Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 at 4:40 pm  |  96 responses

Report: Team USA Preliminary Roster Unveiled

by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo has checked and re-checked his list of the world’s best American-born basketball players.

According to Sheridan Hoops, Colangelo has settled on the 19 ballers that he intends to take with him to London for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games:

We told you earlier today that LaMarcus Aldridge is on the verge of being added to the preliminary Team USA roster for the 2012 Olympics. Now we’re reporting something even better: The entire 19-man roster. Here it is, alphabetically, from my impeccable international basketball sources:

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

The final, 12-man roster will be announced in mid-to-late June.

All that we be left after that, will be for this squad to go out and prove that they deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as the 1992 Dream Team. No pressure or anything, fellas.

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  • Mitchell

    Why Monta Ellis not on the list.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    So everyone except Joe Johnson. lol

  • rand33p


  • Hart

    Um….why is Odom there?

  • Ward6

    Anthony, Bosh, Bryant, Durant, Howard, Iguadala, James, Love, Paul, Rose, Wade, Williams

  • BlackStar

    Imagine a starting 5 of Rose, Bron, Howard, Wade and Griffin. That would be Lob Country for real! 3 point shooting would suffer, but if I were the competition, I wouldn’t even stand near the rim …

  • Andrew

    @Hart Odom is there because hes versatile enough to guard more mobile euro style Centers

  • Heals

    I hear where you’re coming from Black cause that group would win games simply on athleticism and talent alone, but none of those cats are a “pure” shooter or has a legit post-game. Highlights are ill, but don’t forget about the other stuff that makes the game equally as great…

  • Mike Mihalow

    I see a lot of zone defenses coming up

  • Drunyce

    Odom is a versatile big who’s game fits the Euro style ball. Also, he was a part of the 2010 FIBA Gold Medal team…

  • Tony

    Is Eric Gordon really that great?

  • LA Huey

    Dwight, LA, LBJ, Kobe, CP3, Bosh, Love, Durant, Wade, Rose, Deron, Blake.

  • http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Marshon-Brooks-6347/playerblog/ nbk

    Starting lineup will be, Paul/Rose, Bryant, James, Melo, Chandler/Alrdidge. Probably Rose and Chandler if I were too bet. But who knows for sure.

  • ksupreme

    wheres amare

  • Thor

    @Tony, pretty good yes, great is a strong word for most.

  • Jono

    Olympic basketball is pretty simple, if the USA don’t win it’s because they messed up and not because the other team won. There is no team even remotely close to winning the thing realistically because that team listed above, even the worst 12 of the 19 has size, strength, athleticism, skill, experience and by summer 2012, will be sufficiently prepared.

  • LA Huey

    Odom, Tyson, and Chauncey get a chance to make the team because they were intergral parts to the 2010 team.

  • http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=pawtucketymca Gametimeweezy

    I love that Odom and Billups are on this team. Wade and Durant potentially coming off the bench? This is the greatest team ever assembled besides the Dream Team.

  • kobe4ever8

    That’s a very fun line up to watch, but I feel like outside of Durant, our 3 point shooting will suffer

  • Bravo

    Damn team USA is super stacked! Kobe , LBJ, Wade, Durante and Eric Gordon are gonna kill it. I expect blake griffin to have most of the highlights.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    Hopefully they can get a frontline out of that group… spain has both gasol brothers and serge ibaka now. and tony eric gordon is pretty dope.

  • http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Marshon-Brooks-6347/playerblog/ nbk

    What’s Spain going to do when Team USA throws out Rose, Bryant, Durant, James, Love. How in the world would they deal with that? Pau gonna guard LeBron? Or Durant? Is a zone really going to work against a team with all that spacing and rebounding?

  • L44

    I wish Rudy Gay was included…his skills and size fit the international game very well.

  • gravy

    Thats such a tough list to deduct 7 players from!! all i know is that when the final list comes out, some players and fans r gonna be pissed(regardless of the outcome)

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Hmm… It’s tough to guess even the starting up… I’m going with… Chris Paul, Kobe, Lebron, Melo, Dwight. I REALLY want to put Durant somewhere in the starting line up. But I think the only way that would happen would be if Durant starts at SF and Lebron slides over to PF, pushing Melo out of the starting 5.

  • http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=pawtucketymca Gametimeweezy

    ^I love that starting lineup.. Wade, Durant, and Rose off the bench is just merciless…

  • Zeb

    What no Celtics? You’ve Got to be kidding! Rondo should be the second PG picked!

  • Ldub

    these guys dont care who starts or comes in off the bench. the W is all the matters in the olympics. it doesnt matter who you start…it will probably change over the course of the tourny anyways.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    OR. What if Kobe is injured and they put Durant as starting SG? Correct me if I’m wrong but, didn’t Durant start of his NBA career at shooting guard?

  • Maniac

    I think the final roster will be: Kobe, LeBron, Dwight, Durant, Rose, Wade, CP3, Dwill, Melo, Blake, Bosh, & Love. CP3 will most certainly start at pg (there is no reason to give it to Rose seeing that they are favoring the players from the 2008 Redeem Team). Kobe & LeBron aren’t backing up anyone. Dwight is the best center on earth, why would he not start? The PF position is unpredictable and could go many different ways.

  • Joe

    Here’s my squad: Melo, Bosh, Kobe, Durant, Dwight, LBJ, CP3, Rose, Dwill, Flash, Love, and LaMarcus…….Blake will use the summer, to polish his game, work on that jumper, and refine some of those post-moves, that way the 2012-2013 season is an MVP season for him. He’s got plenty of yrs ahead of him to get a gold medal.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Haha because I was not paying close enough Attention to what I was doing. My bad your right, Deight will start, no doubt

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Phewwwww… That’s a good team. This team would challenge any team ever assembled.

  • Oscar

    No Rajon Rondo?? cmon Rondo is way better than westbrook and williams

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Billups, LO and Iggy will be the odd men out.

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com yada

    what are the tryouts and practices gonna be like? wheew

  • drew

    cp3, deron, rose, kobe, wade, lebron, melo, durant, bosh, griffin, love, howard.

  • Dyce

    I agree Rondo deserves at least a shot to make the team. Unless he wants to quit like he did the last time. Even Chris Bosh deserves a shot.

  • Dyce

    Ray Allen should be given a try-out over billups at this point.

  • http://www.slamonline.com aman from arkansas

    Why is bosh on there he is garbage.

  • http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=pawtucketymca Gametimeweezy

    The 3 point line would be layups for Ray Allen too.

  • jufu

    bosh is on there because he’s been insane against international competition, moreso than dwight and melo. and i honestly think that billups, eric gordon, and odom can make it based on the fact that the provide shooting. oh, and klove can shoot too, he’ll be a good one-two with howard. this upcoming team will have very few, if any, weaknesses.

  • T-Money

    OUT: aldridge, billups, chandler, gordon, iggy, odom, westbrook.

  • jbone23

    Don’t forget, this has to get cut to 12! Means -7 from this list…tough.

  • china

    starting 5:

    PG – CP3
    SG – Kobe Bryant
    SF – LeBron James
    PF – Chris Bosh
    C – Dwight Howard

    a lot of people could argue rose over cp3, wade over kobe etc. but i think when it comes down to it, it’ll all be based on seniority and who was there first. I mean, I don’t think Chris Bosh should be starting, but he is a more proven PF over Aldridge and Love despite all the hate he gets. I think I speak for everyone when I say it’ll be tough for me to see Rose and Durant who are playing in the shadows on LeBron and Kobe because they are soon to be the face of the NBA. My 2nd unit comprises of Williams, Wade, Melo, Love/Aldridge and Chandler. But if coach K makes his decision based on seasonal play, Deron Williams could find that he will be the 3rd guard coming off the bench after Rose.

    In the end, I think the 12 man roster would be CP3, Deron, Rose, Kobe, Wade, LeBron, Carmelo, KD, D12, Bosh, Love/aldridge and Chandler. This is my opinion, dont get too pissed off if you disagree.

  • jsmoke212

    *applauding Colangelo* Well done, sir!
    Iggy is there to waste energy on D, and at the international stage, I’d take Aldridge and Love, rather than ZBo (love his game). The only headscratcher is Billups. Westbrook and Chandler should be shown the door sometime soon too.

  • Mariano

    I’d rather have LA than Chris Bosh

  • Pais

    The 2nd string, whoever it consists of will be end up being far, like really far superior to any possible contender. And I can’t believe there are still people out there who think Bosh is garbage, I got no love for the guy personaly but c’mon. I can’t cut 7 guys from that list, not possible although it’s real PG heavy.

  • Mariano

    I don’t think Chris Bosh is garbage… I just think LA is a better player

  • Pais

    Totally agree with the seniority thing. They’ve stated that they want Team USA to be a proper team rather than simply a compilation of the biggest marquee players. If that’s true, seniority must be respected.

  • Pais

    Sorry Mariano, that was in response to an earlier comment. You’re probably even right, but for the sake of consistency and cohesion I say go with Bosh.

  • Dyce

    I was actually taking Bosh over Blake not LA. Blake isn’t there yet and other than a few alleys I dont think his game is gonna go well out there.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    but nbk.. could the lineup you mention effectively guard the gasol brothers? I mean lebron MIGHT be able to hold his own, bc he’s so strong but could love? he has well documented defensive issues. What if spain pounds the ball inside?

  • Dyce

    The fact that things like we have to worry about outside shooting should show how good that original Dream Team was. Mostly every player on the original team was a complete player and could do it all.

  • Pais

    @Dyce – I’m inclined to agree. But it’s a real tough decision to leave out a talent like Blake. Fact is Blake is exactly why casual fans like even like basketball. No matter what happens, it’s certain that a crap load of deserving players are gonna get bumped.

  • Pais

    @datkid – I’d argue that you don’t need to guard the Gasol brothers. Containing Navarro will be enough to ensure annihilation.

  • B.C.

    Final 12 man roster will be.
    Starting 5
    PG Chris Paul
    SG Kobe Bryant
    SF LeBron James
    PF Kevin Durant
    C Dwight Howard
    PG Derrick Rose, Deron Williams
    SG Dwyane Wade
    SF Carmelo Anthony
    PF Blake Griffin, Kevin Love
    C Chris Bosh

  • robb

    @B.C. lol KD at PF and Chris Bosh at C??? you gotta be kidding.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    If the team wants a ridiculous starting lineup, go:
    PG: LeBron
    SG: Durant
    SF: Melo
    PF: Love
    C: Dwight

  • golakeshow

    lamar odom and eric gordon do not belong there.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Datkid, In theory no that USA team can’t guard Spain in the half court. But with the pressure they could apply with double teaming and trapping. I would think they would have enough success on offense and force enough turnovers consistently best Spain. With that lineup, and just about any other for that matter lol

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com yada

    d.rose will be the starting pg on that team

  • tomtom

    And that’s why i have never taken anything caboose said seriously…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    What the starting lineup should look like: PG: Paul, SG: Wade, SF: Durant, PF: Lebron, C: Howard. What it will look like: PG: Rose, SG: Kobe, SF: Lebron/Melo, PF: Lebron/Melo, C: Howard. I think Kobe is too keen to shoot no matter his teammates, and while I’m one of those people who thinks Rose is better than Paul I also think Paul is still more of a pass-first guy, and that’s invaluable in a team of scorers. Either way the team will probably be: Bron, Wade, Bosh, Paul, Rose, Kobe, Howard, Durant, Melo, Chandler, Blake, Gordon. Gordon VS AI is a close call, but I think they need shooting more than wing defence given the defensive growth of Lebron, Wade and Durant. I don’t think they’ll take Love over Griffin but they probably should, given how much they’ll need 3 point shooting. Finally, I think Bosh is a sound choice over those other quality bigs, because he knows how to play with star players and he’s proven he can perform at a very high level in the international game. Could this team beat the original dream team? The teams are quite evenly matched from the 1 to the 3, but the 1992 team’s quality at the 4 and the 5 gives it the edge.

  • Red

    Yeah D. Rose better be starting pg he’s better than CP3

  • http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=pawtucketymca Gametimeweezy

    ^ CP3 is the better facilitator though…

  • MikeC.

    The FIBA rules make some of the traditional NBA positions more fluid. Melo is an absolute beast at the 4 in the international games because very few 3s can handle him in the post and when they switch a 4 to him, it’s dribble drive time. Same with Lebron, but with more passing and more 3rd-person references. Odom’s versatility makes him an excellent option off the bench. As much as I’d like to smack Chris Bosh with a crowbar, his agility, quickness and mid-range game make him a much better fit than Blake. Love’s offensive repertoire make him a perfect fit, but can he guard opposing 4s and 5s? Durant is a great fit because he can play the 4 in a smallball lineup, he’s excellent at the 3 and can play the 2 if Team USA decides to supersize the lineup. Rondo would be a bad fit because he can’t shoot. Gotta have zone-busters. D Williams is a great fit. 2005 Chauncey Billups would have been perfect. Too bad it’s 2011.

  • MikeC.

    ^not that Blake lacks agility and quickness. His offense isn’t much of a weapon against a zone, so he’s just not a good fit unless he locks down that bank shot he’s been working on.

  • http://ggfhh.com Jukai

    Damn, I still say CP3, Rose, Kobe, Wade, Durant, Lebron, Melo, Love, Bosh, and Howard… But I’m unsure if Tyson, williams, LA, or Griffin will make it. Probably the latter two.

  • http://ggfhh.com Jukai

    Eric is great but I think love/durant are good enough three point shooters to take care of it

  • http://tempdog1 Tempest

    this team will be bonkers

    PG – Rose
    SG – Kobe
    SF – Lebron
    PF – Durant
    C – Howard

    CP3, Westbrook(DWill always gets jipped), Wade, Melo, Bosh, Griffin, Love

  • riggs

    no rondo? mehhhhhhhhhhh @ this team.

  • shutup

    When they play Spain whos gonna guard rubio? there gonna have to create a player that can stop his unbelievable quickness and hall of fame court vision, USA might as well pull out now, Rubio can beat any team 1 on 5. lmao. I bet Love doesnt make the team, Odom will make it because of his speed at his size and his ability to bring the ball up, also there gonna need some glue players that team is chock full of scorers, but besides Paul and Lebron I dont see many passers on the team.

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    id take ABynum over Odom any day

  • Dyce

    Its also who’s going to be able to play after this condensed season, then injuries its gonna be interesting.

  • http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=pawtucketymca Gametimeweezy

    shutup – don’t worry, we have Chris Bosh… Remember that season in Toronto when he was the best PF in the league? He’s soooo much better than Amare Studamire and can probably beast both Gasol brothers at the same time! lol

  • china

    First string: CP3, Kobe, Lebron, Bosh, Howard.
    Second String: Williams/Rose, Wade, Melo, Love, Chandler and Durant and whomever does not start between Williams/Rose.

    Im very surprised to see Stoudamire not on this list. Lob city doesnt mean jack when it comes to Team USA, so expect Blake to get cut. He is a stat stuffer, but I dont think his game can transfer against the internationals… just yet! Therefore, I see Kevin Love making it over Aldridge for the final PF spot because coach K already has a face up PF in Bosh, and we need rebounds!

  • china

    what do u guys think?

  • Red

    I hate the Celtics seriously but wtf Williams over Rondo? I have a feeling Rondo declined to join the team cause I remember he said he barely wanted to do FIBA

  • shutup

    @weezy lmao all you need to do is get Bosh a tail and he’ll look like a raptor, maybe we should put JJ Reddick on the team hes better than anyone else on Orlando and he should be able to prove his world dominance

  • http://sfjklf.com Jukai

    I cannot see Westbrook over Williams. I’d be shocked if Westbrook makes the team at all. What does Westbrook bring which Rose, CP3 and Deron wont? I guess defense but… not enough to justify his placement.
    I’d also be shocked if Iggy makes it. They have Lebron, Durant, and Melo to play three. Why add another one?
    The only five I see making it over the obvious ten (CP3, Rose, Kobe, Wade, Durant, Lebron, Melo, Bosh, Love, Dwight) are Williams, Chandler, Griffin, LA and Gordon. I don’t think Chandler and Gordon make it, I don’t think Chandler brings anything Howard doesn’t, he’s kind of redundant, and if they take LA they can DEFINITELY get by without Chandler. I’d prefer Williams and LA but… I think one of them is gonna sit for Griffin.
    I find this s**t way too interesting.

  • http://slamonline.com Big D

    I’m surprised to see Eric Gordan on this list. Bynum could not keep up with this super athletic Euro centers. Perfect team to bring home gold.

  • Dx

    Potential problem:- not a whole lot of pure shooters out there… Maybe durant and love?

  • http://slamonline BossTerry


  • Justin G.

    I don’t know that this club needs that many pure shooters. With their transition offense and a defense that’s going to be stifling, guys like Lebron and Paul that can get the ball around the perimiter for the much closer 3 pointers…? I think they’ll be OK

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max


  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Where’s Rondooooo???

  • ptrain

    suprised most people take Love over LA, i know who i would rather have on my team…


    where is rudy gay. he was a key part of the 2010 world team. he shoudl get a chance to tryout for the olympics

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  • Mooney10

    Why not: Amare? Rondo? Ray Allen even? Bynum? KG? Al Jefferson?

    Rest of the guys are fine, but these 3 do not belong, I’d take Rondo over Billups, Gordon doesn’t belong and Chandler is not on that level at all. If you’e not an all-star caliber player why are you on this roster?

  • http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=pawtucketymca Gametimeweezy

    Watching Billups how he’s playing for the Clippers , especially his defense against shooting guards, would be a excellent Third PG for this team though cuz he can body with shooting guards

  • Justin G.

    OK, to answer Mooney. Why not…Amare? Because he’s not as good as Bosh, Aldredge, or Love. Rondo? Because he can’t shoot and he’s not as good as CP3 or Rose. Ray Allen? Sorry but Kobe and Wade have all those minutes. Bynum I may agree with for at least getting a chance to make it but he’d probably get cut anyway. KG? See Amare. Al Jefferson? See KG.
    As for Billups I don’t understand that one except maybe for a shooter? But I don’t think he makes the roster anyway

  • B.C.

    @ robb you’re an idiot, if durant’s not gonna play PF who is? He’s definitly gonna be starting and so is LeBron. Everyone else is gonna be coming off the bench, and Bosh is gonna be playing Center when he comes off the bench because he’s clearly not gonna be playing with Howard.

  • http://www.nbl.com.au/ Tony

    No oldheads in the squad please! They do not deserve to be in. USA has enough talent to send a young team to put on a show in London. Guys like Chauncey Billups, Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom should be cut.

  • Scott

    Just answer why certain players are or are not on the team that have nothing to do with talent:
    Amare: Not an option because he can’t be insure. Knicks won’t allow it.
    Rondo: beside the total lack of a jumpshot, he quit during the last try outs. He can forget ever being invited again.
    Guys like LO and Chauncey are there for leadership and their games fit well in international play. Chauncey may not be close to Rondo in talent these days but he is a great shooter which is more highly valued in the Olympics. I can still see these guys being cut though.
    If you think Bosh shouldn’t be on the team, you didn’t watch the last Olympics. He was a huge part of that team because of his mobility, pick and role D and outside shooting. He is an ideal big for international play. i guarantee he makes the team.