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Grading each Team USA player’s performance at the Rio Olympics

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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.

Kevin Durant

Grade: A+

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.

Carmelo Anthony team usa

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Carmelo Anthony

Grade: B

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.

Kyrie Irving team usa

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Grade: B

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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