Arnovitz: Manu, Mills make all-Olympics team; Diaw honorable mention

By Quixem Ramirez

The excellent Kevin Arnovitz of compiled 10 players that exuded excellence in Olympic play. They were divided into two teams and Manu Ginobili (first-team) and Patty Mills (second-team) were worthy of selection. Boris Diaw, who averaged 7.7 points, six rebounds and 4.3 assists, received honorable mention.

Here’s what Arnovitz said about Ginobili and Mills, respectively:

“As much as the hire of Mike Krzyzewski, those     losses to Argentina inspired American NBA stars to renew their commitment to international competition.     Argentina didn’t medal in London, but a 35-year-old Ginobili continued his mastery of the world stage. In     eight games, Ginobili averaged 19.4 points (third among all players), 5.4 rebounds (more than any other     guard in Olympic play) and 4.1 assists. He led a tiny, somewhat depleted team that had grown old in the     tooth to the brink of the podium. Ginobili is unlikely to suit up in Rio de Janeiro, and world basketball will be     poorer for it.”

On Mills:

“Mills drilled the shot of the Olympics when he flared to the top of the circle with his team trailing by two to     the undefeated Russians. With 1.8 seconds left, Mills caught a pass from Joe Ingles, then launched the     shot against two closing defenders. The ball fell through, one of several big shots Mills drilled for the     Boomers, a team that probably had less pure talent on the floor than any other that survived group play.     Mills was the only Olympian who averaged greater than 20 points per game (21.5) and was the spark     Australia needed against more sophisticated schemes and explosive squads.”

Interestingly enough, Tony Parker didn’t make the cut on either team nor did he receive honorable mention despite leading France in scoring. This slight is due in large part to his shooting efficiency — Parker shot 40.7% from the field.

Hat-tip to keywester of Spurs Talk.