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Predicting Team USA’s Final 12-Man Roster

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The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics are almost upon us, and Team USA has some defending of the throne to do. The USA will try to go further on an already back-to-back gold medal runs at the Olympics after winning the 2014 FIBA World Championship.

The Olympic teams featured the biggest stars of the NBA with guys like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Anthony Davis, and Dwyane Wade. While the FIBA World Cup team saw some names in there that we may not see again. Guys like Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson should return, but we’ve probably seen the last of others like DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, and Mason Plumlee.

To leave such talented players like Russell Westbrook, Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, and Jimmy Butler (the list goes on…) is outrageous. But this team is already so stacked, you simply can’t pick everybody. Let’s face it, Team USA’s second squad would do pretty well competing for gold in the Olympics.

This team will not only be favorites to take the gold, but will be expected to. Anything less would be a failure. It’s tough to walk into any situation with those kinds of expectations, but that just comes with the territory.

The upcoming roster will be completely loaded and is already the hands-down favorite to pull out a three-peat for the gold medal game. With the depth of talent available, this may be the toughest squad to make in USA Men’s Basketball History.

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Chris Paul

Sorry Cavs Nation, of course I want to put Kyrie Irving here, but let’s keep this realistic. Chris Paul, by far, is still the best true point guard the NBA and USA has to offer. He’s led the last two USA squads’ gold medal campaigns in assists and should continue to do so next year.

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