Team USA Olympic Basketball: Roster, Odds, Prediction, Gold Medal Chances
The Line Yes -1050 / No +550 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We’re inching closer and closer to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and one of the popular topics has been the U.S. men's basketball team. Many of the top NBA players have opted out either due to injury, rest or the threat of the ongoing zika virus. Still, team USA appear to be in great shape with a balanced and experience roster full of talent, as he team looks for its 15th olympic gold medal.
The full roster includes:
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Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins, Paul George, DeMar DeRozan, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Carmelo Anthony, Kyle Lowry, DeAndre Jordan, Jimmy Butler, Harrison Barnes and Kyrie Irving
The United States is currently -1050 to win the gold medal and betting against that would just be foolish. This is easily the best roster in the tournament and I’m also willing to bet that it runs the table from start to finish.
Sure, team USA is leaving a ton of talent at home with Stephen Curry, James Harden, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook turning down their invites. However, there’s more than enough firepower to get the job done.
Durant is one of the top-three players in the NBA. Jordan and Green are two of the best defensive players the NBA has to offer. Kyrie, Klay and Carmelo are true scorers who give team USA a takeover mentality that no other team will have. Also, Butler and George are two of the better two-way players in basketball. There’s also nobody in this tournament who will have the ability to slow down Cousins in the paint, especially with the way he played in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Oh, this will also be a hungry basketball team with Durant and Carmelo the only players who have participated in the Olympics previously. So, not only is the US eager to win its third straight gold medal, but this is a team full of young guys who have a shot to add to their resumes for the first time.
This obviously isn’t the best team team USA could have put together, but there’s really nothing to worry about in terms of winning the gold. This is not a 2004 situation when majority of the players playing were wet-behind-the-ears guys in their low or mid 20s. Every player on this roster is well accomplished and will be able to handle the pressure of keeping Olympic dominance intact.
The 2016 United States men's Olympic basketball team will win the gold medal.