3x3 Basketball Preview
Fans will see the launch of a new basketball discipline with the inclusion of 3x3 at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, now scheduled to take place in 2021. 3x3 is an exciting and fast-paced game that first was unveiled in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games and has become a favorite event for basketball fans at events such as the FIBA 3x3 World Cup and FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup. 

Each team consist of four players, three on the court and one substitute per team, and there are no coaches. The game is played on a half court with a 12-second shot clock and a 10-minute game clock. Shots inside the arc are worth one point, and baskets outside the arc are worth two points. The winner is the first team to 21 points, or the team in the lead at the end of regulation. In case of a tied score at the end of regulation, the winner is the first team to score two points in overtime.  

Eight men’s and eight women’s teams will participate in the 2020 Olympic 3x3 basketball competition. Already qualified on the men’s side are host Japan, China, Russia and Serbia; and on the women’s side are China, Mongolia, Romania and Russia. 

The U.S. men and women will have an opportunity to qualify at the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament, where Olympic berths will go to the top three finishing men’s and women’s teams. Due to the impact of the COVID-19,the 2020 FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament was postponed and will be played May 26-30, 2021 in Graz, Austria.

The non-stop action of 3x3 will ensure it is one of the hottest tickets in Tokyo.

Updated on July 20, 2020. For more information, contact the sport press officer here.

3x3 basketball will make its Olympic debut at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

The U.S. men’s and women’s 3x3 teams have not yet qualified for the 2020 Olympics. They will compete for an Olympic spot that will go to the top three finishing men’s and women’s teams at the 2020 FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament from May 26-30, 2021 in Graz, Austria. 

Should the USA qualify, the U.S. Olympic 3x3 Basketball Team rosters will be selected from athletes who participate in the 2020 and 2021 Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals, Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Regional Championships, professional seasons and on the 3x3 circuit. 

The U.S. men are defending FIBA 3x3 World Cup gold medalists, while the women did not qualify for the world cup in 2019 but won gold at the 2012 and 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Cups. 

The four members of the Men's and Women's USA Basketball 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Teams all are strong contenders for an eventual Olympic roster, should the USA qualify.

Competing for one of three men's 3x3 Olympic berths at the 2021 FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament, will be U.S. men’s team members: Canyon Barry (Colorado Springs, Colorado), Robbie Hummel (Valparaiso, Indiana), Dominique Jones (Harlem, New York) and Kareem Maddox (Los Angeles, California).

Hummel earned MVP honors after leading the USA to gold at the 2019 FIBA 3x3 World Cup and also was MVP of the 2019 Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals and the 2019 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year. 
Barry and Maddox also helped USA Basketball to gold medals at the 2019 FIBA 3x3 World Cup. 
Additionally, Jones and Maddox led USA Basketball to gold at the 2019 Pan American Games 3x3 basketball competition.

The U.S. women will also compete for one of three Olympic berths at the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament. The USA women’s team consists of current USA Basketball Women's National Team and WNBA players: Napheesa Collier (Minnesota Lynx/O'Fallon, Missouri), Stefanie Dolson (Chicago Sky/Port Jervis, New York), Allisha Gray (Dallas Wings/Sandersville,Georgia) and Kelsey Plum (Las Vegas Aces/Poway, California).

Plum, who won a gold medal with USA Basketball at the 2018 FIBA World Cup, is the NCAA Division I all-time leading scorer with 3,527 points, and she owns the single season scoring record with 1,109 points in 2016-17.
• Collier won a 3x3 gold medal with USA Basketball at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
• Gray played in four games with the USA National Team on its 2019 college tour.
• Dolson helped lead the USA National Team to gold at the 2019 FIBA AmeriCup.

Eight men’s and eight women’s teams will compete in the Olympic 3x3 basketball competition. 

Based on point totals as of Nov. 1, 2019, FIBA’s top three ranked men’s 3x3 nations – Serbia, Russia and China – qualified for the Tokyo Games, as did the host nation Japan. On the women’s side, Russia, China, Mongolia and Romania earned Olympic bids by virtue of their top FIBA 3x3 world rankings as of Nov. 1. 2019. Three more Olympic spots will go to the top three men’s and women’s finishers at the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament from May 26-30, 2021 in Graz, Austria. 

The USA men earned a spot in the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifier based on their gold medal finish at the 2019 FIBA 3x3 World Cup. The USA women earned their spot in the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifier by virtue of the USA’s federation points ranking as of Nov. 1, 2019.

The final men’s and women’s Olympic berths will go to the winning men’s and winning women’s team at the FIBA Universality Qualifying Tournaments that will be held in spring 2021. That tournament will feature teams that did not have a basketball team at the 2012 or 2016 Olympic Games.

Should the USA qualify for the Olympic 3x3 competition, athletes will be selected based on their performances in the 2020 and 2021 Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals, as well as their performances in the Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Regional Championships, professional seasons and on the 3x3 circuit.

For each federation, the 3x3 Olympic rosters must include two players ranked in the country’s top 10 3x3 athletes, according to FIBA’s 3x3 player rankings. The other two team members must have a minimum of 5,400 points for men and 3,600 points for women, or be ranked in the top 50 of their national individual ranking, according to the FIBA player rankings.  The expected cutoff date for accumulated point totals is June 23, 2021. 

The teams will be selected by the USA Basketball 3x3 Team Selection Committees. USA Basketball’s team and staff selection criteria for various events can be found here.

 TBD (Possibly September or October 2020): 2020 Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals
 TBD: USA Men's and Women's 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Training Camps
 May 26-30, 2021: FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament for men and women
• TBD: Olympic draws for all four tournaments (men & women, 5x5 & 3x3)