976–2000 and "Serbia and Montenegro" in 2004

Medal table[edit]

Total[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (USA) 23 2 3 28
2  Soviet Union (URS) 4 4 4 12
3  Yugoslavia (YUG) 1 5 2 8
4  Argentina (ARG) 1 0 1 2
5  Unified Team (EUN) 1 0 0 1
6  Spain (ESP) 0 4 1 5
7  Australia (AUS) 0 3 2 5
8  France (FRA) 0 3 0 3
9  Italy (ITA) 0 2 0 2
10  Brazil (BRA) 0 1 4 5
11  Serbia (SRB) 0 1 1 2
 Bulgaria (BUL) 0 1 1 2
 China (CHN) 0 1 1 2
14  Croatia (CRO) 0 1 0 1
 South Korea (KOR) 0 1 0 1
 Canada (CAN) 0 1 0 1
17  Lithuania (LTU) 0 0 3 3
 Russia (RUS) 0 0 3 3
19  Uruguay (URU) 0 0 2 2
20  Cuba (CUB) 0 0 1 1
 Mexico (MEX) 0 0 1 1
Total 30 30 30 90
  • Soviet Union (as of 1992) and Yugoslavia (as of 2006) are defunct. No team carried over the records of these nations.

Medal table, men[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (USA) 15 1 2 18
2  Soviet Union (URS) 2 4 3 9
3  Yugoslavia (YUG) 1 4 1 6
4  Argentina (ARG) 1 0 1 2
5  Spain (ESP) 0 3 1 4
6  France (FRA) 0 2 0 2
 Italy (ITA) 0 2 0 2
8  Canada (CAN) 0 1 0 1
 Croatia (CRO) 0 1 0 1
 Serbia (SRB) 0 1 0 1
11  Brazil (BRA) 0 0 3 3
 Lithuania (LTU) 0 0 3 3
13  Uruguay (URU) 0 0 2 2
14  Cuba (CUB) 0 0 1 1
 Mexico (MEX) 0 0 1 1
 Russia (RUS) 0 0 1 1
Total 19 19 19 57
  • Soviet Union (as of 1992) and Yugoslavia (as of 2006) are defunct. No team carried over the records of these nations.

Medal table, women[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (USA) 8 1 1 10
2  Soviet Union (URS) 2 0 1 3
3  Unified Team (EUN) 1 0 0 1
4  Australia (AUS) 0 3 2 5
5  Brazil (BRA) 0 1 1 2
 Bulgaria (BUL) 0 1 1 2
 China (CHN) 0 1 1 2
 Yugoslavia (YUG) 0 1 1 2
9  France (FRA) 0 1 0 1
 South Korea (KOR) 0 1 0 1
 Spain (ESP) 0 1 0 1
12  Russia (RUS) 0 0 2 2
13  Serbia (SRB) 0 0 1 1
Total 11 11 11 33
  • Soviet Union (as of 1992) and Yugoslavia (as of 2006) are defunct. No team carried over the records of these nations.

Win-loss records[edit]

Men's tournament[edit]

Team Games played Wins Losses Winning percentage
 Angola 31 3 28 .097
 Argentina 53 32 21 .603
 Australia 105 52 53 .495
 Belgium 13 6 7 .462
 Brazil 112 64 48 .571
 Bulgaria 33 16 17 .485
 Canada 66 36 30 .545
 Central African Republic 7 2 5 .286
 Chile 26 12 14 .462
 China 50 7 43 .140
 Chinese Taipei 28 16 12 .571
 Croatia 28 16 12 .571
 Cuba 45 22 23 .489
 Czechoslovakia 46 23 23 .500
 Egypt 44 6 38 .136
 Estonia 3 1 2 .333
 Finland 12 4 8 .333
 France 60 31 29 .516
 Germany 34 10 24 .294
 Great Britain 13 2 11 .154
 Greece 24 13 11 .542
 Hungary 33 14 19 .424
 India 7 0 7 .000
 Iran 12 2 10 .167
 Iraq 7 0 7 .000
 Ireland 6 0 6 .000
 Israel 2 0 2 .000
 Italy 91 54 37 .593
 Japan 41 11 30 .268
 South Korea 47 8 39 .170
 Latvia 3 1 2 .333
 Lithuania 52 32 20 .615
 Mexico 49 26 23 .531
 Morocco 9 0 9 .000
 New Zealand 12 2 10 .167
 Nigeria 10 2 8 .200
 Panama 9 2 7 .222
 Peru 22 9 13 .409
 Philippines 52 25 27 .481
 Poland 49 23 26 .469
 Puerto Rico 72 34 38 .472
 Romania 2 0 2 .000
 Russia 20 10 10 .500
 Senegal 24 2 22 .083
 Serbia 35 19 16 .542
 Singapore 7 2 5 .286
 Soviet Union 74 61 13 .824
 Spain 95 52 43 .547
 Sweden 7 3 4 .429
  Switzerland 13 4 9 .308
 Thailand 7 0 7 .000
 Tunisia 5 0 5 .000
 Turkey 4 0 4 .000
 Unified Team 8 5 3 .625
 United States 143 138 5 .965
 Uruguay 56 29 27 .518
 Venezuela 12 3 9 .250
 Yugoslavia 60 48 12 .758

As of May 1, 2018

Women's tournament[edit]

Team Games Played Wins Losses Winning percentage
 Angola 5 0 5 0.000
 Australia 56 40 16 0.714
 Brazil 44 19 25 0.431
 Belarus 11 3 8 0.272
 Bulgaria 16 10 6 0.625
 Canada 36 10 26 0.277
 China 48 22 26 0.458
 Croatia 5 1 4 0.200
 Cuba 24 9 15 0.375
 Czechoslovakia 15 3 12 0.200
 Czech Republic 19 8 11 0.421
 France 23 16 7 0.695
 Great Britain 5 0 5 0.000
 Greece 7 3 4 0.429
 Hungary 6 2 4 0.333
 Italy 18 3 15 0.167
 Japan 25 9 16 0.360
 South Korea 38 15 23 0.395
 Latvia 5 1 4 0.200
 Mali 5 0 5 0.000
 New Zealand 18 4 14 0.222
 Nigeria 6 1 5 0.167
 Poland 7 3 4 0.429
 Russia 39 25 14 0.641
 Serbia 8 4 4 0.500
 Senegal 11 0 11 0.000
 Slovakia 7 3 4 0.429
 Soviet Union 16 14 2 0.875
 Spain 26 16 10 0.615
 Turkey 12 7 5 0.583
 Ukraine 8 4 4 0.500
 Unified Team 5 4 1 0.800
 United States 69 66 3 0.956
 Yugoslavia 16 8 8 0.500
 DR Congo 7 0 7 0.000

As of May 1, 2018

Records[edit]

Category Men Women
Biggest game score 229 points: USA 156–73 Nigeria (2012) 190 points: Japan 62–128 Brazil (2004)
Lowest game score 27 points: USA 19–8 Canada (1936) 100 points: Senegal 32–68 Slovakia (2000)
Biggest margin 100 points:
Korea 120–20 Iraq (1948)
China 125–25 Iraq (1948)
66 points:
Japan 62–128 Brazil (2004)
Italy 53–119 Soviet Union (1980)
Games with most overtimes 2 overtimes:
Argentina 111–107 Brazil (2016)
Canada 86–83 Russia (2000)
Lithuania 83–81 Croatia (1996)
Australia 109–101 Brazil (1996)
2 overtimes:
Turkey 79–76 Brazil (2016)
Spain 92–80 Italy (1992)
Longest winning streak 63 games: USA (1936–72) 49 games: USA (1992–2016)
All-time top cumulative scorer 1,093 points: Oscar Schmidt (Brazil) 575 points: Lauren Jackson (Australia)
All-time top average scorer 28.8 points per game: Oscar Schmidt (Brazil) 22 points per game: Lara Sanders (Turkey)
Single game scorer 55 points Oscar Schmidt (Brazil vs. Spain, 1988) 39 points: Evladiya Slavcheva-Stefanova (Bulgaria vs. South Korea, 1988)

As of May 1, 2018

Top career men's scorers[edit]

Player Points Scored[10]
Brazil Oscar Schmidt 1,093
Australia Andrew Gaze 789
Spain Pau Gasol 623
Brazil Wlamir Marques 537
Argentina Luis Scola 525
Argentina Manu Ginóbili 523
Soviet Union Sergei Belov 475
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dražen Dalipagić 461
Croatia Dražen Petrović 461
Cuba Ruperto Herrera 440

As of May 1, 2018

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.olympic.org/news/tokyo-2020-event-programme-to-see-major-boost-for-female-participation-youth-and-urban-appeal?esi=true
  2. ^ "IOC adds 3-on-3 basketball to 2020 Olympics". NBA.com. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 
  3. ^ Before They Were Giants
  4. ^ Basketball Hall of Fame – Phog Allen Archived December 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ http://blogs.bu.edu/guidedhistory/russia-and-its-empires/tyler-benson/
  6. ^ https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP80-00810A005600130009-0.pdf
  7. ^ https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP80-00810A005600130009-0.pdf
  8. ^ The O2 Arena was known as the North Greenwich Arena during the games due to Olympics regulations regarding corporate sponsorship of event sites. Similarly, AccorHotels Arena, and Staples Center will use noncommercial names when they host Olympic basketball.
  9. ^ The O2 Arena was known as the North Greenwich Arena during the games due to Olympics regulations regarding corporate sponsorship of event sites. Similarly, AccorHotels Arena and Staples Center will use noncommercial names when they host Olympic basketball.
  10. ^ The International Olympic Committee does not recognize records for basketball, although FIBA does.

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