Tokyo Olympics Men’s Basketball: The NBA Players with Top Shot Moments

Tokyo Olympics Men’s Basketball: The NBA Players with Top Shot Moments

by Brian Kelleher

7/21/2021

The 2020 Tokyo Men’s Olympic Basketball tournament officially starts on July 25 and ends on August 7, 2021. Twelve countries and a plethora of current and former NBA players will be in Tokyo to compete for bronze, silver, and gold Olympic medals — and many of those players have Moments on Top Shot.

No fans will be in attendance at any of the Olympic events taking place in Tokyo this year due to a COVID-19 state of emergency — a la the 2020 NBA bubble at Walt Disney World. But there will still be plenty of eyes on this year’s tournament across the globe.

Every four years there is a pack of storylines surrounding Team USA Olympic men’s basketball team and this year is no different. The subplots include whether or not Damian Lillard will request a trade from the Blazers, Kevin Love admitting he’s not in prime basketball shape, and the fact that Team USA lost its first two preliminary games against Nigeria and Australia earlier this month. 

With the potential for daily Olympic Quests on Top Shot according to community manager Jacob Eisenberg, let’s explore which NBA players will be contributing to the on-court drama over the next few weeks, how many Top Shot Moments they have available, and what their price is on the marketplace.

Players in the Olympics with Top Shot Moments

In a recent Discord Office Hours session, NBA Top Shot community manager Jacob Eisenberg said they will not be releasing official Olympic Basketball Moments this year due to licensing issues. However, he did say Top Shot is considering Showcase Quests — similar to the current Finals Quests — using NBA players in the Olympics who already have Top Shot Moments. 

By owning these Moments, collectors could be rewarded with a chance to win a pack or special Moments — like the Russell Westbrook Triple-Double Quest. The Charlotte Hornets, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies, and Cleveland Cavaliers are the only NBA teams not represented in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The 12 Olympic men’s basketball teams competing for a gold medal are divided into three groups of four and will each play three group phase games. After the group phase games, the top two teams from each group and the two best third-place teams will qualify for the Quarterfinals tournament to determine a winner. 

Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday, and Khris Middleton just wrapped up the NBA Finals, but as of now, all three are scheduled to join Team USA in Tokyo soon.

Team USA

Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat): 15 Moments – $3 low-ask

Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns): 16 Moments – $8 low-ask

Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets): 9 Moments – $9 low-ask

Jerami Grant (Detroit Pistons): 9 Moments – $4 low-ask

Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors): 7 Moments – $4 low-ask

Jrue Holiday (Milwaukee Bucks): 13 Moments – $6 low-ask

Zach LaVine (Chicago Bulls): 16 Moments – $4 low-ask

Damian Lillard (Portland Trailblazers): 17 Moments – $5 low-ask

JaVale McGee (Denver Nuggets): 5 Moments – $4 low-ask

Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks): 14 Moments – $6 low-ask

Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics): 20 Moments – $5 low-ask

Keldon Johnson (San Antonio Spurs): 5 Moments – $25 low-ask

Team USA Schedule

Sun. July 25, 8:00 a.m. EST vs. France

Wed. July 28 12:40 a.m. EST vs. Iran 

Sat. July 31 8:00 a.m. EST vs. Czech Republic

Team Argentina

Facundo Campazzo (Denver Nuggets): 5 Moments – $4 low-ask

Team Argentina Schedule

Mon. July 26, 12:40 a.m. EST vs. Slovenia

Thur. July 29, 8:00 a.m. EST vs. Spain

Sun. August 1, 12:40 a.m. EST vs Japan

Team Australia

Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs): 4 Moments – $4 low-ask

Joe Ingles (Utah Jazz): 4 Moments – $3 low-ask

Aron Baynes (Toronto Raptors): 1 Moment – $8 low-ask

Josh Green (Dallas Mavericks): 1 Moment – $24 low-ask

Matisse Thybulle (Philadelphia 76ers): 6 Moments – $3 low-ask

Team Australia Schedule

Sun. July 25, 4:20 a.m. EST vs. Nigeria

Wed. July 28, 4:20 a.m. EST vs. Italy

Sat. July 31, 4:20 a.m. EST vs German

Team Czech Republic

Tomas Satoransky (Chicago Bulls): 5 Moments – $4 low-ask

Team Czech Republic Schedule

Sat. July 24, 9:00 p.m. EST vs. Iran

Wed. July 28, 8:00 a.m. EST vs. France

Sat. July 31, 8:00 a.m. EST vs USA

Team France

Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz): 15 Moments – $4 low-ask

Nicolas Batum (Los Angeles Clippers): 2 Moments – $5 low-ask

Evan Fournier (Boston Celtics): 3 Moments – $4 low-ask

Team France Schedule

Sun. July 25, 8:00 a.m. EST vs. USA

Wed. July 28, 8:00 a.m. EST vs. Czech Republic

Fri. July 30, 9:00 p.m. EST vs Iran

Team Germany

Moritz Wagner (Orlando Magic): 2 Moments – $37 low-ask

Isaac Bonga (Washington Wizards): 1 Moment – $7 low-ask

Team Germany Schedule

Sun. July 25, 12:40 a.m. EST vs. Italy

Tue. July 27, 9:00 p.m. EST vs. Nigeria

Sat. July 31, 4:20 a.m. EST vs Australia

Team Iran

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Team Iran Schedule

Sat. July 24, 9:00 p.m. EST vs. Czech Republic

Wed. July 28, 12:40 a.m. EST vs. USA

Fri. July 30, 9:00 p.m. EST vs France

Team Italy

Nico Mannion (Golden State Warriors): 1 Moment – $64 low-ask

Danillo Gallinari (Atlanta Hawks): 6 Moments – $3 low-ask

Team Italy Schedule

Sun. July 25, 12:40 a.m. EST vs. Germany

Wed. July 28, 4:20 a.m. EST vs. Australia

Sat. July 31, 12:40 a.m. EST vs Nigeria

Team Japan

Rui Hachimura (Washington Wizards): 12 Moments – $4 low-ask

Yuta Watanabe (Toronto Raptors): 1 Moment – $10 low-ask

Team Japan Schedule

Mon. July 26, 8:00 a.m. EST vs. Spain

Thurs. July 29, 12:40 a.m. EST vs. Slovenia

Sun. Aug 1, 12:40 a.m. EST vs Argentina

Team Nigeria

Josh Okogie (Minnesota Timberwolves): 4 Moments – $5 low-ask

Precious Achiuwa (Miami Heat): 3 Moments – $4 low-ask

KZ Okpala (Miami Heat): 1 Moment – $7 low-ask

Chimeze Metu (Sacramento Kings): 2 Moments – $8 low-ask

Jordan Nwora (Milwaukee Bucks): 1 Moment – $125 low-ask

Team Nigeria Schedule

Sun. July 25, 4:20 a.m. EST vs. Australia

Tues. July 27, 9:00 p.m. EST vs. Germany

Sat. Jul 31, 12:40 a.m. EST vs. Italy

Team Slovenia

Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks): 16 Moments – $11 low-ask

Team Slovenia Schedule

Mon. July 26, 12:40 a.m. EST vs. Argentina

Thurs. July 29, 12:40 p.m. EST vs. Japan

Sun. Aug 1, 4:20 a.m. EST vs. Spain

Team Spain

Marc Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers): 2 Moments – $4 low-ask

Ricky Rubio (Minnesota Timberwolves): 4 Moments – $5 low-ask

Team Spain Schedule

Mon. July 26, 8:00 a.m. EST vs. Japan

Thurs. July 29, 8:00 p.m. EST vs. Argentina

Sus. Aug 1, 4:20 a.m. EST vs. Slovenia

Nigeria’s Jordan Nwora and his Three Star rookie Moment became the first to have five badges on Top Shot when the Bucks won the Finals, and it’s now selling for $125 with the badges added. However, most players have reasonably cheap Top Shot Moments available to purchase on the marketplace.

Keldon Johnson and JaVale McGee have already contributed to Team USA after replacing Bradley Beal and Kevin Love on the roster. Rui Hachimura will be a focal point of Japan’s basketball team and also the country’s flag bearer during the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. Will this international exposure bump up the price of these NBA players’ Top Shot Moments? Will some players be the bottlenecks in Olympic quests?

We’ll have to wait to see.

Who will win the Men’s Basketball Gold Medal?

Despite early struggles, Team USA is still the heavy favorite to take home gold at -400. As shown in the preliminary games, Nigeria (+3500) and Australia (+900) are extremely talented and hungry for Olympic glory. Don’t be shocked if Rudy Gobert’s France team (+1900) or Marc Gasol’s Spain team (+1100) steals a spot in the gold medal game either. 

Even without fans, this should be a very exciting two weeks of spectacular international basketball Moments, with some Top Shot action to go along with it.

Follow Brian Kelleher on Twitter: @TopShotStreams.