GENEVA (FIBA) - The 2011 season of senior men's continental championships came to a close on Sunday allowing for FIBA's Men's Ranking to be updated and provide a clear picture of the current state of the game worldwide.
The 2011 version of the Men's Ranking sees the top 10 remain unchanged since last year's FIBA World Championship in Turkey, with world champions USA taking top honours, followed by reigning two-time EuroBasket winners Spain second and FIBA Americas gold medallists Argentina third.
There is some movement from 11 down, with France and Brazil the ones climbing their way near the top of the table.
Les Bleus climb up two places to 12th following their silver medal run at EuroBasket 2011, while the Brazilians move up three spots to 13th after finishing as runners-up to Argentina in Mar del Plata.
The Dominican Republic make the biggest leap forward of any team inside the top 25, jumping from 30th to 25th after finishing on the third step of the podium at the FIBA Americas Championship and securing their place in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Jordan's memorable run to the Final of the FIBA Asia Championship sees them move inside the top 30.
Tunisia also improve five places, moving from 37th to 32nd, after winning the 2011 edition of Afrobasket to clinch their first-ever trip to the Olympic Games.
F.Y.R. of Macedonia, the biggest revelation at EuroBasket 2011 where they finished fourth, gain 14 places to get just inside the top 35.
Great Britain, hosts of the 2012 Games, climb from 56th to 43rd after registering their first-ever wins in a leading international basketball tournament, having beaten Portugal and Poland at EuroBasket.
The Philippines and Mali improve by eight and six places respectively to get inside the top 50, ranked 46th and 49th respectively.
Finland, who surpassed expectations by reaching the Second Round at EuroBasket, make the biggest move of all, coming in at 48th after being ranked outside the top 75 last year.
Other notable new entries include Cuba and Georgia (both tied for 50th) and Paraguay (tied for 55th).
The FIBA Men's Ranking is based on an eight-year cycle and includes two FIBA World Championships, two Olympic Games and four of every continental championships (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Oceania).
Whenever a new championship is played, the oldest championship of that category is dropped.
For example, this year's ranking saw all the 2003 men's continental championships dropped and replaced by the corresponding ones from 2011.
Click here to see the full 2011 FIBA Men's Ranking.