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USA Basketball Names 30 Finalists Who Could Play In 2016 Olympics

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USA Basketball 2016 Olympics

The US Men’s National Basketball team announced their 30 finalists of players eligible to play in the 2016 Summer Olympics. The players listed (in order of number of international games played):

Carmelo Anthony, Lebron James, Chris Paul, Rudy Gay, Steph Curry, Dwight Howard, Andre Iguoudala, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, James Harden, Andre Drummond, Klay Thompson, Demarcus Cousins, Kyrie Irving, Bradley Beal, Kenneth Faried, Demar DeRozan, Gordon Hayward, Dendre Jordan, Jeff Green, Michael Conley, Harrison Barnes, John Wall, Paul George, Blake Griffin, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler and Lamarcus Aldridge.

US Olympics Team Finalists

As far as roster locks are concerned, you have to believe that this is what we’re looking at so far:

Guards: Chris Paul, Steph Curry

Forwards: Carmelo Anthony, Lebron James

Centers: Andre Drummond, Anthony Davis

Of course, that’s assuming those players are healthy and want to play. In my personal opinion, there’s a chance you could see Lebron James shut it down if the Cavaliers’ season goes into the Finals but they lose. As much of a letdown it would be to his brand, I would argue that longevity and health are two things he’s starting to become concerned about.

That list above is only six players, which means that there’s room for six more players. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Westbrook, Faried, and Paul George make the roster. Also there are rumblings that Dwight Howard is considered a lock because of previous commitments he’s made to USA Basketball–even though he doesn’t fit well with the international game at all.

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