The San Antonio Spurs have the most players sent from one team playing in the 2016 Rio Olympic games.
Along with all of the changes the team has made this summer, some have been keeping an eye out on the progress of the Olympians.
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In the now present moment, there does not seem to be a factor of fatigue or any injuries plaguing any of the players. They look fresh, they look in tuned with their team’s offenses, and we can pick glimpses of what to expect from them next season.
From the very first game alone, we can see Tony Parker’s experience with the pick & roll is cemented in his brains. He can read which way defenses will play him when coming around a pick, which bodes well for guys like David Lee and LaMarcus Aldridge next season.
Patty Mills continues to sink his shot from three-point land, and will carry that momentum into the season, and as long as his legs don’t get tired late into the season, he will bring his refreshed jumper with him.
Manu Ginobili is the consummate professional, and with this being his last tournament he is not disappointing. Ginobili is not slowing down one bit, hitting open threes, making acrobatic layups, and executing crisp passing. It’s safe to say his leadership will be critical next season.
All of the Spurs’ players had great starts, scoring in double-figure and having an overall great weekend.
Pau Gasol, had a fantastic first game with a disappointing ending. Without center Marc Gasol to help anchor the middle, Pau had more of a load to carry against a wily and hot Croatia team.
Gasol is leading all scorers in the tournament, just one point better than Team USA’s star Kevin Durant.
Here are the stats for all Spurs players over the opening weekend games.
- Pau Gasol, Spain – 26 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist
- Patty Mills, Australia – 21 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists
- Tony Parker, France – 18 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists
- Manu Ginobili, Argentina – 12 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists
- Patricio Garino, Argentina – 15 points, 6 rebounds, 0 assists