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Ricky Rubio, 6'4", Age 25 in 2016
Rudy Fernandez, 6'5", Age 31 in 2016
Marc Gasol, 7'1", Age 31 in 2016
Team Spain put up a fight against the United States in London but fell seven points short of the gold and settled for a silver medal in the second consecutive Olympics.
The breakout performer for the Spaniards at the 2008 Games was teen sensation Ricky Rubio. After being selected by the Timberwolves in 2009, the young point guard decided to continue playing in his home country for the next two seasons.
This past year, he finally made the jump to the United States. He was an instant success for Minnesota and won the Western Conference Rookie of the Month Award in his first few months. Unfortunately, Rubio tore his ACL after the All-Star break, causing him to sit-out the rest of the season and the Olympics.
A healthy Rubio is often regarded as the best ball-handler in the entire world, a quality that would create quite a show in a three-on-three tournament.
Around Rubio, the Spaniards would be best off selecting Marc Gasol as their big man and Rudy Fernandez as their sharpshooter. Marc has quietly eclipsed the aging Pau as the best member of his family in the NBA by earning his first ever All-Star selection this past year for the Grizzlies.
Meanwhile, Fernandez, the former Portland Trail Blazer and Denver Nugget, who has opted to play professionally for Real Madrid, has always excelled from the field in international competition.
If this trio could get on the same page, Spain would once again have a legitimate shot at claiming gold on the basketball court.