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Power Ranking the Biggest Threats to Team USA at the FIBA World Cup

NANJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 09: Aron Baynes(L) #12 and Mitch Creek #55 of Australia celebrate the victory during 2nd round Group L match between Australia and France of 2019 FIBA World Cup at Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park Gymnasium on September 09, 2019 in Nanjing, China. (Photo by Shi Tang/Getty Images)
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Team USA, even though they're down to their third choice at several key positions, remain the overwhelming favorites to take home the 2019 FIBA World Cup title. Their quest for more hardware presents some major obstacles, as these five teams could ruin what was expected to be an easy win for the Americans.

5. France

SHENZHEN, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 05: Players of the France National Team react after winning the match against the Dominican Republic National Team during the 1st round of 2019 FIBA World Cup at Shenzhen Bay Sports Center on September 05, 2019 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)
Dominican Rep v France: Group G - FIBA World Cup 2019 | Zhong Zhi/Getty Images

In the two games the French have played in the second group stage, Evan Fournier is leading the world in scoring with 27.5 points per game. With him nailing threes from deep and Rudy Gobert inside swatting everything away, the French and their up-tempo offense will be one of the toughest outs in the competition.

4. Argentina

FOSHAN, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 08: #8 Nicolas Laprovittola of the Argentina National Team in action against #55 Lukasz Koszarek of the Poland National Team during the 2nd round of 2019 FIBA World Cup at GBA International Sports and Cultural Center on September 8, 2019 in Foshan, China. (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)
Poland v Argentina: Group I - FIBA World Cup 2019 | Zhong Zhi/Getty Images

Behind a balanced attack led by Gabriel Deck and NBA veteran Luis Scola, the Argentinians have a perfect 5-0 record in the competition. With the fourth-best defense in the tournament in terms of points allowed, they should easily win their group and make a deep run that could see them run into Team USA.

3. Serbia

WUHAN, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 08:  Bogdan Bogdanovic #7 of Serbia drives against Spain during FIBA Basketball World Cup China 2019 at Wuhan Sports Center on September 08 , 2019 in Wuhan, China.  (Photo by Wang He/Getty Images)
Spain v Serbia: Group J - FIBA World Cup 2019 | Wang He/Getty Images

Bogdan Bogdanovic and the Serbs have won four of their five games in this competition, as he and Nemanja Bjelica have been killing teams with their deadly 3-point shooting. With the largest point differential of any team in this competition, they have been blowing opponents out on their way to a 4-1 record.

2. Spain

GUANGZHOU, CHINA - AUGUST 31: #12 Ricard Rubio of Spain shoots during the training before the match against Tunisia of the 1st round of 2019 FIBA World Cup at Guangzhou Sport Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Guangzhou, China. (Photo by Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images)
Spain v Tunisia: Group C - FIBA World Cup 2019 | Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images

The Spanish have ridden Ricky Rubio, Marc Gasol, and the best defense in the tournament to an undefeated record to this point. While their lack of great shooting or dynamic scoring could hurt them, a good defense has proven to work in this tournament, and there's no reason why Spain couldn't pull off the upset.

1. Australia

NANJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 09: Patty Mills(L) #5 of Australia greets the audience after the match during 2nd round Group L match between Australia and France of 2019 FIBA World Cup at Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park Gymnasium on September 09, 2019 in Nanjing, China. (Photo by Shi Tang/Getty Images)
France v Australia: Group L - FIBA World Cup 2019 | Shi Tang/Getty Images

Australia has been cultivating quite the basketball culture, and that has paid dividends in the World Cup. The likes of Patty Mills, Aron Baynes and Joe Ingles have been systematically crushing whoever stands before them. The American team is a little bit of a step up, but the Australians will assuredly be ready for the challenge.