GILAS Pilipinas may have failed to come up with an impressive showing in the 2023 FIBA World Cup right at its home floor, but the good news is, the Philippines managed to climb up from 40th to 38th place in the latest ranking released by the international governing basketball body.
The Philippines placed 24th overall in the just-concluded world basketball showpiece, punctuated by a 21-point hammering of China to end a nine-game losing skid in the tournament dating back to 2019.
Gilas went on to conclude the FIBA World Cup with a 1-4 record.
Newly minted World Cup champion Germany made a huge leap that saw the Dennis Schroder-led national squad break into the top 3 of the rankings for the first time in the country's basketball history after moving up eight spots (759.7 ranking points).
The Germans' amazing rise to third place in world ranking was highlighted by their eight-game sweep of the FIBA World Cup following its win over Serbia in the gold medal match.
The United States, despite failing to win the World Cup and losing to Canada in the bronze medal game, still has something to celebrate after regaining the No. 1 spot, dislodging erstwhile leader Spain behind its 786.6 ranking points.
The Spaniards dropped to No. 2, following a disastrous World Cup campaign that saw them drop out of medal contention after the second round en route to finishing ninth in the tournament. Spain had 778.2 ranking points.
Canada, thanks to its first-ever bronze medal in the World Cup, jumped from No. 15 to No. 6.
But an even more remarkable improvement are Latvia and South Sudan.
The Latvians concluded the tournament at fifth place to climb up from No. 30 all the way to No. 8, or a remarkable +22 improvement.
On the other hand, South Sudan jumped from No. 63 to No. 31 in a phenomenal improvement via a + 32 improvement.
Japan, which sealed an outright Olympic spot via its spirited effort in the FIBA World Cup, moved up 11 spots to No. 26 despite playing without Los Angeles Lakers forward Rui Hachimura.
Lebanon also gained significant strides, moving 16 spots higher to No. 28, while China dropped from No. 28 to No. 29.2023-09-16T18:37:14Z dg43tfdfdgfd