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Old 07-12-2012, 08:37 AM   #16 (permalink)
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If there's anyone on this list that has the International pedigree to break out during the Olympics, it's Jose Calderon. Not only did he play his first six seasons in Spain before coming to the NBA, but he's also earned five medals with his Spanish National team.

Calderon is under-the-radar in the NBA partially because he plays up in Toronto. The other reason is because while he's a tremendous passer who very rarely turns the ball over, he only scores 9.8 points per game and doesn't get the national press that a guy like Steve Nash gets.

With Ricky Rubio's injury forcing him to miss the Olympics, Calderon will be the gasoline that runs the Spanish National team's engine. Spain has an excellent squad with devastating big men like Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol and Serge Ibaka. All signs point towards a Spain vs. United States final, and while the U.S. should win, Calderon will have an excellent game.

5 Under-the-Radar NBA Players Who Will Breakout in the Olympics | Bleacher Report
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