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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.