Who are the world's best basketball players? Dennis Schroder won the FIBA World Cup 2023, making Germany his country.
Schroder, who averaged 19.1 points, 6.1 assists, and 2.0 rebounds per game while leading Germany to the World Cup gold medal, was chosen MVP.
When asked to comment on the argument over whether the NBA champion or the World Cup victor should hold the title of "world champion," Schroder responded:
The Denver Nuggets are a fantastic basketball team. In the Western Conference Finals,
they defeated us. With all due respect, the World Cup is where everyone represents their own nations. And we definitely accept that one.
The Denver Nuggets, who would go on to win the NBA championship, defeated Schroder and his former team, the LA Lakers, in the Western Conference finals.
When American track and field phenom Noah Lyles expressed his belief that it was unfair for the NBA champions to be labeled world champions,
the debate over who has the proper claim to the title of "world champions" began.