First held in 1980 and originally known as the FIBA Americas Championship, USA Basketball will take part in the 2017 AmeriCup that is scheduled to be conducted August 25-September 3. Featuring 12 national teams from North America, Central America, the Caribbean and South America, the FIBA Americas Championship was originally held every four years. The USA’s famed Dream Team made its debut and won the FIBA Americas Championship in 1992, and beginning in 1993, the FIBA Americas Championship was held every two years. The FIBA Americas Championship through 2015 served as a qualifying tournament for the FIBA Basketball World Cup and the Olympic Games. Beginning in 2017, the AmeriCup will be played every four years (2017, 2021) but will no longer be a qualifying event for either the World Cup or the Olympics.
The USA men have collected a medal in seven of the eight FIBA Americas Championships they competed in, winning six gold medals (1992, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2003 and 2007), one silver medal (1989) and recording one fourth place finish (2005). The Americans own an impressive 60-10 (.857 winning percentage) all-time record in FIBA Americas action. On the four occasions (1992, 1999, 2003 and 2007) that the USA team was comprised of NBA players, the squads won gold all four times and compiled a perfect 36-0 record.
Members of past USA FIBA Americas Championship teams have included standouts such as Carmelo Anthony (2007); Ray Allen (2003); Charles Barkley (1992); Chauncey Billups (2007); Larry Bird (1992); Kobe Bryant (2007); Vince Carter (2003); Clyde Drexler (1992); Tim Duncan (1999, 2003); Kevin Garnett (1999); Allen Iverson (2003); LeBron James (2007); Magic Johnson (1992); Michael Jordan (1992); Jason Kidd (1999, 2003, 2007); Karl Malone (1992); Tracy McGrady (2003); Gary Payton (1989, 1999); Scottie Pippen (1992); David Robinson (1992); John Stockton (1992).