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Basketball at the Summer Olympics

Basketball at the Summer Olympics has been a sport for men consistently since 1936. Prior to its inclusion as a medal sport, basketball was held as a demonstration event in 1904. Women's basketball made its debut in the Summer Olympics in 1976.

Basketball at the Summer Olympics
Basketball pictogram.svg
Governing body FIBA
Events 2 (men: 1; women: 1)
Games
  • 1896
  • 1900
  • 1904
  • 1908
  • 1912
  • 1920
Note: demonstration sport years indicated in italics

The United States is by far the most successful country in Olympic basketball, with United States men's teams having won 15 of 18 tournaments in which they participated, including seven consecutive titles from 1936 through 1968. United States women's teams have won 8 titles out of the 10 tournaments in which they competed, including six in a row from 1996 to 2016. Besides the United States, Argentina is the only nation still in existence who has won either the men's or women's tournament. The Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and the Unified Team are the countries no longer in existence who have won the tournament.

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HistoryEdit

Basketball was invented by James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1891. Within a few decades, the new game became popular throughout the United States as an indoor sport. The popularity spread overseas and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) was organized in 1932 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Early American dominanceEdit

Thanks in part to the effort of Phog Allen[1][2]—a Kansas Jayhawks collegiate coach—the first Olympic basketball tournament was organized in the 1936 Olympics at Berlin on outdoor tennis courts. Dr. Naismith presented the medals to the top three teams. According to the Olympic rules of that time, all of the competitors were amateurs. The tournament was held indoors for the first time in 1948. The American team proved its dominance, winning the first seven Olympic tournaments until 1968, without losing a single game. While the Americans were barred from sending a team that contained players from the professional National Basketball Association, they instead sent in college players; teams from some other countries sent in their best players, as some of their players were classified as "amateur" by FIBA, by earning allowances instead of wages.

Munich and afterEdit

The United States winning streak ended in 1972 under highly controversial circumstances, when the Soviet Union beat them in the gold-medal game. After the game, the American team refused to accept the silver medal, and the medal has been kept in IOC possession ever since.

The Americans reclaimed the gold medal in 1976, with Yugoslavia, which had beaten the Soviet Union in the semifinal, finishing runner-up for the second time. In 1980, with the Americans' absence due to the boycott, Yugoslavia became the third team to win the title, after beating the Soviets anew in the semifinals and Italy in the final. The United States regained the title in 1984, by beating Spain in the final, with the Soviets boycotting this time. The Soviets won the gold medal for the second time in 1988, after beating the Americans for the second time in the semifinal, and the Yugoslavs in the gold medal game.

Professional eraEdit

The advent of the state-sponsored "full-time amateur athlete" of the Eastern Bloc countries further eroded the ideology of the pure amateur, as it put the self-financed amateurs of the Western countries at a disadvantage. The Soviet Union entered teams of athletes who were all nominally students, soldiers, or working in a profession, but many of whom were in reality paid by the state to train on a full-time basis.[3]

In April 1989, through the leadership of Secretary General Borislav Stanković, FIBA approved the rule that allowed NBA players to compete in international tournaments, including the Olympics. In the next Olympics, the 1992 Summer Olympics, the "Dream Team" won the gold medal at the 1992 Olympics Basketball, with an average winning margin of 44 points per game, and without calling a time out. By this time, the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia no longer existed, but their successor states continued to be among the leading forces. Two newly independent countries of the former Yugoslavia and Soviet Union, Croatia and Lithuania, won the silver and bronze medals respectively.

The United States repeated its victory in 1996 and 2000, but its performance was not as successful as in 1992. Since active NBA players have been allowed to compete in the Summer Olympics, the 1996 Games in Atlanta is the only instance where the Olympic host city also had a home NBA team — the Hawks. Yugoslavia was the runner-up in Atlanta, and France in Sydney, with Lithuania winning bronze again on both occasions.

The renewed dominance of the United States was interrupted in 2004, when the Americans barely made it to the semifinal, after losing to Puerto Rico and Lithuania in the preliminaries; Argentina defeated them in the semifinals, on their way to a gold medal finish, where they beat Italy in the final, and became the fourth team to win the Olympic title.

The Americans regrouped in 2008, beating the current FIBA world champions, Spain, in an intense gold medal game, with the Argentinians beating the Lithuanians in the bronze medal game. The Americans and the Spaniards met again in the 2012 gold medal game, with the Americans again winning, although with the closest winning margin for the Americans. The Americans again won in 2016, defeating the Serbians in the gold medal game, a rematch of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup Final, after eliminating the Spaniards in the semifinal, who settled for bronze.

WomenEdit

The first women's tournament was in 1976. The Soviet Union won against five other teams. The next two tournaments followed the six-team round-robin format, with the Soviets defending their title in 1980, and the United States winning in 1984, against the South Koreans, amidst the Soviet-led boycott. In 1988, the tournament expanded into eight teams, with the Americans beating Yugoslavia in the gold medal game. In 1992, after the demise of the USSR, the Unified Team won against China in the gold medal game. In 1996, the tournament settled into its current 12-team format; the United States has won all of the tournaments since then, winning 48 consecutive games.

VenuesEdit

All venues were indoor stadiums except for the 1936 tournament which was held outdoors on tennis courts.

NOTE: The O2 Arena was known as the North Greenwich Arena during the games due to Olympics regulations regarding corporate sponsorship of event sites.

QualifyingEdit

As of 2012, the qualifying process consists of three stages:

  1. 1 team (for each gender) qualifies as the reigning world champion.
  2. 7 teams for men and 5 for women qualify through their respective regional championships.
  3. 3 teams for men and 5 for women qualify through a world qualifying tournament, in which the best teams which did not qualify directly from each zone compete for the remaining berths.

Additionally, the teams of the host nation qualify automatically.

Zone Men Women
World Cup 1 1
African championship 1 1
Americas championship 2 1
Asian championship 1 1
European championship 2 1
Oceania championship 1 1
World qualifying tournament 3 5
Host Nation 1 1
Total 12 12

In 2020, the men's tournament will have a new qualification system. After the 2019 FIBA World Cup, seven teams will qualify directly: the top two European and American teams, and the top team from Africa, Asia and Oceania. The next 16 best teams from the FIBA World Cup will join the two teams from each continent at the Olympic qualifiers. It will feature four groups of six teams, where the best team of each group will get the remaining spots at the Olympics. The continental championships will not be used for Olympic qualifying.

Men's tournamentsEdit

Year Host Gold medal game Bronze medal game
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score 4th place
1936
Details
 
Berlin
 
United States
19–8  
Canada
 
Mexico
26–12  
Poland
1948
Details
 
London
 
United States
65–21  
France
 
Brazil
52–47  
Mexico
1952
Details
 
Helsinki
 
United States
36–25  
Soviet Union
 
Uruguay
68–59  
Argentina
1956
Details
 
Melbourne
 
United States
89–55  
Soviet Union
 
Uruguay
71–62  
France
1960
Details
 
Rome
 
United States
No playoffs  
Soviet Union
 
Brazil
No playoffs  
Italy
1964
Details
 
Tokyo
 
United States
73–59  
Soviet Union
 
Brazil
76–60  
Puerto Rico
1968
Details
 
Mexico City
 
United States
65–50  
Yugoslavia
 
Soviet Union
70–53  
Brazil
1972
Details
 
Munich
 
Soviet Union
51–50  
United States
 
Cuba
66–65  
Italy
1976
Details
 
Montreal
 
United States
95–74  
Yugoslavia
 
Soviet Union
100–72  
Canada
1980
Details
 
Moscow
 
Yugoslavia
86–77  
Italy
 
Soviet Union
117–94  
Spain
1984
Details
 
Los Angeles
 
United States
96–65  
Spain
 
Yugoslavia
88–82  
Canada
1988
Details
 
Seoul
 
Soviet Union
76–63  
Yugoslavia
 
United States
78–49  
Australia
1992
Details
 
Barcelona
 
United States
117–85  
Croatia
 
Lithuania
82–78  
Unified Team
1996
Details
 
Atlanta
 
United States
95–69  
Yugoslavia
 
Lithuania
80–74  
Australia
2000
Details
 
Sydney
 
United States
85–75  
France
 
Lithuania
89–71  
Australia
2004
Details
 
Athens
 
Argentina
84–69  
Italy
 
United States
104–96  
Lithuania
2008
Details
 
Beijing
 
United States
118–107  
Spain
 
Argentina
87–75  
Lithuania
2012
Details
 
London
 
United States
107–100  
Spain
 
Russia
81–77  
Argentina
2016
Details
 
Rio
 
United States
96–66  
Serbia
 
Spain
89–88  
Australia
2020
Details
 
Tokyo

Performance by confederationEdit

This is a summary of the best performances of each confederation in each tournament.

Confederation 36
 
48
 
52
 
56
 
60
 
64
 
68
 
72
 
76
 
80
 
84
 
88
 
92
 
96
 
00
 
04
 
08
 
12
 
16
 
FIBA Africa 15th–18th 19th 9th–16th -- -- -- 15th 15th 12th 11th 12th 10th 10th 11th 12th 12th 12th 10th 11th
FIBA Americas 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 5th 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
FIBA Asia 5th 8th 9th–16th 7th 11th 10th 13th 13th 11th 12th 10th 9th 12th 8th 10th 8th 8th 12th 12th
FIBA Europe 4th 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd
FIBA Oceania -- -- -- 12th -- 9th -- 9th 8th 8th 7th 4th 6th 4th 4th 9th 7th 7th 4th
Nations 21 23 23 15 16 16 16 16 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12

Participating nationsEdit

Nation 36
 
48
 
52
 
56
 
60
 
64
 
68
 
72
 
76
 
80
 
84
 
88
 
92
 
96
 
00
 
04
 
08
 
12
 
16
 
Years
  Angola A 10th 11th 12th 12th 12th 5
  Argentina 15th 4th 9th 1st 3rd 4th 8th 7
  Australia 12th 9th 9th 8th 8th 7th 4th 6th 4th 4th 9th 7th 7th 4th 14
  Belgium 19th 11th 17th 3
  Brazil 9th 3rd 6th 6th 3rd 3rd 4th 7th 5th 9th 5th 5th 6th 5th 9th 15
  Bulgaria 7th 5th 16th 10th 4
  Canada 2nd 9th 9th 9th 14th 4th 4th 6th 7th 9
  Central African Republic A 10th 1
  Chile 9th 6th 5th 8th 4
  China A 10th 11th 12th 8th 10th 8th 8th 12th 12th 9
  Chinese TaipeiB 15th 18th 11th 3
  Croatia C 2nd 7th 6th 5th 4
  Cuba 13th 9th 11th 3rd 7th 6th 6
  Czechoslovakia 9th 7th 9th 5th 8th 6th 9th A 7
  Egypt 15th 19th 9th 16th 12th 12th 12th 7
  Estonia 9th D 1
  Finland 9th 11th 2
  France 19th 2nd 8th 4th 10th 11th 2nd 6th 6th 9
  GermanyE 15th 12th 8th 7th 10th 5
  Great Britain 20th 9th 2
  Greece 17th 5th 5th 5th 4
  Hungary 16th 9th 9th 13th 4
  India 12th 1
  Iran 14th 11th 2
  Iraq 22nd 1
  Ireland 23rd 1
  Israel A 17th 1
  Italy 7th 17th 17th 4th 5th 8th 4th 5th 2nd 5th 5th 2nd 12
  Japan 9th 10th 15th 10th 14th 11th 6
  South Korea A 8th 14th 16th 14th 9th 12th 6
  Latvia 15th D 1
  Lithuania D 3rd 3rd 3rd 4th 4th 8th 7th 7
  Mexico 3rd 4th 9th 12th 12th 5th 10th 7
  Morocco A 16th 1
  New Zealand 11th 10th 2
  Nigeria 10th 11th 2
  Panama 12th 1
  Peru 8th 10th 15th 3
  Philippines 5th 12th 9th 7th 11th 13th 13th 7
  Poland 4th 7th 6th 6th 10th 7th 6
  Puerto Rico A 13th 4th 9th 6th 9th 7th 8th 10th 6th 9
  Romania 17th 1
  Russia A D F 8th 9th 3rd 3
  Senegal A 15th 15th 11th 3
  SerbiaH G 2nd 6th 11th 2nd 4
  Singapore A 13th I 1
  Soviet Union A 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st 3rd 3rd 1st F A 9
  Spain 14th 7th 11th 4th 2nd 8th 9th 9th 7th 2nd 2nd 3rd 12
  Sweden 10th 1
   Switzerland 9th 21st 17th 3
  Thailand A 15th 1
  Tunisia 11th 1
  Turkey 19th 17th 2
  Unified Team A 4th A 1
  United States 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st 18
  Uruguay 6th 5th 3rd 3rd 8th 8th 6th 7
  Venezuela 11th 10th 2
  Yugoslavia 6th 7th 2nd 5th 2nd 1st 3rd 2nd A 8
Nations 21 23 23 15 16 16 16 16 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12

NotesEdit

^A NOC was not member of IOC
^B as   China from 1936–56
^C part of   Yugoslavia from 1936–1988
^D competed as part of   Soviet Union from 1952–88
^E as   West Germany from 1968–88
^F part of   Unified Team in 1992
^G now   Serbia, as   Yugoslavia from 1936–1991,   Yugoslavia from 1992–2002 and   Serbia and Montenegro from 2003–2006
^H part of   Yugoslavia from 1936–1988
^I part of   Malaysia in 1964

Women's tournamentsEdit

Year Host Gold medal game Bronze medal game
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score 4th place
1976
Details
 
Montreal
 
Soviet Union
No playoffs  
United States
 
Bulgaria
No playoffs  
Czechoslovakia
1980
Details
 
Moscow
 
Soviet Union
104–73  
Bulgaria
 
Yugoslavia
68–65  
Hungary
1984
Details
 
Los Angeles
 
United States
85–55  
South Korea
 
China
63–57  
Canada
1988
Details
 
Seoul
 
United States
77–70  
Yugoslavia
 
Soviet Union
68–53  
Australia
1992
Details
 
Barcelona
 
Unified Team
76–66  
China
 
United States
88–74  
Cuba
1996
Details
 
Atlanta
 
United States
111–87  
Brazil
 
Australia
66–56  
Ukraine
2000
Details
 
Sydney
 
United States
76–54  
Australia
 
Brazil
84–73  
South Korea
2004
Details
 
Athens
 
United States
74–63  
Australia
 
Russia
71–62  
Brazil
2008
Details
 
Beijing
 
United States
92–65  
Australia
 
Russia
94–81  
China
2012
Details
 
London
 
United States
86–50  
France
 
Australia
83–74  
Russia
2016
Details
 
Rio
 
United States
101–72  
Spain
 
Serbia
70–63  
France
2020
Details
 
Tokyo

Performance by confederationEdit

This is a summary of the best performances of each confederation in each tournament.

Confederation 76
 
80
 
84
 
88
 
92
 
96
 
00
 
04
 
08
 
12
 
16
 
FIBA Africa 12th 12th 11th 12th 12th 12th
FIBA Americas 2nd 5th 1st 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
FIBA Asia 5th 2nd 6th 2nd 7th 4th 9th 4th 5th 8th
FIBA Europe 1st 1st 6th 2nd 1st 4th 5th 3rd 3rd 2nd 2nd
FIBA Oceania 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 5th

Participating nationsEdit

Nation 76
 
80
 
84
 
88
 
92
 
96
 
00
 
04
 
08
 
12
 
16
 
Years
  Angola 12th 1
  Australia 5th 4th 6th 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 5th 9
  Brazil 7th 2nd 3rd 4th 11th 9th 11th 7
  Belarus B C 6th 9th 2
  Bulgaria 3rd 2nd 5th 3
  Canada 6th 4th 11th 10th 8th 7th 6
  China A 3rd 6th 2nd 9th 9th 4th 6th 10th 8
  Croatia F 10th 1
  Cuba 5th 4th 6th 9th 4
  Czechoslovakia 4th A 1
  Czech Republic D 5th 7th 7th 3
  France 5th 2nd 4th 3
  Great Britain 11th 1
  Greece 7th 1
  Hungary 4th 1
  Italy 6th 8th 8th 3
  Japan 5th 7th 10th 8th 4
  Korea 2nd 7th 10th 4th 12th 8th 6
  Latvia B 9th 1
  Mali 12th 1
  New Zealand 11th 8th 10th 3
  Nigeria 11th 1
  Poland 8th 1
  Russia B C 5th 6th 3rd 3rd 4th 5
  Senegal 12th 12th 2
  Serbia F 3rd 1
  Slovakia D 7th 1
  Soviet Union 1st 1st 3rd C A 3
  Spain 5th 6th 5th 2nd 4
  Turkey 5th 6th 2
  Ukraine B C 4th 4
  Unified Team A 1st A 1
  United States 2nd 1st 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 10
  Yugoslavia 3rd 6th 2nd A 3
  DR CongoE 12th 1
Nations 6 6 6 8 8 12 12 12 12 12 12

NotesEdit

^A NOC was not member of IOC
^B competed as part of   Soviet Union from 1952–88
^C part of   Unified Team in 1992
^D part of   Czechoslovakia from 1920–92
^E as   Zaire from 1984–96
^F part of   Yugoslavia from 1976–1988

Medal tableEdit

TotalEdit

Countries ranked by total medals won (men's and women's).

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1   United States 23 2 3 28
2   Soviet Union 4 4 4 12
3   Yugoslavia /   Yugoslavia 1 5 2 8
4   Argentina 1 0 1 2
5   Unified Team (EUN) 1 0 0 1
6   Spain 0 4 1 5
7   Australia 0 3 2 5
8   France 0 3 0 3
9   Italy 0 2 0 2
10   Brazil 0 1 4 5
11   Bulgaria 0 1 1 2
  China 0 1 1 2
  Serbia 0 1 1 2
14   Croatia 0 1 0 1
  South Korea 0 1 0 1
  Canada 0 1 0 1
17   Lithuania 0 0 3 3
  Russia 0 0 3 3
19   Uruguay 0 0 2 2
20   Cuba 0 0 1 1
  Mexico 0 0 1 1
Total 30 30 30 90
  • Soviet Union (as of 1992) and Yugoslavia (as of 2006) are defunct. No team carried over the records of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia.

Medal table, menEdit

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1   United States 15 1 2 18
2   Soviet Union 2 4 3 9
3   Yugoslavia/  Yugoslavia 1 4 1 6
4   Argentina 1 0 1 2
5   Spain 0 3 1 4
6   France 0 2 0 2
  Italy 0 2 0 2
8   Croatia 0 1 0 1
  Canada 0 1 0 1
  Serbia 0 1 0 1
11   Brazil 0 0 3 3
  Lithuania 0 0 3 3
13   Uruguay 0 0 2 2
14   Cuba 0 0 1 1
  Mexico 0 0 1 1
  Russia 0 0 1 1
Total 19 19 19 57
  • Soviet Union (as of 1992) and Yugoslavia (as of 2006) are defunct. No team carried over the records of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia.

Medal table, womenEdit

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1   United States 8 1 1 10
2   Soviet Union 2 0 1 3
3   Unified Team (EUN) 1 0 0 1
4   Australia 0 3 2 5
5   Brazil 0 1 1 2
  Bulgaria 0 1 1 2
  China 0 1 1 2
  Yugoslavia 0 1 1 2
9   France 0 1 0 1
  South Korea 0 1 0 1
  Spain 0 1 0 1
12   Russia 0 0 2 2
13   Serbia 0 0 1 1
Total 11 11 11 33
  • Soviet Union (as of 1992) and Yugoslavia (as of 2006) are defunct. No team carried over the records of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia.

Win-loss recordsEdit

Including the 2016 Olympic tournaments

Men's tournamentEdit

Team Games played Wins Losses Winning percentage
  Angola 31 3 28 .097
  Argentina 53 32 21 .603
  Australia 105 52 53 .495
  Belgium 13 6 7 .462
  Brazil 112 64 48 .571
  Bulgaria 33 16 17 .485
  Canada 66 36 30 .545
  Central African Republic 7 2 5 .286
  Chile 26 12 14 .462
  China 50 7 43 .140
  Chinese Taipei 28 16 12 .571
  Croatia 28 16 12 .571
  Cuba 45 22 23 .489
  Czechoslovakia 46 23 23 .500
  Egypt 44 6 38 .136
  Estonia 3 1 2 .333
  Finland 12 4 8 .333
  France 60 31 29 .516
  Germany 34 10 24 .294
  Great Britain 13 2 11 .154
  Greece 24 13 11 .542
  Hungary 33 14 19 .424
  India 7 0 7 .000
  Iran 12 2 10 .167
  Iraq 7 0 7 .000
  Ireland 6 0 6 .000
  Israel 2 0 2 .000
  Italy 91 54 37 .593
  Japan 41 11 30 .268
  South Korea 47 8 39 .170
  Latvia 3 1 2 .333
  Lithuania 52 32 20 .615
  Mexico 49 26 23 .531
  Morocco 9 0 9 .000
  New Zealand 12 2 10 .167
  Nigeria 10 2 8 .200
  Panama 9 2 7 .222
  Peru 22 9 13 .409
  Philippines 52 25 27 .481
  Poland 49 23 26 .469
  Puerto Rico 72 34 38 .472
  Romania 2 0 2 .000
  Russia 20 10 10 .500
  Senegal 24 2 22 .083
  Serbia 35 19 16 .542
  Singapore 7 2 5 .286
  Soviet Union 74 61 13 .824
  Spain 95 52 43 .547
  Sweden 7 3 4 .429
   Switzerland 13 4 9 .308
  Thailand 7 0 7 .000
  Tunisia 5 0 5 .000
  Turkey 4 0 4 .000
  Unified Team 8 5 3 .625
  United States 143 138 5 .965
  Uruguay 56 29 27 .518
  Venezuela 12 3 9 .250
  Yugoslavia 60 48 12 .758

Women's tournamentEdit

Team Games Played Wins Losses Winning percentage
  Angola 5 0 5 0.000
  Australia 56 40 16 0.714
  Brazil 44 19 25 0.431
  Belarus 11 3 8 0.272
  Bulgaria 16 10 6 0.625
  Canada 36 10 26 0.277
  China 48 22 26 0.458
  Croatia 5 1 4 0.200
  Cuba 24 9 15 0.375
  Czechoslovakia 15 3 12 0.200
  Czech Republic 19 8 11 0.421
  France 23 16 7 0.695
  Great Britain 5 0 5 0.000
  Greece 7 3 4 0.429
  Hungary 6 2 4 0.333
  Italy 18 3 15 0.167
  Japan 25 9 16 0.360
  South Korea 38 15 23 0.395
  Latvia 5 1 4 0.200
  Mali 5 0 5 0.000
  New Zealand 18 4 14 0.222
  Nigeria 6 1 5 0.167
  Poland 7 3 4 0.429
  Russia 39 25 14 0.641
  Serbia 8 4 4 0.500
  Senegal 11 0 11 0.000
  Slovakia 7 3 4 0.429
  Soviet Union 16 14 2 0.875
  Spain 26 16 10 0.615
  Turkey 12 7 5 0.583
  Ukraine 8 4 4 0.500
  Unified Team 5 4 1 0.800
  United States 69 66 3 0.956
  Yugoslavia 16 8 8 0.500
  DR Congo 7 0 7 0.000

RecordsEdit

Category Men Women
Biggest game score 229 points: USA 156–73 Nigeria (2012) 190 points: Japan 62–128 Brazil (2004)
Lowest game score 27 points: USA 19–8 Canada (1936) 100 points: Senegal 32–68 Slovakia (2000)
Biggest margin 100 points:
Korea 120–20 Iraq (1948)
China 125–25 Iraq (1948)
66 points:
Japan 62–128 Brazil (2004)
Italy 53–119 Soviet Union (1980)
Games with most overtimes 2 overtimes:
Argentina 111–107 Brazil (2016)
Canada 86–83 Russia (2000)
Lithuania 83–81 Croatia (1996)
Australia 109–101 Brazil (1996)
2 overtimes:
Turkey 79–76 Brazil (2016)
Spain 92–80 Italy (1992)
Longest winning streak 63 games: USA (1936–72) 49 games: USA (1992–2016)
All-time top cumulative scorer 1,093 points: Oscar Schmidt (Brazil) 575 points: Lauren Jackson (Australia)
All-time top average scorer 28.8 points per game: Oscar Schmidt (Brazil) 22 points per game: Lara Sanders (Turkey)
Single game scorer 55 points Oscar Schmidt (Brazil vs. Spain, 1988) 39 points: Evladiya Slavcheva-Stefanova (Bulgaria vs. South Korea, 1988)

Top 10 all-time cumulative scorers in men's basketball (through 2016 Olympics)Edit

Player Points Scored
  Oscar Schmidt 1,093
  Andrew Gaze 789
  Pau Gasol 623
  Wlamir Marques 537
  Luis Scola 525
  Manu Ginóbili 523
  Sergei Belov 475
  Dražen Dalipagić 461
  Dražen Petrović 461
  Ruperto Herrera 440

Note: The International Olympic Committee doesn't recognize records for basketball, although FIBA does.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Before They Were Giants
  2. ^ Basketball Hall of Fame – Phog Allen Archived December 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Benjamin, Daniel (1992-07-27). "Traditions Pro Vs. Amateur". Time. Retrieved 2009-03-18. 

ReferencesEdit