Official Bleacher Report FIBA World Cup Basketball Rankings

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Official Bleacher Report FIBA World Cup Basketball Rankings
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Twenty-four teams will tip off in Spain at the 2014 FIBA World Cup, but only one will emerge with a gold medal. 

That's a realistic goal for less than a handful of teams, though. Plenty of squads will have to be satisfied with a medal of any metal, even if they'd never admit so publicly. Others would have to be thrilled if they advanced out of the group stage and made it to the first knockout round. A few might be happy just to win a single game while being blown out by the top teams in the field. 

Everyone has different goals, but each country also enters the competition with a clean slate and a 0-0 record. 

Figuring out how to rank them initially is a difficult endeavor. The official FIBA World Rankings can often be misleading, as they don't reflect the current rosters and take non-relevant competitions into account. Basing the analysis solely on exhibition games is a flawed method as well, seeing as each team places varying levels of focus on those outings. 

As a result, these rankings are fairly subjective, based on the aforementioned factors, the upside of the roster, the team's history and any other relevant factors. 

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