Who should make Team USA for the 2016 Olympics?

Who should make Team USA for the 2016 Olympics?


Who should make Team USA for the 2016 Olympics?

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Most of the biggest names in American basketball have gathered in Las Vegas this week for the USA Basketball minicamp. Just a handful of them will make it to Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Who should those be? Make your picks below.

LaMarcus Aldridge: Has never played for Team USA and has skipped some of the Vegas summer gatherings. Aldridge is talented enough to make the Olympic squad, but probably a long shot to make it given his track record with USA Basketball.

Carmelo Anthony: We recently ranked him the No. 1 player in USA Basketball history. Has played more games for Team USA than any other American. A devastating force in FIBA competitions with his combination of strength and deadly three-point shooting.

Kobe Bryant: Jerry Colangelo himself has said it: “It would be a great story for him to try to close out his career by winning a gold medal.” That would be the third Olympic medal for Bryant, who made his debut with Team USA at age 28 and has a 26-0 record in the red, white and blue.

Jimmy Butler: Could be an off-the-bench defensive guy for the U.S., but there’s a lot of competition at the wing spots.

DeMarcus Cousins: Coach K has favored small ball with Team USA, but they have to take some center to Rio, right? Cousins, who won the World Cup last season in his first experience with the program, could be the one.

Stephen Curry: The two-time world champion shot just 40.8 percent from the field last year in Spain. It was a pretty underwhelming effort by Curry there, but with MVP and championship accolades he should now be a lock to make the squad.

Anthony Davis: A bit player at the 2012 Olympics. A featured big at the 2014 Worlds. Don’t be surprised if he’s the go-to guy in Rio.

DeMar DeRozan: Not a great defender like Andre Iguodala or a dead-eye shooter like fellow two-guard Klay Thompson. Odds are against him.

Andre Drummond: A bench player at the 2014 World Cup, Drummond could have a shot at making the team should other big men pass.

Kevin Durant: Has a better scoring average with Team USA than LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. If he’s healthy and willing, he will be in Rio.

Kenneth Faried: Terrorized competition in Spain’s World Cup with his above-the-rim play. Could he get another chance?

Rudy Gay: Kings forward has won the gold medal at the Worlds twice. Not likely to win one at the Olympics.

Paul George: Broke his leg in his last game with U.S. team in World Cup preparation last year. Needs to prove he can get back to his 2013-14 level.

Blake Griffin: As far as talent, there’s no question he belongs . Commitment to the program pales in comparison to other American players.

Draymond Green: Just the fact that he’s now in the conversation speaks to the kind of season he had with the Warriors.

James Harden: You could make a case that he was the top American player at the World Cup last season. Followed that up with an MVP caliber campaign with the Rockets. He’s going to be in Rio if he wants to.

Dwight Howard: Last played for Team USA in 2008, but attended the USA Basketball minicamp in Las Vegas this week.

Andre Iguodala: One of only two players in basketball history with an NBA title, Finals MVP, Olympic gold medal and world championship. Could add to his resume in Rio if Team USA is looking for a full-time defensive stopper.

Kyrie Irving: The MVP of the 2014 World Cup. Not that the American squad will be hurting for scoring, but Irving would give them extra offensive punch. Has struggled to stay healthy during his pro career.

LeBron James: Has a big body of work with Team USA already. Does he have a desire for a third gold medal?

DeAndre Jordan: Hack-a-Jordan at the Olympic stage?

Kawhi Leonard: High-quality, low-profile player. Not clear if the latter helps or hurts the Spurs forward.

Damian Lillard: The Blazers guard is on the record saying he doesn’t feel part of the program. Should he receive another chance?

Kevin Love: Would have been considered a lock for the Olympic team not long ago, but that’s not the case anymore.

Chris Paul: A member of the last two American Olympic teams. Has averaged 7.7 ppg and 4.7 with the red, white and blue.

Derrick Rose: Played poorly at the World Cup and passed on USA Basketball’s minicamp. If he makes it to Rio, it would be a surprise.

Klay Thompson: Spot-up shooting skills and tough defense make him a natural fit for the American squad.

Dwyane Wade: Was part of the rebuilding process of the program and ended up winning the gold in Beijing. May be too old for another summer of National Team duty.

John Wall: With so much talent at the point guard position, Wall is likely to get squeezed out.

Russell Westbrook: A nightmare for opponents in FIBA competition. Just too much intensity and athleticism.

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