NBA Players in the Olympics
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Olympic Basketball update
The USA team is the clear-cut favorite to win the gold at the Olympics but that doesn't make them an automatic.
It shouldn't be a surprise whatsoever that the American squad is the one made up of the most NBA players.
LeBron, Kobe, Durant, Carmelo, CP3. The list just goes on and on. Every player on the team is an elite player in the NBA, save for rookie Anthony Davis. Even so, it won't be long before he's tearing it up in the league either.
So what about the other countries?
France has a bunch of NBA talent, starting with San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker. There's also teammate Boris Diaw and Portland Trail Blazer Nicolas Batum among others.
The same can be said for Spain. This team's led by the Gasol brothers, with Pau still in a L.A. Lakers jersey and Marc playing well for the Memphis Grizzlies. The Spaniards also have Rudy Fernandez, Jose Calderon and emerging Thunder big man Serge Ibaka.
The Argentinians have Spurs playmaker Manu Ginobili and Phoenix Suns big Luis Scola. Then there's Carlos Delfino and Andres Nocioni.
As for other NBA players around the competition, there's Andrei Kirilenko, Timofey Mozgov and Alexey Shved for Russia. Brazil has a decent-sized contingent, including Anderson Varejao, Nene, Tiago Splitter and Leandro Barbosa.
Great Britain only has one standout NBA player on their roster and it's Luol Deng from the Chicago Bulls. He's been the obvious go-to guy for the country thus far in the competition.
The Australians have Patrick Mills and he's the only current professional player in the United States.
Same with China, who are represented by one NBA playe. That would be Yi Jianlian, who's currently on the Dallas Mavericks.