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Will Paris 2024 be the strongest Olympic basketball tournament ever? / News - Basketnews.com

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The number of All-NBA team members in the 2024 Paris Olympics matches the all-time high in Olympic basketball tournaments.

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The Paris 2024 Olympics is set to feature one of the strongest, if not the strongest, basketball tournaments ever.

This assumption is based on the quantity of individual talent and the competition for the gold medal, which might potentially pose a serious challenge for Team USA.

According to the BasketNews research, the Paris 2024 Olympics will showcase an exceptional level of NBA talent not seen in 28 years.

The basketball tournament in Paris will feature 12 All-NBA players from the first, second, and third teams.

This number ties the all-time high with the Atlanta 1996 Olympics, which also featured 12 All-NBA players.

Just like in 1996, the Paris 2024 Olympics will be headlined by four first-team nominees (Giannis Antetokounmpo, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Nikola Jokic, Jayson Tatum), four second-team nominees (Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Anthony Edwards, Kawhi Leonard), and four third-team players (Devin Booker, Stephen Curry, Tyrese Haliburton, LeBron James).

The only three remaining All-NBA players who won't be in the Paris Olympics are Luka Doncic (first team, Slovenia), Jalen Brunson (second team, USA), and Domantas Sabonis (third team, Lithuania).

Doncic and Sabonis fell short in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament with Slovenia and Lithuania, respectively.

Additionally, the Paris 2024 Olympics will feature the MVP of the 2023-24 NBA season, Nikola Jokic (Serbia), Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert (France), NBA Rookie of the Year Victor Wembanyama (France), and NBA Clutch Player of the Year Stephen Curry (USA).

Nikola Jokic is only the fourth NBA MVP in history, after LeBron James (2012), Kobe Bryant (2008), and Michael Jordan (1992), to headline the Olympic Games.

In 1992, the iconic "Dream Team" featured nine All-NBA members, all from the first and second All-NBA teams.

This number tied for the third-highest record of All-NBA members, as both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics also featured nine All-NBA players.

However, the total number of Team USA members on All-NBA teams was smaller, as the London 2012 Olympics also included French star Tony Parker, while the Beijing 2008 Olympics featured Dirk Nowitzki (Germany), Yao Ming (China), and Manu Ginobili (Argentina).

The only three non-All-NBA members on the "Dream Team" were Larry Bird, who retired immediately after the Olympics, Magic Johnson, who was already retired, and NCAA star Christian Laettner, who had just been drafted in 1992.

The Athens 2004 Olympics and Tokyo 2021 Olympics had the fewest All-NBA members, with two in 2004 (Tim Duncan, Yao Ming) and three in 2021 (Luka Doncic, Damian Lillard, Rudy Gobert).

The 2024 Paris Olympics will benefit from having the most diverse distribution of NBA talent across national teams.

In the 2024 Olympics, All-NBA players will represent four national teams (Greece, Canada, Serbia, and the USA). In contrast, all 12 All-NBA members in 1996 were from the same team: Team USA.

NBA players have been allowed to represent the USA national team since the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

This diverse talent pool promises an intriguing competition for Olympic gold. Since their failure in Athens in 2004, Team USA has won four consecutive basketball tournaments.

However, the competition has tightened in recent years, with the USA finishing fourth in the 2023 FIBA World Cup and seventh in the 2019 edition.

First look at the Paris 2024 Olympics:

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