London 2012: My Men's Basketball All-Tournament Team
This afternoon, the men's basketball tournament ended with Team USA's 107-100 victory over Spain in the gold medal game.
If this was the World Championship or America's championship, FIBA would release an All-Tournament team about now. Since it isn't, I've taken the liberty of creating and releasing my own All-Tournament First, Second, and Third Teams.
Each team has two guards, two forwards, and a center.
Third Team Guard: Alesky Shved, Russia
With 47 assists in eight games, the Russian point guard has more total assists than anyone in the tournament, and is third in assists per game with 5.9.
Shved's best game was in the bronze medal match where he had seven assists and 25 points, including six three-pointers. He also had 16 points and 13 assists in the opener against Great Britain.
Third Team Guard: Marcelinho Huertas, Brazil
Huertas was one of the leading floor generals in this Olympics, finishing 2nd in the tournament with six assists a game and posting an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.6-1.
He also had a double-digit scoring average, including 22 in Brazil's final game against Argentina.
First Team Forward: Carmelo Anthony, USA
Carmelo Anthony, the second-highest scorer on Team USA, is a model of efficiency, with 130 total points (16.3 per game) in just 142 total minutes. He shot 57.5 percent from three and 53.5 overall.
In the Nigeria game, he set the USA's single-game scoring record with 37 points in just 14 minutes. Anthony also had 18 in the Argentina game.
Third Team Forward: Luol Deng, Great Britain
Luol Deng has the somewhat unfortunate distinction of scoring more points (79) than any other player whose team didn't make it out of the group stage. The Bulls' forward led the host Brits in points, rebounds, assists, and steals. (Unfortunately, he also led the team in minutes, missed field goals and turnovers.)
His best game came in Britain's close match against Spain, when he had 26 points on just 13 shot attempts, in addition to nine rebounds and seven assists.
Third Team Center: Yi Jianlian, China
The main arguments against putting Chinese tower Yi Jianlian on the First or Second Team is that the Chinese were 0-5 in the Olympics and that Yi was 5-for-23 from the field in his final three games.
Yi is the only Chinese player to average in double-digits or finish in the top 15 in scoring. Yi also led the tournament in rebounds per game with 10.6, and is one of only two players to average two or more blocks per game in the tournament.
Yi had three double-doubles in the tournament, including a 30-point, 12-rebound blitz against Spain in only 17 shot attempts. He also made nine free throws against Australia.
Second Team Guard: Leandro Barbosa, Brazil
Brazilian point guard Barbosa has the second-highest scoring average (16.2 points per game) among guards in this tournament. He achieved this on 48.7 percent shooting.
In his last two games against Spain and Argentina, he posted scores of 23 and 22, respectively, shooting better than 50 percent from the field in each of those two games.
Second Team Guard: Tony Parker, France
Wearing goggles as a result of being collateral damage in a nightclub fight, Tony Parker was the man most responsible for France making it into the knockout round.
Parker averaged 15.7 points per game (10th), including a 27-point performance against Lithuania where he drained seven threes. Parker also was in the top 20 in assists in the tournament with 3.2.
Second Team Forward: Andrei Kirilenko, Russia
Andrei Kirilenko is arguably the best defensive player of this tournament. He was the only Russian to finish in the top six in scoring, averaging 17.5 points a game. He's also in the top eight in rebounds (7.5), top three in blocks (1.8), and top three in steals (1.9) for the tournament.
Kirilenko's best game came against Great Britain, where he had 35 points on 13-of-15 shooting and three blocks. He had a double-double in the quarterfinals against Lithuania, and 20 points in the bronze medal game against Argentina.
Second Team Forward: Pau Gasol, Spain
The elder Gasol led the silver-medalists Spain in points with 19.1 a game on 57 percent shooting, including five made threes. He's also in the top six in rebounding with 7.6 rebounds a game, and added 2.9 assists per contest. Gasol had three double-doubles in the tournament.
Gasol's highest-scoring game came in the loss to Brazil, with 25 points on just nine shot attempts. He had 24 in the gold-medal loss to the USA. Gasol's only 20-10 performance came in the opening game of the tournament, against China.
Second Team Center: Kevin Love, USA
Kevin Love is the only American player to be in the top seven in rebounding; he is averaging 7.6 a game and has five games, including all three knockout games, with eight or more boards. Love is also one of five Team USA players to average in double figures, averaging 11.6 points a game on 63 percent shooting.
Love had a double-double against Australia in the quarterfinals, grabbed eight boards in only twelve minutes against Lithuania, and had a high-scoring game of 16 against Tunisia.
First Team Guard: Patrick Mills, Australia
Australia's aborigine point guard is the only player to average 20 points a game over the course of the tournament, and holds the tournament high-scoring game with 39 against Great Britain, as well as a 26-point performance against the United States in a knockout loss.
First Team Guard: Manu Ginobil, Argentina
The 35-year-old Ginobili scored more points in the tournament than any other guard with 155, and was 3rd overall in scoring average with 19.4 points per game on 49.5 shooting.
Ginobili also finished in the top 10 in steals, and the top 15 in assists for the tournament. He also made 34 straight free throws in the tournament.
Ginobili was particularly strong in the first three games of the tournament, with a 21-point, 10-rebound performance against Lithuania and a 26-point explosion against France.
First Team Forward: Kevin Durant, USA
Kevin Durant is the leading scorer (scoring more total points than anyone else) on a gold-medal-winning USA basketball team. He shot an insane 52.3 from downtown with 34 made threes. His high game was 30 in the gold medal game against Spain.
Durant grabbed 19 rebounds in the first two games and also had a 2.6-1 assist-to-turnover ratio and a 1.6-1 steals-to-turnover ratio.
First Team Forward: LeBron James, USA
Joining Kevin Durant on the first team is three-time MVP LeBron James. James is 3rd on Team USA in scoring, averaging 13.2 points on 60.3 percent shooting. He also led all forwards in the tournament in assists with 5.6 per game (and a assist-to-turnover ratio of 5.6-1), and is 21st in the tournament in rebounds.
James had a slow start to the tournament, with 20 points in his first three games, but in the quarterfinal against Australia, he had a triple-double with 11 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists. He had 19 points in the gold medal game.
First Team Center: Luis Scola, Argentina
The Argentinean big man was a force to be reckoned with, leading all centers in scoring with 144 total points and 18 points per game on 52.8 percent shooting.
Scola notched a double-double against Tunisia, and put up 32 points in the Lithuania game.