The final results are in for the poll in which we asked our readers which players should make Team USA for the Olympic Games in Rio next year.
These are the guys that make the cut:
Anthony Davis is the top vote-getter and near-consensus pick in a perimeter-heavy list with just three big men (Davis, Blake Griffin and DeMarcus Cousins). It’s a feasible list considering LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, whom readers say should also be selected, have played power forward in FIBA competitions in the past.
There’s seven players in the list who were members of the 2012 Olympic squad that defeated Spain in the London final. Four were on the gold-medal winning team in the World Cup last summer. Griffin and Kawhi Leonard would be the only new faces.
These stars didn’t make the cut:
That Kyrie Irving, who was the MVP in Spain last year, is left off speaks to the quality of the point guard position in the NBA nowadays. Also out: Kobe Bryant, owner of a 26-0 record wearing the red, white and blue, with just 46 percent of positive votes.
HOOPSHYPE READERS’ TEAM USA
Guards: Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, James Harden and Klay Thompson.
Forwards: Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Carmelo Anthony and Blake Griffin.
Centers: Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.
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