Forget Team USA for a minute. We already know what your Durants and James and and will do when the Olympic Gold Medals are hung and the NBA season resumes in the fall. But what about those guys on them there other foreign teams. Guys like Kevin Seraphin or Victor Claver.
Dave from BlazersEdge takes a look and those "lesser lights" and helps us translate their Olympic performances back to the NBA game.
How Indicative Are Olympics Performances? - Blazer's Edge
Once upon a time the standard line at the Olympics was "quality of competition". It still holds for some matchups. Talent level among countries, and further among positions in each country, varies wildly. But the asterisk after an Olympic performance is smaller than it used to be, at least in this vein. You can't look at Spain or France and say, "These guys aren't NBA-quality." They're NBA players already.
That doesn't mean that you should swallow Olympic performances whole, however. The asterisk may be smaller but you have a couple footnotes and one of those little cross thingies after. Here are some things you need to consider while watching your team's players on the international court.
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