A) YAO MING, CHINA
The Houston Rockets' 7'6" center, an All-Star in both of his NBA seasons since being taken No. 1 in the 2002 draft, was the MVP of the 2003 Asian championships, averaging 22.6 points and 13.1 rebounds in helping China qualify for Athens. At the 2000 Olympics the then 20-year-old Yao averaged 10.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks as China went 2-4.
B) PAU GASOL, SPAIN
The 2002 NBA Rookie of the Year and Memphis Grizzlies star heads to his first Olympics after leading Spain to second place at the 2003 European championships, during which he averaged a tournament-high 25.8 points. The 7-foot, 240-pound Gasol will be joined in the Spanish lineup by Utah Jazz point guard Ra�l L�pez.
C) MANU GINOBILI, ARGENTINA
The San Antonio Spurs' swingman played on the Argentine team that beat the U.S. 87-80 at the 2002 world championships, handing the Americans their first loss in international competition since NBA players became eligible. A member of the national team since 1998, Ginobili, 27, averaged 14.1 points in last summer's Olympic qualifying tournament in Puerto Rico, in which Argentina finished second to the U.S.
D) VLADIMIR RADMANOVIC, SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO
With All-Star forward Peja Stojakovic opting not to play in Athens, the team will turn to the Seattle Sonics' forward for scoring. The 6'10" Radmanovic, 23, was benched during the 2002 worlds after a dispute with his coach and didn't play in last summer's European championships. But his blend of size, speed and three-point shooting makes him a potential star.
E) DARIUS SONGAILA, LITHUANIA
The Sacramento Kings' forward averaged 8.0 points in helping his country take the gold medal at last year's European championships. The 6'9", 248-pound Songaila, 26, was a major force in Lithuania's bronze medal finish in 2000, averaging 9.6 points and 4.8 rebounds. He totaled 28 points in two near-upsets of the U.S. in Sydney.