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Tony Parker, Nic Batum headline French Olympic basketball roster

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Mark J. Rebilas

Tony Parker, Nic Batum headline French Olympic basketball roster

Tony Parker and Nic Batum are two of five NBA players that will represent France in Rio

Coming off of a win at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in the Philippines, France announced their 12-man roster for this summer’s Olympics.

The roster will include five NBA players: Tony Parker, Nicolas Batum, Boris Diaw, Rudy Gobert and Joffrey Lauvergne. Gobert skipped the qualifier in order to recover from a litany of injuries suffered throughout the past NBA season.

Nando de Colo, a former NBA player and the 2016 Euroleague MVP, will also make the trip to Rio. Antoine Diot, Mickael Gelabale, Thomas Heurtel, Charles Kahudi, Florent Pietrus and Kim Tillie will fill out the rest of the team.

Parker, Batum, de Colo, Gelabale, Pietrus and Diaw all played for France in the London Olympics where the team lost to Spain in the quarterfinals. In London, Parker and Batum finished one and two in scoring for France, with 15.7 and 15.5 points per game, respectively.

France was drawn into Group A for the Rio Games and will be joined by the United States, Venezuela, Serbia, China and Australia.

One notable omission from the team is Evan Fournier. Fournier was a free agent this summer, having just re-signed with the Orlando Magic earlier this month, and chose to skip the Olympic Qualifying Tournament due to his uncertain contract situation. While France chose to add Gobert to the roster, they opted not to do the same for Fournier. 

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