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2012 Olympic Basketball: 7 International Players NBA Fans Should Get to Know
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It has been 20 years since the Dream Team took the world by storm at the Barcelona games, setting off shock waves that would change the landscape of basketball around the globe.

Nations from every continent are now producing elite basketball talent. Countries like Spain, France, and Argentina are stacked with NBA all-star caliber players like the Gasol brothers, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Serge Ibaka.

The Summer Olympics have also become a stage for countries to showcase their young and unheralded stars to fans and scouts of the NBA and the rest of the world.

In 2004, the Argentinian Gold Medal team provided NBA fans with there first glimpse of Luis Scola, Andres Nocioni, and Carlos Delfino, all of whom went on to have successful careers in the NBA. Four years ago, Spain's flashy point guard Ricky Rubio was the talk of the Beijing Games.

Several international players are poised to make a name for themselves in the London Games this summer, many of whom have already been drafted by an NBA team or will be joining the league shortly.

Here are seven international players NBA fans should get to know in the 2012 games.

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