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Once the NBA season is underway, I will be naming a ‘Team of the Week’ each week, with the best player of that week and why. This will be the first edition and it will be for the Group Stage of the Olympic Games so far.
Patrick Mills (Australia)
Mills has been in fine form for Australia, leading the points scoring tally alongside Luis Scola. Mills has scored 90 points this Olympics so far, averaging 22.5 points per game. He has been Australia’s go-to man on offence, with his ability to set up and also score himself. Mills has a brilliant ability to get through the defense and create his own shot. This has been utilised beautifully by the Boomers. He stamped his authority in the first match against Brazil, as he challenged the Brazilian’s zone game and kept Australia in the play offensively and defensively in what could have been a big win for the South Americans.
Manu Ginobili (Argentina)
Ginobili has been outstanding for Argentina so far these games, averaging 21 points per game and leading the steals with 2.5 per game. The San Antonio Spurs shooting guard has been the main player that the Argentine’s have looked for in attack and has set up many plays with his excellent passing game, as well as going himself. He has been easily the standout #2 with players such as Kobe Bryant and Nicholas Batum not having their best games. Look for Ginobili to be a pivotal part of Argentina’s game plan in the finals.
Carmelo Anthony (USA)
‘Melo has been in red-hot form coming off the bench for the USA, averaging 20.5 points per game. After scoring 37 points in 14 minutes, Anthony has established himself as one of the greatest Olympic basketballers ever! He may not be the greatest defender, but when you can score like that, who needs defense? ‘Melo has been Team USA’s main shooter from beyond the arc and has not disappointed, shooting at a remarkable 64%! Expect Carmelo to get even better during the knockout stages.
Luis Scola (Argentina)
Scola is the equal leading point scorer so far with Patty Mills, with 90 points in 4 games. Scola is Argentina’s most important factor in getting a medal, because he can single-handedly win a game off the back of his shooting. He can shoot from just about anywhere, including down low, a great quality in a power forward. He has also proven that he can get opposing players in foul trouble this Olympics, which will be key against teams like Spain and the USA.
Yi Jianlian (China)
The Chinese’s best player has once again proven that China can adapt to ‘life without Yao.’ Yi had a brilliant start to these games, scoring 30 points against the Spanish team. He hasn’t been in such red-hot scoring form since then, but on the defensive end, Yi has been the star of this team. He is averaging 2 blocks per game and 9.2 rebounds per game, an outstanding effort for a man who is also China’s attacking focal point! Yi has provided great leadership to a young Chinese team and has been the best centre so far these games.
PG Tony Parker (France)
SG Alexey Shved (Russia)
SF Andrey Kirilenko (Russia)
PF LeBron James (USA)
C Salah Mejri (Tunisia)
Yours in Basketball,