Ranking the top international players whose country didn’t qualify for the olympics

Posted: 07/19/2012 by levcohen in Basketball

I’m continuing the olympic basketball theme today by counting down the top 10 international players whose country DIDN’T qualify for the Olympics.

1. Dirk
2. Nash
3. Horf
10. Kaman
8. Bargnani
5. Gallo
4. Hibbert
7. Pekovic
6. Gortat
9. Dragic

#10. Center Chris Kaman: Born in USA. Represents Germany internationally. Career stats: 12 points per game, 8 rebounds per game, 1.5 blocks per game. 2011-12 stats: 14 points per game, 8 rebounds per game, 1.5 blocks per game

Chris Kaman is a quality center who recently signed with the Dallas Mavericks. He would rank as a fringe top 10 center in the NBA.

#9. Point Guard Goran Dragic: Born in Slovenia. Represents Slovenia. Career stats: 8 points per game, 3 assists per game, 1 steal per game. 2011-12 stats: 12 points per game, 5 assists per game, 1.5 steals per game.

Goran Dragic is a young point guard who recently signed with the Phoenix Suns. He would rank as a fringe top 15 point guard in the NBA.

#8. Power forward/Center Andrea Bargnani: Born in Italy. Represents Italy. Career stats: 15.5 points per game, 5 rebounds per game, 1 block per game. 2011-12 stats: 19.5 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game.

Andrea Bargnani is the rare big man who is a good outside shooter. However, he has his flaws. He is a poor defender and rebounder.

#7. Center Nikola Pekovic: Born in Montenegro. Represents Montenegro. Career Stats: 9 points per game, 5 rebounds per game. 2011-12 stats: 14 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game.

Nikola Pekovic is a young talented center for the Minnesota Timberwolves. In his second season (last year), he broke out. Per 36 minutes, he averaged a double double. I see him putting up double double’s for years to come.

#6. Center Marcin Gortat: Born in Poland. Represents Poland. Career Stats: 8 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game, 1 block per game. 2011-12 stats: 15.5 points per game, 10 rebounds per game, 1.5 blocks per game.

Marcin Gortat is turning into the best pick and roll center in the NBA, and a top 7 overall center. He averaged a double double and added 1.5 blocks per game. I see him averaging 16/11/2 for the next decade.

#5. Small Forward Danilo Gallinari: Born+Represents Italy. Career Stats: 14 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2 assists per game. 2011-12 stats: 15 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal per game.

Gallo is another flashy young international player. He is a good shooter and decent defender. Solid building block.

#4. Center Roy Hibbert: Born in USA. Represents Jamaica. Career Stats: 11 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks per game. 2011-12 stats: 13 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks per game.

Now we are getting to the elite players. Roy Hibbert got a max contract from Indiana. He could be considered the fifth best center (with Howard, Bynum, Horford, Marc Gasol) in the NBA.

#3. Power Forward/Center Al Horford: Born+Represents Dominican Republic. Career Stats: 13 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1 block per game. 2010-11 stats (2011-12 was injured): 15 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1 block per game.

Al Horford is one of the most underrated players in the NBA. He is a top 4 center, and would rank up there among power forwards as well.

#2. Point guard Steve Nash: Born in South Africa. Represents Canada. Career Stats: 15 points, 9 assists, 3 rebounds per game. 2011-12 stats: 12.5 points, 11 assists, 3 rebounds per game.

Even as he ages, Steve Nash continues to be one of the best point guard’s in the NBA. Along with Rajon Rondo, he is also a top 2 passer. Now on the Lakers, he will have a chance to set up one of the best players of his generation, Kobe Bryant.

#1. Power Forward Dirk Nowitzki: Born+Represents Germany: Career Stats: 23 points, 8 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block per game. 2011-12 stats: 21.5 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists per game.

Another player past his prime, Dirk is still churning out elite scoring numbers, and two years ago he led the Mavericks to the NBA championship.

Breakdown: Only 3 of the 10 players are on the later side or past their prime (Kaman, Nash, Nowitzki). The others are either just beginning their primes or haven’t entered their primes.

There are 7 PF’s/C’s versus 2 PG’s versus only 1 swingman.

 

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Comments
  1. philabundant says:

    A team composed of these players would probably medal.

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