, Team USA Men’s Basketball Roster Set For Tokyo Olympics, The Nzuchi News Forbes

Team USA Men’s Basketball Roster Set For Tokyo Olympics

, Team USA Men’s Basketball Roster Set For Tokyo Olympics, The Nzuchi News Forbes

The USA men’s basketball roster is now set for the Tokyo Olympics and while the Americans will be missing some big names, they will once again be the favorites to win their fourth straight gold medal.

Here is the roster for Team USA ahead of the Olympics (July 24-Aug. 7), with stats from this season.

  • Kevin Durant, F, Brooklyn Nets – 26.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 5.6 apg
  • Jerami Grant, F, Detroit Pistons – 22.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.8 apg
  • Damian Lillard, G, Portland Trail Blazers – 28.8 ppg, 7.5 apg, 4.2 rpg
  • Devin Booker, G, Phoenix Suns -25.6 ppg, 4.3 apg, 4.2 rpg
  • Jayson Tatum, F, Boston Celtics -26.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 4.3 apg
  • Bradley Beal, G, Washington Wizards – 31.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.4 apg
  • Khris Middleton, G/F, Milwaukee Bucks -20.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 5.4 apg
  • Zach LaVine, G, Chicago Bulls – 27.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 4.9 apg
  • Bam Adebayo, C, Miami Heat – 18.7 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 5.4 apg
  • Draymond Green, F/C, Golden State Warriors – 7.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 8.9 apg
  • Jrue Holiday, G, Milwaukee Bucks – 17.7 ppg, 6.1 apg, 4.5 rpg
  • Kevin Love, F, Cleveland Cavaliers – 12.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.5 apg

Booker, Middleton and Holiday are all still competing in the NBA playoffs, and there is always the possibility they could withdraw if their teams make the NBA Finals, which is set to run July 8-22 (if needed). Training camp for the national team runs July 6-18 in Las Vegas.

Among the notable big names sitting out or missing the action due to injury are: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, Donovan Mitchell and Chris Paul.

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The team is loaded with scorers and the offense figures to overpower most, if not all, opponents. Beal and Lillard were the second- and third-leading scorers in the NBA during the regular season season. LaVine was seventh, Tatum 10th and Booker 13th.

And oh by the way, they have Kevin Durant.

If you need any more proof that the role of the traditional big man in the NBA has all but vanished, just take a look at this roster. The 6-foot-9 Adebayo and the 6-6 Green are the centers.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will once again lead the Americans, who open action July 25 against France before facing Iran July 28 and an opponent to be named July 31.

The quarterfinals are set for Aug. 3, the semifinals on Aug. 5 and the gold-medal game Aug. 6.

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