SIXTEENTH FIBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 2010
Istanbul, Turkey • August 28-September 12, 2010
It may not have been the team many envisioned would represent the U.S. at the 2010 FIBA World Championship, but under the leadership of Jerry Colangelo and the coaching of Hall of Fame mentor Mike Krzyzewski, it accomplished something USA men’s teams had failed to do since 1994 - win a FIBA World Championship.
2010 USA RESULTS (9-0)
2010 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS
The U.S. open against European power Croatia and sailed to 106-78 win behind a balanced offensive effort that was led by Eric Gordon’s 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting from three. Slovenia was next and the USA earned a 99-77 victory as Kevin Durant scored 22 points and Rudy Gay added 16. In its closest game of the World Championship, the USA held on to edge Brazil 70-68 but only after Brazil missed several scoring opportunites in the final seconds. Durant led the U.S. with 27 points and 10 rebounds and Chauncey Billups added 15 points. The U.S. posted an 88-51 victory over Iran as Kevin Love tallied 13 points, and closed preliminary play with its fifth consecutive win after bettering Tunisia 92-57 as Gordon scored 22 points.
Moving into the eighth-finals round and faced with winning each of its last four games if gold was to be realized, the U.S. destroyed Angola 121-66 as Billups scored 19 points on 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point, and Durant, Gay and Gordon added 17 points each.
Facing a once beated 5-1 Russian squad in a medal round quarterfinals clash, which as fate would have it was played 38 years to the day that the two teams played in the controversial 1972 Olympic gold medal game, Durant’s 33 point scoring outburst and the USA’s wear ‘em down defense were the difference as the U.S. grinded out an 89-79 victory.
Durant continued to be unstoppable and behind his record setting 38 point performance (14-25 FGs, 5-12 3pt FGs, 5-5 FTs) and nine rebounds, and 13 points and 10 rebounds from Lamar Odom and 12 points and seven rebounds from Russell Westbrook, the USA earned an impressive 89-74 semifinals win over previously unbeaten Lithuania to advance to the gold medal game.
Meeting host and undefeated Turkey for the gold, in front of a sold-out, vocal partisan crowd, Durant’s 28 points, and a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds from Odom, propelled the Americans to their first World Championship gold medal finish since 1994 as the USA finished a perfect 9-0 with a dominating 81-64 victory over Turkey.
Durant, who set a USA World Championship scoring record with 205 points in nine games for a record 22.8 points a game, while adding 6.1 rpg., and shooting 55.6 percent from the field, 45.6 percent from 3-point and 91.2 percent from the foul line, was named the MVP of the championship.
Lithuania earned its first World Championship medal by defeating Serbia 99-88 in the bronze medal game, while Argentina edged defending world champ Spain 86-81 in the game deciding fith place.
2010 USA MEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER
|Chauncey Billups||G||6-3||202||33||Denver Nuggets (Colorado)|
|Tyson Chandler||C||7-1||235||27||Dallas Mavericks (Dominguez H.S.)|
|Stephen Curry||G||6-3||185||22||Golden State Warriors (Davidson)|
|Kevin Durant||G||6-9||230||21||Oklahoma City Thunder (Texas)|
|Rudy Gay||F||6-8||230||24||Memphis Grizzlies (Connecticut)|
|Eric Gordon||G||6-3||222||21||Los Angeles Clippers (Indiana)|
|Danny Granger||F||6-8||228||27||Indiana Pacers (New Mexico)|
|Andre Iguodala||G/F||6-6||207||26||Philadelphia 76ers (Arizona)|
|Kevin Love||F||6-10||260||22||Minnesota Timberwolves (UCLA)|
|Lamar Odom||C||6-10||230||30||Los Angeles Lakers (Rhode Island)|
|Derrick Rose||G||6-3||190||21||Chicago Bulls (Memphis)|
|Russell Westbrook||G||6-3||187||21||Oklahoma City Thunder (UCLA)|
|HEAD COACH: Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University|
|ASSISTANT COACH: Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University|
|ASSISTANT COACH: Nate McMillan, Portland Trail Blazers|
|ASSISTANT COACH: Jay Triano, Toronto Raptors|
|TEAM PHYSICIAN: Steve Traina, Denver Nuggets|
|ATHLETIC TRAINER: Joe Sharpe, Oklahoma City Thunder|
|ATHLETIC TRAINER: Casey Smith, Dallas Mavericks|
|USA BASKETBALL CHAIRMAN: Jerry Colangelo|
|DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL PLAYER PERSONNEL: Tony Ronzone, Minnestoa Timberwolves|
2010 USA MEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS
|Durant||9/9||74-133||.556||26- 57||.456||31- 34||.912||55/ 6.1||205/22.8||16||6||13|
|Billups||9/9||25- 64||.391||14- 44||.318||24- 38||.857||17/ 1.9||88/ 9.8||28||0||11|
|Westbrook||9/0||29- 62||.468||3- 7||.429||21- 25||.840||25/ 2.8||82/ 9.1||23||4||12|
|Gordon||9/0||27- 59||.458||19- 42||.452||4- 5||.800||14/ 1.6||77/ 8.6||5||2||8|
|Rose||9/9||27- 59||.458||5- 18||.278||6- 12||.500||19/ 2.1||65/ 7.2||29||3||11|
|Odom||9/9||28- 52||.538||3- 4||.750||5- 10||.500||69/ 7.7||64/ 7.1||4||6||5|
|Gay||9/0||22- 45||.489||6- 19||.316||13- 18||.722||26/ 2.9||63/ 7.0||7||8||9|
|Iguodala||9/0||20- 34||.588||2- 7||.286||9- 19||.474||41/ 4.6||51/ 5.7||17||0||16|
|Love||9/0||20- 35||.571||4- 9||.444||7- 9||.778||44/ 4.9||51/ 5.7||7||1||3|
|Curry||8/0||14- 31||.452||7- 19||.368||2- 2||1.000||11/ 1.4||37/ 4.6||17||0||4|
|Granger||7/0||12- 30||.400||3- 13||.231||2- 4||.500||6/ 0.9||29/ 4.1||7||1||1|
|Chandler||9/0||9- 14||.643||0- 0||.---||5- 10||.500||24/ 2.7||23/ 2.6||4||5||2|