By Brandon Jefferson

Brandon Jefferson is a freelance writer at The Basketball Writers. He covers the Atlanta Hawks for The BBall Index and is a contributing writer at Fansided. Brandon is the founding and only member of the Kevin Durant Stan Club.

FIBA World Cup 2019: Ranking Team USA’s Biggest Threats

Formally known as the FIBA World Championship, the inaugural FIBA World Cup of Basketball begins on August 31 and has been rebranded in hopes of gaining more popularity—it was also moved from 2018 to 2019 so as not to conflict with the men’s FIFA World Cup. Since 2008, international basketball competitions have been dominated by…

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Building Team USA’s FIBA World Cup Roster

Team USA has been the single most dominant team in all of basketball over the last decade. In 2008, the “Redeem Team” won Olympic gold. They dominated the FIBA World Championship during 2010. 2012’s team was arguably more talented than the original 1992 Dream Team. By 2014, they claimed back-to-back FIBA World Championship victories. They…

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NBA Draft 2020: Can Israel’s Deni Avdija Be the Next Luka Doncic?

The Israeli Junior National Team won the FIBA u20 European Championship on Sunday, defeating Spain 92-84 in Tel Aviv as Israel became the first country since 2008 to repeat as u20 champions.  Deni Avdija, its 18-year-old point forward, is the one constant between the two teams, and he’s quickly creating NBA-level intrigue about what he…

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Potential NBA Stars Revealed at 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup

The United States claimed gold Sunday at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup. Team USA has been dominating international competitions yearly since the 1992 Dream Team ran through the Olympics in Barcelona. There have been a few hiccups along the way—mainly the 2002 and 2006 FIBA World Championships—but the United States remains dominant at the…

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NBA Youngsters With Big Opportunities in 2019-20

The who’s who of NBA circles are all out on the strip with Las Vegas Summer League underway, but given the change that’s happened in the last few weeks, the entire league is still adjusting to the roster turnover. Summer League not only provides a first look at new faces entering the NBA, but it…

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