Team USA‘s performance at the Rio Olympics received plenty of mixed reviews. Regardless, the team, led by four-time Olympian Carmelo Anthony, got the job done once again. The United States left Brazil with an undefeated 8-0 record and a 96-66 win over Serbia to earn a third consecutive Olympic gold medal.
So how well did each of these players do? I’ve graded them one-by-one according to their performance in the past two weeks.
Durant enjoyed one of his better campaigns as an Olympian, to the tune of 19.4 points, five rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.
The Golden State Warriors‘ new acquisition shot a remarkable 58 percent from the floor and from deep, saving his best game for last in a 30-point performance against Serbia in the final.
KD did all coach Mike Krzyzewski could ask for — he scored, spread the floor, passed the ball and made plays on defense.
Durant shot 50 percent or more in six of eight games and scored 12 or more points in every outing.
The senior member and captain of the team struggled in the elimination games, scoring only seven points in each of the three.
Despite his struggles, it was a memorable tournament for Melo, who became the all-time leading scorer and rebounder in USA Olympic history.
Anthony had a memorable game against Australia, scoring a team-high 31 points with nine made three-pointers in a 98-88 win. The New York Knicks forward averaged 12.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game as the emotional leader of the team.
Irving averaged 11.4 points per game and a tournament sixth-best 4.9 assists per game.
Uncle Drew shot the ball efficiently and made some clutch baskets to put away Australia and Serbia during group play.
His on-ball defense lacked, as he only managed three steals in 177 total minutes of play. His propensity to dominate the ball at times left Team USA out of sorts which is why he doesn’t quite get the A grade.
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The Clippers center took over the starting job in the first elimination game against Argentina and coach Mike Krzyzewski didn’t look back from there.
Jordan’s relentless energy on the glass and defensive intensity were key in Team USA’s success as they out-rebounded every opponent they faced.
Jordan shot a whopping tournament-best 74.2 percent from the field and grabbed 6.1 rebounds per game.
The Golden State Warriors sharpshooter went through plenty of shooting woes in the past two weeks.
Thompson shot 36.4 percent from the floor and 32.7 percent from deep, averaging short of 10 points per game.
The ‘splash brother’ had a memorable 30-point game against France where he knocked down seven treys, but often struggled to get a rhythm as he failed to score more than six points in five of the eight games.
PG13 was the engine that spearheaded this team’s willingness to play defense when the score was too close for comfort.
The Indiana Pacers All-Star’s ability to get in passing lanes, his long wingspan, and affinity to stay connected on defense played a big part in Team USA’s success.
George averaged 11.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game while being second in the team to Durant in total plus/minus (+125).
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K-Low struggled with his shot, shooting merely 41.4 percent through the tournament, but he was the best on-ball defender at the point guard position and second to Irving in assists with 3.8 per game.
Lowry was that bulldog that constantly pressed the likes of Milos Teodosic, Ricky Rubio and Matthew Dellavedova; constantly diving for loose balls and being the extra weak side defender with infectious energy off the bench.
Big Cuz had a few good games, none bigger that the gold medal game, where he double-doubled to the tune of 13 points and 15 rebounds.
The Sacramento Kings center made his presence felt in the paint, but was often quick to pile up fouls, averaging less than 15 minutes per game.
Butler struggled with his mid-range and outside shot throughout the tournament but was a dog on the defensive end.
We could almost see the tears of happiness in Tom Thibodeau‘s face, smiling like a proud papa.
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Aggressive, explosive and always willing to score, DeRozan saw limited minutes with Team USA but made the most of them by scoring in every game but one.
And who can forget a few gems on the fastbreak and the infamous near-360-dunk that set the Internet ablaze.
A court date almost cost Green a trip to Rio. The 26-year-old power forward struggled with his shot and decision-making on the break, but was still a source of defense and energy for the bench unit.
He gets a “D” as it seems it’s the only part of his versatile game that traveled with him to Rio.
The new Dallas Mavericks acquisition didn’t see the floor much except for garbage time in the last six games.
When called upon, he was assertive and a good team player, which is all the team could ask for.