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USA FIBA 50th ANNIVERSARY TEAM -- 1982

USA FIBA 50th ANNIVERSARY TEAM -- 1982

Geneva, Switzerland; Budapest, Hungary; Zagreb,
Zadar & Belgrade, Yugoslavia
June 18-27, 1982


Honoring the 50th anniversary of the formation of the International Basketball Federation, commonly known as FIBA, USA Basketball, then ABAUSA, fielded a team that competed against a European all-star team and played a three-game series with the Yugoslavia National Team.

1982 USA FIBA 50th Anniversary Team
1982 USA FIBA 50th Anniversary Team


1982 USA RESULTS (2-3)
European All-Stars
104
USA 84
European All-Stars
103
USA 88
USA
92
Yugoslavia 90
Yugoslavia
93
USA 92
USA
88
Yugoslavia 83

Coached by eventual 1984 men's Olympic assistant coach and USA Basketball President (1992-1996) C.M. Newton then of Vanderbilt University, the promising young team featured eight players who went on to play in the NBA, including superstars Michael Jordan, John Paxson and Jeff Turner. In fact, the members of the 1982 FIBA Anniversary team, by 1997, played in the NBA for a combined total of 48 seasons.

Despite its promising future, the young USA team fell twice to the multi-national squad that featured players from Spain, Israel, France, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union. The European all-stars opened with a decisive 104-84 win in Geneva on June 18.

In their second meeting on June 20, the Europeans once again proved too much for the Americans when they claimed a 103-88 victory in front of a crowd of 9,000 in Budapest. Europe was led by Dragan Dalipagic of Yugoslavia with a game-high 21 points, Israel's Michael Berkowitz and the Soviet Union's Anatoly Myshkin with 14 each. The USA's campaign was headed up by Jordan with 19 points and Earl Jones with 15. Turner grabbed a USA best six rebounds.

Three-days later, the USA began to gel and edged out Yugoslavia by a single basket, 92-90, in Zadar, but Yugoslavia evened the count by taking a 93-92 heartbreaker on June 26 in Zagreb. Once again, Jordan paced the U.S. team, scoring 18 points as five U.S. players scored in double figures.

Ending on a victorious note, the USA closed-out its Yugoslavia tour on June 27 with an 88-83 win. Five American's posted double figure scoring, led by Jordan with 21 and followed by 14 from Jim Thomas.

1982 USA FIBA 50th Anniversary Tournament Team Roster

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Howard Carter
G/F
6-5
215
20
Louisiana State Baton Rouge, LA
Phil Cox
G
6-0
160
19
Vanderbilt Dayhoite, KY
Jim Grandholm
C
7-0
215
21
South Florida Elkhart, IN
Earl Jones
C
7-0
215
21
District of Columbia Washington, DC
Michael Jordan
F
6-5
190
19
North Carolina Wilmington, NC
John Paxson
G
6-2
185
21
Notre Dame Kettering, OH
Michael Payne
C
6-11
190
19
Iowa Quincy, IL
John Revelli
F
6-8
220
20
Stanford Scarsdale, NY
David Russell
F
6-7
210
19
St. John's Bellport, NY
Charlie Sitton
F
6-8
200
21
Oregon State Carlton, OR
Jim Thomas
G
6-4
193
21
Indiana Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Jeff Turner
F
6-9
230
20
Vanderbilt Branden, FL
HEAD COACH: C.M. Newton, Vanderbilt University (TN)
ASSISTANT COACH: Lee Rose, University of South Florida
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Dr. Tim Taft, University of North Carolina
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Henry Lyda, University of Alabama
MANAGER: Jock Sutherland, Lafayette High School (KY)
CHEIF OF MISSION: Edward Steitz, Springfield College (MA)


1982 USA FIBA 50th ANNIVERSARY TOURNAMENT TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G
FGM-FGA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PF
PTS/AVG
AST
STL
Michael Jordan 3
23-43
.535
8-12
.667
11/ 3.7
9
54/ 18.0
5
9
David Russell 1
6-14
.429
2- 3
.667
5/ 5.0
1
14/ 14.0
0
5
Jim Thomas 3
13-21
.619
6- 9
.667
10/ 3.3
4
32/ 10.7
4
9
John Paxson 3
10-27
.370
6- 6
1.000
6/ 2.0
10
26/ 8.7
2
3
Charlie Sitton 3
10-14
.714
6- 8
.750
7/ 2.3
12
26/ 8.7
2
4
Howard Carter 3
11-20
.550
2- 3
.667
10/ 3.3
9
24/ 8.0
3
3
Michael Payne 3
8-28
.286
8-13
.615
16/ 5.3
6
24/ 8.0
3
4
Earl Jones 3
7-19
.368
7- 11
.636
9/ 3.0
12
21/ 7.0
0
4
Jim Grandhold 2
4- 6
.667
4- 4
1.000
5/ 2.5
2
12/ 6.0
0
0
Jeff Turner 3
6-14
.429
2- 2
1.000
13/ 4.3
8
14/ 4.7
2
1
Phil Cox 3
5-20
.250
2- 2
1.000
5/ 1.7
6
12/ 4.0
5
3
John Revelli 3
2- 7
.286
5- 5
1.000
9/ 3.0
4
9/ 3.0
2
0
USA TOTALS 3
105-233
.451
58-78
.744
106/35.3
83
268/ 89.3
28
45

NOTE: Individual statistical totals reflect cumulatives of only three games. Box scores for the USA's first game versus the European All-Stars (104-84), and the USA's first game versus Yugoslavia (92-90) are not available.