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Team USA Olympic team roster

https://www.sportingnews.com/us/nba/news/team-usa-olympic-basketball-roster-kevin-durant-damian-lillard/cqphs67q3i8b1qjssbqyg4lym

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Team is beatable.

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LC  
Earlier this year

This team has the potential to be good and should be considered favourites, but they are not unbeatable.

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Isaac  
Earlier this year

F Kevin Durant, Nets
G Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers
G Devin Booker, Suns
F Jayson Tatum, Celtics
G Bradley Beal, Wizards
G Zach LaVine, Bulls
F/C Kevin Love, Cavaliers
F/C Draymond Green, Warriors
F/C Bam Adebayo, Heat
F Khris Middleton, Bucks
G Jrue Holiday, Bucks
F Jerami Grant, Pistons

Where are they light? At centre?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

6'2 Lillard
6’3 Beal
6’3 Holiday
6’5 Lavine
6’6 Booker
6’6 Green
6’7 Middleton
6’8 Tatum
6’8 Grant
6’9 Adebayo
6’10 Durant
6’10 Love

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Very small team but quick n mobile.

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anon  
Earlier this year

Lillard
Booker
Durant
Tatum
Bam

Run and gun.
May struggle on the defensive end


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Senator11  
Earlier this year

Lol, this team is not beatable, those are some of the clutchest players currently in the NBA, not to mention the points this team is going to put up in every game.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Half those players don't play defense.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

They won't have too

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Truth  
Earlier this year

No-one is beating that team. No-one is getting even close.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

The team is not that great.

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anon  
Earlier this year

kevin love is the only one who is sub par

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Clearly the team can score,
but with less space and against length, it changes a bit.

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Zodiac  
Earlier this year

That USA team is hardly a lock for the gold. Favourites? Probably. What NBA fans never seem to get is that their whole league is set up to make scorers look good. They have an over-inflated view of how good these guys actually are. The USA finished 7th at the last WC.

In international basketball it's 50/50 offence/defence not 80/20 like in the NBA we all saw what happened to Giannis at the last WC. Durant's a very good offensive player but there will be games where he is well held. Durant will also get exposed defensively.

It will be interesting to see how things go but the Boomers don't need to fear this team.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Yeah Durant has been shit at international level....said no one ever!

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

This wouldn't be there final roster tho it just be those who’ve elected to go to camp wouldn’t it? I don’t know what they’ve said but I’d expect pop to want guys like lopez and turner to come to provide some size.

And sorry zodiac Durant is actually a good defender.

Pop is probably loving the prospects this go around of holiday, green, grant, tatum, durant and bam as that’s a core that will significantly help the us on the defensive end

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

Odds as requested by Luuuc:

USA 1.28
Spain 11
Serbia 12
France 18
Australia 26
Lithuania 26
Argentina 31
Slovenia 41
Croatia 51
Greece 51
Canada 101
Italy 101
Turkey 101

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KET  
Earlier this year

Out of interest are those odds "post Simmons blow up" - if so
what were they before?

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

Good question but I didn't see any released until after Team USA's squad was announced.

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Senator11  
Earlier this year

That is the absolute worst take I've ever heard on this forum Zodiac.

In terms of KD. Durant has the ability to be one of the most elite defenders in the league, but due to being the most potent scorer in the league that is where all his energy goes. No doubt in my mind if a season came along where KD decided he wanted the DPOY award he would get it.

Boomers? They'd be lucky to get within 15 pts of this USA team...

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

15 points is very generous, even with Simmons, USA in second gear by 25. To many scorers, no one can compete.

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Senator11  
Earlier this year

I'd rather take Love out and add a true Centre, someone like Ayton maybe.

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Senator11  
Earlier this year

"15 points is very generous, even with Simmons, USA in second gear by 25. To many scorers, no one can compete."

Agreed, this could be a '92 Dream Team type destruction of every other team.

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KET  
Earlier this year

Rough on the team that obliterated teams between 2008 and 2016 isn't it?

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Senator11  
Earlier this year

"Rough on the team that obliterated teams between 2008 and 2016 isn't it?"

Probably, I just don't remember those as clearly as I remember the original and best.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Man, people are stupid thinking USA will just breeze through the tournament.

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

Thanks, PW

USA a lock for gold? No.
Favourites? Yes, big time.

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KET  
Earlier this year

" thinking USA will just breeze through the tournament."

They have in the last three olympics...

This isn't the US WC team.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

19 WC team, 21 Olympic team 30% better?

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Zodiac  
Earlier this year

Man, people are stupid thinking USA will just breeze through the tournament.


Yep, they said the same things in Sydney & Athens too. Global basketball has improved substantially since then.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Favourites yes but they probably won't dominate, they’ll run into at least 1 team that will challenge them, the same happened at the last 3 Olympics so except atm to be the same case

It is funny however seeing all the people on here who admit they don’t watch the nba and then try and base this is team of the wc in 19 when anyone with half a brain would know that team (on paper) isn’t anywhere near as good as this one.

It is a concern that they don’t have at least 1 big body as love had considerably slowed down and that’s a lot of pressure on bam

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

The average height of serbia is 6'8-6’9

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Should have had Mitchell n another c.
Cut Middleton. Maybe grant for a c

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Nostraballmus  
Earlier this year

They look ok but there is no Nick Kay here

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Rat10  
Earlier this year

Just comparing this roster with the 2019 WC team.

2021 Olympic Team

F Kevin Durant
G Damian Lillard
G Devin Booker
F Jayson Tatum
G Bradley Beal
G Zach LaVine
F/C Kevin Love
F/C Draymond Green
F/C Bam Adebayo
F Khris Middleton
G Jrue Holiday
F Jerami Grant

2019 World Championship Team

F Harrison Barnes
F Jaylen Brown
G Joe Harris
C Brook Lopez
G/F Khris Middleton
G Donovan Mitchell
C Mason Plumlee
G Marcus Smart
G Jayson Tatum
C Myles Turner
G Kemba Walker
G Derrick White

It's obvious to anyone that knows anything about the NBA that the Olympic roster is far superior to the World Champs roster. The only guy I'd swap out of the Olympic roster is Kevin Love or Jerami Grant for Jaylen Brown.

Kevin Durant is arguably the best player in the world right now and this Olympic roster has supreme talent at the guard/forward position with Lillard, Booker, Tatum and Beal. Isaac's right in questioning whether they are a little light at centre but bigs are becoming less and less vital in today's game.

Yes international ball is different, but not that different where this level of talent will struggle. I'd be shocked if the USA don't win gold. They may not breeze through but I also believe they have a superior squad to 2016 where whilst the USA didn't breeze through they turned it on when they had to, slaughtering Serbia in the final. The 2016 Olympics also featured a Serbian team with Jokic, who won't be there in Tokyo and a Spanish team that featured much younger Gasols...



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rjd  
Earlier this year

Now that is an intimidating roster. Throw in Popovich and then Kerr as an assistant. Definitely favourites, even lacking chemistry. Hopefully there will be a weakness somewhere to exploit.

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Senator11  
Earlier this year

Rat10 knows what's up. That 2019 WC team was absolute trash with Tatum, Brown and Mitchell the only legit upper level players, and that was 3 years ago so they prob weren't upper level players yet.

If you've got a starting lineup of,

PG: Lillard
SG: Booker/Beal
SF: Tatum
PF: KD
C: Bam

then you're going to need an opposition of 5 all-world 1st defensive team to play on them. Good luck trying to stop that.

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