National Analysis

Jonas Valanciunas And The New Big Man Synthesis

by Jonathan Tjarks

The highest-drafted Lithuanian of all-time (No. 5 in 2011), Jonas Valanciunas is the rare gigantic center with both athleticism and coordination. When the biggest guy on the floor knows how to use his size to his advantage, it’s a problem for everyone else. Read more »
Europe Interview: Petteri Koponen Of Finland

by Erildas Budraitis

Right before the tip-off of EuroBasket 2013, Petteri Koponen talked with RealGM about Finish basketball, his NBA dream, first season with Khimki and much more. Read more »
The AAU System And How The NBA Could Fix It

by Jonathan Tjarks

Because there is no professional structure to youth basketball in the United States, a poorly organized and often self-defeating culture has developed in its place. If AAU basketball is bad for business, the NBA has the power to fix it and instead look to the models of Europe. Read more »
RealGM Interview: Jan Vesely

by Erildas Budraitis

RealGM caught up with Jan Vesely to talk about the challenges he faces in the NBA, his transition period, the Czech Republic national team and more. Read more »
EuroBasket 2013 Power Rankings

by Erildas Budraitis

Compared with previous tournaments, EuroBasket 2013 will be a weaker competition in terms of talent, as a lot of stars for various reasons won't suit up for the championship. But the tournament will still have many top players from the NBA and Euroleague. Read more »
Building USA's 2016 Olympic Team

by Danny Leroux

Numerous international tournaments (FIBA U-19, adidas nations, etc) occurring during the summer between the 2012 Olympics and 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup triggered for me the thought of what the next USA Olympic basketball team can and should look like. Read more »
Team USA's Next Generation

by Jonathan Tjarks

Team USA changed the peer group of the NBA’s best young players. While their NBA teammates changed every year, their USA teammates stayed the same. It fostered the relationship between LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh that led to a dynasty with the Heat and it could do the same with Paul George, Kyrie Irving, etc. Read more »
Picking A Starting Five From The 27 USA Basketball Minicamp Participants

by RealGM Staff Report

Paul George, Kyrie Irving, DeMarcus Cousins, Kawhi Leonard, Kenneth Faried received the most votes to be included in their best starting five of some of the NBA's most talented American-born players. Read more »
RealGM Interview: Andrew Sullivan Of Leicester Riders

by Erildas Budraitis

Andrew Sullivan sat down with RealGM to discuss joys and sorrows of the British basketball, his personal career, Great Britain national team, Luol Deng and much more. Read more »
Europe Interview: Dontaye Draper Of Real Madrid

by Erildas Budraitis

Over the past couple of season Dontaye Draper has established himself in Europe as a pass-first type Euroleague point guard with excellent scoring skills. Read more »
Basketball's Ambassador-In-Chief

by Jonathan Tjarks

LeBron James is an ambassador for the game of basketball, a game that can and does change people's lives for the better. That's a tremendous responsibility, and asides from one foolish primetime TV special, he's handled the blinding media spotlight and the celebrity fishbowl that comes with it about as well as could possibly be expected. Read more »
Kirilenko's NBA Departure And Return

by Michael Scotto

Andrei Kirilenko talks to RealGM about his experience with CSKA, winning the bronze in London, the impact of Mikhail Prokhorov on the Russian game and his initial days with the Wolves. Read more »
RealGM Interview: J.R. Holden

by Erildas Budraitis

J.R. Holden was a European game changer and retired a year ago after a long career with CSKA and the Russian National Team. Now, Holden begins the next phase of his life as a businessman and maybe one day as the GM of a team in Europe. Read more »
Surprises And Disappointments Of The 2012 Olympics

by Erildas Budraitis

Patrick Mills, Joe Ingles, Nate Reinking, Darius Songaila and Salah Mejri were amongst the players with surprisingly good performances in the Olympics, while Matt Nielsen, Jonas Valanciunas, Ronny Turiaf, Al-Farouq Aminu and Sergey Monya struggled. Read more »
2012 Olympics: Final Advanced Player Stats

by Dan Hanner

LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Pau Gasol, Patty Mills, Manu Ginobili and Andrei Kirilenko were the stars of the Olympics. Here is how their offensive ratings measure up. Read more »
Team-By-Team Gold Medal Winners

by Christopher Reina

The Jazz and Thunder have had the most Gold Medalists since the USA began bringing NBA players in 1992, while Duke leads amongst colleges. How do the other 29 NBA teams rank? Read more »
Star Among Stars (LeBron's Performance For The Ages)

by Jonathan Tjarks

More impressive than even his stats was LeBron James command of the game. While his teammates restricted their game and played more as specialists, LeBron expanded his. Whatever Team USA needed -- scoring, playmaking, rebounding, perimeter or interior defense -- he provided. Read more »
USA 2016 Will Threaten 1992 For Best Team Ever Assembled

by Christopher Reina

LeBron James Dwight Howard and Kevin Durant will presumably be at their peaks in 2016 at the ages of 31, 30 and 27 respectively, and the depth of talent joining them will be remarkable and similarly in their prime. Read more »
One Last Chance For Argentina's Golden Generation

by Jonathan Tjarks

While Team USA was turning over its entire roster every two years, the same core of Argentine players have been getting older. Now, in Friday’s Olympic semifinal, the “Golden Generation” has one final chance to defeat the Americans. It will be a much harder task in 2012: Team USA has been built in their image -- except faster, stronger and more athletic. Read more »
Olympic Quarterfinals By The Numbers

by Dan Hanner

Not surprisingly, the United States has the highest Points Per Possession (PPP) offense in the tournament. But what must make Mike Krzyzewski the most happy is that Team USA also has the lowest PPP defense. Read more »