ESPN released an All-London team honouring the best players of the men’s basketball tournament in a similar style to the NBA’s All-NBA teams.
There are a few obvious inclusions from the newest version of the Dream Team, but the teams also feature a few international surprises breaking into the list.
Lebron James and Kevin Durant were both obvious selections into the ESPN All-London first team as the US cruised to gold on their backs. James averaged 13 points, five rebounds and five assists through eight games, collected the first Olympic triple double in history and was generally considered the unquestioned MVP of the tournament.
Durant averaged 19 points and five rebounds and had a 30 and nine game in the gold medal game against Spain.
Manu Ginobili also received recognition in what were his last Olympics. While posting almost identical stats to Durant (19.4 ppg and 5.4 rpg), Ginobili was required to carry an Argentinian team without much depth for large stretches.
Pau Gasol was an obvious inclusion. He was probably the only consistent Spaniard throughout the competition and was marvellous in keeping his country in the game during the second half of the gold medal final.
Andrei Kirilenko, returning to the NBA this season after a stint in Europe, looked 10 years younger while scoring 17.5, 7.5 rebounds to with an assist, a steal and a block per contest.
Carmelo Anthony headlines the All-London second team and it’s a no brainer considering the historical game he produced in the US’s romp over Nigeria. Anthony exploded in that game shooting 10 of 12 on 3-point attempts for 37 points in just 14 minutes of action.
Most NBA fans will know Luis Scola so it’s no surprise he’s on the list. Averaged 18 points per for the fourth placed Argentinians.
Patty Mills, who played last season with the San Antonio Spurs, led the tournament with the highest points per game average (21.2)- ahead of the likes of Kevin Durant and Pau Gasol. The lightening quick Aussie point also registered a 39-point game against hosts Great Britain.
Long Australian small forward Joe Ingles also produced an excellent tournament averaging 15 points, five rebounds and four assists. He played for FC Barcelona last season, but don’t be surprised to see the 24-year-old eventually get a sniff at the NBA.
Marcelinho Huertas rounds out the squad with averages of 11 points and six assists per game a disappointing Brazilian squad.