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Olympic Veterans Making A Playoff Splash

With LeBron James winning the NBA MVP, it's worth looking to see how many of Coach K's Olympians are in the playoffs and how they're doing.

Obviously James is off the charts. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade are fellow members of the Heat who are something like 42-2 lately (Shane Battier had a hand in that as well, though not with the Olympic teams).

Kobe Bryant is out with an achilles tear and his Lakers are out of the playoffs.

Jason Kidd is still playing at 40 and helping the Knicks in the playoffs.

After a couple of down seasons, Deron Williams is again playing well and with the Nets.

Chris Paul is out of the playoffs, but is now widely regarded as the best point guard in the league.

Tyson Chandler, after leading the Mavs to a title, is trying to help the Knicks get one too.

Kevin Durant has become one of the top five players in the world, but teammate Russell Westbrook is out for the rest of the year with an injury.

Kevin Love has struggled with injuries as well. Minnesota did not make the playoffs.

Andre Iguodala was traded to the Nuggets last summer and helped lead Denver to a 57-win season.

After being traded to Houston this year, James Harden boosted his scoring average by 10 points and is playing as well as anyone not named LeBron.

Anthony Davis, after a prodigious rookie year at Kentucky, was injured much of his rookie year.

Only Dwight Howard has lost ground. After leaving the Magic, the hugely talented big man seemed to lose his way this season and for the first time in his career, really, suffered withering criticism from the media and fans alike.

What's interesting to us is how many of these players seemed to change their approach after being on the National Team. They all seemed to enjoy being champions and being part of something bigger than themselves.