The Olympics are about the highest level of competition and getting very few chances to show you’re the best in the world at your respective sport. Slip up once with a misstep in a race, mistime your strokes in the pool or show poor form on a shot-put heave, and you could be handing over any chance of gold to your opponents.
Olympic basketball is a bit different though.
Players have five games to help their team move on to single-elimination games. You can have highs and lows and not have each one completely decide your Olympic fate. While players get extra opportunities to show growth or regression in their play, NBA teams get to view the players they employ and see just how far their players have come.
For fans hoping to see certain young players and veterans on a grander stage with a bigger role than they typically have in the NBA, seeing them perform at a high level can bolster your expectations. However, seeing them struggle can discourage the outlook of their next year as they face tougher competition and harder schemes against their team in the NBA.
With that said, there are five players so far that have been quite underwhelming with the way they’ve played. For some of those guys, it’s probably just a tough week and nothing that seems to be long term. For others, it’s something to be mindful and while sticking it to the back of your mind.
Let’s see who has underperformed so far during the Olympics and how it might affect their NBA teams.