Olympics 2021 Men's Basketball: Top 5 individual performances from the group stage

Charles Eluemuno

#3 Evan Fournier (France) vs USA

Evan Fournier #10 of Team France drives through traffic against Team USA at the Olympics
Evan Fournier #10 of Team France drives through traffic against Team USA at the Olympics

France have been rightly tagged as one of the favorites to win the gold medal in the 2021 Olympics men's basketball tournament. Their 83-76 win over Team USA on Gameday 1 showed their desire to compete for the gold medal in this tournament.

In that game, Evan Fournier led the French team with 28 points to overcome a USA team that was filled with his NBA teammates and opponents. Although Rudy Gobert was the most efficient player for Team France with 14 points and nine rebounds, Fournier's scoring made the difference.

#2 Jordan Nwora (Nigeria) vs Germany

Jordan Nwora #33 of Team Nigeria
Jordan Nwora #33 of Team Nigeria

Team Nigeria has crashed out of the Olympics men's basketball competition after failing to register a win in group-stage action. It was a disappointing showing for Team Nigeria, who were considered formidable after their victory over Team USA in an exhibition match.

Jordan Nwora, who joined the team after his championship run with the Milwaukee Bucks, put together an impressive display against Germany in their second group-stage match, but his effort alone was not enough to guarantee Team Nigeria the win. They blew a comfortable lead in the third quarter and fell apart in the fourth to lose the game 92 - 99.

Nwora recorded 33 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and one steal. He also maintained an efficiency of +35 despite coming off the bench. He was locked in from three-point range, making seven of his twelve attempts. However, the rest of the team failed to match his intensity and could not make stops on defense.

#1 Luka Doncic (Slovenia) vs Argentina

Luka Doncic #77 of Team Slovenia in action at the Olympics
Luka Doncic #77 of Team Slovenia in action at the Olympics

Slovenia is the dark horse of the 2021 Olympics, mainly because of Luca Doncic's efforts. Although this is the first Olympic appearance for the Slovenians, the team has shown firm resolve and are looking more like medalists after each game.

Luka Doncic came out with guns blazing in his first Olympics appearance and almost single-handedly took down the 4th-ranked Argentinian team. He is tied for second place in the Olympics' all-time single-game scoring record. The 22-year-old could have comfortably topped the list if he did not check out of the game with over four minutes left to play.

Doncic registered 48 points in 31 minutes, with a field-goal percentage of .621 (18 of 29). He also recorded a double-double as he finished with 11 rebounds. The Slovenian marked his Olympic debut with such an outstanding display, making the Slovenians the team to watch in the competition.

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Edited by Rachel Syiemlieh
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