Basketball Australia announced its final 12-man basketball team to the 2021 Olympics on Saturday.
Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles and San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills are among the big names included in the roster.
Australia is one of the Top 4 betting favorites to win the gold medal in the men’s basketball competition in next month’s Olympic games in Tokyo.
Basketball Australia released the members of their 2021 Tokyo Olympics men’s basketball team on Saturday.
After their final training camp in Los Angeles last week, the Australian Olympic Committee has decided to go with a mix of experience and new faces for next month’s Olympic games.
Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles and San Antonio Spurs’ guard Patty Mills will once again spearhead the Boomers in the tournament. Meanwhile, fellow NBA veterans Aron Baynes and Matthew Dellavedova will be making their third appearance in the Olympics for Australia. Chris Goulding will be participating in his second Summer Games for the Aussies while the remaining seven players on the team are first-time Olympians for the Boomers.
The best basketball betting sites currently have the Boomers as one of the Top 4 favorites to win the gold and while beating the Americans doesn’t look too feasible right now, the upcoming Olympic games may be the one where the Boomers finally win a medal in the Olympic games.
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With a talent-laden lineup, many believe that 2021 could be the year when Australia finally wins a medal in the Olympics. The team has played in four bronze-medal matches in the Olympics but has always come shot, including a heartbreaking loss in the 2016 Rio Games.
Playing against powerhouse Spain, the Boomers battled back from a big deficit to take an 88-87 lead on a basket by Aron Baynes with less than 10 seconds to play. But an unfortunate foul call sent Spain’s Sergio Rodriguez to the foul line with five seconds left in regulation. Rodriguez canned both free throws and gave Spain an 89-88 lead. Australia could not get a shot off in their final possession as they were denied a medal finish once again.
Since then, the Boomers have worked to get better. They won the FIBA Asia Cup in 2017, won the Commonwealth Games gold in 2018, and finished 4th in the FIBA World Cup in 2019. Now ranked 3rd in the official FIBA rankings, the Boomers hope that their international success and the NBA experience of its players will finally get them on the podium in the Olympics.
Ben Simmons has officially withdrawn from the Australian Boomers’ Tokyo Olympics campaign, Basketball Australia announced in a 5:30am press release. pic.twitter.com/K3Tga9j9Nz
— Olgun Uluc (@OlgunUluc) June 28, 2021
But if the Boomers are to win their first-ever Olympic medal, they will have to do it without the only Australian to make an NBA All-Star team as Ben Simmons withdrew from the Australian men’s basketball team to the Tokyo Olympics to focus on “individual development”.
It can be recalled that Simmons became the most controversial player in the 2021 NBA playoffs while shooting an all-time low 34.2% from the foul line in 12 postseason games. His disappearing act in the fourth quarter of the final four games of the Sixers’ second round series against the Atlanta Hawks has been the topic of discussions all over the world and has led to rumors that he could be traded this offseason.
However, Simmons not playing isn’t anything new for the Boomers as the NBA’s no. 1 overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft has never played for Australia in a major tournament, much more the Olympic games. So while he would have been a big addition to their Tokyo campaign, he isn’t a loss at all.