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Australia Olympic men’s basketball team includes 6 NBA players

2019 FIBA World Cup - Third Place Game: France v Australia

BEIJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 15: Patty Mills #5 of Australia handles the ball against France during the 2019 FIBA World Cup Third Place Game on September 15, 2019 at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, China. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Patty Mills and five more NBA players are on the Olympic men’s basketball roster for Australia, which eyes its first medal in the event in Tokyo.

Mills, a 32-year-old guard going to his fourth consecutive Olympics, is joined by fellow NBAers Joe Ingles, Aron Baynes, Dante Exum, Matthew Dellavedova and Josh Green. The full roster is here.

Australia’s most well known players to American basketball followers are absent.

Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Ben Simmons announced Tuesday that he is skipping the Olympics to focus on “individual skill development” after his club lost in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Andrew Bogut, the 2005 NBA No. 1 overall draft pick and longtime face of Australia men’s basketball, retired in November at age 36.

Australia, the first team to qualify for the Olympics in September 2019, is the most accomplished basketball nation yet to earn an Olympic men’s medal. It finished fourth in 1988, 1996, 2000 and 2016, going winless in eight games with a medal at stake.

In 2019, Australia had its best-ever world championship finish of fourth, losing two games with a medal on the line. That roster included Bogut, Mills, Baynes, Ingles and Dellavedova, but not Simmons.

“Unfinished business is in the forefront of all our minds,” Baynes said, according to a Basketball Australia press release on Saturday.

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