The IOC is set to add 3-on-3 basketball to the Olympics in 2020 which naturally has basketball fans dreaming up all sorts of scenarios. Could anyone actually challenge the U.S.?
In this scenario, we pick the best all-time 3-on-3 lineups from each country, but to make sure we have enough teams, we are picking from players' birth country according to Basketball Reference. This is taking into account all the greats who have played for an NBA franchise. Let us know if we missed anybody...
Argentina: Manu Ginobili, Andres Nocioni, Luis Scola
Argentina has always played well at the international level, but this doesn't seem that intimidating given some of the other teams. Manu will have to do a lot of the heavy lifting.
Australia: Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons, Andrew Bogut
Kyrie Irving was born in Melbourne, which is definitely something I knew before starting this list. Simmons over Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova was tough, but I wanted to do anything I could to keep Delly off this team. Grit can only go so far in 3-on-3.
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Vladimir Radmonovic, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jusuf Nurkic
This team has a ton of size and rebounding. Playmaking will be a significant issue. Bogdanovic will really have to go off, much like he did in Rio, for this team to have any success.
Brazil: Leandro Barbosa, Nene, Anderson Varejao
Tough omission leaving off Oscar Schmidt, but I wanted to stick to NBA guys. Brazil is really going to struggle given some of the other trios.
Canada: Rick Fox, Andrew Wiggins, Tristan Thompson
Yeah, I know what you're thinking "Where is Steve Nash?" Well, he was born in South Africa. Disappointing, I know, but not as disappointing as Anthony Bennett.
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China: Tom Meschery, Yi Jianlian, Yao Ming
Meschery was born in Harbin, China and rocked an incredible mustache in the 1960's. I would give him this spot on the team just for the mustache.
Croatia: Drazen Petrovic, Peja Stojakovic, Toni Kukoc
This would be a really fun team to watch and would be hell to play with their size and shooting ability. Dark horse team to medal.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo: Emmanual Mudiay, Bismack Biyombo, Dikembe Mutombo
Well, you have a guard and two forwards, but will lack scoring from behind the arc. Good luck going inside against Biyombo and Mutombo though.
France: Nicolas Batum, Dominique Wilkins, Rudy Gobert
Yes, I know Tony Parker and Joakim Noah both play for the French National Team, but neither were born in France. Parker was actually born in Belgium, but you get the bonus of Dominique Wilkins, who was actually born in Paris. This would be a really solid team.
Germany: Dennis Schroder, Detlef Schrempf, Dirk Nowitzki
This was actually a difficult decision, but having the option of Kiki Vandeweghe and Carlos Boozer made it more difficult than I originally suspected. This could be a sneaky good threesome.
Italy: Reggie Jackson, Marco Belinelli, Danilo Gallinari
Sorry, Andrea Bargnani. It turns out Reggie Jackson was born in Pordenone, Italy and gives this team a playmaker. They are going to shoot a lot of three's.
Lithuania: Sarunas Marciulionis, Arvydas Sabonis, Jonas Valanciunas
Sabonis is going to be the star of the team and carrying two bigs will force Marciulionis into more of a playmaker role. Given that, it's tough to leave off Sarunas Jasikevicius, but he didn't have as much NBA success as Marciulionis.
Russia: Alexey Shved, Andrei Kirilenko, Timofey Mozgov
Yeah, good luck.
Serbia: Marko Jaric, Nikola Jokic, Vlade Divac
A lot of height on this team and a lot of skill from the two big men. Maybe could have gone Darko Milicic instead of Jaric, but that's way too much height and not enough athleticism.
Slovenia: Goran Dragic, Beno Udrih, Rasho Nesterovic
This team will probably look different whenever Luka Doncic makes his way to the NBA, but until then this team screams "first round exit."
South Sudan: Luol Deng, Thon Maker, Manute Bol
This team has all the height and all the length and they will be difficult to break down on defense. Offense, on the other hand, will be a significant issue.
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Spain: Ricky Rubio, Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol
This is the team that probably challenges the U.S. the most. They don't have the shooting that other teams have, but the Gasol's can probably knock down just enough jumpers to make up for Rubio's lack of a consistent shot.
Switzerland: Thabo Sefolosha, Enes Kanter, Clint Capela
Apparently, Kanter was born in Zurich, Switzerland and Turkey can survive without him.
Turkey: Hedo Turkoglu, Ersan Ilyasova, Mehmet Okur
Without Kanter, Turkey subs in Mehmet Okur. You could do worse. Plus, you have Turkoglu.
Ukraine: Vitaly Potapenko, Slava Medvedenko, Alex Len
This is the team Stephen A. Smith will mock the most. No contest.
United Kingdom: Ben Gordon, Kelenna Azubuike, James Donaldson
More Ben Gordon isn't necessarily a bad thing.
United States: LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal
This isn't fair. Honestly, you could sub in Kevin Durant, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson... whoever, it doesn't matter. What is the worst American trio that could probably win gold?
Rest of Africa: Steve Nash (South Africa), Joel Embiid (Cameroon), Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria)
This is a serious contender with a 2x MVP in Nash, 1x MVP in Olajuwon and a social media MVP in Embiid. I'm all-in on this team.
Rest of Caribbean: J.J. Barea (Puerto Rico), Tim Duncan (U.S. Virgin Islands), Patrick Ewing (Jamaica)
It was a tough call between Barea, Mickael Pietrus (Guadeloupe) or Raja Bell (U.S. Virgin Islands) for the third spot. Al Horford (Dominican Republic) and Mychael Thompson (Bahamas) were tough to omit, but neither were going to make it over Duncan or Ewing.
Rest of Europe: Tony Parker (Belgium), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece), Kristaps Porzingis (Latvia)
This is a medal contender. I love everything about this team, but they do lack a deadly three-point shooter. Rik Smits (Netherlands), Zaza Pachulia (Georgia), and Marcin Gortat (Poland) were the big omissions.
Rest of the World: Greivis Vasquez (Venezuela), Eduardo Najera (Mexico), Steven Adams (New Zealand)
Admittedly, I just wanted Greivis Vasquez in this hypothetical tournament.