INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS are not exactly a novelty in the NBA. But not all of the good ones are in the league, some because they haven't been given the chance, others because they're happy where they are. Here's a lineup of Olympians who could prosper in the States.
? SARUNAS JASIKEVICIUS, PG, Lithuania. Slick passer and devastating three-point marksman torched the U.S. with 28 points in a preliminary-round game. Known primarily as a shooter at Maryland and never got a look. Stars for Maccabi Tel Aviv.
? RAMUNAS SISKAUSKAS, SG, Lithuania. Also ignored by NBA teams and now with Benetton Treviso in Italy, this 25-year-old is known as the Baltic Scottie Pippen for his versatility.
? JORGE GARBAJOSA, SF, Spain. At 6'9", shoots threes better than the respected guards on his team, Juan Carlos Navarro and Jose Manuel Calderon. Plays for Unicaja Malaga in Spain and has never gotten a tumble from the NBA.
? LUIS SCOLA, PF, Argentina (above). Bullish but skilled. Led the Games with 65.5% shooting. A second-round pick of the Spurs in 2002, he plays for Tau Ceramica Vitoria in Spain.
? FABRICIO OBERTO, C, Argentina. A broken hand cost him a trial with the Knicks in '99. Not as skilled as Scola but could help an NBA team. Stars for Pamesa Valencia in Spain. --J.M.