Canada Basketball has announced the extended roster for the senior men’s basketball team that will compete in the FIBA World Cup. The lineup features notable NBA players such as Jamal Murray from the Denver Nuggets and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander from the Oklahoma City Thunder, who was selected to the All-NBA team. Other NBA players on the roster include Nickeil Alexander-Walker of the Minnesota Timberwolves, RJ Barrett of the New York Knicks, and Dillon Brooks, who recently moved from the Memphis Grizzlies to the Houston Rockets. Additionally, Zach Edey, the college basketball player of the year, was also chosen as part of the 18-player roster.
The FIBA World Cup is scheduled to take place from August 25 to September 10. Before the tournament begins, the roster must be reduced to 12 players. The group stage will be held in the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia, with the final stage taking place in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines.
Canada has been placed in Group H and will compete against France, Lebanon, and Latvia during the group phase in Jakarta, Indonesia. A top-two finish among teams from the Americas in the FIBA World Cup will secure direct qualification for the 2024 Olympics. Currently ranked 15th in the FIBA world rankings, the Canadian men’s team aims to perform well and secure their spot in the upcoming Olympics.
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