With the start of the Tokyo Olympics nearly a month away, the United States’ national men’s basketball roster is now complete.
The 12-man roster is as follows.
- Kevin Durant, F, Brooklyn Nets
- Damian Lillard, G, Portland Trail Blazers
- Devin Booker, G, Phoenix Suns
- Jayson Tatum, F, Boston Celtics
- Bradley Beal, G, Washington Wizards
- Khris Middleton, G/F, Milwaukee Bucks
- Zach LaVine, G, Chicago Bulls
- Bam Adebayo, C, Miami Heat
- Draymond Green, F/C, Golden State Warriors
- Jrue Holiday, G, Milwaukee Bucks
- Kevin Love, F, Cleveland Cavaliers
- Jerami Grant, F, Detroit Pistons
Team USA’s basketball program had to whittle down a field of 57 potential roster additions down to 12 for the Olympic Games and several commitment decisions were very recent due to playoff scheduling. Nonetheless, the United States still managed to fill out a roster that will be considered favorites for the gold medal.
Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden had initially committed to the team, but withdrew to recover from a hamstring injury, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul, whose team is currently in the Western Conference Finals with a 2-0 lead over the Los Angeles Clippers, recently withdrew his name as well (according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.)
That said, its possible that other players on the roster (namely Booker, Middleton and Holiday) could play in the NBA Finals. If that occurs, they could miss training camp for the Olympics.
Game 7 of the NBA Finals is scheduled for July 22, one day before the Olympic Games are set to begin.
The last time Team USA competed on the international stage, it finished in seventh-place in the 2019 FIBA World Cup due to a number of the league’s preeminent stars withdrawing from the competition. Before that tournament, the team had won 58 consecutive games in international competition dating back to the 2006 World Cup,