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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Franklin L. Forbes Arena, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia; Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 20, 1996
Date Finished: August 2, 1996
Format: Round-robin pools advanced teams to classification matches.

Gold: USA United States
Silver: SCG Serbia and Montenegro
Bronze: LTU Lithuania


The United States again entered a team of NBA stars, with several players returning from the Dream Team – notably [Charles Barkley], [David Robinson], [Karl Malone], and [John Stockton]. The team was dubbed by the media as "Dream Team II" but it was a lesser version of the 1992 leviathan, and in addition, the rest of the world was now beginning to catch up to the United States in basketball – even to the professional version.

After the break-up of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, the former European powers were now slightly different. Though Russia had a good team, it did not qualify in 1996, and the best team among the former Soviet republics belonged to Lithuania, led by NBA stars [Šarūnas Marčiulionis] and [Arvydas Sabonis]. Yugoslavia contributed two top contenders in Croatia and the re-formed Yugoslavia, now represented by Serbia & Montenegro, with all of the players coming from Serbia.

But in Atlanta, the United States won fairly comfortably. They dominated Group A, and won the quarter-finals against Brazil, 98-75; the semi-finals against Australia, 101-73; and the final against Yugoslavia, 95-69.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold
2 Serbia and Montenegro SCG Silver
3 Lithuania LTU Bronze
4 Australia AUS
5 Greece GRE
6 Brazil BRA
7 Croatia CRO
8 China CHN
9 Argentina ARG
10 Puerto Rico PUR
11 Angola ANG
12 South Korea KOR