Olympic Basketball 2012: 10 Players Who Will Be Matchup Nightmares for Team USA

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Olympic Basketball 2012: 10 Players Who Will Be Matchup Nightmares for Team USA
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There's plenty from Team USA's 5-0 record in Olympic tune-ups about which to take heart. They dismantled their opponents by an average of 26.6 points per game, including a 22-point shellacking of Spain, the second-best squad in the world, according to FIBA.

But the devil's in the details for USA Basketball, as it will be when the Summer Games tip off in London this weekend.

By details, I mean the individual matchups that Mike Krzyzewski's motley crew will encounter. America may have the best basketball team on the planet, but that doesn't mean it's not susceptible to exploitation by a brilliant guard here or a bruising forward there.

In fact, Team USA's weakness on the interior, outsized dependence on outside shooting and relative lack of continuity are all holes that its competitors can and will exploit.

If not to victorious effect, then at least enough to put a jolt through the Red, White and Blue.

Here are 10 international players who figure to do just that.

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