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Report: Team USA to set first roster in 2 weeks

Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:54 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2012 6:33 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver


With the 2012 London Olympics just seven months away, Team USA is reportedly heading for its first round of roster cuts. reports that USA Basketball Director Jerry Colangelo will announce a roster of 18 "candidates" to make the 2012 team in less than two weeks.
"We have so much talent right now, the pool is extraordinary," Colangelo said.

The final 12-man roster and six alternates must be submitted June 18, before the NBA Finals will be complete. But all 18 names have to be given to the U.S. Olympic Committee by the end of January to be placed in the drug program.

Colangelo said the announcement will be made by Jan. 18.

The site reports that the only player not on either the 2008 Beijing Olympics team or the 2010 Turkey World Championships team who is under consideration is Los Angeles Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin. Given his starpower, Griffin seems a lock, leaving 17 spots in the pool.

Eight of those are expected to go to 2008 Beijing Gold Medal-winning players: Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Deron Williams. All seem solid locks.

That least nine spots for members of the 2010 World Championship team. Six players who would seem to be locks from that roster: Tyson Chandler, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook.

That leaves three final spots in the 18-man pool contenders for the rest: Eric Gordon, Danny Granger, Andre Iguodala, Brook Lopez, Lamar Odom and Rajon Rondo.

The toughest decision at this stage will likely come in choosing a third true center in Lopez or another talented perimeter player in Granger, Iguodala or Odom. USA Basketball has been built on versatility and athleticism in the recent past but its wings are crowded with an embarrassment of riches. Love and/or Griffin could swing up from power forward to center, though, which could free up a spot for another wing in the 18-man group.

Another question is Rondo. He withdrew from selection from the 2010 team after it became clear he wasn't going to make the cut. Given the big names in front of him (Paul, Rose, Williams and likely Westbrook), what happens here? Paul and Williams both have recent injury concerns and Rondo's talent level is such that leaving him off this early would seem a risk not worth taking.

No matter how you slice it and regardless of who is left on the outside looking in, this team is stacked. Looking ahead, assuming full health from all involved, an 18-player pool and a final 12-man roster could look something like this. Cuts designated in parentheses.

PG: Paul, Rose, Williams, (Westbrook), (Rondo)
SG: Bryant, Wade, (Gordon)
SF: James, Durant, Anthony, (Gay)
PF: Bosh, Griffin, (Love)
C: Howard, Chandler, (Lopez)

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 8:14 pm

Report: Team USA to set first roster in 2 weeks

As a few other have noted.

Bynum over Lopez. I would still leave Chandler as this team has enough offense and his defense would come in handy. Maybe playing for his country would finally get Bynum to grow up. Only Howard can compete with him for raw talent at the 5 spot.

 over Chris Bosh no question there. I think it's a toss up with Bosh or K Love, but I would lean to K Love because this team has enough offense and this team could use another rebounder, especially at the 4. With Kevin Love and Howard in the game would anyone else get a rebound? Plus they both throw great outlet passes! On talent Amare has a case, but I don't think he's a very popular player in the NBA team chemistry could be an issue, but I think there is a strong case for Amare over Bosh.

I don't know if Kobe will play because of health issues. With Wade and Gordon do we need another big 2 guard?

Rose will be the starting point, but if CP3 doesn't play because of health issue, I would chose Rondo. Scoring won't be an issue on this team, but Rondo's defense and pass 1st attitude would make this team flow better than Westbrook who is more of a scoring guard.

Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: January 7, 2012 10:25 pm

Report: Team USA to set first roster in 2 weeks

Why is Amare not on the list?

Bosh should not be on the list maybe top 18 but not a lock K Love is a better rebounder and shooter. Bosh has no post game . I say griffin, love and aldridge all are better than bosh. I wouldnt waste a spot on him when lebron and anthony can both play the 4 spot if needed.

Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 9:32 pm

Report: Team USA to set first roster in 2 weeks


Myopic Lakers fans 

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 7:17 pm

Report: Team USA to set first roster in 2 weeks

I think I would find a spot for Blake Griffin and Andrew Bynum for sure. These two would be getting experience for the next world games and Olympics; they are young enough, barring any career ending injuries to possibly play.

The other young player of the team would be able to continue to get valuable international experience would be Lopez, Westbrook Durrant, and Kevin Love.

I like our team for this Olympics as well the 2014 games.


Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 7:08 pm

Report: Team USA to set first roster in 2 weeks

I agree. I think Bynum and D. Howard will strengthen the Center position of the team.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 6:39 pm

Report: Team USA to set first roster in 2 weeks

Why no Andrew Bynum at center? He is better then Chandler and Lopez. Bynum is arguably a top 3 center.

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