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Best Basketball Players of Rio Olympics 2016

Mon 19 July 2021 | 12:30

Which Basketball wonders displayed the best performance to their team and the world at Olympics 2016?

Basketball was the sport's nineteenth appearance as an official Olympic medal event at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Basketball at the 2016 Summer Olympics was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from the 6th to the 21st of August 2016.

Men's preliminary and knockout round matches were held in Olympic Park's Carioca Arena 1, which has a capacity of 16,000 participants. The women's matches were held at the Youth Arena. This was the first time the men's and women's Olympic competitions were held in different locations.

The Olympic hosts were not guaranteed a spot in the games, as they were in 2012. After FIBA's Central Board decided to grant them automatic spots at its meeting in Tokyo on August 9, 2015, it was confirmed that the Brazil men's and women's national teams would compete in the Olympic Basketball Tournament at the 2016 Rio Games.

After being eliminated from the group stage, the host country Brazil failed to advance to the quarterfinals of both the men's and women's tournaments.

All of the medals were won by three countries in both categories: the United States (who won both gold medals), Serbia, and Spain.

The arenas that were used for the basketball tournaments included Carioca Arena 1, the largest of the three Carioca Arenas, and Youth Arena. Instead, the indoor volleyball games were held at the Ginasio do Maracanzinho, which hosted the 1954 and 1963 FIBA World Championships.

The whole men's tournament and the women's knockout stage were held in Carioca Arena 1, while the women's preliminary round was held at Youth Arena.

Best Basketball Players of Rio Olympics 2016 You Want to Know About

Here is the official list of Olympic medalists in basketball according to FIBA.

Milos Teodosic (97 Points)

Milos Teodosic (born March 19, 1987) is a Serbian basketball player who currently plays for Virtus Bologna in the Italian Lega Basket Serie A and the Eurocup. He also plays international basketball for Serbia's National Basketball Team.

He primarily fills the roles of point guard and shooting guard. He has been named to the All-EuroLeague team six times and was named EuroLeague MVP in 2010.

Teodosic was named to the All-Tournament Team at both the 2009 EuroBasket and the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, where he helped the Serbian national team earn silver medals. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, he also earned a silver medal.

In 2010, he was named FIBA Europe Player of the Year, and in 2016, NBA coaches voted him the greatest non-NBA player in the world, as well as La Gazzetta dello Sport's European Player of the Year.

On July 6, 2011, Teodosic signed a three-year contract with CSKA Moscow of the Russian League and VTB United League.

The 2016-2017 season, the same period as him playing in Basketball at the 2016 Summer Olympics, ended with them finishing third in the 2017 EuroLeague Final Four and winning the VTB United League.

Over 29 EuroLeague games, Teodosic averaged a career-high 16.1 points and a season-best 6.8 assists. His contract with CSKA Moscow expired at the end of the season, and he left the club.

Carmelo Anthony (97 Points)

Carmelo Kyam Anthony (born May 29, 1984), one of the Best Basketball Players of Rio Olympics 2016 is an NBA professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers (NBA).

He has been an NBA All-Star ten times and a member of the All-NBA Team six times.

He was a member of the Syracuse Orange basketball team, where he won a national title as a freshman in 2003 and was voted the NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Anthony has represented the United States in the Olympics four times, winning a bronze medal with the 2004 team and gold medals with the 2008, 2012, and 2016 teams.

He was the all-time leader in points, rebounds, and games played for the US Olympic team as of April 2016.

Anthony participated in

Basketball at the 2016 Summer Olympics

, his fourth time competing in the Olympics, a record for a US male basketball player, shattering the previous mark of three Olympiads, which he shared with James and Robinson.

Team USA won the gold medal in the championship game, defeating Serbia 96–66, and Anthony became the first player in US men's basketball history to earn three gold medals.

The Basketball genius produced a game-high 31 points in 35 minutes during the team's 98–88 victory over Australia, relying on 11–21 field goal shooting, including 9–15 from three-point range.

Bogdan Bogdanovic (98 Points)

Bogdan Bogdanovic (born August 18, 1992) is a Serbian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA.

He also plays international basketball for the Serbian national team. The Shooting guard is one of the Best Basketball Players of Rio Olympics 2016.

Bogdanovic played for the senior Serbian national team at EuroBasket 2013, averaging 9.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2 assists per game.

Under head coach Aleksandar Dordevic, Bogdanovic was a member of the Serbian national basketball team that earned the silver medal at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

He advanced to the knockout round after beating Greece, Brazil, and France, averaging 12 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game on 47 percent shooting.

The small forward also competed for Serbia at the 2016 Summer Olympics, winning silver after losing to the United States 96–66 in the final game.

Bogdanovic also played for Serbia at the EuroBasket 2017 tournament, where they finished in second place after losing in the final to Slovenia.

He took over as the team's leader in the absence of long-time captain and leader Milos Teodosic, who was injured.

He averaged 20.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 5 assists per game in nine tournament games, on 47.4% overall field goal shooting.

The Serbian was selected to the All-Tournament Team and he certainly deserves to be in the List of Olympic medalists in basketball.

Yi Jianlian (102 Points)

Yi Jianlian (born October 27, 1987) is a Chinese professional basketball player for the Chinese Basketball Association's Guangdong Southern Tigers (CBA).

He has also played with the Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey Nets, Washington Wizards, and Dallas Mavericks in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The power forward is one of the Best Basketball Players of Rio Olympics 2016.

Yi was chosen to play for the Chinese national team at the 2008 Summer Olympics for the second time, after being a part of the 2004 Olympics.

The international player scored 9 and 4 points in China's opening two group round matches, but the team lost both games to the United States and Spain.

Yi was a member of the Chinese national team that competed in the 2009 and 2011 FIBA Asia Championships, together with former NBA star Sun Yue.

He was voted the most valuable player of the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship, averaging 16.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.

During the 2012 Summer Olympics, Yi was a member of the Chinese national team, where he led the team in rebounds per game (10.2) and blocks per game (2.2).

The power forward also competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. During 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, Yi led the Chinese national team with 17.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game.

He had the greatest performance of the national team in recent years in the encounter against Nigeria. Yi earned 27 points, with a Player Efficiency of 26.

Nikola Mirotic (103 Points)

Nikola Mirotic (born February 11, 1991) is a Montenegrin-Spanish basketball player who currently plays for FC Barcelona in the Liga ACB and the EuroLeague.

The power forward is a two-time member of the All-EuroLeague Second Team and formerly played for Liga ACB's Real Madrid.

Mirotic was taken with the 23rd pick in the 2011 Entry draft and spent four seasons in the league with the Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans, and Milwaukee Bucks before returning to Spain in the offseason of 2019.

Mirotic played for the Spanish junior national team. He was nominated to the All-Tournament Team after helping Spain's U20 national team earn the bronze medal at the 2010 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship.

In 2011, he also led Spain to the gold medal. Mirotic was the tournament's leading scorer and MVP, averaging 27 points and 10 rebounds per game (a tournament record).

In June 2015, Mirotic was nominated as one of 17 candidates by head coach Sergio Scariolo to try out for the senior Spain men's national basketball team, which would compete in the EuroBasket 2015.

Mirotic was named to Spain's final 12-man team, and in September 2015, he won a gold medal at the competition.

He also played in the 2016 Olympics and was one of the

Best Basketball Players of Rio Olympics 2016

.

Mantas Kalnietis (108 Points)

Mantas Kalnietis (born September 6, 1986) is a professional basketball player for the Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL) and the EuroLeague's Zalgiris Kaunas.

He also plays basketball for the Lithuanian national team. He loves to play point guard, but he can also play shooting guard.

He led the Lithuanian national team to silver medals at EuroBasket 2013, averaging 12.1 points and 5 assists per game (leading the tournament in assists).

Owing to a clavicular displacement, he missed the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, but returned to the national squad for EuroBasket 2015.

During the same event, he set the EuroBasket single-game record of 13 assists against the Belgian national team on September 7, only to be tied for the record days later by Milos Teodosic.

In 2015, the Lithuanian national team earned their second consecutive silver medal, and Kalnietis led the tournament in assists once again, with 7.8 per game.

In addition, he had a total of 70 assists, which is the all-time record for assists in a single EuroBasket.

Kalnietis also led EuroBasket 2017 in assists, with 7.2 per game. The point guard was one of the Best Basketball Players of Rio Olympics 2016.

Miroslav Raduljica (118 Points)

Miroslav Raduljica (born January 5, 1988) is a Serbian basketball player for the Chinese Basketball Association's Zhejiang Lions (CBA).

In international competition, he also plays for the Serbian national basketball team. He is a center player with a height of 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) and he is one of the Best Basketball Players of Olympics 2016.

Under head coach Aleksandar orevi, Raduljica was a participant of the Serbian national basketball team that won the silver medal at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

He averaged 13 points and 4.6 rebounds in 21 minutes per game over nine tournament games.

Raduljica competed for Serbia at the 2016 Summer Olympics, winning silver after losing to the United States 96–66 in the final game.

Serbia's national team was tipped as the favorite to win the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, but they were defeated in the quarterfinals by Argentina.

It finished fifth with victories over the United States and the Czech Republic.

Due to the absence of Teodosic, Raduljica was elected captain of the squad, and he averaged 6.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in seven tournament games and therefore was included in the

List of Olympic medalists in basketball.

Patty Mills (149 Points)

Patrick Sammie Mills (born August 11, 1988) is an Australian professional basketball player who now plays for the NBA's San Antonio Spurs (NBA). The NBA point guard is one of the

Best Basketball Players of Rio Olympics 2016.

Mills, a 6'0" guard, debuted in the NBA in 2010 with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Mills played with the Melbourne Tigers of the National Basketball League (NBL) and the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of China during the NBA lockout in 2011.

In March 2012, Mills returned to the United States and signed with the San Antonio Spurs, with whom he has remained since.

He developed to become a valuable contributor off the bench, assisting the Spurs in their 2014 NBA Championship victory over the Miami Heat.

The Point guard is known for his three-point shooting and his leadership qualities.

At the FIBA Oceania Championship in 2007, Mills made his senior national team debut for the Boomers.

Mills joined Olympians Michael Ah Matt (1964) and Danny Morseu (1980–84) as the third Native basketball player to represent Australia.

He represented Australia in the FIBA Diamond Ball competition the next year, as well as at the Beijing Olympics, where he averaged 14.2 points per game.

The Australian went on to play for Australia at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2011 FIBA Oceania Championship before returning to the 2012 London Olympics to represent his country once more.

Bojan Bogdanovic (152 Points)

Bojan Bogdanovic (born April 18, 1989) is a Croatian professional basketball player who currently plays for the NBA's Utah Jazz.

He also plays for the Croatian national team on the international level.

He is a small forward (position) with a height of 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in). He's also played for the Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards, and Indiana Pacers, among other teams.

In 2005, Bogdanovic represented Croatia at the Under-16 level, then the Under-18 level in 2006 and 2007, and finally the Under-20 level in 2009.

For the 2010 FIBA World Championship, he was a member of the senior Croatian national team.

Jasmin Repesa, the head coach of the Croatian national team, dismissed Bogdanovic for disciplinary reasons in July 2012.

For the 2013 EuroBasket and the 2014 FIBA World Cup, he returned to Croatia. He also played for Croatia at the 2015 EuroBasket, when they were ousted by Czech Republic in the eighth finals.

On 31.5 percent shooting from the field, he averaged 10.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in six tournament games.

Bogdanovic also competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, representing Croatia and he managed to become one of the Best Basketball Players of Olympics 2016.

With 25.3 points per game, he topped all scorers, shooting 50.6 percent from the field and 45 percent from beyond the arc.

Kevin Durant (155 Points)

Kevin Wayne Durant (born September 29, 1988), popularly known by his initials KD, is an NBA basketball player who currently plays for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

He has earned two NBA championships, an NBA Most Valuable Player Award, two Finals MVP Awards, two NBA All-Star Game MVP Awards, four NBA scoring titles, the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, and two Olympic gold medals to his credit during his professional career.

Durant has also been named to nine NBA All-Star teams and eleven NBA All-Star Game rosters.

The American announced his withdrawal from the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup less than a month before the tournament began, claiming mental and physical tiredness as the reason for his retirement.

He was a member of Team USA's 2016 Olympic team, where he led them to a gold medal and became one of the Best Basketball Players of Rio Olympics 2016.

Durant was named the 2016 co-USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year, along with Carmelo Anthony, for the second time in his career, in appreciation of his achievements.

The NBA small forward has agreed to play on the 2020 Olympic squad, which was postponed until now, 2021, due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

He would enter the Games as the second-highest scorer in US men's Olympic basketball history, with 311 points behind Anthony's 336. 

Pau Gasol Saez (156 Points)

Pau Gasol Saez (born July 6, 1980), one of the

Best Basketball Players of Rio Olympics 2016

is a Spanish basketball player who currently plays for FC Barcelona in the Liga ACB and Euro League.

He has been named to the NBA All-Star squad six times and to the All-NBA team four times, twice on the second team and twice on the third team.

Gasol has two NBA championships to his credit, both with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010.

He was the first non-American player to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award in 2002 with the Memphis Grizzlies. Marc Gasol, a fellow NBA player, is his older brother.

With the Spanish national basketball team, Gasol has won a FIBA World Cup title, three EuroBasket titles, two Olympic silver medals, and an Olympic bronze medal.

The Liga ACB player won the 2006 FIBA World Cup MVP award, as well as the 2009 and 2015 FIBA EuroBasket MVP titles.

With two each, Pau Gasol and Kresimir Cosic hold the record for most EuroBasket MVP awards. Gasol is also the EuroBasket's all-time best scorer.

In addition, the 35-year-old was voted the competition's leader in blocked shots per game (2.3).

The Spanish became the all-time best scorer in FIBA EuroBasket on September 7, 2017, as he beat Tony Parker with 1,033 points in a game against Hungary. At the EuroBasket, he scored a total of 1,183 points.

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