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Thursday, July 26, 2012
Team USA by the numbers

By Marc Stein

LONDON -- As we await Sunday's launch of the Olympic men's basketball tournament, there is some data to dissect.

With some helpful dishing from ESPN Stats & Info, let's go inside the numbers from Team USA's five exhibition wins, by an average of 26.6 points, against the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Great Britain, Argentina and Spain.

12: No Team USA player averaged more than LeBron James' 12.2 shots per game. The breakdown:



3: Kobe Bryant attempted just three shots from the field while playing nearly 21 minutes against Spain. In the 1,310 career NBA regular-season and postseason games in which he's logged at least 20 minutes, Bryant has never attempted fewer than four field goal attempts.

4.7: In one of the more worrisome trends for Team USA, Tyson Chandler averaged one foul every 4.7 minutes of action (14 fouls in 66 minutes). Coach Mike Krzyzewski's only veteran center on the roster was disqualified in the Spain game after being whistled for five fouls in less than nine minutes.

3: Three players -- Bryant, James and Chandler -- started all five exhibitions. Other players who got starts: Chris Paul (four), Kevin Durant (three), Carmelo Anthony (two) and Deron Williams (one).

4: Team USA had four leading scorers on its exhibition tour if you count Williams, who tied with Anthony against Great Britain with a team-best 19 points. The list:



10: The largest deficit Team USA faced was a 10-point hole against Brazil. Spain went up as many as nine points early against the Yanks, but Argentina never tasted a lead. Team USA held no less than a 20-point lead in every game except Brazil.

22: Team USA forced nearly twice as many turnovers as it committed in the five exhibition games, generating 22.0 per game and making just 12.2 turnovers per game as a team. Team USA also averaged 28.6 points per game off turnovers, good for 30 percent of its offense in the five wins (143 of its 497 composite points). Bear in mind that, for comparison's sake, NBA teams created an average 17 percent of their offense from turnovers during the 2011-12 season.

0: None of Team USA's five exhibition opponents reached double figures in fast-break points. Team USA was plus-58 on the break in the five games.

1: Only Argentina outscored Team USA in points in the paint. The Americans were plus-8 inside against both Brazil and Spain and plus-70 on points in the paint against Great Britain and the Dominican Republic.

37.4: Team USA entered the Spain game shooting just 37.4 percent from the shorter international 3-point line, but the Americans were 13-of-23 from deep against the reigning European champions, while Spain shot just 26.3 percent on 3s (5-of-19).