FIBA Americas 2013: Most Exciting Teams to Watch in Venezuela

August 31st, 2013 by Andrew Gould Leave a reply »

Need your basketball fix? The NBA season won't reignite for another two months, but the FIBA Americas tournament can help mask that emptiness.

Teams squaring off in Caracas, Venezuela may not offer the same vibe as watching LeBron James or Kevin Durant, but many squads are laded with NBA talent. Although the United States' gold medal victory in the 2012 Olympics excuses them from competing, 10 nations are vying for four spots in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

While the FIBA Americas won't serve as a platform for All-Stars to show off, quality veterans such as J.J. Barea, Luis Scola and Renaldo Balkman (in all seriousness, he's cleaning up) are tuning up for the upcoming NBA season while playing for national pride.

For those unsure of where to turn their attention, here are a few noteworthy teams to monitor during the tournament. 

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