Draft Watch: Spain's Rubio among NBA prospects at Olympics

Originally Published: August 7, 2008
By Chad Ford | ESPN.com

Over the past several years, the influence of young international players on the NBA draft has steadily declined. During the 2008 NBA draft, just one international player, Danilo Gallinari, was selected in the lottery. Several others, including Alexis Ajinca, Serge Ibaka and Nicolas Batum, went late in the first round.

The same trend generally holds true for the Olympics. National teams, the U.S. included, invite their most experienced players to play for the gold. There is very ...

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