Despite pumping players into the NBA in recent seasons, including the No. 1 draft picks in 2013 and 2014, Canada's development into a basketball pipeline has yet to translate to international competition. Canada finished a disappointing sixth in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship, and was passed over for a wild-card spot in last summer's FIBA Basketball World Cup.
That figures to change at this year's FIBA Americas tournament, which begins Monday. Having gone 4-0 this week in the warm-up Tuto Marchand Cup, Canada now heads to Mexico City as favorites to not only claim one of the two automatic berths in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics but win FIBA Americas for the first time in the country's history.