The Greatest Basketball Athlete at the Olympic Games

Who is the greatest Basketball athlete of all time based on Olympic Games performances? We have used a weighted total medal count of each male and female Basketball athlete from all modern Olympic Games to rank their overall performance.olympic poster

The best all-time performing basketball athlete at the Olympic Games is US female player Teresa Edwards who won 4 golds and one bronze medal between 1984 and 2000. The only male basketballer to make the top list was American Carmelo Anthony who won three gold and a bronze betweem 2004 and 2016. See the table below to see how other athletes ranked.

See also the best athlete from each sport, and the best overall.

Top Olympic Games Basketball Players

Here are the top ranked athletes from the sport of Basketball for performances at all Olympiads, using the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System to order the athletes, awarding points for both gold (6 points) and other medals (silver 2 pts, bronze 1 pt).

Table: The Top Ranked Athletes from Basketball at the Olympic Games

rank name country gender Gold Silver Bronze total
1 Teresa Edwards USA F 4 0 1 5 25
2 Lisa Leslie USA F 4 0 0 4 24
3 Carmelo Anthony USA M 3 0 1 4 19
=4 Sue Bird USA F 3 0 0 3 18
=4 Tamika Catchings USA F 3 0 0 3 18
=4 Dawn Staley USA F 3 0 0 3 18
=4 Sheryl Swoopes USA F 3 0 0 3 18
=4 Katie Smith USA F 3 0 0 3 18
=4 Diana Taurasi USA F 3 0 0 3 18

notes: initial data from wikipedia of multiple Olympic gold medalists (with at least 3 gold medals, including results from 2016). For the ranking order, we have used the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System.


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