USA Basketball

The 28 man USA Basketball roster will be released on Thursday.

Here is the list: LaMarcus Aldridge, Carmelo Anthony, Bradley Beal, Tyson Chandler, DeMarcus Cousins, Steph Curry and Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, Kevin Durant, Kenneth Faried, Paul George, Blake Griffin, James Harden and Gordon Hayward, Dwight Howard, Andre Iguodala, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Kyle Korver, David Lee and Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard, Kevin Love, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Klay Thompson, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams.

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USA Basketball Official 12 Man Roster

Starters

PG: Chris Paul is coming off a rough season with the Clippers getting beat up in the playoffs and is expected to start for Team USA. Unlike the rest of the roster, Chris won’t be playing anything other than PG.

SG: Kobe Bryant: Watching Kobe play with Melo, Durant, and Lebron speaks volumes about his experience. He’s not going to be settling for jump-shots. During this year’s road to London, Kobe has a smaller squad around him to work with. Those assists will pile up, not to mention good looks. At the end of the day, Kobe will have the opportunity to attack at the 3 for short periods of time under Coach K.

SF: Kevin Durant: Durant will the the only OKC Thunder starter, and playing along-side Lebron at the 4 leaves Durant plenty of open looks. Durant will make many more plays than the amount of jump shots he will take. The international game sizes up Durant where he fits more naturally. Durant quickness and size even moved up to SF will allow him to open up the floor for Bryant and Lebron.

PF: LeBron James: Lebron can literally play 1-4 in this style of play. His teammates would likely want to see him at his natural position most, later at the 4. Lebron playing PG is a weapon Coach K will exploit, however watch out for Lebron slowing down the tempo during short stints at point guard.

C: Tyson Chandler: Chandler is Coach K’s only natural center, and very versatile. He’ll get more spot up jumper than expected. Crashing the boards is going to be Tyson’s number one priority. If he holds up the paint without much help from Lebron and bench players Blake Griffin and Kevin Love, this could be Tyson’s chance to attack the post on virtually any defender that comes his way.

The bench is almost too good to be true. The two sticking points are Deron Williams who could potential start if Coach K decides against Paul at any point, and Andre Iguodala a swing man, who will open up the floor with his explosiveness without previous size USA would replace Iguodala with.

James Harden’s play-making ability will make it’s way off USA’s bench. Harden’s man-to-man defense will be crucial down the stretch off games.

Russell Westbrook adds quickness and more versatility, able to play both guard positions in the international system.

Blake Griffin and Kevin Love on the floor at the same time. Not only is it a much anticipated sight to see, but USA’s inside game and rebounding will be the best at this point. Both will open up the floor for guard play. If either get into major foul trouble, Coach K will have to play Tyson more minutes and Lebron may get a long shot chance at the center position where he’s not much behind athletically just lacking the strength of other international players at center.

Carmelo Anthony made the cut, and his talent will be overlook the most because Lebron, Durant, and Iguodala will fill that position most. Melo won’t be pushed to the end of the bench, just giving USA a smaller lift than the likes of Lebron, Durant, and Iguodala.

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