- The USA Basketball men’s roster is complete for the Tokyo Olympics.
- Twelve players have committed, including stars like Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, and Jayson Tatum.
- Several superstars turned down the offer, while others didn’t make the cut.
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The Tokyo Olympics are just over a month away, and the USA Basketball men’s roster is complete.
USA Basketball had to narrow down a field of 57 players to 12 for the games. Several players committed in recent days, which filled out the roster that will likely once again be considered the favorite for the gold medal.
Here’s who’s in:
- 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
Nets guard James Harden had initially committed to the team, but The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported on Wednesday that Harden withdrew to recover from a hamstring injury.
While the roster looks strong, it’s missing some big-name players who turned down a shot at gold:
- LeBron James, F, Los Angeles Lakers
- Anthony Davis, F/C, Los Angeles Lakers
- Stephen Curry, G, Golden State Warriors
- Kyrie Irving, G, Brooklyn Nets
- Jimmy Butler, G/F, Miami Heat
- Donovan Mitchell, G, Utah Jazz
- Chris Paul, G, Phoenix Suns
And several other star players didn’t make the cut: Zion Williamson, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Trae Young, Mike Conley, Zach LaVine, Julius Randle, and Jaylen Brown, among others.
There are two factors to watch. First, Team USA isn’t particularly big. Adebayo is a full-time center but listed at just 1.83m-9. Green can play center but is only 1.83m-7. The US will be leaning on shooting and length, but rim protection may be an issue if Adebayo or Green get into foul trouble.
It’s also possible that four players – Booker, Middleton, and Holiday- will play in the NBA Finals, which would make them miss training camp for the Olympics. The turnaround would be incredibly tight, as Game 7 of the Finals is scheduled for July 22, one day before the games begin. And an incomplete roster during training camp could negatively affect the team.
Correction: This story previously incorrectly said that Brook Lopez had made the Olympic roster. Lopez has not made the roster and the story has been updated.