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MEN'S TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS -- 1999

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

San Juan, Puerto Rico • July 14-25, 1999


From the start, USA head coach Larry Brown said he wanted this USA squad of NBA stars to play the right way-to play unselfishly, play hard and defend.

That's exactly what his team did and the reward was a qualifying berth for the 2000 Olympics and a perfect 10-0 record.

1999 USA RESULTS (10-0)

USA 118 Uruguay 72
USA 94 Canada 60
USA 103 Argentina 72
USA 88 Cuba 52
USA 107 Dominican Rep. 71
USA 90 Brazil 73
USA 83 Venezuela 61
USA 115 Puerto Rico 76
USA 88 Argentina 59
USA 92 Canada 66

1999 TOURN. OF THE AMERICAS FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (10-0)* 6. Brazil (3-5)
2. Canada (7-3)* 7. Dom. Rep. (2-6)
3. Argentina (7-3) 8. Uruguay (1-7)
4. Puerto Rico (6-4) 9. Cuba (0-4)
5. Venezuela (4-4) Panama (0-4)
*Qualified for the 2000 Olympics

Playing 10 games in just 11 days, this tournament was as much about surviving as it was winning. The United States cruised problem free through its first round games and finished 4-0, then advanced to the second round where its winning ways continued as the Americans finished on top of the second round standings with an 8-0 mark. Matched against Argentina in the semifinal and in need of a win if the Olympic berth was to be realized, the U.S. disposed of Argentina, then defeated Canada in the gold medal game to finish the quest with a spotless 10-0 record.

Gary Payton paced the high scoring USA offense averaging 16.0 ppg. and 4.6 assists, while Tim Duncan tossed in 12.7 ppg. and team highs of 9.1 rpg. and 2.4 blocked shots. Kevin Garnett averaged 11.9 ppg., 7.0 rpg. and 2.2 blocked shots a game, Tim Hardaway scored 11.9 ppg., Allan Houston added 10.4 ppg. Guard Jason Kidd scored 7.4 ppg. and led the U.S. in assists, handing out 6.8 a game.

The USA finished averaging 97.8 points a game and won its 10 games by an impressive margin of 31.6 points a game. The U.S. limited its opponents to 35.8 percent shooting overall from the field, the best of any of the four previous USA Senior National Teams that consisted of NBA players (the previous best was 36.5 percent by the 1992 Tournament of the Americas team).

Allowing its opponents an average of just 66.2 points a game, that also established a new low by a USA Senior National squad, improving on the previous low of 70.3 ppg. which the 1996 USA Olympic Team established. The five USA Senior National Teams have now compiled a 40-0 record, which dates back to 1992.

"We just play defense,'" said Payton, the USA's leading scorer for the tournament. "Alley-oop dunks don't win games. You don't get alley-oop dunks all the time. What won these games was when we played defense, got steals and got easy baskets. We were out here to play defense and shut people down. And that's what we did."

1999 USA MEN'S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT
WGT
AGE
AFFILIATION/SCHOOL
Vin Baker F 6-11
250
27
Seattle SuperSonics / Hartford '93
Elton Brand F 6- 8
260
20
Duke University '99
Tim Duncan C 7- 0
248
24
San Antonio Spurs/ Wake Forest '97
Kevin Garnett F 6-11
220
24
Minnesota Timberwolves
Tom Gugliotta F 6-10
240
29
Phoenix Suns / North Carolina State '92
Richard Hamilton G 6- 6
182
21
University of Connecticut '99
Tim Hardaway G 6- 0
195
32
Miami Heat/ Texas-El Paso '89
Allan Houston G 6- 6
200
28
New York Knicks /Tennessee'93
Jason Kidd G 6- 4
212
26
Phoenix Suns / California '94
Gary Payton G 6- 4
180
31
Seattle SuperSonics / Oregon State '90
Steve Smith G 6- 8
221
30
Atlanta Hawks / Michigan State '91
Wally Szczerbiak G 6- 8
231
22
Miami University (OH) '99
Head Coach: Larry Brown, Philadelphia 76ers
Assistant Coach: Gene Keady, Purdue University (IN)
Assistant Coach: Tubby Smith, University of Kentucky
Team Physician: Glenn Perry, Charlotte Hornets
Team Physician: Harlan Selesnick, Miami Heat
Athletic Trainer: Lenny Currier, Philadelphia 76ers
AthieticTrainer: Keith Jones, Houston Rockets

1999 USA MEN'S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AT
BK
ST
Payton 10/10
68- 95
.716
11- 23
.478
13- 17
.765
2 6/ 2.6
160/ 16.0
46
1
18
Duncan 10/10
53 - 79
.671
0- 0
.---
21- 28
.750
91/ 9.1
127/ 12.7
13
24
8
Garnett 10/10
55 - 93
.591
0- 1
.000
9- 14
.643
7 0/ 7.0
119/ 11.9
19
22
17
Hardaway 10/ 0
44- 92
.478
22 - 58
.379
9- 13
.692
2 5/ 2.5
119/ 11.9
26
0
11
Houston 10/10
39 - 69
.565
12- 27
.444
14- 17
.824
27/ 2.7
104/ 10.4
14
3
7
Smith 10/ 0
33- 62
.532
10 - 26
.385
12- 15
.800
24/ 2.4
88/ 8.8
13
2
6
Baker 10/ 0
31- 45
.689
0- 0
.---
16- 24
.667
40/ 4.0
78/ 7.8
3
3
4
Kidd 10/10
34- 62
.548
2- 11
.182
4- 8
.500
44/ 4.4
74/ 7.4
68
2
27
Gugliotta 9/ 0
18- 37
.486
0- 0
.---
9- 11
.818
40/ 4.4
45/ 5.0
5
3
9
Szczerbiak 10/ 0
15 - 30
.500
2- 11
.182
2- 3
.667
10/ 1.0
34/ 3.4
5
1
2
Brand 10/ 0
14- 29
.483
0- 2
.000
2- 4
.500
17/ 1.7
30/ 3.0
3
2
4
Hamilton Injured
USA 10
404-693
.583
59-159
.371
111- 154
721
445/ 44.5
978/ 97.8
215
63
113
OPP. 10
239-668
.358
69-215
.321
115- 173
.665
318/ 31.8
662/ 66.2
101
18
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