With today’s final additions, the full 12-man roster for this year’s Team USA roster has been officially released — and it’s a fun group to say the least.
Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Jayson Tatum, Devin Booker, Zach LaVine, Kevin Love, Bam Adebayo, Draymond Green, Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton and Jerami Grant will all travel to Tokyo this summer for the 2021 Olympic Games.
With five of the league’s top-15 regular-season scorers, five of the league top-15 playoff scorers and 37 All-Star appearances between the 12 rostered players, Team USA looks primed to claim its fourth straight Olympic gold medal this summer.
The NBA world and basketball fans from around the globe took to Twitter to react to the stacked roster.
Whole lotta buckets. My goodness. https://t.co/6YS23odwUZ
— Julius J., MBA (@juliuscjohnson) June 23, 2021
Gold secured. Hopefully they don’t dock around too much. https://t.co/zBcpn7h5YA
— E (@Ericb1980) June 23, 2021
— Mark Wellner (@MarkWWellner) June 23, 2021
— Zach V (@The_Z_) June 23, 2021
Lmao Bam the only center? https://t.co/kWI2uipFVP
— Dom. (@domstoofly) June 23, 2021
Gold medal ready https://t.co/Aai4b0v0Qg
— Nicholas Dee (@NicholasDee10) June 23, 2021
Starting five I’m going with:
— Doozy (@JeezDwight) June 23, 2021
This is the Worst Roster in a while. And they still are likely to walk to Gold. https://t.co/aOEpPUeBVH
— Suavey5000 (@SuperSuavesky) June 23, 2021
With a guard/forward heavy lineup, Team USA doesn’t have much in the way of a pure center. Adebayo is the only player on the roster listed at the center position, and even he is a more agile stretch-5 type of option.
That being said, the level of talent that this roster will bring to Tokyo seems like it’ll be tough to overcome. Lillard, Durant and Tatum are all coming fresh off the best postseason performances of their careers, averaging a combined 99.2 points per game in this year’s playoffs.
Training camp under head coach Gregg Popovich will begin on Jul. 6 in Las Vegas. The Tokyo Olympics will begin on Jul. 23.
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