Olympic Basketball 2012: Power Ranking Each NBA Player in Spain vs. Brazil
Each sporting a 3-1 record, Spain and Brazil will go head-to-head on Monday in a Group B matchup that may determine who plays the United States.
The game will be played on Monday at 3:00 p.m. ET, and you can click here to find out more about the matchup.
That being said, this game will feature nine current NBAers, from top scoring options to great bench players.
Here are my power rankings for the nine NBA players in this matchup.
Please note that these rankings are strictly based on what the players have done in the 2012 Olympic Games.
No. 9: Jose Calderon (Spain)
Points: 12, 4, 19, 2—Average: 9.2 PPG
Jose Calderon has been extremely inconsistent throughout the 2012 Games and comes in at No. 9 in my rankings.
Calderon is too talented a player to put up just four points against Australia and two against Russia, and he hasn't posted the type of assist numbers NBA fans are accustomed to seeing, either.
No. 8 Anderson Varejao (Brazil)
Points: 12, 8, 4, 9—Average: 8.2 PPG
I keep waiting for Anderson Varejao to wow me, and it's just not happening.
His four points in 18 minutes of play in Brazil's only Olympic loss, at the hands of Russia, was almost embarassing.
Still, Varejao ranks sixth in rebounds with 7.5 per game, which is why he didn't come in at dead last.
No. 7 Marc Gasol (Spain)
Points: 5, 12, 12, 10—Average: 9.7 PPG
Marc Gasol comes in at No. 7.
For some reason I expected a lot more from Gasol, like maybe a double-digit scoring average and somewhere around seven rebounds per game, but we have yet to see that out of him.
He started off slowly but has bounced back nicely, averaging double digits in his past three games.
No. 6 Serge Ibaka (Spain)
Points: 17, 8, 5, 2—Average: 8 PPG
Serge Ibaka brought his blocking skills with him from the States to London.
Aside from averaging eight points per game, including an impressive 17 in the first game against China, Ibaka ranks fourth in all of Olympic basketball with 1.5 BPG, which is why he comes in at No. 6 in my rankings.
No. 5 Nenê (Brazil)
10, 4, 8, 6—Average: 7 PPG
Nenê comes in at No. 5 despite a low scoring average because of what he can do on the glass and on defense.
He ranks eighth in rebounds, pulling down seven per game, and eighth in blocks, at 1.3 per contest, making him the fifth-best NBA baller in this matchup.
No. 4 Rudy Fernandez (Spain)
Points: 7, 17, 9, 10— Average: 10.7 PPG
I have to say, Rudy Fernandez has been a nice surprise for the Spanish team here in London.
He's shooting the ball pretty well, as you can tell by his point averages, which are highlighted by a 17-point performance in a win against Australia.
No. 3 Tiago Splitter (Brazil)
Points: 7, 21, 8, 12— Average: 12 PPG
The scoring combination of Tiago Splitter and Leandro Barbosa has been key for the Brazilians, who enter Monday's game against Spain with a 3-1 record.
Splitter is just one of the many reasons why Brazil sports a plus-47 point differential.
No. 2: Leandro Barbosa (Brazil)
Points: 16, 7, 16, 13— Average: 13 PPG
Leandro Barbosa has been the most consistent scorer for Brazil and has outdone all of his fellow Brazilian NBA counterparts.
This is Barbosa's first trip to the Olympics, and he's certainly not disappointing for his country.
His 13 PPG thus far are similar to his NBA average.
No. 1: Pau Gasol (Spain)
Points: 21, 20, 17, 20— Average: 19.5 PPG
This was an easy pick. Pau Gasol has been one of the most dominant players in the Olympics, ranking fifth in scoring and sixth in blocks.
Gasol has led his team in scoring in three out of four games so far in London.
Without Pau, Spain isn't sitting at 3-1 heading into this matchup.
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