The 2016 Olympics tips off in Rio on Friday, and one of a primary events for a United States is a basketball apportionment of a games. USA Basketball has dominated scarcely any year they’ve been in it, generally given permitting veteran players to take partial in 1992. It’s been legitimately intolerable when a U.S. is challenged, let alone when they totally blew a 2004 Olympics and went home with a bronze medal.
So who can plea USA Basketball in 2016? Here are a 11 teams ranked, how they got here, and what they have to offer adult in a match-up opposite Team USA.
Group A: Australia, China, France, Serbia, USA, Venezuela
Group B: Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, Lithuania, Nigeria, Spain
11. Venezuela — FIBA Rank: 22nd
Guards: Gregory Vargas, Jose Vargas, John Cox, David Cubillan, Heissler Guillent
Forwards: Windi Graterol, Dwight Lewis-Padron, Nestor Colmenares, Miguel Ruiz, Anthony Perez
Centers: Gregory Echenique, Miguel Marriaga
How’d they get here? The Venezuelan National Team won a 2015 FIBA Americas Championship to validate for a 2016 Olympics. Venezuela finished it by a severe spin and second spin of a FIBA Americas to set themselves adult for a showdown with Canada in a semi-finals. In a argumentative win, they changed on to a FIBA Americas championship game, that guaranteed them a mark in a Olympics. They finished adult violence Argentina by 5 in a bullion award diversion to win a foe outright.
How have they finished in prior Olympics? Venezuela hasn’t played in a Summer Olympics for basketball given 1992. They went 1-4 in organisation play with their usually feat entrance opposite China by 8 points. They mislaid to Russia, Lithuania, Australia, and Puerto Rico by a sum 43 points.
Missing anybody significant? Brooklyn Nets ensure Greivis Vasquez.
Strengths: There aren’t many. With Greivis Vasquez sitting out of a Olympics given a Brooklyn Nets are endangered with him removing behind on a justice in a best figure probable after his ankle damage final season, a already skinny Venezuelan register is now lacking a star. They have John Cox, who was their heading scorer in a FIBA Americas run. Gregory Vargas was a large time personality for them in that tournament. Is resiliency a strength we can go to? They were volatile in a foe to validate for a Olympics yet that’s substantially not going to last.
Weaknesses: There is not a lot of shot-making on this organisation and they don’t have a distance to make adult for it on a boards. In their nauseous muster opposite USA Basketball, this organisation managed usually 45 points and shot 23.9 percent from a field. I’d design some-more of that yet Vasquez there to get peculiarity shots for a team. They have a integrate of guys around 6-foot-9, yet chuck them into a brew opposite a organisation with good distance and they’ll demeanour like a youth varsity organisation out there scrapping to keep up. If we can’t make shots and we can’t squeeze rebounds, you’re in critical trouble.
Players to Watch: The formerly mentioned Cox and Vargas will be guys who put adult a best fight. Forward Anthony Perez usually finished a college career during Ole Miss. The 22-year aged averaged 7 points and 4 rebounds while attack 39.5 percent on 76 attempts from 3-point range. They’ll unequivocally skip Vasquez though.
Prediction when they play Team USA: They’re going to get smoked. The usually reason that muster opposite Venezuela didn’t get out of control is given USA missed a lot of shots they’d routinely make.
10. China — FIBA Rank: 14th
Guards: Guo Ailun, Zhao Jiwei, Sui Ran, Zhou Peng, Li Gen
Forwards: Yi Jianlin, Zhou Qi, Zhai Xiaochuan, Ding Yanyuhang, Zou Yuchen
Centers: Wang Zhelin, Li Muhao
How’d they get here? China took home a bullion award during a 2015 FIBA Asia Championship. It was a third time in 10 years China efficient for a Olympics by holding bullion during a 2015 FIBA Asia Championship. China went 8-0 in a pool play and tournament, holding down India, Iran, and Philippines to win it all.
How have they finished in prior Olympics? China has sent a organisation to a Olympics any time given 2004. They’ve never finished aloft than eighth (1996, 2004, 2008). They mislaid all 5 games during a 2012 Olympics by a sum of 126 points. Their closest detriment was to Spain by 16.
Missing anybody significant? No.
Strengths: There is some genuine talent in a frontcourt. Yi Jianlin can still be a dangerous scorer on a general level. Wang Zhelin is a good scoring option. Zhou Qi is a peculiarity edge protector. Their distance is a large advantage opposite some of a obtuse peculiarity teams in this competition.
Weaknesses: Overall, ensure play is a problem for China. They don’t have a lot of guys who can get leap invasion and that creates it tough to set adult their large men. There also isn’t a lot of outward sharpened from this organisation either, unless they can get their large organisation going on some pick-and-pop action. That leads to a lot of contested shots and that means a heavy offense a invulnerability can’t make adult for.
Players to Watch: Yi Jianlin, Zhou Qi, and Wang Zhelin are a categorical players for China. Jianlin was a lottery collect scarcely a decade ago. Zhelin was a late second-round collect of a Memphis Grizzlies behind this year. Qi was a 43rd collect by a Houston Rockets this year. There’s also Guo Ailun, who is a devoted guard. Guo played solidly opposite Team USA in their dual exhibitions and will be a best for China during violation down a hostile defense.
Prediction when they play Team USA: They’re going to get rolled. They mislaid by a sum 99 points in their dual accessible exhibitions heading adult to a Olympics. That competence finish adult being a many rival they are opposite a U.S. deliberation a red, white, and blue will now have something to play for in a Group A play.
9. Nigeria — FIBA Rank: 25th
Guards: Josh Akognon, Ben Uzoh, Michael Umeh, Chamberlain Oguchi, Michael Gbinije
Forwards: Stan Okoye, Andy Ogide, Ebi Ere, Ekene Ibekwe
Centers: Ike Diogu, Shane Lawal, Alade Aminu
How’d they get here? Nigeria won a 2015 FIBA AfroBasket bullion award to validate for a Olympics. After advancing to a singular rejecting foe of a 2015 AfroBasket, Nigeria dominated Mozambique and Gabon to get to a semi-finals. It was there they took down Senegal in overtime and afterwards kick Angola in a Finals to take home bullion and validate for Rio.
How have they finished in prior Olympics? The usually other Olympic games Nigeria’s basketball organisation has participated in was in 2012 in London. They went usually 1-4 in pool play and unsuccessful to pierce on to a foe format of play. Their solitary feat came opposite Tunisia by 4 points. Their 4 waste were to USA, France, Argentina, and Lithuania by a sum 122 points. The detriment to USA Basketball was by 83 points (that’s not a typo).
Missing anybody significant? Portland Trail Blazers core Festus Ezeli and brazen Al-Farouq Aminu, former NBA large male Gani Lawal.
Strengths: The Nigerian organisation has tangible NBA talent. They have 4 guys on a register who have played in or will play in a NBA. They also have good size, so edge word and resilient will be there for Nigeria. Chamberlain Oguchi was a genuine arms for them in AfroBasket, winning in his final integrate of games from a perimeter.
Weaknesses: This organisation doesn’t have clever ensure play, nor do they have a lot of arguable sharpened from a perimeter. Outside of Oguchi and Gbinije, they could unequivocally onslaught to widen a building opposite some of a improved teams. And if we vigour their backcourt, we can force them into a lot of turnovers. That’s where we see a same disadvantage with this organisation that we saw in a 83-point drubbing behind in 2012 in London. It would be a small impassioned to design that to occur again, yet they can be blown out if they don’t take caring of a ball.
Players to Watch: Al-Farouq Aminu would’ve been a biggest name to watch, yet word reasons seem to have kept him from personification this year. Ben Uzoh, rookie Michael Gbinije, Ike Diogu, and Ekpe Udoh are all NBA players or guys who have finished a NBA in a past. Gbinije, who will play for a Detroit Pistons this year, is a many indispensable shooter for this roster. Josh Akognon is a genuine indicate ensure who can score.
Prediction if they play Team USA: It’s not going to be as bad as what happened in 2012. Nigeria is a bit some-more gifted now than they were then. But it’s not going to be flattering either. USA should hoop them and maybe usually win by 50 this time.
8. Australia — FIBA Rank: 11th
Guards: Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova, Damian Martin, Kevin Lisch, Chris Goulding
Forwards: Joe Ingles, Cameron Bairstow, Brock Motum, Ryan Broekhoff
Centers: Andrew Bogut, Aron Baynes, David Andersen
How’d they get here? Australia kick New Zealand in dual games famous as a 2015 FIBA Oceania Championship. They won both games by a sum of 160-38 to validate for their 12th loyal Olympic appearance.
How have they finished in prior Olympics? Australia has been flattering rival in a lot of a Olympic movement they’ve participated in. They’ve finished fourth in Olympic basketball 3 opposite times (1988, 1996, 2000). USA kick them in a bronze award diversion in 1988. Australia mislaid to Lithuania in a bronze award diversion in both 1996 and 2000. They finished seventh in a 2012 Olympics, losing to Team USA by 33 in a initial rejecting foe game.
Missing anybody significant? Utah Jazz ensure Dante Exum, Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons.
Strengths: There is a lot of talent and a lot of distance on this Australian team. Seven players have played in a NBA. Another one, Brock Motum, played during Washington State and was on a Utah Jazz summer joining register a integrate years ago. With Andrew Bogut, Aron Baynes, David Andersen, and Cameron Bairstow, a Boomers should be means to browbeat a play and a interior opposite many teams. They also have plain outward sharpened with Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova, and Joe Ingles during their disposal.
Weaknesses: They don’t have energetic wings and that could finish adult spiteful them opposite a tip row teams out there. Ingles is their best wing player, and he’s some-more of a stretch-4. The Jazz used him as a indicate brazen in box of puncture a integrate of times final year, yet Australia usually doesn’t have many athleticism on a perimeter. That could harm them in aggressive a basket off tough closeouts and removing behind in transition to compare adult good defensively.
Players to Watch: Their 7 or 8 NBA distance players are positively a ones to watch for Australia. It’ll be engaging to see how Ingles does stretching a floor, or how many Bogut is means to play on a perimeter. But a dual many critical players will be Mills and Dellavedova. Australia will need leap invasion and a hazard entrance around those pick-and-rolls.
Prediction when they play Team USA: Australia won’t hurl over opposite a Americans yet there will usually be so many they can do. A detriment of 20-30 points will demeanour many worse than how formidable they make it, yet that’s what to expect.
7. Brazil — FIBA Rank: 9th
Guards: Marcelo Huertas, Raul Neto, Leandro Barbosa, Alex Garcia, Vitor Benite, Rafael Luz.
Forwards: Guilherme Giovannoni, Marquinhos Souza, Rafael Hettsheimeir.
Centers: Nene, Cristiano Felicio, Augusto Lima.
How’d they get here? They’re hosting this party. The horde nation gets an involuntary berth into a Olympic games for basketball. While Brazil would routinely find a approach to validate anyway, this was positively a easiest highway on a justice to get there.
How have they finished in prior Olympics? From 1948 to 1964, Brazil won 3 bronze medals. They haven’t finished that good given then, yet they’ve still been a tough organisation during a general level. Brazil finished fifth altogether in a 2012 Olympics. After going 4-1 in organisation play, Brazil mislaid to Argentina in a quarterfinals.
Missing anybody significant? Golden State Warriors core Anderson Varejao, Atlanta Hawks core Tiago Splitter.
Strengths: Guard play, large organisation and home justice advantage. That’s what Brazil has going for them. Even if Marcelo Huertas can’t be a peculiarity indicate ensure in this competition, Neto and Barbosa are some-more than means of being a worry and a match-up problem to many countries playing. Barbosa will be their best fringe scorer and he’ll be offset out by Nene and Felicio inside (assuming a immature large male gets some time). Both of those guys should be means to scorer effectively around a basket.
Weaknesses: Much like Australia, Brazil doesn’t unequivocally have many athleticism and talent on a wings. That will harm them opposite a U.S. if they finish adult personification them. Souza can play and has finished good for them in a past, yet a abyss on a wing simply isn’t there. They could unequivocally skip a abyss they routinely have with Splitter and Varejao both out.
Players to Watch: Barbosa and Neto are a dual NBA guards many estimable of your attention. Nene can be a beast in a lot of these situations too. His ability to repress other large organisation as a primary arms looks many opposite here than it does in a NBA during this theatre in his career. And Souza can get prohibited for them.
Prediction if they play Team USA: Considering a U.S. is blank some of their some-more widespread players, it wouldn’t startle me to see Brazil keep it within 20 points for many of their foe with Team USA if they should meet.
6. Croatia — FIBA Rank: 12th
Guards: Roko Ukic, Bojan Bogdanovic, Rok Stipcevic, Krunoslav Simon, Filip Kruslin.
Forwards: Mario Hezonja, Dario Saric, Luka Babic, Zeljko Sakic, Marko Arapovic.
Centers: Miro Bilan, Darko Planinic.
How’d they get here? Croatia indispensable one of a subordinate tournaments this summer to get their sheet punched for a Olympics. Brooklyn Nets ensure Bojan Bogdanovic led a organisation over Greece and afterwards Italy in overtime to win their foe and get to Rio.
How have they finished in prior Olympics? The final time Croatia finished a Olympics was in 2008. They finished sixth that year by going 3-2 in organisation play and afterwards losing to Spain in a quarterfinals. They also mislaid in a quarterfinals in 1996. They best they’ve finished was win a china award in 1992.
Missing anybody significant? Ante Tomic and NBA giveaway representative Damjan Rudez.
Strengths: There is a lot of firepower on a wings. Bogdanovic can fill it adult from low and will be a team’s best scorer. The athleticism and distance of Orlando Magic wing Hezonja and Philadelphia 76ers incoming rookie Saric will concede Croatia to get out and run utterly a bit. Simon can also fire a round good from deep, so he should assistance yield copiousness of floor-spacing.
Weaknesses: You have to consternation if Ukic is adequate during a indicate and where a Croatians spin inside. Ukic had a crater of coffee in a NBA and he’s a unequivocally plain indicate guard. But he could onslaught opposite a defensive vigour of a improved teams. Bilan is a gifted large man, who usually won a Adriatic League MVP this year. But is he going to be means to conflict with some-more gifted large men?
Players to Watch: Always Hezonja. We know Bogdanovic will measure and Saric will positively be intriguing as a 3/4 tweener. But Hezonja is a show. Remember in an general competition, he strike a 3-pointer adult 15 with a few seconds left and afterwards dapped adult a hostile manager after he did it.
Prediction if they play Team USA: As many talent as there is on a wings, USA should feast on a thinness during indicate ensure and core positions. Croatia can put adult a quarrel yet this would be somewhere around a 20-point game.
5. Serbia — FIBA Rank: 6th
Guards: Milos Teodosic, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Nemanja Nedovic, Stefan Markovic, Stefan Jovic.
Forwards: Nikola Kalinic, Marko Simonovic, Milan Macvan, Stefan Bircevic.
Centers: Nikola Jokic, Miroslav Raduljica, Vladimir Stimac.
How’d they get here? Much like Croatia, Serbia won one of a 3 subordinate tournaments this summer. Serbia dominated a Czech Republic and Puerto Rico by a sum 55 points to simply get a berth to a Rio Olympics.
How have they finished in prior Olympics? They final efficient in a 2004 Olympics and finished usually 11th out of a 12 teams. Prior to that, they finished sixth in a Sydney Olympics and won a china award in 1996.
Missing anybody significant? Minnesota Timberwolves brazen Nemanja Bjelica and former NBA large male Nenad Krstic.
Strengths: It’s a contrition Bjelica and Krstic won’t play given that would give them a abyss to play with usually about anybody in this tournament. They have some genuine players adult and down a roster. Teodosic is a illusory general indicate guard. Bogdanovic of a Phoenix Suns can measure from a perimeter. Nedovic provides some athleticism in a backcourt. And they have dual gifted large organisation in Jokic of a Denver Nuggets and former NBA large Raduljica there to worry hostile frontcourts.
Weaknesses: The forwards are a bit diseased for Serbia. Kalinic won’t be means to hang with many of a chosen forwards in this tournament. Simonovic can fire a round from low yet he won’t do many defensively. Macvan can play and will be a good rebounder, yet he’ll get eaten alive by some-more jaunty 4’s.
Players to Watch: Teodosic is always a yield for a basketball junkies out there. He’s a loyal veteran indicate ensure who can possibly measure when he needs to or collect detached a invulnerability with his passing. Jokic was one of a some-more prolific and fit rookies final deteriorate in some-more singular mins than you’d design him to play. Radujlica opposite DeMarcus Cousins will be like examination a illicit Pacific Rim remake.
Prediction when they play Team USA: Again, it’s a contrition Krstic and Bjelica aren’t there for Serbia. They could’ve during slightest finished it engaging opposite Team USA. Instead, USA should be means to kick them by anywhere from 15-25 points when Serbia is during a tip of a game.
4. Argentina — FIBA Rank: 4th
Guards: Manu Ginobili, Facundo Campazzo, Carlos Delfino, Nicolas Laprovittola, Nicolas Brussino.
Forwards: Andres Nocioni, Luis Scola, Patricio Garino, Leonardo Mainoldi, Gabriel Deck.
Centers: Roberto Acuna, Marcos Delia.
How’d they get here? By finishing in a tip 2 for a 2015 FIBA Americas Championship, they got themselves an involuntary berth into a Olympics. It didn’t even matter than Venezuela dissapoint them. They kick Mexico in a semifinals to qualify.
How have they finished in prior Olympics? They’ve been superb. They mislaid to Russia in a bronze award diversion in 2012, that kept them from earning a award in 3 loyal Olympics. In 2008 in China, they won a bronze by violence Lithuania. In 2004, they pulled off a dissapoint of all upsets by holding down Team USA in a semifinals and afterwards holding out Italy in a bullion award game. It’s a usually time given 1992 that USA hasn’t won a gold.
Missing anybody significant? Houston Rockets ensure Pablo Prigioni.
Strengths: They’re unequivocally intelligent basketball players. Just adult and down this roster, you’re going to find a high basketball IQ with usually about everybody. Ginobili can still play and have those implausible bursts that overcome opponents. Scola is a problem in general play. Campazzo and Laprovittola will be efficient indicate guards and Nocioni is still good in general play. There’s a plain 6 guys in this rotation.
Weaknesses: There is 0 edge word and a resilient competence be an issue. The interior invulnerability won’t usually be bad. They simply can’t stop any of a interiors of a tip 5 teams, that puts some-more vigour on a fringe players to be good defensively. That’s going to lead to outrageous decisions and problems Argentina will face with their defensive rotations. And if a 3-point shots aren’t descending for Argentina, they competence be in trouble.
Players to Watch: Always Ginobili and Scola in these competitions. Manu is usually a sorceress on a floor. And there is such thing as Scola God Mode. Some NBA fans who aren’t informed with Scola in general play will giggle during this idea. Fair enough. He’ll have during slightest dual games in a Olympics in that he drops 35 on someone and there’s zero anybody can do about it.
Prediction if they play Team USA: They mislaid by 30-plus opposite a U.S. in that exhibition. we consider they can make it closer than that and maybe even cut it in half. But a USA clicking on many cylinders will be too many for a red runner Argentina’s interior invulnerability will lay down.
3. Lithuania — FIBA Rank: 3rd
Guards: Mantas Kalnietas, Renaldas Seibutis, Marius Grigonis, Vaidas Kariniauskas, Adas Juskevicius.
Forwards: Jonas Maciulis, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Paulius Jankunas, Domantas Sabonis.
Centers: Jonas Valanciunas, Antanas Kavaliauskas, Robertas Javtokas.
How’d they get here? Lithuania took down Georgia (Republic, not state), Italy and Serbia in a 2015 EuroBasket to acquire an involuntary berth into a Rio Olympics. They mislaid to Spain in a bullion award diversion for EuroBasket yet they had already efficient so it didn’t harm that much.
How have they finished in prior Olympics? In 1992, 1996, and 2000, Lithuania won a bronze award any time. In 2004 and 2008, they mislaid a bronze award diversion to a United States and Argentina, respectively. In 2012, they mislaid to Russia in a quarterfinals, finishing eighth overall. It was their misfortune display given violation divided from a USSR.
Missing anybody significant? Former NBA players Linas Kleiza, Darius Songaila, and Sarunas Jasikevicius. Also, Martynas Pocius. Free representative Donatas Motiejunas.
Strengths: Year in and year out in general competition, Lithuania is some of a best in a world. A large partial of that is a ability sum with a size. They have 4 guys 6-foot-10 or bigger and they’re all flattering good skilled. They have intelligent play on a wings and should have adequate sharpened to space a building for a bigs. They should browbeat a play opposite many opponents. They have a integrate of unequivocally good guards in Kalnietas and Seibutis, yet it’s not a same abyss they used to have.
Weaknesses: Breaking down a invulnerability for a full 40 mins will be tough to do. They don’t unequivocally have that playmaking wing during their ordering and things will get severe if they have stretches yet Kalnietas and Seibutis on a floor. You’d adore for Kuzminskas to finish adult being that man yet he’s not a good fringe player.
Players to Watch: Valanciunas is a beast and he’ll feast on many opponents. Sabonis is a son of Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis and a member of a Oklahoma City Thunder. It’ll be engaging to see how he does in his initial large theatre competition.
Prediction if they play Team USA: They’ll put adult a good fight. The miss of ensure abyss competence finish adult being their undoing, yet Lithuania can keep it close. Still should be a double-digit victory.
2. France — FIBA Rank: 5th
Guards: Tony Parker, Nando de Colo, Antoine Diot, Thomas Huertel.
Forwards: Nicolas Batum, Boris Diaw, Mickael Gelabale, Florent Pietrus, Charles Lombahe-Kahudi.
Centers: Rudy Gobert, Joffrey Lauvergne, Kim Tillie.
How’d they get here? They were a third organisation that won a subordinate foe this summer. Their subordinate knowledge compulsory them violence Turkey and Canada, respectively.
How have they finished in prior Olympics? France mislaid to Spain in a 2012 Olympics, that left them finishing sixth in London. Prior to that, they missed a Olympics in 2008 and 2004. The best they’ve finished was in 2000 when they mislaid to Team USA in a bullion award diversion and walked divided with silver.
Missing anybody significant? Orlando Magic ensure Evan Fournier. New York Knicks core Joakim Noah. Washington Wizards core Ian Mahinmi. Kevin Seraphin.
Strengths: Talent. They have loads of talent and tip talent during that. Parker, Diaw, Batum and Gobert would make adult a fantastic four-fifths of an NBA lineup, let alone an Olympic lineup. The French organisation has abyss during a indicate ensure position and adequate distance there to feel gentle personification dual indicate guards during a same time. They have lots of flitting and a invulnerability should be unequivocally good anchored by Gobert. You shouldn’t be repelled if this organisation walks divided with china again.
Weaknesses: Is there adequate outward shooting? With Batum, you’d consider they have utterly a bit. The shorter general line opens adult Parker and Diaw as legitimate threats from downtown. But this is where withdrawal Fournier off a register doesn’t make a ton of sense. He’d yield such a arms for them and instead, they’re left wanting what he provides a most. If Parker can’t be effective, they competence not have adequate leap invasion yet that’s a large if.
Players to Watch: Gobert. Parker, Batum, and Diaw will be unequivocally good and entertaining. But it’s Gobert who could finish adult carrying a biggest impact for them. Not usually is his edge word some of a best in a world, yet a order of being means to hold a round when it’s above a cylinder could spin him into one of a many profitable players in a tournament.
Prediction if they play Team USA: A unequivocally rival game. This could be one of a singular threats opposite Team USA that keeps it in singular digits all night. The U.S. should take France unequivocally seriously.
1. Spain — FIBA Rank: 2nd
Guards: Ricky Rubio, Juan Carlos Navarro, Sergio Llull, Jose Calderon, Sergio Rodriguez.
Forwards: Rudy Fernandez, Nikola Mirotic, Victor Claver, Alex Abrines, Felipe Reyes.
Centers: Pau Gasol, Willy Hernangomez.
How’d they get here? Spain kick Lithuania to win a 2015 EuroBasket. They kick Poland, Greece and France (in overtime) to acquire that involuntary berth into Rio as they finished a bullion award game. Then they took down Lithuania by 17 points.
How have they finished in prior Olympics? They’ve warranted a china award in a past dual Olympics. They mislaid to Team USA both times in 2008 and 2012 to go home with second place. In 2008, they mislaid by 11 to USA. In 2012, they mislaid by usually 7 points.
Missing anybody significant? Memphis Grizzlies core Marc Gasol. Orlando Magic brazen Serge Ibaka (can usually have him or Mirotic — not both). Fernando San Emeterio.
Strengths: This organisation is loaded. They have good outward scorers in Fernandez, Mirotic, Navarro and Llull. They have good, versatile distance anchored by Pau Gasol. They’ve got solid play and good playmaking during a indicate ensure position in Rubio, Calderon and Rodriguez. Nine of their players have played or will play in a NBA. Llull could be No. 10 if he wanted to. Spain shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Weaknesses: They need one some-more man inside to yield interior defense. That’s where Marc Gasol would’ve come in handy. Or if they could’ve left with Ibaka instead of Mirotic as their naturalized player. Then they’d have some good edge word that doesn’t rest too many on Pau. They can get by with what they have, yet that’s unequivocally a usually debility they have right now.
Players to Watch: It’ll be engaging to see if Pau can still be a go-to scorer. It’ll be engaging to see if Navarro can still get giveaway to means massacre from a perimeter. It’ll be engaging to see if Mirotic can light adult hostile forwards. And it’ll be engaging to see if Rubio can chase a best indicate guards in this foe on defense.
Prediction if they play Team USA: Another tighten diversion yet they won’t have enough. If Team USA had LeBron James, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Chris Paul and Anthony Davis, it wouldn’t be tighten yet Marc Gasol in Rio. With adequate of these large names out, Spain can make a U.S. persperate a small before they take home a china again.