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If you're an American NBA fan and haven't heard of Facundo Campazzo, I can't really blame you. He's never come close to playing in the Association, instead staying put for Penarol in the Argentinian LNB (Liga Nacional de Basquet).
And he's thrived.
According to RealGM, Campazzo has made the LNB's Liga A First Team each of his past three seasons, and he's won Finals MVP in two of those campaigns.
This past year, he averaged 16.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game while shooting 49.9 percent from the field, 38.9 percent beyond the arc and 75.7 percent from the charity stripe, all good for a player efficiency rating of 22.7.
He's also excelled in international competition. In 2013, he averaged 11.8 points and 5.0 assists per contest at the Tuto Marchand Continental Championship Cup, and he put up 13.5 points and 6.2 dimes per game at the FIBA Americas Championship.
Now it's time for him to strut his stuff on an even bigger stage.
Without Manu Ginobili playing for Argentina, the team is searching for a new standout guard. Pablo Prigioni is capable of performing admirably, but the 37-year-old would be best served passing the torch to his 23-year-old counterpart.
Campazzo is ready for that challenge now.
After all, he signed a multiyear deal with Real Madrid this summer, and this is his first big opportunity to justify that deal.
Right now, Campazzo—among most Americans, at least—is perhaps best known for this low blow against Carmelo Anthony during the 2012 Olympics. That led to this exchange, per Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski:
Searching for retribution, Campazzo found Anthony an easy target on the release of his statuesque jump shot.
"Because before, Chris Paul punched me," Campazzo said.
Anthony hit the floor hard, and Campazzo ultimately declared that he would be issuing no post-game apologies to him. After the 126-97 victory over Argentina, Kobe Bryant came over and told Campazzo that hitting 'Melo with a low blow was a bad idea, never to be done. Said Bryant: "He said, 'Yeah, I know. It was my fault. I understand.' "
So Campazzo apologized to Anthony too?
"No," he said. "Chris Paul didn't apologize to me."
Now, the 5'10" point guard is more mature and flat-out better. An event like that won't be the lasting memory after the World Cup.
His play will function as such.