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Old 03-16-2019, 08:58 AM   #1
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The 2019 FIBA World Cup begins August 31 in China and the draw has been completed.

Group A: Venezuela, Poland, China and Ivory Coast.

Group B: Argentina, Russia, South Korea and Nigeria.

Group C: Spain, Puerto Rico, Iran and Tunisia.

Group D: Serbia, Italy, Philippines and Angola.

Group E: USA, Turkey, Czech Republic, Japan.

Group F: Greece, Brazil, Montenegro, New Zealand.

Group G: France, Dominican Republic, Germany, Jordan.

Group H: Lithuania, Australia, Canada, Senegal.

Canada is currently ranked 23rd in the FIBA rankings, tough draw with 6th ranked Lithuania and 11th ranked Australia. 7 automatic berths for the 2020 Olympics available during this tournament, and the right to play in Olympic qualifiers will also be determined.
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Yeah, we definitely got the worst-possible draw, but we deserve it for our previous FIBA tournament play. (I'm just a bit pissed at what a cream-puff pool Venezuela got into.) Australia vs. Canada is going to be a really interesting match with both teams likely fielding very NBA-heavy lineups. If everyone comes out:
Olynyk vs. Baynes
Powell vs. Maker
Wiggins vs. Ingles
Barrett vs. Exum
Murray vs. Simmons
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Thompson vs. Bogut
Joseph vs. Mills
Gilgeous-Alexander vs. Delladova

I really hope they go with Rana as coach. He's done amazing with the qualifying rounds, he knows all of these guys both from that and all the years he's coached the juniors, and he's got a lot of experience bringing guys together quickly for this style of tournament.
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