Russell Westbrook 

Russell Westbrook 

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The 2016-17 NBA First All-Star Team was announced on Thursday and there were four American Olympic gold medalists who made the squad. They were Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook of Long Beach, California, Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden of Los Angeles, California, New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis of Chicago, Illinois and Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James of Akron, Ohio. James won a gold medal in men's basketball at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, while all four won the gold medal for the United States in men's basketball at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. 

Westbrook led the NBA this season with 31.6 points per game. Harden was second with 29.1 points per game. Davis was fourth with 28 points per game and James was eighth with 26.4 points per game. Harden led the NBA this season with 11.2 assists per game, while Westbrook was third in the NBA in assists with 10.4 per game. The fact that Harden led the NBA in assists per game was fascinating when you consider the fact he was making a transition from shooting guard to point guard. 

Davis meanwhile is very strong defensively as well. He was second in the NBA in blocks per game with 2.23 per game. Of the four players, the only one who is left in the NBA playoffs is James. The Cavaliers have an excellent chance of returning to the NBA Finals where they are expected to get a serious test from the Golden State Warriors. They currently lead the Boston Celtics 1-0 in the Eastern Conference Final.