The FIBA men’s rankings are out and the Philippines has dropped three places.
The innovative game-based ranking factors in results from official games played by 149 national teams and will be updated after every window of Qualifiers and following the conclusion of top official FIBA competitions.
The new ranking is based on results of games ranging from regional pre-qualifiers all the way to the FIBA Basketball World Cup Final, and includes the Olympic Basketball Tournament as well as the Continental Cups. The previous ranking was purely competition-based and only took into account the final standings of tournaments.
The basic principle is simple: 1,000 basis points are awarded in each game, with the two teams earning a share of these according to the margin of victory or defeat. Weightings are added on a round basis meaning that, when a team progresses through a top official FIBA competition, its wins are worth more with every round it plays.
Despite the new system, the world’s top-5 teams largely stayed the same with the United States of America keeping its stranglehold at the no. 1 spot.
Spain remains as the no. 2 team in the world with Serbia a close third. France also kept its spot at no. 4 while Argentina replaced Lithuania at no. 5.
Ranking Women after FIBA Women’s Afrobasket (2017)