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Olympics will feature NBA talent well beyond USA roster

As many as 47 players from 24 NBA teams will journey to Rio

POSTED: Jul 30, 2016 7:28 PM ET

By John Schuhmann

BY John Schuhmann


If you're an NBA fan, the reasons to watch the 2016 Olympics go well beyond the U.S. Men's National Team.

In fact, the 12 men with USA on their chest will represent about a quarter of the NBA players in Rio. In total, there will be 47 NBA players, representing 10 of the 12 countries and 24 of 30 NBA teams, at the Olympics.

International NBA players at the Olympics
Group Country Player Team
B Argentina *Nicolas Brussino DAL
B Argentina *Patricio Garino SAS
B Argentina Manu Ginobili SAS
B Argentina Luis Scola BKN
B Australia Aron Baynes DET
B Australia Andrew Bogut DAL
B Australia Matthew Dellavedova MIL
B Australia Joe Ingles UTA
B Australia Patty Mills SAS
B Brazil Leandro Barbosa PHX
B Brazil Cristiano Felicio CHI
B Brazil Nene Hilario HOU
B Brazil Marcelo Huertas LAL
B Brazil Raul Neto UTA
B Croatia Bojan Bogdanovic BKN
B Croatia Mario Hezonja ORL
B Croatia *Dario Saric PHI
A France Nicolas Batum CHA
A France Boris Diaw UTA
A France Rudy Gobert UTA
A France Joffrey Lauvergne DEN
A France Tony Parker SAS
B Lithuania *Mindaugas Kuzminskas NYK
B Lithuania *Domantas Sabonis OKC
B Lithuania Jonas Valanciunas TOR
B Nigeria Al-Farouq Aminu POR
B Nigeria *Michael Gbinije DET
A Serbia Nikola Jokic DEN
B Spain *Alex Abrines OKC
B Spain Jose Calderon CHI
B Spain Pau Gasol SAS
B Spain *Willy Hernangomez NYK
B Spain Nikola Mirotic CHI
B Spain Sergio Rodriguez PHI
B Spain Ricky Rubio MIN
* Incoming rookie.

Most of the non-American NBA players are in Group B. So fans of the Knicks, Pistons, Sixers, Spurs and Thunder will have to hope for a medal-round matchup if they want to see their incoming rookies against the U.S. stars. Mavs rookie Michael Gbinije (Nigeria) will face the U.S. in an exhibition game in Houston next Monday.

On Friday, Brooklyn's Greivis Vasquez withdrew, leaving Venezuela, who will face the U.S. in Chicago on Friday night, without an NBA player. Portland's Festus Ezeli has been on Nigeria's preliminary roster, but hasn't been with the team as they've been preparing for Rio, so he's not included on the list above.

Thirteen NBA teams will have multiple players in Rio --

Brooklyn (2): Bojan Bogdanovic and Luis Scola

Chicago (3): Jimmy Butler, Cristiano Felicio and Nikola Mirotic

Dallas (3): Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut and Nicolas Brussino

Denver (2): Nikola Jokic and Joffrey Lauvergne

Detroit (2): Aron Baynes and Michael Gbinije

Golden State (3): Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson

L.A. Lakers (2): Jose Calderon and Marcelo Huertas

New York (3): Carmelo Anthony, Willy Hernangomez and Mindaugas Kuzminskas

Oklahoma City (2): Alex Abrines and Domantas Sabonis

Philadelphia (2): Sergio Rodriguez and Dario Saric

San Antonio (5): Patricio Garino, Pau Gasol, Manu Ginobili, Patty Mills and Tony Parker

Toronto (3): DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas

Utah (4): Boris Diaw, Rudy Gobert, Joe Ingles and Raul Neto

The only country other than Venezuela without an NBA player is China, but it has former player Yi Jianlian, as well as two guys who were drafted in the second round this year. The Olympic rosters include seven players whose draft rights are held by NBA teams.

Olympians whose draft rights are held by NBA teams
Group Country Player Team Draft
A China Wang Zhelin MEM 2016
A China Zhou Qi HOU 2016
B Lithuania Robertas Javtokas SAS 2001
B Lithuania Ronaldas Seibutis DAL 2007
A Serbia Bogdan Bogdanovic SAC 2014
A Serbia Milan Macvan CLE 2011
B Spain Sergio Llull HOU 2009

With the Grizzlies holding the draft rights of Wang Zhelin, only five NBA teams - Atlanta, Boston, Miami, New Orleans and Washington - aren't involved in the Olympics (via players under contract or players they hold the draft rights to) at all.

Pool play in Rio begins Saturday, Aug. 6. Group A will play on even numbered days from Aug. 6-14, while Group B will play on odd numbered days from Aug. 7-15. Four teams from each group will qualify for the medal rounds, which begin Aug. 17 and conclude with the gold medal game on Sunday, Aug. 21.

The United States has won the last two Olympic gold medals and will carry a 45-game winning streak in official FIBA competition into this year's tournament.

John Schuhmann is a staff writer for You can e-mail him here and follow him on Twitter.

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