Gilas Pilipinas drops three places in latest FIBA World rankings
Gilas Pilipinas dropped three places in the latest FIBA World rankings. (FIBA)
The FIBA men's rankings are out and the Philippines has dropped three places.
Following Gilas Pilipinas' rather disappointing 7th place finish in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup, the Philippines is now ranked 30th in the world compared to 27th in the previous list.
Gilas is now also the 5th best team in Asia, down from 3rd.
However, the new developement took place because Australia and New Zealand were finally added to the Asian region from Oceania.
The Boomers, champions of the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup, take over as the new no. 1 Asian team and are 9th in the world.
Iran, second to Australia and the Asia Cup, is no. 2 and 22nd overall while China dropped 10 spots for 24th overall and third in Asia.
New Zealand rised seven spots for 27th in the world and fourth in Asia.
With FIBA's new partnership with Nike, the governing body for basketball has introduced a new system for its rankings.
According to FIBA's official release:
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.
The ranking has revised weightings of the competitions. For the first time, it sees the implementation of a time decay rewarding teams for their most recent performances. This replaces the system in place under the previous ranking, where all games over the 8-year period received the exact same value.
Finally, the new ranking also recognizes the value of away wins and rewards facing and beating opponents that are higher in the ranking.
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.
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