Team USA Qualifies For 2024 Olympics

The United States has become the fifth men’s basketball team to qualify for the 2024 Olympics in Paris, securing one of the two spots available to the top FIBA Americas finishers in this year’s World Cup.

Entering Sunday’s games, Puerto Rico, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and Canada were all still in the running for spots in next year’s Olympics. However, the Puerto Ricans lost to Italy, the Brazilians fell to Latvia, and the Dominicans were defeated by Serbia. As a result, Puerto Rico, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic won’t make the World Cup quarterfinals.

Canada could become the second Americas team to qualify for the Olympics with a win over Spain today. If Canada loses, Brazil would join Team USA as an Olympic qualifier by virtue of a tiebreaker — Brazil defeated Canada on Friday and has a better point differential than Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic.

The roster that represents the U.S. at the 2024 Olympics figures to look quite a bit different than the one currently competing in the Philippines. Most of the country’s biggest stars didn’t commit to playing in the 2023 World Cup, but could be more inclined to travel to Paris for next year’s Olympics.

At the last Olympics, in 2021 in Tokyo, Khris Middleton and Jayson Tatum were the only players that USA Basketball carried over from its 2019 World Cup roster.

The U.S., Australia, France, Japan, and South Sudan have now qualified for the 12-team Olympic tournament in 2024. The two European teams to qualify via the World Cup likely won’t be known for a few more days, since Germany, Slovenia, Serbia, Lithuania, Italy, and Latvia all remain in the hunt, as would Spain with a win over Canada today.

The final four Olympic spots will be decided in a qualifying tournament next year.

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