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PAU GASOL Spain Los Angeles Lakers Olympic history: (Credit: AP)

PAU GASOL
Spain
Los Angeles Lakers
Olympic history: 7th in 2004, Silver in 2008
One of three 32-year-old players on Spain, Gasol has been competing for the Spanish men’s national team since 2001. He averaged 20.1 points and 8.3 rebounds during the 2011 EuroBasket tournament and along with brother Marc and Juan Carlos Navarro, is one of the team’s go-to scorers.

Foreign NBA players at the Olympics

Players to appear in at least one NBA game during the 2011-12 season who will represent a team other than the United States at the 2012 Olympics.

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By Bobby Bonett

AL-FAROUQ AMINU Nigeria New Orleans Hornets Olympic history:
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AL-FAROUQ AMINU
Nigeria
New Orleans Hornets
Olympic history: First appearance
Aminu was dealt to the New Orleans Hornets prior to the 2011-12 season in the trade that sent Chris Paul to the Clippers. The eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft, Aminu appeared in 66 games for New Orleans, averaging 6.0 points in 22.4 minutes per game. Al-Farouq, whose brother Alade is also on the Nigerian team, finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and five blocks in the Olympic-clinching game.

LEANDRO BARBOSA Brazil Indiana Pacers Olympic history: First
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LEANDRO BARBOSA
Brazil
Indiana Pacers
Olympic history: First appearance
One of the NBA’s quickest players, Barbosa averaged 18.4 points per 36 minutes playing for the Raptors and Pacers last season. He’s been one of Brazil’s go-to scoeres since 2005, averaging more than 20 points per game in the 2005, 2007 and 2009 FIBA Americas Championships.

NICOLAS BATUM France Portland Trail Blazers Olympic history:
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NICOLAS BATUM
France
Portland Trail Blazers
Olympic history: First appearance
A sought-after restricted free agent, Batum is an athletic defender who continues to develop his offensive game. Batum averaged a career-high 13.9 points per game during the 2011-12 season, and shot 39.1 percent from beyond the arc. At 23, Batum is the second-youngest player on the French roster.

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JOSE CALDERON Spain Toronto Raptors Olympic history: 7th
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JOSE CALDERON
Spain
Toronto Raptors
Olympic history: 7th in 2004, Silver in 2008
Calderon, who once hit 151 of 154 free throws in an NBA season (2008-09), will likely split time at the point for Spain with Juan Carlos Navarro. Calderon averaged a near double-double for the Raptors in 2011-12, with 10.5 points and 8.8 assists per game.

CARLOS DELFINO Argentina Milwaukee Bucks Olympic history: Gold
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CARLOS DELFINO
Argentina
Milwaukee Bucks
Olympic history: Gold in 2004, Bronze in 2008
A free agent in the in 2012 offseason, Delfino is a three-point marksman, shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc in his NBA career. The 6-7 small forward averaged 14.1 points during the 2008 Olympic Games, and 20.6 points during the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

LUOL DENG Great Britain Chicago Bulls Olympic history:
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LUOL DENG
Great Britain
Chicago Bulls
Olympic history: First appearance
With Ben Gordon out of the fold, Deng will be the lone NBA player on Great Britain’s roster for the Olympics. He was Great Britain’s leader at the 2011 EuroBasket tournament, averaging 24.6 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Deng was also an NBA All-Star in 2012, and was named to the All-Defensive 2nd team.

BORIS DIAW France San Antonio Spurs Olympic history:
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BORIS DIAW
France
San Antonio Spurs
Olympic history: First appearance
Diaw has represented the French in various international competitions since 2000. He averaged 8 points and 4.7 rebounds in the 2011 EuroBasket tournament. After spending most of his career as a starter, Diaw came off the bench for the Spurs during the latter part of the 2011-12 season, averaging 4.7 points and 4.3 rebounds.

IKE DIOGU Nigeria San Antonio Spurs Olympic history:
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IKE DIOGU
Nigeria
San Antonio Spurs
Olympic history: First appearance
A six-year NBA veteran, Diogu appeared in just two games for the Spurs during the 2011-12 season. His best season came as a rookie, when Diogu averaged seven points in 69 games for the Warriors. Diogu was key to Nigeria advancing to the Olympics, scoring 25 points against the Dominican Republic to clinch a spot in London.

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RUDY FERNANDEZ Spain Denver Nuggets Olympic history: 7th
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RUDY FERNANDEZ
Spain
Denver Nuggets
Olympic history: 7th in 2004, Silver in 2008
Fernandez may have played his final NBA game, opting to sign with Real Madrid following the 2011-12 NBA season. He averaged 8.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists for Spain during the 2011 EuroBasket tournament.

MARC GASOL Spain Memphis Grizzlies Olympic history: Silver
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MARC GASOL
Spain
Memphis Grizzlies
Olympic history: Silver in 2008
Gasol, who is developing into one of the best big men in the NBA, will likely start at center for Spain in the Olympics. The Grizzlies’ 7-footer averaged 14.6 points and 8.9 rebounds during the 2011-12 season.

PAU GASOL Spain Los Angeles Lakers Olympic history:
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PAU GASOL
Spain
Los Angeles Lakers
Olympic history: 7th in 2004, Silver in 2008
One of three 32-year-old players on Spain, Gasol has been competing for the Spanish men’s national team since 2001. He averaged 20.1 points and 8.3 rebounds during the 2011 EuroBasket tournament and along with brother Marc and Juan Carlos Navarro, is one of the team’s go-to scorers.

MANU GINOBILI Argentina San Antonio Spurs Olympic history:
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MANU GINOBILI
Argentina
San Antonio Spurs
Olympic history: Gold in 2004, Bronze in 2008
Ginobili’s numbers took a hit during the 2011-12 season as the veteran guard battled several injuries. He’s still averaged 15.2 points and shot 37.3 percent from three over his 10-year NBA career. Ginobili was the key player for Argentina during the team’s gold-medal run in 2004, averaged 19 points per game.

TIMOFEY MOZGOV Russia Denver Nuggets Olympic history: First

TIMOFEY MOZGOV
Russia
Denver Nuggets
Olympic history: First appearance
Mozgov's action during the Olympic Qualifying Tournament was limited, the big man playing just 19 minutes in three games during group play. A solid rebounder, Mozgov, who will be 26 at the start of the Games, averaged 9.4 boards per 36 minutes for Denver during the 2011-12 season.

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NENE HILARIO Brazil Washington Wizards Olympic history: First
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NENE HILARIO
Brazil
Washington Wizards
Olympic history: First appearance
After 9 1/2 seasons with the Nuggets, Hilario was traded to the Wizards at the NBA trade deadline. He’s been extremely consistent the last four years in the NBA, averaging between 13.7 and 14.6 points, and 7.5 and 7.8 rebounds each year. He and Tiago Splitter combine for a formidable frontcourt for the Brazilian team.

SERGE IBAKA Spain Oklahoma City Thunder Olympic history:
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SERGE IBAKA
Spain
Oklahoma City Thunder
Olympic history: First appearance
What Ibaka lacks in experience, he makes up for in confidence. The Oklahoma City Thunder power forward, who has appeared for the Spain men’s national team in just one tournament, said that the Spanish team can compete with the heavily-favored Team USA in London. “I-block-a” led the NBA with 3.7 blocks per game during the 2011-12 season.

YI JIANLIAN China Dallas Mavericks Olympic history: 8th
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YI JIANLIAN
China
Dallas Mavericks
Olympic history: 8th in 2004, 8th in 2008
While Yi’s impact in the NBA has dwindled the past few years — he appeared in just 30 games for the Mavericks during the 2011-12, averaging 2.6 points per game — he has come on strong in recent international competitions. During the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship, Yi averaged a double-double — the third time he’s done so in an international tournament with the Chinese men’s team — with 16.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.

LINAS KLEIZA Lithuania Toronto Raptors Olympic history: 4th
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LINAS KLEIZA
Lithuania
Toronto Raptors
Olympic history: 4th in 2008
Kleiza, in his second year coming off the bench for the Raptors, averaged 9.7 points and 4.1 rebounds in 21.6 minutes per game. He shot 34.6 percent from three, his best mark since the 2006-07 season. Kleiza was key in Lithuania's win over the Dominican Republic to clinch a spot in the Olympics, scoring 13 points on 5-for-9 from the field.

PATRICK MILLS Australia San Antonio Spurs Olympic history:
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PATRICK MILLS
Australia
San Antonio Spurs
Olympic history: 7th in 2008
Like Deng for Great Britain, Mills is the lone NBA player on Team Australia. Mills, who has started just three games in his three-year NBA career, averaged 14.3 points and 3.7 assists for Australia during the 2011 FIBA Oceania Championship.

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ANDRES NOCIONI Argentina Philadelphia 76ers Olympic history: Gold
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ANDRES NOCIONI
Argentina
Philadelphia 76ers
Olympic history: Gold in 2004, Bronze in 2008
The Santa Fe, Argentina native began the 2011-12 season with the 76ers, but was eventually waived, and signed with Caja Laboral of the Euroleague. He averaged 12.6 points and 6.2 rebounds for Argentina at the 2008 Olympics.

TONY PARKER France San Antonio Spurs Olympic history:
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TONY PARKER
France
San Antonio Spurs
Olympic history: First appearance
One of the senior members of the French national team — he’s 30 years old — Parker is recovering from an eye injury suffered in a bizarre incident at a night club during the offseason. The Spurs’ point guard, one of the best international players in NBA history, finished fifth in MVP voting for the 2011-12 season.

LUIS SCOLA Argentina Houston Rockets Olympic history: Gold
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LUIS SCOLA
Argentina
Houston Rockets
Olympic history: Gold in 2004, Bronze in 2008
Scola has been the most dominant player for Team Argentina for most of the past five year. He averaged better than 20 points per game at the 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament, 2009 FIBA Americas Championship, 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2011 FIBA Americas Championship.

KEVIN SERAPHIN France Washington Wizards Olympic history: First
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KEVIN SERAPHIN
France
Washington Wizards
Olympic history: First appearance
Seraphin is both the youngest player on the French team (2 years old), and one of its tallest members (6-9). He averaged 7.9 points on 53.1 percent shooting in 57 games for the Wizards during the 2011-12 season. Seraphin figures to come off the bench for France.

TIAGO SPLITTER Brazil San Antonio Spurs Olympic history:
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TIAGO SPLITTER
Brazil
San Antonio Spurs
Olympic history: First appearance
A rising star for Team Brazil, Splitter started to breakout during the 2011-12 NBA season, averaging 9.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in just 19 minutes per game for the Spurs. He looks to be San Antonio’s power forward of the future once Tim Duncan retires.

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RONNY TURIAF France Miami Heat Olympic history: First
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RONNY TURIAF
France
Miami Heat
Olympic history: First appearance
Turiaf played just 13 games for the Heat after signing with the team in March, but did manage to win his first NBA title. The Gonzaga alum first appeared for the French men’s national team in 2003 at the European Championship.

ANDERSON VAREJAO Brazil Cleveland Cavaliers Olympic history: First
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ANDERSON VAREJAO
Brazil
Cleveland Cavaliers
Olympic history: First appearance
Varejao battled injury during the 2011-12 season, but when he was on the court for the Cavs, he produced career-best numbers: In 25 games, Varejao averaged 10.8 points and 11.5 rebounds, both the highest marks of his career. The 29-year-old averaged better than 13 points and eight rebounds in both the 2009 Marchand Continental Cup and the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship.

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