Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world. It is also one of the major events in the upcoming Rio Olympics on August 5-21, 2016. Aside from great basketball actions, enthusiasts also look out for the different NBA players who will compete in this Olympics.
The basketball tournament for the men’s division will start on August 6, 2016. It will feature the Australian basketball team going up against France for the opening game. China versus the United States of America will be the second game for the men’s division.
Here are five NBA players to watch out for this Rio Olympics who will surely level-up the intensity of the matches. Videos of their highlights in playing are included.
1. Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant will be playing for the USA National Basketball team. The 27-year-old, 6 feet and 9 inches American basketball player was born in Washington D.C. Durant will be playing this upcoming NBA season for the Golden State Warriors after signing with them a couple of months ago.
Durant has won an NBA Most Valuable Player Award, four NBA scoring titles, the NBA Rookie of the Year Award and an Olympic gold medal. He has also been selected to six All-NBA teams and seven All-Star teams.
2. Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol will be playing with the Spanish national basketball team. The 36-year-old, 7 feet Spanish basketball player was born in Barcelona, Spain. Gasol will be playing with the San Antonio Spurs this upcoming NBA Season.
He is a six-time NBA All-Star, and a four-time All-NBA selection, twice on the second team and twice on the third team. He has won two NBA championships – both with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2002 with the Memphis Grizzlies, one of only two non-American NBA players to win that award. He is the older brother of fellow NBA player Marc Gasol.
3. Tony Parker
Tony Parker will be playing for the France National Basketball team. The 34-year-old, 6 feet and 2 inches basketball player was born in Bruges, Belgium. Parker will still be playing with the San Antonio Spurs this upcoming NBA Season.
Tony Parker has been named to six NBA All-Star games, three All-NBA Second Teams, and an All-NBA Third Team. He was also the 2007 NBA Finals MVP.
4. Andrew Bogut
Andrew Bogut will be playing with the Australian National Team. The 31-year-old, 7 feet Australian basketball player was born Melbourne, Victoria. He will be playing with the Dallas Mavericks this coming NBA season after signing with them couple of months ago.
He earned All-NBA Third Team honors with the Bucks in 2010. He was traded to the Golden State Warriors in 2012, and was named NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2015, when he won an NBA championship with the Warriors.
Manu Ginóbili will see action together with the Argentinian National Basketball Team this coming Olympics. The 39-year-old, 6 feet and 6 inches shooting guard was born in Bahía Blanca, Argentina. He will still be playing with the San Antonio Spurs this coming NBA season.
He has earned four NBA championships and was named an All-Star in 2005 and 2011. In the 2007–08 seasons, he was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year. Ginóbili has also enjoyed success with the Argentina national team. He made his debut in 1998, and helped win the gold medal during the 2004 Olympics Basketball Tournament.
These are only five NBA veteran players who will be competing in the Rio Olympics. These players will lead their respective national teams to make an impressive run to get the prestigious Olympic gold medal and be declared Olympic champions.