Featuring national teams from North America, Central America, the Caribbean and South America, the FIBA AmeriCup, which was originally known as the FIBA Americas Championship and the Tournament of the Americas, was first contested in 1980. Originally held every four years, the USA’s famed Dream Team made its debut and won the USA’s first FIBA Americas Championship in 1992. Beginning in 1993, the FIBA Americas Championship was held every two years, and starting with the 2017 event, will be held every four years. Coached by Jeff Van Gundy, the 2017 USA team captured the gold medal with an impressive 5-0 record, which included victories over Uruguay in Uruguay and host Argentina in the gold medal game.
The 2020-21 FIBA AmeriCup qualifiers will feature 16 teams from the Americas zone divided into four groups of four teams. The top three finishing teams in each Group will qualify for the FIBA AmeriCup 2021 (site and dates TBA). The USA was drawn into Group D with Bahamas, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Group A consists of Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Venezuela; Group B includes Brazil, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay; while Group C features Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic and U.S. Virgin Islands. The first window of play for the FIBA AmeriCup 2021 Qualifiers will be in Feb. 20-24, 2020, window two will be held in Nov. 26-30, 2020, and the third and final AmeriCup qualifying competition window is Feb. 18-22, 2021.
Members of past USA AmeriCup teams have included basketball standouts such as Ray Allen (2003), Carmello Anthony (2007), Charles Barkley (1992), Chauncey Billups (2007), Larry Bird (1992), Vince Carter (2003), Tim Duncan (1999 and 2003), Patrick Ewing (1992), Kevin Garnett (1999), Allen Iverson (2003), LeBron James (2007); Magic Johnson (1992), Michael Jordan (1992), Jason Kidd (2003 and 2007), Karl Malone (1992), Tracy McGrady (2003), Chris Mullin (1992), Gary Payton (1989 and 1999), Scottie Pippen (1992), David Robinson (1992), John Stockton (1992), Amare' Stoudemire (2007) and Deron Williams (2007).