The 2014 FIBA World Cup is upon us, and this year's tournament could be as competitive as we've ever seen. With the rest of the world seemingly improving their talent and depth, and with Team USA looking a bit vulnerable after departures and injuries, this year's World Cup should make for some high drama.
Of course, not everything centers around Team USA, even if it's still the heavy favorite. Veterans of this setting and Olympic play might be on their last legs, so in a sense, this could be a farewell tour for some of the names the world has come to know.
The good news is that there are exciting young basketball players to replace the old guard in just about every country. Every team seems to have at least one legitimate NBA player or potential prospect, and international play can sometimes be a whole different ballgame.
Let's take a look at the five biggest storylines entering the 2014 FIBA World Cup.