9 Most Impressive Basketball Stars of the 2012 Olympics

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9 Most Impressive Basketball Stars of the 2012 Olympics
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The pulse-pounding gold-medal match between Spain and the United States and bronze-medal game between Argentina and Russia capped off what was a tremendous Olympic Games for the sport of basketball. While the USA ultimately defended its gold medal from Beijing, players from all over the globe showcased their tremendous talents as they led their countries on the quest for a medal.

Beyond just the NBA All-Stars suiting up for America and Spain, a number of players had brilliant runs that demonstrated just how powerful a motivator representing your nation can be.

Even though they may not have had the most success, these athletes carried their teams with their scoring, defense and pure playmaking ability. From Olympic veterans to young bucks, there was no shortage of dynamic players to watch over the past few weeks.

Without further ado, let's take a look at nine of the most impressive basketball players from the 2012 London Olympics.

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