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Power Ranking All 37 NBA Players Playing in 2012 London Olympics

Daniel O'BrienFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2017

Power Ranking All 37 NBA Players Playing in 2012 London Olympics

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    As the best basketball players in the world converge on London for the 2012 Summer Olympics, NBA talent will be present on 11 of the 12 competing teams.

    Although European, Chinese and South American leagues have become increasingly competitive, the NBA remains the gold standard for professional hoops.

    There are 37 current NBA players participating in this summer's games hoping to win something even greater than an NBA championship—an Olympic medal.

    For your Olympic viewing convenience, we ranked every current NBA player competing in London and previewed their tournament expectations.

    Where are the Spanish stars ranked? How many of the top 10 are American?

    Find out here as we get you primed to enjoy as the NBA's finest players represent their countries.

    Note: Former NBA players such as Andrei Kirilenko, Ike Diogu and Rudy Fernandez are not included. Only current NBA players are ranked.

37. Alexey Shved, Russia

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    NBA Resume

    Signed with Minnesota Timberwolves for a three-year, $10 million contract on July 23. Will play for Wolves this fall.

     

    Team Russia Experience

    Member of Russia's FIBA Europe U-18 team in 2006 and U-20 team in 2007 and 2008, won bronze at EuroBasket 2011.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    From the footage I've seen, it looks like Shved is an excellent creative talent who can drive the lane and finish with either hand. He has a nice crossover, a dependable mid-range and long-range jumper to complement his above-average athleticism.

    Shved will be one of Russia's better playmakers, using his body control and ball-handling skills to get opportunities for himself and his teammates. Here are some highlights from Euroleague 2012 that should get Russian and Minnesota fans excited.

36. Pablo Prigioni, Argentina

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    NBA Resume

    Signed with New York Knicks earlier this month, will make NBA debut this fall.

     

    Team Argentina Experience

    Won silver medal at 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, won bronze medal at 2008 Olympics, won bronze medal at 2009 FIBA Americas and gold at 2011 FIBA Americas.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    Prigioni played the most minutes (33) of any Argentine player in Sunday's exhibition loss to Team USA. He's a veteran player who's not athletically impressive, but he possesses solid all-around point guard skills.

    He'll face some terrific point guards in London, including Chris Paul, Tony Parker and Sarunas Jasikevicius. If he can control the ball against these elite perimeter players, it will give Argentina's scorers like Luis Scola and Manu Ginobili a chance to thrive.

35. Timofey Mozgov, Russia

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    NBA Resume

    Finished second NBA season (currently with Denver Nuggets), 4.5 career PPG, 3.4 career RPG, 12.2 PER.

     

    Team Russia Experience

    Member of Russia's 2009 and 2011 EuroBasket squad and 2010 World Championship tournament squad.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    Mozgov has seen a developed and increased role on the Russian national squad, and he's poised to take that to the next level in London. He has great size and improved skill, but the bigs of Brazil, China and Spain will give him trouble.

    He'll be the team's most important post player and pair with Andrei Kirilenko to make some noise in Group B.

34. Al-Farouq Aminu, Nigeria

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    NBA Resume

    No. 8 overall pick in 2010 by Los Angeles Clippers, currently plays for New Orleans Hornets, 5.8 career PPG and 3.9 career RPG.

     

    Team Nigeria Experience

    2012 Olympics are first major international tournament for Aminu on the Nigerian National team.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    Nigeria will be a huge underdog in London, and nothing short of a miracle will help them compete with Group A's top teams.

    That being said, this summer is an opportunity for Aminu to grow as a leader and as an all-around forward. It could be a springboard for his NBA career.

33. Jonas Valanciunas, Lithuania

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    NBA Resume

    Drafted No. 5 overall in 2011, Jonas Valanciunas signed a two-year deal with the Toronto Raptors and will play with the franchise this fall.

     

    Team Lithuania Experience

    Member of Lithuania's U-19 World Championship gold medal team, 2011 Lithuania Basketball Player of the Year, FIBA 2012 Young Player of the Year, 2012 EuroCup Rising Star Award.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    Considering his meteoric rise over the last two years, the nation of Lithuania has high expectations for the 7-foot sensation. He's likely to start at center, but it remains to be seen how effective he'll be against the stronger post players in the world.

32. Ronny Turiaf, France

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    NBA Resume

    Seven-year veteran with 1,939 career points, 1,430 career rebounds and 508 career blocks. He was third in the NBA in blocks in 2008-09 and first in block percentage. Turiaf won the 2012 NBA title with the Miami Heat.

     

    Team France Experience

    Member of national team since 2008, competing most notably in EuroBasket 2011 (missed 2010 World Championship due to injury).

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    The combination of Ronny Turiaf and Kevin Seraphin could help France turn some heads in Group A.

    Turiaf has never been much of a skilled offensive player, but he's never short on energy, hustle and shot-blocking. France will need all of it when it faces the likes of Team USA and Argentina.

31. Kevin Seraphin, France

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    NBA Resume

    Two years with Washington Wizards, 7.9 PPG and 4.9 RPG in 2011-12, including a 15.8 PER and 53-percent FG shooting.

    Team France Experience

    Helped France's U-20 team win a silver medal at the 2009 FIBA U-20 World Championship and was named to the All-Tournament team; helped the national team finish runner-up in the 2011 FIBA European Championship.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    Seraphin is entering just his second summer on the France national team, but if his 2011 exploits are indicative of his future, these Olympics could be his breakout international performance.

    He's a bruiser who will protect the rim and rebound alongside Ronny Turiaf. He may not score copiously, but he'll shoot a high percentage and stay within his skill set.

30. Tiago Splitter, Brazil

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    NBA Resume

    Two-year pro with San Antonio Spurs, 9.3 PPG and .618 FG percentage in 2011-12, third in NBA in true shooting percentage.

     

    Team Brazil Experience

    Won gold medals in 2005 and 2009 at FIBA Americas Championship, and silver in 2011.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    Splitter is the kind of power forward who knows how to be at the right place at the right time.

    His connection with guards Leandro Barbosa and Marcelo Huertas will give him high-percentage opportunities throughout the tournament, although he might play second-fiddle to teammates Anderson Varejao and Nene.

29. Yi Jianlian, China

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    NBA Resume

    Five years in NBA (played for Dallas Mavericks in 2011-12), December 2007 Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month, 2,148 career points and 1,339 career rebounds.

     

    Team China Experience

    Played on China's 2004 and 2008 Olympic teams, 2006 World Championship team, MVP of 2011 FIBA Asia Championship with 17 points and 11 rebounds per game.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    Yi is China's most skilled forward, and he is now Yao Ming's successor as the country's premier basketball star.

    His sturdy 7' frame and soft shooting touch will help him score from everywhere on the court, but will it be enough? The Chinese need every ounce of talent from Yi to compete in London.

28. Jose Calderon, Spain

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    NBA Resume

    Seven-year veteran with Toronto Raptors, NBA-record 98-percent free-throw shooting in 2008-09, 3,437 career assists.

     

    Team Spain Experience

    Spanish national team since 2002, team captain since 2004, won 2006 FIBA World Championship, won silver medal at 2008 Olympics.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    Calderon is an extremely proficient passer and a capable shooter. He will start and see heavy minutes for Spain due to Ricky Rubio's absence.

    He has been playing alongside the Gasol brothers and Rudy Fernandez for years. If he has an outstanding Olympic tournament, he will give the forwards a chance to dominate the world and win gold.

27. Linas Kleiza, Lithuania

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    NBA Resume

    Six total NBA seasons (not consecutive), currently plays for Toronto Raptors. 3,413 career points, 1,418 career rebounds and 367 career three-pointers.

     

    Team Lithuania Experience

    Helped Lithuania win bronze at 2007 FIBA European Championships, competed in 2008 Olympics, won bronze at 2010 FIBA World Championship and was named to the All-Tournament team.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    Although Kleiza is a decent perimeter player for a 6'8" forward, Lithuania will probably need him to do most of his work inside the arc and inside the paint.

    While Sarunas Jasikevicius does his damage as a perimeter player and Jonas Valanciunas works in the post, Kleiza is the Lithuanian star who can play inside and out.

26. Anthony Davis, Team USA

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    NBA Resume

    No. 1 overall pick in 2012 NBA Draft (New Orleans Hornets).

     

    Team USA Experience

    Only collegiate player/draftee on 2012 Team USA roster.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    Anthony Davis was recalled to the national team after Blake Griffin's knee injury, and he'll get a heavy dose of the world's best post players in London.

    The 19-year old NCAA champion will get pushed around a bit, but his instincts, great hands and athleticism will help Team USA off the bench. He's going to alter shots, run the floor well and give Tyson Chandler much-needed rest.

25. Nene, Brazil

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    NBA Resume

    10-year veteran currently playing for Washington Wizards, 2002-03 All-Rookie Team, led NBA in FG percentage (.615) in 2010-11, career averages of 12.7 PPG and 7.0 RPG.

     

    Team Brazil Experience

    No major tournament appearances.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    Few players in the world possess the explosiveness and ferocious dunking ability of Nene. The longtime Nugget rounds out a stacked Brazilian frontcourt; Tiago Splitter provides the technical skills, Anderson Varejao provides the energy and Nene provides the power.

24. Anderson Varejao, Brazil

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    NBA Resume

    Eight-year veteran for Cleveland Cavaliers, played in 2007 NBA Finals, 2009-10 NBA All-Defensive Second Team, averaged a double-double (11 PPG and 12 RPG) in 2011-12.

     

    Team Brazil Experience

    Won 2003 Pan American games with Team Brazil, competed in 2006 and 2010 FIBA World Championships.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    Varejao's 12 points and 13 rebounds in Brazil's exhibition loss to Team USA showed that he's ready to compete in the paint this summer. He has always been a high-energy forward who can get his team extra possessions.

    Varejao completes a formidable front line for Brazil. The team's trio of post players will give Spain's frontcourt a run for its money.

23. Patty Mills, Australia

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    NBA Resume

    Three-year pro with San Antonio Spurs, notched 10.3 points PPG, .485 FG percentage and .429 three-point percentage in 2011-12.

     

    Team Australia Experience

    2008 Olympic team member, won gold medal at 2011 FIBA Oceania Championship, 20 points vs. Team USA in 2008 Olympic quarterfinals.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    With center Andrew Bogut out of the Olympics due to knee surgery, everyone, including Mills, needs to step up for Australia.

    Mills and Matthew Dellavedova give the Aussies some punch in the backcourt, but will it be enough to compete with the all-around talent of teams like Spain, USA and Brazil?

22. Boris Diaw, France

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    NBA Resume

    Nine-year NBA pro, now with San Antonio Spurs, won NBA's 2005-06 Most Improved Player award, averaged double-figures in points in four different seasons.

     

    Team France Experience

    Won silver medal at 2011 EuroBasket Championship and bronze at the 2005, also competed in 2006 and 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2008 Olympics.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    He's not going to be France's go-to guy, but Diaw brings a bounty of skill considering his 6'8" frame and relative lack of athleticism.

    Diaw will serve as the bulkier counterpart to Nicolas Batum. He'll set up his teammates, hit timely outside shots and use his footwork to generate points in the paint.

21. Carlos Delfino, Argentina

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    NBA Resume

    Seven-year pro, currently with Milwaukee Bucks. 3,407 career points, 1,595 career rebounds and 393 career steals.

     

    Team Argentina Experience

    Gold medal at 2004 Olympics, bronze medal at 2008 Olympics, competed in 2006 and 2010 FIBA World Championship.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    Entering his third Olympic games, Carlos Delfino can rely on his medal-winning experiences from 2004 and 2008 to help Argentina contend for more hardware in London.

    The dynamic wing had a great game in Argentina's tight loss to Team USA Sunday, scoring 15 points in just 21 minutes of play. If he can chip in 12-18 points per game, including multiple three-pointers, Argentina will be in great shape in Group A and beyond. 

20. Leandro Barbosa, Brazil

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    NBA Resume

    Nine years in NBA, currently a free agent. 2006-07 Sixth Man of the Year, 18.1 PPG in 2006-07 and 553 career steals.

     

    Team Brazil Experience

    Competed in 2002, 2006 and 2010 FIBA World Championships, won gold medal at 2009 FIBA Americas Championship.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    Barbosa is Brazil's most creative wing player, with the ability to slash to the hoop and also hit long-range shots. The Brazilians have several options on offense, both on the perimeter and interior, so heavy production from Barbosa isn't paramount.

    However, double-figure scoring from the veteran could go a long way in giving his squad a leg up on the Group B competition.

19. Tyson Chandler, Team USA

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    NBA Resume

    11 years with five different teams (currently with New York Knicks), won 2011 NBA Finals with Dallas Mavericks, 2011-12 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, led NBA in offensive rebounds in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

     

    Team USA Resume

    Won gold medal at 2010 FIBA World Championship.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    Chandler has seen varying amounts of playing time during this summer's exhibitions, but he'll certainly see significant court time every game in London.

    As the only true center on the team, Coach Krzyzewski will rely on him to defend the world's top pivot men and rebound effectively on every possession. Chandler's offensive game is limited compared to most of his European and South American counterparts, but he makes up for it with strength and athleticism.

18. Serge Ibaka, Spain

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    NBA Resume

    Third-year pro with Oklahoma City Thunder, played in 2012 NBA Finals, named to 2011-12 NBA All-Defensive first team, led NBA in blocks in 2010-11 and 2011-12.

     

    Team Spain Experience

    Won gold medal at EuroBasket 2011.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    While the Gasol brothers employ polished offensive skills, Ibaka is a raw athlete. His explosiveness and ability to protect the rim make him one of the most valuable players in the Olympics. 

    Can he back up his confident comments about Spain's gold-medal chances? A stellar all-around performance by Ibaka could put the team over the hump. He has the potential to block five or more shots every game and get a double-double with points and rebounds.

17. Nicolas Batum, France

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    NBA Resume

    Four-year pro with Portland Trail Blazers. In 2011-12, scored 13.9 PPG with .451 FG percentage and .391 three-point percentage.

     

    Team France Experience

    Won 2004 and 2005 FIBA European Championship, earning tournament MVP honors in 2005, won silver medal at 2011 FIBA European Championship.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    Nicolas Batum is an indispensable weapon for Team France. He's a multi-purpose defender who can burn opponents on the other end of the floor, too.

    With Parker running alongside Batum, France can excel in Group A and make a legitimate run at the bronze or silver medal.

16. Luol Deng, Great Britain

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    NBA Resume

    Eight years with Chicago Bulls, 2011-12 All-Star, 2004-05 All-Rookie team, 2011-12 All-Defensive second team, led NBA in minutes per game in 2011-12.

     

    Team Great Britain Experience

    Competed in EuroBasket 2011.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    Great Britain hopes to avoid the role of pushover host squad this summer. The team wants respect, and it wants to spring some upsets. Great Britain's only hope for success is in Luol Deng, the face of British basketball.

    As the most talented player on the team, Deng will be the primary target of every opponent's game plan. His ability to handle the pressure and execute consistently will determine Great Britain's fate.

15. Andre Iguodala, Team USA

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    NBA Resume

    Eight-year veteran for the Philadelphia 76ers, 2011-12 All-Star, 2004-05 All-Rookie team, 2010-11 NBA All-Defensive second team, 15.3 career PPG and 4.9 APG.

     

    Team USA Resume

    Won gold medal at 2010 FIBA World Championship.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    Iguodala made the final cut for Team USA, and he will end up being a valuable addition to the Olympic squad. Not only is he a top-tier defender who can guard multiple positions, but he's a versatile offensive player who's more athletic than most international players.

14. Marc Gasol, Spain

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    NBA Resume

    Four-year pro with Memphis Grizzlies, 2012 NBA All-Star, 2008-09 All-Rookie team, 14.1 career PPG, 8.7 career RPG, .528 career FG percent.

     

    Team Span Experience

    Won 2006 FIBA World Championship, won 2007 and 2009 FIBA European Championships, won silver medal at 2008 Olympics.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    Marc Gasol's effectiveness in the London games is directly dependent on his nagging shoulder injury. If he can play at 80 or 90 percent and complement Serge Ibaka and his brother Pau, Spain will win silver at worst and possibly win gold.

    The 7'1" Spaniard is just entering the prime of his basketball career, and a strong Olympic performance would foreshadow a continued rise in his NBA stature.

13. James Harden, Team USA

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    NBA Resume

    Three years with Oklahoma City Thunder, 2009-10 All-Rookie second team, 2011-12 Sixth Man of the Year, played in 2012 NBA Finals.

     

    Team USA Experience

    No notable tournaments to date.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    As an effective slasher, physical defender and fast-break finisher, James Harden can impact Team USA as a reserve similar to his work with the Thunder.

    The 6'5" lefty might see inconsistent minutes in this tournament because Team USA is so deep at shooting guard and small forward. Coach K doesn't need him to score, he just needs his defensive disruptiveness and overall energy.

12. Luis Scola, Argentina

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    NBA Resume

    Five-year pro currently with Phoenix Suns, 2007-08 All-Rookie team, February 2008 Western Conference Rookie of the Month, career averages of 14.5 PPG, 7.7 RPG and .510 FG percentage.

     

    Team Argentina Experience

    Won silver medal at 2002 FIBA World Championship, won gold medal at 2004 Olympics, won bronze medal at 2009 FIBA Americas Championship, competed in 2006 and 2010 FIBA World Championships.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    Argentina's paint production rests in the hands of feisty forward Luis Scola. He can finish with either hand and knock down mid-range jumpers like clockwork. His footwork, timing and positioning compensate for his poor athleticism.

11. Kevin Love, Team USA

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    NBA Resume

    Four years with Minnesota Timberwolves, two-time All-Star, 2010-11 Most Improved Player, top five in NBA in points, rebounds, minutes, free throws and PER in 2011-12.

     

    Team USA Resume

    Won gold medal at 2010 FIBA World Championship.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    Love has had an unimpressive and disappointing series of exhibition performances this summer. Whether it was lack of touches or foul trouble, he couldn't seem to get in sync with the rest of the squad.

    Coach K hopes to get Love back on track in time for the games that count. Team USA needs Love's rebounding prowess, as it is already shorthanded at the power forward position.

10. Russell Westbrook, Team USA

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    NBA Resume

    Four years with Oklahoma City Thunder, two All-Star games, 2008-09 All-Rookie team, played in 2012 NBA Finals.

     

    Team USA Experience

    Won gold medal at 2010 FIBA World Championship.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    Russell Westbrook's most important contributions to Team USA are his lateral quickness, ball pressure and transition skills.

    You won't find him settling for as many low-percentage, mid-range shots this summer. He's going to attack the basket on offense and attack opposing point guards on defense.

9. Pau Gasol, Spain

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    NBA Resume

    11 years with two teams (currently with Los Angeles Lakers), two NBA Finals victories, 2001-2002 Rookie of the Year, four-time All-Star, 2010-11 All-NBA second team.

     

    Team Spain Experience

    Won one bronze, two silver and two gold medals at FIBA European Championships, won gold medal at 2006 FIBA World Championship, won silver medal at 2008 Olympics.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    To think of Pau Gasol as an aging veteran who's in the twilight of his Olympic career is to underestimate his London potential. Gasol dearly wants to claim gold for Spain, and he's going to be a handful for any post player he encounters. This is his last real chance at Olympic glory.

8. Manu Ginobili, Argentina

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    NBA Resume

    10 years with the San Antonio Spurs, three NBA Finals victories, two All-Star games, 2002-03 All-Rookie team, 2007-08 Sixth Man of the Year.

     

    Team Argentina Experience

    Won gold medal at 2004 Olympics, won bronze medal at 2008 Olympics, won two golds and one silver in FIBA Americas Championships.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    San Antonio's crafty forward dropped 23 points in Argentina's exhibition showdown with Team USA, showing that he still has the tools to excel on the international stage.

    The 34-year old will make just enough plays to give Argentina's core group a shot at another Olympic medal.

7. Deron Williams, Team USA

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    NBA Resume

    Seven years with two franchises (will be a Brooklyn Net next year), three-time All-Star, 2005-06 All-Rookie team, two-time All-NBA second team selection.

     

    Team USA Experience

    Won bronze medal at 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, won gold medal at 2008 Olympics.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    Depending on Coach K's approach, Deron Williams might actually start a couple of games ahead of Chris Paul. From a strength and shooting standpoint, he's an upgrade over Paul, and he's not much worse at facilitating and running the show.

6. Carmelo Anthony, Team USA

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    NBA Resume

    Nine-year veteran currently playing for New York Knicks, five All-Star games, 2003-04 All-Rookie Team, 15,926 career points and 4,091 career rebounds.

     

    Team USA Experience

    Won bronze medal at 2004 Olympics, won gold medal at 2008 Olympics, won bronze medal at 2006 FIBA World Championship, won gold medal at 2007 FIBA Americas Championship.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    Carmelo Anthony's lethal scoring skills will cripple most opponents. He not only has one-on-one prowess, but on this All-Star caliber team, he knows how to fill the lane and make the extra pass for easy buckets.

5. Tony Parker, France

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    NBA Resume

    11 years with San Antonio Spurs, three NBA Finals victories, 2007 Finals MVP, four All-Star games, 2001-02 All-Rookie Team.

     

    Team France Experience

    Won bronze medal at EuroBasket 2005, won silver medal at EuroBasket 2011, competed in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009 FIBA European Championships.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    Parker is the straw that stirs the French team's drink. He took it to another level last summer, when he carried France to the finals of EuroBasket.

    He has some nice pieces to work with in London, as Nicolas Batum and Kevin Seraphin are developing as professionals. His eye injury could hinder his production, but if it doesn't, he could score 18 and dish six or seven assists per game.

4. Chris Paul, Team USA

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    NBA Resume

    Seven-year veteran, currently with Los Angeles Clippers, five-time All-Star, 2005-06 Rookie of the Year, two-time All-NBA first team, two-time All-Defensive first team.

     

    Team USA Experience

    Won bronze medal at 2006 FIBA World Championship, won gold medal at 2008 Olympics.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    Paul is the master of tempo, and it's going to be up to him and Deron Williams to distribute the ball to Team USA's wealth of scoring talent.

    Paul seems to have a nice lob connection with LeBron James, and hopefully the fast-break dishes in London will include Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony.

    Paul must avoid taking shots out of rhythm, but he also can ill afford to get cold.  It's a tough balance to strike.

3. Kobe Bryant, Team USA

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    NBA Resume

    16 years with Los Angeles Lakers, five NBA Finals victories, two Finals MVP awards, 14 All-Star Games, four-time All-Star Game MVP, 2007-08 NBA MVP, 10 All-NBA first team selections, nine All-Defensive first team selections.

     

    Team USA Experience

    Won gold medal in 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, won gold medal at 2008 Olympics.

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    He doesn't stand head and shoulders above his USA teammates, but Kobe Bryant still stands out against his international opponents.

    Bryant will keep his hand on the pulse of each Olympic game, contributing whatever the team may need, depending on the circumstance. It might be airtight defense one game, facilitating and passing another game and scoring in another.

2. Kevin Durant, Team USA

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    NBA Resume

    Five-year pro, currently with Oklahoma City Thunder, three-time All-Star, 2011-12 All-Star Game MVP, three-time NBA scoring leader, played in 2012 NBA Finals, 2007-08 Rookie of the Year, three-time All-NBA first team selection.

     

    Team USA Experience

    Won gold medal at 2010 FIBA World Championships (tournament MVP).

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    Can the 2012 London games be an encore of the 2010 Turkey World Championship performance? Kevin Durant is the best scorer in the world, and he seems like the one jump shooter that Team USA can always count on.

    The hoop must look gigantic for him from the FIBA-range three-point line.

1. LeBron James, Team USA

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    NBA Resume

    Nine-year veteran, currently with Miami Heat, 2012 NBA Finals Champion and MVP, three-time NBA MVP, eight-time All-Star, two-time All-Star Game MVP, 2003-04 Rookie of the Year, six-time All-NBA selection, four-time All-Defensive first team, 2007-08 scoring leader

     

    Team USA Experience

    Won bronze medal at 2004 Olympics, won gold at 2008 Olympics, won bronze at 2006 FIBA World Championship, won gold at 2007 FIBA Americas Championship

     

    2012 Olympic Outlook

    The world's best basketball player seeks to lead the world's top-ranked team to back-to-back gold medals.

    When he shifts into high gear, there is absolutely no international player who can handle him. Some guards might be as quick as him and some forwards might be able to challenge his shots, but there is no player who can hang with King James for an entire game.

     

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