Foreign NBA players at the Olympics
The men’s basketball field is set for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and several players current NBA players will represent countries other than the United States. Here is a look at those players.
Al-Farouq Aminu, Nigeria(Credit: AP)
Aminu led Nigeria to the Afrobasket title in 2015, the country's first continental championship. He's coming off his best professional season -- in which he started 82 games for the Portland Trail Blazers and averaged 10.2 points and 6.1 rebounds -- and hopes to help not just his country but also his continent win its first Olympic basketball championship. Aminu was a member of Nigeria's Olympic squad in 2012.
Leandro Barbosa, Brazil(Credit: EPA / Monica M. Davey)
Barbosa averaged 16.2 points per game while leading Brazil into the 2012 Olympic quarterfinals. The free-agent guard proved he can still shoot (39.3 percent from deep) and score in bunches (18.3 points per 36 minutes) during the Golden State Warriors' playoff run this spring.
Nicolas Batum, France(Credit: EPA / Mark R. Cristino)
Fresh off signing a five-year, $120 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets, Batum decided to remain with France's Olympic team. Batum, who is best remembered in Olympic circles for punching Juan Carlos Navarro in the groin in 2012, helped guide France into the quarterfinals that year.
Aron Baynes, Australia(Credit: AP)
Baynes signed with the San Antonio Spurs in January 2013, months after his first Olympics appearance. The center, who now plays for the Detroit Pistons, averaged 7.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in the 2012 games.
Andrew Bogut, Australia(Credit: Getty Images / Ronald Martinez)
The Dallas Mavericks' new center will participate in the Olympics for the third time, after missing the 2012 games with a fractured ankle. Bogut averaged 5.4 points and 7.0 rebounds in 20.7 minutes per game for the Golden State Warriors in 2015-16.
Bruno Caboclo, Brazil(Credit: AP)
Most famous in the United States for being described by ESPN international analyst Fran Fraschilla as "two years away from being two years away" when the Toronto Raptors selected him in 2014, Caboclo will make his first Olympics appearance. The 6-9 wing has played just 66 minutes in the NBA but averaged 14.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for the Raptors' D-League affiliate in 2015-16.
Matthew Dellavedova, Australia(Credit: AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Even if Australia doesn't win in Rio, Dellavedova already struck gold with his four-year, $38 million deal with the Milwaukee Bucks. The backup point guard averaged 7.5 points and 4.4 assists in 24.6 minutes per game for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2015-16 -- nearly identical to the 7.3 points and 4.5 assists he posted for Australia in 2012.
Boris Diaw, France(Credit: Getty Images / Charly Triballeau)
The versatile, instrumental cog will make his second Olympics appearance after helping France into the 2012 quarterfinals. Diaw averaged 6.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists for the San Antonio Spurs in 2015-16. The Spurs traded Diaw, 34, to the Utah Jazz this offseason to clear cap space for free-agent forward Pau Gasol.
Marc Gasol, Spain(Credit: AP)
Gasol's participation is in doubt, thanks to a foot injury that shortened his 2015-16 season with the Memphis Grizzlies. Gasol, a 7-1 center, helped Spain to silver medals in 2008 and 2012.
Pau Gasol, Spain(Credit: Jim McIsaac)
Marc's older brother, who recently signed with the San Antonio Spurs, will make his fourth Olympics appearance. Gasol averaged 20.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in 23 Olympic Games in 2004, 2008 and 2012, leading Spain to the silver medal in the latter two years.
Manu Ginobili, Argentina(Credit: AP / Rick Bowmer)
Ginobili will make his fourth trip to the Olympics, shortly after agreeing to return to the San Antonio Spurs for one more season. The 38-year-old shooting guard led Argentina to the gold medal in 2004 and the bronze in 2008. Between 2004 and 2012, he averaged 18.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
Willy Hernangomez, Spain(Credit: Getty Images / Vasily Maximov)
Kristaps Porzingis' former teammate with Sevilla and future teammate with the Knicks, Hernangomez will participate in the Olympics for the first time. The 22-year-old center averaged 5.8 points and 3.7 rebounds for Real Madrid between Liga ACB and Euroleague play in 2015-16.
Nene Hilario, Brazil(Credit: Getty Images/ Rob Carr)
As he enters the latter stage of his career, the 33-year-old center will make his second Olympic appearance. He averaged 7.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game for Brazil in 2012.
Marcelo Huertas, Brazil(Credit: AP)
Huertas, who was a 32-year-old rookie for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2015-16, will make his second trip to the Olympics. He averaged 11.2 points and 6.0 assists per game in 2012.
Joe Ingles, Australia(Credit: AP)
For the first time as an NBA player, Ingles will participate in the Olympics. The 28-year-old wing joined the Utah Jazz in 2014, two years after his second Olympics appearance. He averaged 15 points in the 2012 games.
Patty Mills,(Credit: AP / Tony Gutierrez)
Mills first appeared in the Olympics in 2008, after his freshman season at St. Mary's, and burgeoned into an international star in the 2012 games. The 6-foot guard averaged 21.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game that year. Mills, the 55th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft, has been a key backup for the San Antonio Spurs since 2011-12.
Nikola Mirotic, Spain(Credit: EPA / Juan Carlos Hidalgo)
After two seasons in the NBA, the 24-year-old will play in his first Olympic Games as a naturalized citizen of Spain. The 6-10 power forward averaged 11.8 points and 5.5 rebounds and shot 39 percent from three-point range for the Chicago Bulls in 2015-16.
Tony Parker, France(Credit: EPA/ MARK R. CRISTINO)
Believe it or not, the 34-year-old Parker has participated in just one Olympics. The six-time NBA all-star averaged 15.7 points and 3.2 assists in the 2012 games. He is coming off a season in which he played a career-low 27.5 minutes per game but averaged 11.9 points and 5.3 assists to help the San Antonio Spurs to a 67-15 record.
Ricky Rubio, Spain(Credit: AP / Jim Mone)
Rubio averaged 4.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists as an 17-year-old, when Spain took silver in the 2008 games. The 25-year-old Minnesota Timberwolves point guard did not play in London in 2012.
Domantas Sabonias, Lithuania(Credit: Getty Images / Mike Stobe)
The son of Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis has not played a game in either the NBA or the Olympics. The 6-11 forward known for his activity around the rim was drafted 11th by the Orlando Magic, who traded him to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a deal highlighted by Serge Ibaka. Sabonis, 20, averaged 17.6 points and 11.8 rebounds per game for Gonzaga in 2015-16.
Luis Scola, Argentina(Credit: Getty Images / Andy Lyons)
Making his fourth Olympics appearance, Scola was a key player on the 2004 champion and 2008 bronze medalist. The 36-year-old forward, who signed with the Nets this offseason, has career Olympics averages of 18.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
Jonas Valanciunas, Lithuania(Credit: Getty Images / Mark Blinch)
Valanciunas was just 20 years old in 2012, when he averaged 4.2 points and 4.0 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game in the London games. He has since emerged as a solid NBA player and figures to be a more integral piece in the Rio games. The 7-0 center averaged 12.8 points and 9.1 rebounds per game for the Toronto Raptors in 2015-16.
Anderson Varejao, Brazil(Credit: Getty Images / Ronald Martinez)
The 6-11 center experienced a weird NBA season in which the only team he ever played for -- the Cleveland Cavaliers -- traded him to the Golden State Warriors and then beat his new team in the NBA finals. He'll return to normalcy and represent his country in the Olympics for the second time. Varejao, 33, averaged 7.3 points and 7.0 rebounds in the 2012 games.