Although the Olympics are not a specific precursor to NBA success, doing well in such an international competition can give a player a boost that will help him during the coming NBA year.
Then again, some players will just be good no matter what.
Obviously the 2012 Dream Team’s elite players are going to be on this list, but there are also plenty of international players that might get a bump from these London games. Making your country proud on such a big stage is a huge confidence booster, and some of these players needed that boost after the turns their NBA careers had taken recently.
These Olympians will have some of the best seasons of their NBA careers next season. For some of them, it is somewhat a result of the Olympics. Others would have had great seasons regardless, and others will have great seasons for different reasons.
Make no mistake about it, you can count on these players to perform in big ways next season.