TOKYO (Japan) - The hype is in overdrive and the wait is just about over.
Let's countdown 3x3's Olympic debut by looking at 10 absolute must watch players.
Dusan Bulut (Serbia)
We don't need Stephen A Smith or Skip Bayless debating this. There is only one 3x3 GOAT – Dusan Bulut aka 'Mr Bullutproof'.
The spectacular Serb has more moves than a Mortal Kombat character. None more memorable than when Bulut pulled out the nutmeg between the legs in one of the greatest moves ever.
World Cups, Euro Cups, World Tour Finals – the 35-year-old has achieved everything in 3x3 for his beloved Serbia and Novi Sad.
But there's one thing left and it's the biggest prize of them all – Olympic gold.
You bet this 3x3 unicorn will be emptying his bullets for the crowning achievement of his glorious career.
And along the way Bulut's brilliance – more than anyone – can make the world fall in love with 3x3.
Karlis Lasmanis (Latvia)
This lethal lefty stuffs the rim so often that he really should have starred in the new Space Jam. Lasmanis has been dominating the World Tour for years and is so dope that he has multiple nicknames.
He's 'Flight KLM' because this dude can soar above the rim like he's powered by Boeing 787 but he's 'Batman' too for his superhero powers like hitting a step back two to win last year's Doha Masters.
The 2m (6ft 7in) Lasmanis might be the prototype for the perfect 3x3 player. Blessed with incredible genes – his dad was an Olympic rower for Latvia – he can do it all on the court.
Get too close and Lasmanis will perform a drive by and assault the rim. Give him room and this bad boy will hit you up with a two-piece.
With Olympic blood in his veins, Karlis Lasmanis is made for the biggest show on earth.
Nauris Miezis (Latvia)
For a while, Nauris Miezis was Lasmanis' loyal sidekick. His partner-in-crime. 'Robin', if you will.
But this cold-blooded killer might just deserve top billing having powered to the top of the mountain with Miezis crowned MVP of last year's World Tour Final.
When the game is on the line, Miezis steps up effortlessly like he's out for a Sunday walk. It's almost like he doesn't feel the pressure that suffocates all other mortals.
Maybe the 'Terminator' is a more accurate nickname for this 3x3 robot, who has bailed out Latvia and Riga so many times.
With the lights about to be at its brightest, the calm Nauris Miezis will always make the right play and you just know he'll hit a Buzzer beater or two in Tokyo.
Thibaut Vervoort (Belgium)
Belgium have become the surprise packet of 2021 and their sudden rise earned them a shock qualification to the Tokyo Olympics.
The Belgians play beautiful 3x3 and share like they care to create a four-headed monster. Perhaps their most impressive player is young gun Thibaut Vervoort, whose flowing blonde hair makes him a standout on the court.
But his game matches his locks with Vervoort an equal threat on the inside and outside. The 1.96m (6ft 5in) beast can mix it with the big boys down low – just ask Kareem Maddox – but Vervoort also gets wet from beyond the arc.
The 23-year-old is proving impossible to stop and if he fires in Tokyo then Belgium might just punctuate the most incredible 3x3 run imaginable.
Yan Peng received the biggest endorsement of his skills possible two years ago when World Tour heavyweight Liman asked him to replace their injured superstar Stefan Stojacic aka 'Mr Robot'.
The smooth-mover handled himself well and gained plenty of big game reps in his time with Liman. It should serve the 25-year-old well with Peng the leader of an experienced China who have banked on their talented youngsters to take them to the promised land.
Not even the Great Wall can stop the 1.98m (6ft 6in) Peng from getting to the basket but he can score from almost any spot.
A lot of burden will fall on Peng's shoulder but this walking bucket should be ready for the challenge.