I'm impressed with team Mexico's performance in qualifying for Spain next year. The team was put together just this year with a number of Mexican Americans with NCAA and pro experience and native Mexicans, most notably Gustav Ayon, who plays for the Hawks now. Ayon was among the very best players in the tournament, scoring, rebounding and defending.

I'm going to be accused of trolling in saying this but here goes: Valanciunas could learn a lot from watching Ayon about how to set a proper pick, moving your feet in the post, and generally being an effective rebounder/defender without getting in foul trouble.