FIBA Basketball World Cup records

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List of records attained in the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

General performances[edit]

Performances of host countries[edit]

Map of countries' best results

From 1959 to 1982, the host qualified directly to the final round, thus bypassing the preliminary round (group stages). As a result, the host's final rank would no worse than the number of teams in the final round (between six to eight); however from 1986 the host was made to compete in the preliminary round.

However, the success rate of hosts winning the tournament is rather low (19%, 3 of 16), as compared to the FIFA World Cup's success rate of 32% (6 of 19); furthermore, no host has won the championship since Yugoslavia won in 1970, and only one host since then has won any type of medal (Turkey with a silver medal in 2010).

Year Host country When hosting When not hosting
Performance Stage Performance Stage
1950  Argentina Champions Final round (1st of 6) Runner-up Final
1954  Brazil Runner-up Final round (2nd of 8) Champions Final round (1st of 7)
1959  Chile Third place Final round (3rd of 7) Third place Final round (3rd of 6)
1963  Brazil Champions Final round (1st of 7) Champions Final round (1st of 7)
1967  Uruguay Seventh place Final round (7th of 7) Third place Final round (3rd of 7)
1970  Yugoslavia Champions Final round (1st of 7) Champions Final
1974  Puerto Rico Seventh place Final round (7th of 8) Fourth place Semifinals
1978  Philippines Eighth place Final round (8th of 8) Third place Final round (3rd of 7)
1982  Colombia Seventh place Final round (7th of 7) Not applicable - only appearance is when they hosted
1986  Spain Fifth place 5th-place playoffs Champions Final
1990  Argentina Eighth place Second round (4th of 4) Runner-up Final
1994  Canada Seventh place 5th-place playoffs Sixth place Final round (6th of 8)
1998  Greece Fourth place Semifinals Runner-up Final
2002  United States Sixth place Quarterfinals Champions Final
2006  Japan Seventeenth place Preliminary round (5th of 6) 11th place Classification round (4th of 6)
2010  Turkey Runner-up Final Sixth place Quarterfinals
2014  Spain Fifth place Quarterfinals Champions Final

By top four finishes[edit]

Rank Nation Number of
appearances
Years in
semifinals
1.  United States 14 (1950, 1954, 1959, 1963, 1967, 1974, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010, 2014)
2.  Yugoslavia[1] 8 (1963, 1967, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990)
 Brazil 8 (1950, 1954, 1959, 1963, 1967, 1970, 1978, 1986)
 Soviet Union 8 (1963, 1967, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990)
5.  FR Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro)/
 Serbia[2]
4 (1998, 2002, 2010, 2014)
6.  Greece 3 (1994, 1998, 2006)
 Argentina 3 (1950, 2002, 2006)
8.  Chile 2 (1950, 1959)
 France 2 (1954, 2014)
 Italy 2 (1970, 1978)
 Lithuania 2 (2010, 2014)
 Russia 2 (1994, 1998)
 Spain 2 (1982, 2006)
14.  Philippines 1 (1954)
 Formosa 1 (1959)
 Cuba 1 (1974)
 Puerto Rico 1 (1990)
 Croatia 1 (1994)
 Germany 1 (2002)
 New Zealand 1 (2002)
 Turkey 1 (2010)

Most Valuable Players[edit]

Tournament MVP[7]
1950 Argentina Oscar Furlong
1954 United States Kirby Minter
1959 Brazil Amaury Pasos
1963 Brazil Wlamir Marques
1967 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ivo Daneu
1970 Soviet Union Sergei Belov
1974 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Kićanović
1978 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dražen Dalipagić
1982 Panama Rolando Frazer
1986 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dražen Petrović
1990 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Toni Kukoč
1994 United States Shaquille O'Neal
1998 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Bodiroga
2002 Germany Dirk Nowitzki
2006 Spain Pau Gasol
2010 United States Kevin Durant
2014 United States Kyrie Irving

Top scorer by tournament[edit]

Top 10 cumulative points scorers[edit]

[8]

Player Games Played Points Scored Scoring Average
Brazil Oscar Schmidt 35 843 24.1
Australia Andrew Gaze 29 594 20.5
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dražen Dalipagić 36 563 15.6
Puerto Rico José Ortiz 33 511 15.5
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Kićanović 26 491 18.9
Greece Panagiotis Giannakis 26 469 18.0
Argentina Luis Scola 27 456 16.9
Brazil Wlamir Marques 33 437 13.2
Italy Antonello Riva 18 434 24.1
Germany Dirk Nowitzki 18 425 23.6

Top 10 career scoring averages[edit]

[9]

Player Games Played Points Scored Scoring Average
Greece Nikos Galis 10 337 33.7
South Korea Shin Dong-Pa 8 261 32.6
China Zhang Weiping 7 177 25.3
Australia Eddie Palubinskas 7 172 24.6
Italy Antonello Riva 18 434 24.1
Brazil Oscar Schmidt 35 843 24.1
Germany Dirk Nowitzki 18 425 23.6
Uruguay Wilfredo Ruiz Bruno 7 164 23.4
China Yao Ming 14 320 22.9
United States Kevin Durant 9 205 22.8

Top scorers in a single game[edit]

[10]

Player Points Scored Opponent Year
South Korea Hur Jae 62  Egypt 1990
Greece Nikos Galis 53  Panama 1986
Brazil Oscar Schmidt 52  Australia 1990
Spain Jordi Villacampa 48  Venezuela 1990
Germany Dirk Nowitzki 47  Angola 2006
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dražen Petrović 47  Netherlands 1986
South Korea Lee Chung-Hee 45  Brazil 1986
Czechoslovakia Kamil Brabenec 44  Puerto Rico 1978
Peru Ricardo Duarte 42  Japan 1963
Mexico Arturo Guerrero 42  Central African Republic 1974

Players with the most number of tournaments and games played[edit]

[11]

Player Number of World Cups Games Played Years Played
Puerto Rico Jerome Alfred Mincy 5 38 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dražen Dalipagić 4 36 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986
Argentina Fabricio Oberto 4 36 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010
Soviet Union Aleksandar Belostenny 4 35 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990
Soviet Union Sergei Belov 4 35 1967, 1970, 1974, 1978
Spain Andrés Jiménez 4 35 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994
Argentina Marcelo Gustavo Milanesio 4 35 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998
Brazil Oscar Schmidt 4 35 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990
Argentina Ruben Wolkowisky 4 35 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006
Australia Philip Smyth 4 34 1978, 1982, 1990, 1994
Brazil Pereira Maciel Ubiratan 4 34 1963, 1967, 1970, 1978
Brazil João José Vianna 4 34 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998

Top medalists[edit]

[12]

Player Gold Medals Silver Medals Bronze Medals Total Medals
Brazil Wlamir Marques 2
(1959, 1963)
2
(1954, 1970)
0 4
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Krešimir Ćosić 2
(1970, 1978)
2
(1967, 1974)
0 4
Brazil Amaury Pasos 2
(1959, 1963)
1
(1954)
1
(1967)
4
Soviet Union Sergei Belov 2
(1967, 1974)
1
(1978)
1
(1970)
4
Brazil Carmo De Souza 2
(1959, 1963)
1
(1970)
0 3
Brazil Jathyr Eduardo Schall 2
(1959, 1963)
0 1
(1967)
3
Soviet Union Modestas Paulauskas 2
(1967, 1974)
0 1
(1970)
3
Soviet Union Priit Tomson 2
(1967, 1974)
0 1
(1970)
3
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vlade Divac 2
(1990, 2002)
0 1
(1986)
3
United States Stephen Curry 2
(2010, 2014)
0 0 2
United States Rudy Gay 2
(2010, 2014)
0 0 2
United States Derrick Rose 2
(2010, 2014)
0 0 2
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Bodiroga 2
(1998, 2002)
0 0 2
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Predrag Drobnjak 2
(1998, 2002)
0 0 2
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Tomašević 2
(1998, 2002)
0 0 2

Players with the most total medals won[edit]

Player Gold Medals Silver Medals Bronze Medals Total Medals
Brazil Wlamir Marques 2
(1959, 1963)
2
(1954, 1970)
0 4
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Krešimir Ćosić 2
(1970, 1978)
2
(1967, 1974)
0 4
Brazil Amaury Pasos 2
(1959, 1963)
1
(1954)
1
(1967)
4
Soviet Union Sergei Belov 2
(1967, 1974)
1
(1978)
1
(1970)
4
Soviet Union Aleksandar Belostenny 1
(1982)
3
(1978, 1986, 1990)
0 4
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dražen Dalipagić 1
(1978)
1
(1974)
2
(1982, 1986)
4

All-time team records[edit]

      FIBA Africa,       FIBA Americas,       FIBA Asia,       FIBA Europe,       FIBA Oceania

Team Games played Wins Losses Winning percentage Points for Points against Point differential Goal average Margin/game
 United States 149 122 27 .819 13,158 10,719 +2,439 1.228 +16.4
 Brazil 133 81 52 .609 10,717 9,904 +813 1.082 +6.1
 Yugoslavia* 87 66 21 .759 7,289 6,378 +911 1.143 +10.5
 Argentina 103 58 45 .563 8,166 7,814 +352 1.045 +3.4
 Soviet Union* 80 66 14 .825 7,157 5,666 +1,491 1.263 +18.6
 Spain 90 61 29 .678 7,661 6,797 +864 1.127 +9.6
 Canada 98 33 65 .337 7,518 7,817 −299 0.962 −3.1
 Puerto Rico 90 37 53 .411 7,048 7,285 −237 0.967 −2.6
 Italy 68 40 28 .588 5,480 5,217 +263 1.050 +3.9
 Australia 79 35 44 .443 6,306 6,491 −185 0.971 −2.3
 Greece 56 33 23 .589 4,439 4,301 +138 1.032 +2.5
 China 58 15 43 .259 4,829 5,650 −821 0.855 −14.2
 Uruguay 49 17 32 .347 3,238 3,617 −379 0.895 −7.7
 France 53 26 27 .491 3,407 3,508 −101 0.971 −1.9
 Russia 32 21 11 .656 2,547 2,421 +126 1.052 +3.9
 Cuba 34 17 17 .500 2,695 2,676 +19 1.007 +0.6
 Angola 44 13 31 .295 3,286 3,674 −388 0.894 −8.8
 South Korea 45 8 37 .178 3,558 4,395 −837 0.810 −18.6
 Germany 29 18 11 .621 2,377 2,277 +100 1.044 +3.4
 Czechoslovakia* 30 17 13 .567 2,703 2,618 +85 1.032 +2.8
 Lithuania 34 23 11 .676 2,677 2,500 +177 1.071 +5.2
 Philippines 35 13 22 .371 2,624 3,006 −382 0.873 −10.9
 Egypt 41 6 35 .146 2,611 3,350 −739 0.779 −18.0
 Serbia 33 20 13 .606 2,833 2,528 +305 1.121 +9.2
 Mexico 33 14 19 .424 2,443 2,502 −59 0.976 −1.8
 Turkey 29 19 10 .655 2,235 2,136 +99 1.046 +3.4
 New Zealand 32 12 10 .375 2,397 2,707 −310 0.885 −9.7
 Peru 25 8 17 .320 1,450 1,572 −122 0.922 −4.9
 Panama 24 9 15 .375 2,018 2,145 −127 0.941 −5.3
 Japan 24 5 19 .208 1,510 1,819 −309 0.830 −12.9
 Chile 19 9 10 .474 1,025 1,071 −46 0.957 −2.4
 Israel 19 7 12 .368 1,262 1,440 −178 0.876 −9.4
 Chinese Taipei 18 7 11 .389 982 1,077 −95 0.912 −5.3
 Croatia 20 12 8 .600 1,637 1,449 +188 1.130 +9.4
 Slovenia 22 12 10 .545 1,796 1,786 +10 1.006 +0.5
 Venezuela 16 5 11 .313 1,301 1,493 −192 0.871 −12.0
 Senegal 17 2 15 .118 1,185 1,400 −215 0.842 −13.0
 Ivory Coast 17 1 16 .059 1,211 1,586 −375 0.764 −22.1
 Lebanon 13 3 10 .231 948 1,202 −254 0.789 −19.5
 Nigeria 11 4 7 .364 790 814 −24 0.971 −2.2
 Paraguay 12 3 9 .250 678 888 −210 0.764 −17.5
 Bulgaria 9 5 4 .556 532 512 +20 1.039 +2.2
 Poland 9 4 5 .444 666 676 −10 0.985 −1.1
 Dominican Republic 13 4 9 .308 1,020 1,120 −100 0.911 −7.7
 Netherlands 5 2 3 .400 422 405 +17 1.042 +3.4
 Ecuador 5 2 3 .400 222 232 −10 0.957 −2.0
 West Germany* 5 2 3 .200 382 397 −15 0.962 −3.0
 Central African Republic 7 0 7 .000 477 757 −280 0.630 −40.0
 Iran 10 2 8 .200 645 773 −128 0.834 −12.8
 Ukraine 5 2 5 .400 344 369 −25 0.932 −5.0
 Finland 5 1 4 .200 342 408 −66 0.838 −13.2
 Jordan 5 0 5 .000 361 446 −85 0.809 −17.0
 Tunisia 5 0 5 .000 300 407 −107 0.737 −21.4
 Qatar 5 0 5 .000 310 456 −146 0.680 −29.2
 Colombia 5 0 5 .000 394 549 −155 0.718 −31.0
 Malaysia 5 0 5 .000 313 539 −226 0.581 −45.2
 Algeria 3 0 3 .000 212 308 −96 0.688 −32.0
Total 1,004 games 156,538 points

*Defunct country.

Source[13]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ FIBA considers this team to be a separate entity from any of the national teams from the area of former Yugoslavia following its initial breakup in 1991.
  2. ^ FIBA considers the current Serbia national team, which competed under that name for the first time in 2010, to be the same team as the FR Yugoslavia team that competed as Yugoslavia in the 1998 and 2002 Worlds and the Serbia and Montenegro team that competed in the 2006 Worlds.
  3. ^ FIBA.com Archive - Medal Count: FIBA World Championship.
  4. ^ FIBA.com Archive - Yugoslavia.
  5. ^ FIBA.com Archive - Medal Count: FIBA World Championship.
  6. ^ FIBA.com Archive - Serbia.
  7. ^ FIBA Archive - Most Valuable Player.
  8. ^ FIBA Archive - All time top scorers (Top 10).
  9. ^ FIBA Archive - All time highest scoring average (Top 10).
  10. ^ FIBA Archive - Most points scored in a game (Top 10).
  11. ^ FIBA Archive - Most participations & games played (Top 10).
  12. ^ FIBA Archive - All time medallist (Top 10).
  13. ^ "Men World Championship : Event statistics". The-Sports.org. Retrieved 2014-05-31.