If the last NBA Draft didn’t drive the point home, maybe the Olympics will — international basketball is thriving.
There will be a record 46 active NBA players who suit up in Rio for the Olympics, a new record (there were 41 in the London games four years ago). There are another 18 former NBA players who will be taking part in the Rio games as well. That’s 64 current or former NBA players in the games.
Not surprisingly, the San Antonio Spurs have the most with five guys, followed by the Utah Jazz with four. The Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, and Toronto Raptors each have three.
Ten of the 12 teams in the Olympic tournament have an NBA player. Outside Team USA, Spain has the most active NBA players with seven. After that it’s Australia, Brazil, and France each with five NBA players.
Here’s the full list, sorted by nation.
Nicolas Brussino (Dallas Mavericks)
Patricio Garino (San Antonio Spurs)
Manu Ginobili (San Antonio Spurs)
Luis Scola (Brooklyn Nets)
Aron Baynes (Detroit Pistons)
Andrew Bogut (Dallas Mavericks)
Matthew Dellavedova (Milwaukee Bucks)
Joe Ingles (Utah Jazz)
Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs)
Leandro Barbosa (Phoenix Suns)
Cristiano Felicio (Chicago Bulls)
Marcelo Huertas (Los Angeles Lakers)
Nene (Houston Rockets)
Raul Neto (Utah Jazz)
Bojan Bogdanovic (Brooklyn Nets)
Mario Hezonja (Orlando Magic)
Dario Saric (Philadelphia 76ers)
Nicolas Batum (Charlotte Hornets)
Boris Diaw (Utah Jazz)
Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz)
Joffrey Lauvergne (Denver Nuggets)
Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs)
Mindaugas Kuzminskas (New York Knicks)
Domantas Sabonis (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Jonas Valanciunas (Toronto Raptors)
Michael Gbinije (Detroit Pistons)
Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets)
Alex Abrines (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Jose Calderon (Los Angeles Lakers)
Pau Gasol (San Antonio Spurs)
Guillermo Hernangomez (New York Knicks)
Nikola Mirotic (Chicago Bulls)
Sergio Rodriguez (Philadelphia 76ers)
Ricky Rubio (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks)
Harrison Barnes (Dallas Mavericks)
Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls)
DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings)
DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors)
Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors)
Paul George (Indiana Pacers)
Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)
Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers)
DeAndre Jordan (L.A. Clippers)
Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors)
Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors)
The Bulls’ point-guard position is a quagmire.
Kris Dunn and Cameron Payne are both injured (and not necessarily good). Jerian Grant is maybe an adequate backup pressed into starting. Ryan Arcidiacono is on a two-way contract.
Enter Kay Felder.
The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has waived forward Jarell Eddie and center Diamond Stone, and claimed guard Kay Felder off waivers.
Felder was waived by the Hawks, who acquired him in a salary-dump trade from the Cavaliers. Cleveland drafted Felder No. 54 last year, but ran out of roster spots this year.
Felder is only a moderate prospect. He impressed in the D-League, but at 5-foot-9, he has significant limitations. (His size also makes him incredibly fun to watch when he gets rolling.)
For Chicago, he’s a quite-noteworthy addition.
Dwyane Wade revealed last year that LeBron James refuses to use his phone internationally unless he’s on Wi-Fi.
LeBron’s friend and new Cavaliers teammate again brought up that claim, and LeBron confirmed – then went even further about his own cheapness.
LeBron in a joint interview with Wade on ESPN:
No. I’m not doing that. I’m not turning on data roaming. I’m not buying no apps. I still got Pandora with commercials.
LeBron – he’s just like us!
As funny as that line is, keep watching to see LeBron hilariously explain how his hairline affects his interviews.
Last year, Russell Westbrook had a historic season on his way to the MVP award, with James Harden and Kawhi Leonard right on his heels. But heading into this season, the dynamic for MVP — and many of the NBA awards — feels very different and wide open.
In this latest PBT Extra, I lay out my preseason predictions for every award — LeBron James for MVP, Ben Simmons for Rookie of the Year, and on down the list. There are a few leaps and surprises in there (predicting Most Improved or Sixth Man before the season is a crap shoot, so why not gamble).
Now the predictions season is over, let’s get on to the games.
Jazz point guard Dante Exum hurt his shoulder in a preseason game – an injury that immediately looked like it could be season-ending.
Though Utah doesn’t outright say Exum is done for the year, this doesn’t engender much hope.
The following is a medical update on Utah Jazz guard Danté Exum who suffered a separated left shoulder on October 6 vs. Phoenix.
After further evaluation, Exum (6-6, 190, Australia) has elected to undergo surgery to stabilize the AC joint of his left shoulder. The surgery is scheduled to take place Tuesday, October 24 in Los Angeles. Further updates will be provided when appropriate.
Exum (obviously) didn’t receive a contract extension before today’s deadline, so he’ll become a free agent next summer. After one full missed season already and two years of limited effectiveness, it’s not even clear Utah will extend Exum a qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent. The former No. 5 pick almost certainly won’t meet the starter criteria, which means his qualifying offer would be worth $4,333,931 (down from $6,619,903 based on his draft slot).
The Jazz will start Ricky Rubio, and Raul Neto will be the primary point guard behind him. Wings Rodney Hood, Alec Burks, Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles can all share facilitating duties.
Utah will probably be just fine without Exum this season, which speaks to his marginal place long-term.