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1994 USA Men's World Championship Team

TWELFTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 1994

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Toronto, Canada • August 4-14, 1994


Continuing the dominance displayed in Barcelona by the 1992 USA Olympic Team (Dream Team I), USA Basketball's 1994 Men's World Championship of Basketball Team dominated its opponents by an average of 37.7 points a game and rolled to the 1994 FIBA World Championship gold medal.

1994 USA RESULTS (8-0)

USA 115 Spain 100
USA 132 China 77
USA 105 Brazil 82
FINAL ROUND
USA 130 Australia 74
USA 134 Puerto Rico 83
USA 111 Russia 94
USA   97 Greece 58
USA 137 Russia 91

1994 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (8-0) 9. Argentina (5-3)
2. Russia (6-2) 10. Spain (5-3)
3. Croatia (7-1) 11. Brazil (2-6)
4. Greece (4-4) 12. Germany (5-3)
5. Australia (5-3) 13. S. Korea (3-5)
6. Puerto Rico (3-5) 14. Egypt (1-7)
7. Canada (4-4) 15. Cuba (3-5)
8. China (2-6) 16. Angola (1-7)

 

Under the direction of Golden State Warriors head mentor Don Nelson, the USA squad for the first time ever at a FIBA World Championship featured NBA players. The USA roster orignally included Tim Hardaway who after withdrawing because of inury was replaced by Isiah Thoma.  However, Thomas suffered an Achilles injury and he was replaced by NBA All-Star guard Kevin Johnson.

Compiling an unblemished 8-0 record, the United States' capturing of the gold medal marked just the third time an American squad has won the world title and reaffirmed the USA's dominance on the court.

The USA opened the 1994 World Championship of Basketball with a 115-100 victory over Spain as Joe Dumars and Reggie Miller led the USA with 21 and 20 points, respectively. Exploding for a 55-point victory over China, 132-77, Shaquille O'Neal led the USA with 22 points in 18 minutes of action, while Dominique Wilkins and Miller each added 15 points. The USA rolled to a 105-82 victory over Brazil in the team's final preliminary round game as O'Neal, playing 22 minutes, finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds, while Shawn Kemp and Alonzo Mourning finished with 15 points each.

Starting slowly against Australia, the game was tied 31-31 with 8:45 to go in the opening half, by halftime the Americans had pulled out to a 62-48 advantage. The second half was all USA as it cruised on to a 56-point win, 130-74. Miller led the USA scoring frenzy with 31 points on nine -of-10 shooting from the field (5-6 3pt FGs), Mark Price added 17 in the win and Dan Majerle had 14 points. Facing Puerto Rico, the U.S. rolled to a 134-83 victory as O'Neal scored 29, Miller made eight of 11 3-point shots to finish with 28 points and Wilkins added 22. Using its superior depth to wear Russia down, the USA team capped the quarterfinals round with its sixth straight win, a 111-94 victory over Russia. O'Neal paced the USA with 21 points, Dumars added 20 points and Derrick Coleman accounted for 15.

Shooting just 40.0 percent (34-85 FGs) for the game from the field, and finishing with under 100 points for the first time, the USA relied on its defense as it earned a berth in the gold medal game with a 97-58 win over Greece. Miller led the U.S. with 14 points.

Saving its best game for last, the USA dominated the gold medal contest from start to finish as it trounced Russia 137-91. Hitting 16 of their first 17 shots, Dream Team II led 25-10 with the game less than five minutes old and never looked back. Wilkins led the offensive attack with 20 points, while O'Neal added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Mourning and Kemp accounted for 15 and 14 points respectively. The USA's 137 points were the second most ever by a USA team in the World Championships.

The American squad, which scored 100 or more points in seven on its eight games, averaged 120.1 points a game. O'Neal, who posted gaudy stats of 18.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots a game in just over 17 minutes per game, was named MVP of the World Championship. Joining Shaq on the 1994 World Championship All-Tournament Team were American teammates Shawn Kemp and Reggie Miller, and Russia's Sergei Bazarevich and Croatia’s Dino Rađa rounded out the five.

 

1994 USA MEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
AFFILIATION (SCHOOL) HOMETOWN
Derrick Coleman
F
6-10
230
27
New Jersey Nets (Syracuse) Detroit, MI
Joe Dumars
G
6-3
195
31
Detroit Pistons (McNeese State) Bloomfield Hills, MI
Tim Hardaway (Injured)
G
6-0
195
27
Golden State Warriors (UTEP) Chicago, IL
Kevin Johnson
G
6-1
190
28
Phoenix Suns (California) Phoenix, AZ
Larry Johnson
F
6-7
250
25
Charlotte Hornets (UNLV) Charlotte, NC
Shawn Kemp
F
6-10
245
24
Seattle SuperSonics Elkhart, IN
Dan Majerle
G
6-6
220
28
Phoenix Suns (Central Michigan) Phoenix, AZ
Reggie Miller
G
6-7
185
28
Indiana Pacers (UCLA) Indianapolis, IN
Alonzo Mourning
C
6-10
240
24
Charlotte Hornets (Georgetown) Charlotte, NC
Shaquille O'Neal
C
7-1
301
22
Orlando Magic (LSU) Windermere, FL
Mark Price
G
6-0
178
30
Cleveland Cavaliers (Ga. Tech) Cleveland, OH
Steve Smith
G
6-8
208
25
Miami Heat (Michigan State) Detroit, MI
Isiah Thomas (Injured)
G
6-1
185
33
Detroit Pistons (Indiana) Bloomfield Hills, MI
Dominique Wilkins
F
6-8
218
34
Boston Celtics (Georgia) Boston, MA

HEAD COACH: Don Nelson, Golden State Warriors
ASSISTANT COACH: Don Chaney, Detroit Pistons
ASSISTANT COACH: Pete Gillen, Providence College (RI)
ASSISTANT COACH: Rick Majerus, University of Utah
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Stephen Haas, Washington Bullets
TEAM PHYSICIAN: John A. Hefferon, Chicago Bulls
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Tom Abdenour, Golden State Warriors
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Ron Culp, Miami Heat

 
 
1994 USA MEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AT
BK
ST
O'Neal 8
62- 87
.713
  0-    4
.000
  20-  38
.526
68/  8.5
144/ 18.0
4
15
9
Miller 8
44- 73
.603
30-  57
.526
  19-  20
.950
13/  1.6
137/ 17.1
18
0
9
Wilkins 8
38- 67
.567
  8-  21
.381
  17-  22
.773
26/  3.3
101/ 12.6
8
1
6
Dumars 7
33- 57
.579
16-  31
.516
    6-    6
1.000
10/  1.4
88/ 12.6
20
0
6
Mourning 8
37- 54
.685
  1-    3
.333
  12-  17
.706
41/  5.1
87/ 10.9
5
9
7
Price 8
25- 62
.403
19-  45
.422
    8-  10
.800
20/  2.5
77/   9.6
29
1
12
Kemp 8
31- 45
.689
  0-    1
.000
  13-  26
.500
54/  6.8
75/   9.4
12
9
8
Majerle 8
23- 51
.451
15-  33
.455
    9-  13
.692
18/  2.3
70/   8.8
13
1
6
Coleman 8
26- 38
.684
  6-  10
.600
  11-  13
.846
31/  3.9
69/   8.6
6
4
11
L. Johnson 8
20- 40
.500
  2-    2
1.000
    7-  11
.636
41/  5.1
49/   6.1
7
2
2
K. Johnson 8
16- 34
.471
  0-    2
.000
    8-    9
.889
14/  1.8
40/   5.0
31
1
8
Smith 8
7- 20
.350
  6-  13
.462
    4-    8
.500
10/  1.3
  24/   3.0
14
1
4
USA 8
362-628
.576
103-222
.464
134-193
.694
346/43.3
961/120.1
167
44
88
OPP. 8
237-541
.438
  55-147
.374
130-175
.743
225/28.1
659/ 82.4
99
17
43

 

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