Team USA's star-studded roster, with LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony, is easily the most branded at the 2012 Olympics, but a bundle of elite talents will play in London who are not wearing the red, white and blue -- and they're not just from Spain, either. Here are 10 other players you need to watch in this tournament.
Marcelo Huertas, PG, Brazil
29-year-old Huertas is the ultimate pass-first point guard. He excels in pick-and-roll and in the open floor with his ability to create for teammates. The two-time All-ACB selection (Spanish league considered the second best in the world) is a physical 6-foot-3 who can also score in the lane and shoot from deep.
Jonas Valanciunas, PF, C, Lithuania
Toronto's fifth selection in the 2011 draft, Valanciunas is coming off a brilliant season in Europe and emerging as a bonafide NBA starter. The 7-foot 20-year-old can really run the floor and finish on the break; he should be one of the stars of this tournament.
Tony Parker, PG, France
Parker's free-flowing style of play is perfect for FIBA rules, with its expanded key and heavy dose of pick-and-roll. The four-time NBA All-Star is coming off perhaps his best season yet, and he has backcourt help in the form of teammate Nando De Colo, a 2009 second-round pick who can play on and off the ball.
Nicholas Batum, F, France
Batum, the owner of a brand new contract with Portland worth $46 million, is a tremendous athlete and two-way player who should excel playing alongside Tony Parker in London. Look for him to have a monster tournament for the French, who are looking to medal in the Olympics for the first time in over a decade.
Manu Ginobili, SG, Argentina
Almost 35 years old, this is almost surely Ginobili's last Olympiad. The longtime anchor of the Argentine squad, Ginobili has always given the American team issues with his swashbuckling style and ability to attack the paint. Don't forget that Team USA escaped Argentina 86-80 in a recent exhibition game and lost to them in the 2004 semifinals in Athens.
Luis Scola, PF, Argentina
Scola's ability to extend the defense off pick-and-pop has always been his best weapon in international play, and the London games should be no different. The recently amnestied Houston Rocket power forward may just have an extra chip on his shoulder as well.
Pau and Marc Gasol, PF, C, Spain
Team USA's biggest threat at gold is Spain, and the biggest reason why, both literally and figuratively, are the Gasol brothers, who were both All-Stars last season. Their ability to score on the block and high post and to provide a deft passing touch helps engineer the always explosive Spanish offense.
Serge Ibaka, PF, C, Spain
NBA fans know all about the physical prowess of Ibaka, last season's runaway shot-blocking leader. The 23-year-old nationalized citizen of Spain has vastly improved his jumper as well, but he won't need to score on this team. His main mission is to shut down the paint -- particularly against Team USA in a potential August 12 gold medal game -- and force LeBron James away from the basket.
Andrei Kirilenko, F, Russia
The former NBA All-Star is coming off a sensational season with CSKA Moscow, where he was the Euroleague MVP on one of the best teams in Europe. Kirilenko's tenacious defense and rebounding skills are the main reasons why the Russians should be in the hunt for their first-ever Olympic medal.
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