All 32 nations now know their opponents for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Draw presented by Wanda, which was eagerly awaited, has concluded in Manila.
It has increased the anticipation for the 19th edition of the prestigious competition, which will take place from August 25 to September 10 in the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia. It lays out the pathway for all teams in their trip to be proclaimed winners.
The following outcomes of the Wanda-presented FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 draw were made in accordance with the draw rules:
- Dominican Republic
- South Sudan
- Puerto Rico
- New Zealand
- Cape Verde
92 games spread across 16 days will be played between the 32 participating teams.
Meanwhile, according to Boomers Coach Brian Goorjian, there is a tremendous chance that he plays in the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the long wait for Ben Simmons to play again for Australia could end this summer.
Australia was placed in Group E with Finland, Germany, and Japan at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Draw presented by Wanda on Saturday in Manila. The matches will take place in Okinawa. Some refer to the generation as the “Group of Death,” illustrating how difficult the road ahead may be for the Baby Boomers.
One of the most gifted athletes to have come from Australia, Simmons, 26, was selected first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2016 NBA Draft. He made his senior national team debut at the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championship, just a few months before turning 17 years old.
After a great high school career at Montverde Academy and a year at Louisiana State University, his professional career has been full of highs and lows. Simmons was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2018 and has since been selected for three NBA All-Star games and two NBA All-Defensive First Teams.
After a contentious divorce, Philadelphia transferred Simmons to Brooklyn in February 2022. Simmons played 42 games for Brooklyn this season, but because of injury, the Nets had to bench him before the playoffs.
NBA teammates from Australia have been helpful to Simmons throughout his career, especially Nets player Pat Mills.
The World Cup for his country this summer might be the catalyst Simmons needs to rekindle his career, feel optimistic, and help him get it back on track.