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Who is on Team USA in 2012 in London? Well, probably that Durant guy…

Sep 14, 2010, 6:03 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for USA_Logo.jpgPredicting who will be the top players in the NBA two years from now is risky business — injuries, development of rookies and a host of other things make the future foggy.

As such, predicting the USA Basketball team for the 2012 Olympics in London — watch them right here on NBC! (starting the plugs early) — is a bit of a fools errand. A fun one, but without much meaning.

Well, ESPN’s Chris Sheridan jumped in with two feet with his educated guess:

Guards: Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook.

Forwards: Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Andre Iguodala, Carmelo Anthony.

Centers: Dwight Howard, Brook Lopez.

Not bad, and fairly hard to argue against. Each of those guys has earned equity in Team USA (Brook Lopez tried, not his fault he got mono).

Some guys are locks if healthy — Durant, LeBron, Bryant, Wade and Howard come to mind.

But I think at guard guys like Rajon Rondo, Tyreke Evans and John Wall — and let’s not forget Brandon Jennings, whatever shoes he is wearing — could inject themselves into the conversation. Equity of no, it wasn’t lack of wanting to play that kept them out. Keep going down the list and guys like Amar’e Stoudemire or Andrew Bynum were outside looking in this year (although if Bynum had been healthy he would have been called) but could be on the list. There are more. There are guys we are not talking about now who may well need to be on that team then.

But this is a good start. That team would win a lot of games.

  1. Silly - Sep 14, 2010 at 6:29 PM


  2. dave - Sep 14, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Bosh or Stoudemire? Westbrook or D-Rose? Brook Lopez or Brad Miller?? All valid questions the selection committee will have to consider.

  3. DAVE! - Sep 14, 2010 at 11:22 PM

    Don’t forget about ODEN! If, (and this is the biggest IF ever), he replicates everything, defensively, that Howard brings.

  4. Louie - Sep 14, 2010 at 11:31 PM

    D-Rose has to have the edge on Westbrook and if he doesn’t now, he will by then.
    Come 2012, the Mamba will have gone to most likely 4 out of 5 consecutive finals and potentially 5 out of 5 plus the 2008 Olympics. He might have to consider sitting that one out unless he wants to walk past 40.
    Don’t forget about Joakim Noah. He’s the perfect Olympic center. Can run with these European teams and do all the dirty work.

  5. Will Hutchinson - Sep 15, 2010 at 8:29 AM

    Yeah biggest missing name from the list is Oden who probably stands an excellent chance of being there in two years.
    Now, while I agree that those are the most likely names, I would definitely prefer some different ones. We’re overloaded with scoring – I think what the World Championships showed is that we can build a team that is more like an NBA team with only a couple of superstar scorers on the floor at once and have the rest be spot-up shooters or hard-working defenders and rebounders.
    To that end, I would drop Melo in favor of a real power forward-sized player who is going to work more on defense, and drop one of the guards for a better shooter.
    I want to see the 5-on-5 practices this team has with itself though: super-Heat-friends Wade and Lebron going up against Kobe and Durant…

  6. Dirk Simmons - Sep 15, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    The Bulls fan in me is slightly insulted that John Wall, Ty Evans, and Rondo were mentioned before D-Rose. He’s a stud. An elite stud in fact, and for my money, he’s better than those guys. He’ll be there in 2012 if he’s healthy.

  7. YOUR AN IDIOT - Sep 15, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    D-rose is the starting PG and you don’t think he’ll be on the team in two years? The only thing that could keep that from happening is a JAY Williams like bike crash… This is pure nonsense…

  8. Hmm - Sep 15, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    D-Rose is just o.k., not a stud by any means, just a product of media hype.. I don’t think he’s what you guys do, but I’m not a homer bull fan either.

  9. Anonymous - Sep 16, 2010 at 2:04 AM

    He had a shooting slump in the last 3 games of the tournament. If you watched the whole tournament including the exhibition games prior too the tournament you would have realized that overall he did exceptionally well. Nobody said Durrant sucked when he was in a shooting slump the first couple games in the Lakers series.

  10. BIG RICO - Sep 19, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    D-Rose is on that team any day of the week

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