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Report: First 2012 Team USA roster set?

Posted on: January 10, 2012 5:57 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2012 6:01 pm
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Posted by Ben Golliver

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A recent report indicated that USA Basketball is set to announce its preliminary roster for the 2012 London Olympics. The roster reportedly will include members of the 2008 Beijing Olympics team and the 2010 Turkey World Championships team.

Initially, the report indicated that the preliminary roster would be made up of 18 players, however SheridanHoops.com reports that the roster is now 19 players deep with the addition of Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge. Here's how the reported roster shakes out by position.

Point Guards: Chauncey Billups, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams
Shooting Guards: Kobe Bryant, Eric Gordon, Dwyane Wade
Small Forwards: Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, LeBron James, Lamar Odom
Power Forwards: LaMarcus Aldridge, Chris Bosh, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love
Centers: Tyson Chandler, Dwight Howard 

A few interesting things to note from this roster.

First, veteran point guard Billups is included rather than the younger and more talented Rajon Rondo, who withdrew from the 2010 team after it became clear he was going to be left off of the final roster. Billups is 35 and figures to be one of the seven players cut from what will be the final 12-man roster. What does Rondo's exclusion mean for his Team USA future?

Second, positional versatility and two-way play was clearly valued in this selection process. The inclusion of both Iguodala and Odom over Rudy Gay is a mild surprise but both players complement the likes of James, Durant and Anthony a bit better. Both will also have a tough time squeezing into the final 12. The only way Iguodala gets there is if someone else is injured; Odom, a standout for the 2010 team, could be one of the toughest cuts.

Third, the reported addition of Aldridge creates an intriguing frontcourt logjam, akin to the dilemma that faces Western Conference All-Star team voters. Aldridge, Griffin, Love, Odom and Chandler figure to be in competition for the final two roster spots, with the top-10 seemingly secure. Griffin would seem to be the odds-on favorite for one of those two spots given his combination of on-court skills and immense international marketing potential. If so, the battle for the final spot between the other four talented big men will be heated. 

Aldridge can swing between the four and five better than any of the other candidates, but he also has the least Team USA experience, having backed out on the 2010 World Championships team. Aldridge's coach with the Blazers, Nate McMillan, happens to be a Team USA assistant, so that could help.

Love is the best rebounder of the group but his athleticism, even though it's much improved, is not on the same level as the rest of Team USA. Chandler boasts a championship pedigree with the Dallas Mavericks and is the pure defender and long, active big men that could be the centerpiece of an aggressive defensive unit. Odom's versatility and perimeter game creates mismatch opportunities but the wings are likely too crowded on this team to properly utilize his capabilities. 

Spain, the reigning European champs, bring both Pau and Marc Gasol to the table. Howard plus any of Team USA's starting power forwards should still have an interior advantage, but choosing the reserve big men will be critical in the event of foul trouble.
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Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:21 am
 

Report: First 2012 Team USA roster set?

I don't think people are saying they don't have talent.
It is clear they are one of the best players at their position.
It's tough to like egoistic, two-face stars.
Mister 3 quarters there says he hated being a bad guy and wants to change his image...
LOL you brought it on yourself dumb a$$.  And once a bad guy will always be a bad guy..
Maybe LeBum should go into wrestling.  They got stardom and can be good one year and bad another...haha

The majority of the people forgetting that they went to the finals should tell you something!
No one gives a hoot about the Heat except Miami....



Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 1:45 am
 

Report: First 2012 Team USA roster set?

Wow such haters on this forum. I can't believe how many people are putting down Wade and James as if they don't have the talent. Have we all forgotten who made it to the finals? Yea I might be a slight fan boy being a heats fan but I'll give respect where respect is due.

So are you saying that Eric Gordon would be a better fit then Wade? Say goes for the small forwards. IMO I would say James is the better player out of the 5.




Since: Apr 17, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 12:36 am
 

Report: First 2012 Team USA roster set?

nohassles.. i agreed with everything except for that very last line.... this team should not be up there with the dream team cuz the fact is, the dream team was just the most stupidly amazing group assembled..



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:58 pm
 

Report: First 2012 Team USA roster set?

You have 9 absolute locks - assuming no injuries.   So really comes down 3 spots.   LOCKS - Rose, Paul, Bryant, Wade, Anthony, Durant, James, Griffin, Howard.  No discussion even needed on those clowns.  Spot 10 goes to a 3rd PG in Westbrook or Williams (I go Westbrook personally). #11 for one more PF - Aldridge is my choice b/c of versitility/defense/rebounding.   Leaves one final spot -- I would take a big b/c only have 3 PF/C in total but with the international game I think this team ideal.   Give me KLOVE!  Injuries and egos will knock some out.  This team should be next to original Dream Team as best ever assembled.



Since: Aug 6, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:54 pm
 

Report: First 2012 Team USA roster set?

Sorry guys but I"ll be rooting for you premadonnas to lose as long as Lebron and Dwayne Wade are on the team



Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:46 pm
 

Report: First 2012 Team USA roster set?

As much as I like Lamar Odom's game he hasn't been a small forward in years and he would be a better fit than Bosh in that group of power forwards but this will be a team of youth and athletecism with a few old timers (Kobe, Billups) and some solid players in their prime (Wade, Howard, LeBron).  Given the thinness at center Odom might not be a bad choice since he can play it in a pinch.  The Gasol brothers will be a tough matchup for any team but the right group of bigmen on the USA team can not stop, but limit them.  It's all about damage control.



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:43 pm
 

Report: First 2012 Team USA roster set?

I'm sure they'll miss you. Go Away.



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:19 pm
 

Report: First 2012 Team USA roster set?

WOW..........Are you sure all those egoes will fit on one plane. Just get rid of Lebron, Wade , and Bosh and they probably will. I guess I won't be watching!



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:46 pm
 

Kardashian Sisters to Coordinate Morale Meetings?

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Since: Jan 2, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:09 pm
 

Report: First 2012 Team USA roster set?

Kevin Love may not be more athletic than the other power forwards, but can any of the bigs shoot the three like Love?  His Shooting ability would be nice since most of the bigs can't hit the three.  


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