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Gold Medal and NBA Championship: Full list of NBA players to win both in the same year

By being part of Team USA's gold-medal-winning squad at the Tokyo Olympics, the duo of Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton have put their names alongside some of the greats of the game.

The gold medal comes less than a month after they played invaluable roles in Milwaukee Bucks clinching the NBA title by defeating the Phoenix Suns 4-2 in the 2021 NBA Finals.

They are just the fifth and sixth players to win an NBA Championship and an Olympic gold medal in the same year.

They are also only the second set of teammates to achieve this feat and the first since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen did so in 1992.

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Overall, since NBA players were allowed to participate in the Olympics, there have been only nine instances when a player has won an NBA title and a gold medal - either at the Olympics or the FIBA World Championships in the same year.

Here's a look at that complete list:

Player Year Country NBA Team Gold medal
Khris Middleton 2021 USA Milwaukee Bucks Olympics
Jrue Holiday 2021 USA Milwaukee Bucks Olympics
Marc Gasol 2019 Spain Toronto Raptors World Cup
Kyrie Irving 2016 USA Cleveland Cavaliers Olympics
LeBron James 2012 USA Miami Heat Olympics
Lamar Odom 2010 USA Los Angeles Lakers World Championship
Scottie Pippen 1996 USA Chicago Bulls Olympics
Scottie Pippen 1992 USA Chicago Bulls Olympics
Michael Jordan 1992 USA Chicago Bulls Olympics

Marc Gasol is the only international player to have achieved that feat. Meanwhile, Pippen is the only player to achieve the double of a title and gold medal twice.

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