The Tokyo Olympics 2020 men's basketball competition has come to an end, with Team USA showing their dominance in yet another international competition. Although they lost to the French team in the group stage,
Kevin Durant ensured an encore didn't happen as he led the USA to a fourth-straight gold medal at the Olympics. It was a close final matchup, as Team USA managed to win by just five points.
Meanwhile, Team Australia showed no mercy to the potential dark horse in the competition, as they manhandled Slovenia to win the bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympics.
With international basketball being a bit more physical than the NBA, players did not explode for 40 or 50-point games. Nevertheless, a few players put on a show in the Tokyo Olympics, getting on the score sheet as frequently as possible.
Surprisingly, many of the hotshots in world basketball did not make the list. Durant ended the Tokyo Olympics 2020 one spot shy of the top five players with the most points per game.
On that note, let's take a look at the five players with the best point averages in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 men's basketball competition.
#5 Jordan Nwora - 21 points per game
Jordan Nwora made an appearance at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 for Team Nigeria. Many people had high expectations for the vibrant team that took down Team USA in an exhibition match days before the Olympics.
Unfortunately, Team Nigeria crashed out in the group stage, but not before Nwora went on a scoring fest to show what a great shot he is. In the three group stage matches Nigeria played, the 2021 NBA champion averaged 21 points per game.
The reason his display was impressive is because he was not a starter for team Nigeria. Although he had a slow start in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 with ten points against Team Australia in his first game, Nwora exploded for 33 points against Germany in his second outing.
Nwora is back with the Milwaukee Bucks and will participate in the 2021 Las Vegas Summer League.
#4 Rui Hachimura - 22.3 points per game
Rui Hachimura came into the Tokyo Olympics 2020 off a decent run in the 2021 NBA playoffs. Although the Washington Wizards were eliminated in the first round, Hachimura showed bursts of brilliance and was the main benefactor of Russell Westbrook's dimes.
Team Japan, though, had a disappointing run in the Tokyo Olympics, as they were eliminated in the group stage. However, Hachimura was a bright spark for the team, averaging 22.3 points per game.
Japan were in the group of death and failed to register a win. Spain, Slovenia and Argentina comfortably thrashed them, with all three teams progressing to the quarter-finals of the Tokyo Olympics men's basketball competition.
#3 Patty Mills - 23 points per game
Patty Mills singlehandedly secured Australia's first basketball medal in the Olympics. Mills' 42 points against Slovenia in the Tokyo Olympics third-place match was the second-highest tally in a single game, behind Doncic's 48 in the latter's first game.
Mills averaged 23.3 points in six games, making him the most efficient player in the Australian team. He started his Tokyo Olympics 2020 campaign by dropping 25 points against Team Nigeria and ended it on an even better note.
#2 Luka Doncic - 23.8 points per game
Luka Doncic has shown time and time again that he can handle himself in a game of basketball no matter the stage of competition. He ensured Slovenia qualified for the Tokyo Olympics and then led them on a deep run.
In the process, the Slovenian men's basketball team qualified for their first Olympics in the nation's history. The 22-year-old guard dropped 48 points against Argentina to mark his Tokyo Olympics 2020 campaign.
Doncic continued his stellar performance as the competition progressed. Although his points tally dropped, he ended his Tokyo Olympics campaign with the most assists and defensive rebounds per game.
He averaged 23.8 points per game in the six matches he featured in. The Slovenian had to play through an injury, which inhibited his production rate as Slovenia lost the bronze medal playoff to Team Australia.
#1 Ricky Rubio - 25.5 points per game
Spain crashed out of the Tokyo Olympics after an 85-91 loss to Team USA in the quarter-finals. However, Ricky Rubio recorded the most points per game by any player in the tournament.
Rubio played in only four games compared to the six Luka Doncic and Patty Mills featured in. Nevertheless, he was efficient in the competition, averaging a tournament-high 25.5 points per game.
The quarter-final bout against the USA saw Rubio record his highest points tally in the Tokyo Olympics. He put 38 past the dogged USA defense comprising Jrue Holiday, Draymond Green and Bam Adebayo.