Predicting Biggest X-Factors of 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup

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Predicting Biggest X-Factors of 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup
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The stars will be out at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain, but so too will the players who aren't locks for positive production.

Though we're focusing largely on the countries with a decent chance to make a deep run at the international competition, every squad has a crucially important player. He's usually a guy who isn't guaranteed to play at a high levelthough he couldbut realizing his upside would make the team all the more dangerous.

In other words, he's the X-factor.

It's worth noting that Team USA will not have a featured spot here. These are the biggest X-factors, which indicates a large disparity between what the team can produce with the player in question playing at a high level and how it will fare if he flops.

Even if someone like Derrick Rose or Kenneth Faried fails to make any positive impact in Spain, the Americans will still be just fine. If they explode, well, wasn't Team USA supposed to be No. 1 anyway?

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