MIAMI (USA) - Some of the best players in the world will be fighting for continental supremacy as the FIBA 3x3 AmeriCup 2022 lights up glitzy Miami on November 4-6.
Let's take a look at the top men's players who you just have to watch in the second edition of the 3x3 AmeriCup.
Andre Ferros (Brazil)
This slasher walks with a swagger when he's in Miami and it's easy to see why. Cast your mind back 12 months ago and the athletic Brazilian was driving around the half-court like a Ferrari as he scored 39 points in 5 games to lead his country to the silver medal.
He was deservedly named in the team of the tournament and you wouldn't bet against the 27-year-old backing up once again because he's deadlier than caipirinha.
If you want a frightening Halloween costume then dress up as in the No.6 Canada jersey because this athletic beast has been scaring opponents for some time.
He has been putting on a show for years either with his national team, on the FIBA 3x3 World Tour or in India's 3x3 league. There might not be a more entertaining player in the tournament with this 6ft. 7in (2.02m) beast capable of putting on an in-game dunking clinic or drop bombs from behind the arc.
Oh and he's also got one of the sickest nicknames out there - 'the Bearded King' - and you know he won't be content until he wears the crown.
The athletic 6ft 6in (2m) Thiebaut is aggressive around the rim and is an intimidating presence on the defensive end. He's already had a taste of the AmeriCup after being part of the first edition last year. Now, he's ready to take over and flat out dominate the competition.
Dominican Republic had a fairy tale ride 12 months ago, culminating in a bronze medal largely due to the red hot performance of Diego Moquete (and his older brother Rayner) who was splashing from everywhere on the half-court and even from probably South Beach.
The 28-year-old flame thrower scored 40 points in the tournament and we're dying to see if the sequel is better than the original.
Don't mess with this 6ft. 7in bull around the glass because this dude grabs every board. The man known as 'Pela Coco' is an inside tour de force and the heart and soul of Puerto Rican 3x3 with his energy and crazy passion obvious for everyone to see.
Hernandez is a two-way force, who can have a block party all night long. He'll be extra determined after Puerto Rico were stunned in the bronze-medal game against Dominican Republic 12 months ago and that spells trouble for opponents.
Kareem Maddox (USA)
The 6ft. 8in (2.03m) Maddox has done it all in 3x3 but he keeps returning back to the half-court.
Why? Because he's a 3x3 OG and has become USA's most decorated player having won almost every major prize, including being a key part of their triumph at the World Cup 2019 and last year's AmeriCup.
Maddox is a 3x3 unicorn with his size, length and versatility. One moment he is rattling the rims, the next he is draining two-pieces. His towering 6ft. 8in (2.03m) frame and sheer athleticism makes him a defensive anchor for any team he's on, and the perfect teammate for Jimmer Fredette, who will make his 3x3 international debut this week.