Rio 2016: Predicting The USA Basketball Line Up

By Kaylyn Neely


Point Guard

  • Derrick Rose
  • Rajon Rondo
  • Wild card: John Wall

Small Forward

  • Kevin Durant
  • LeBron James 
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
  • Wild card: Rudy Gay 

Power Forward

  • Blake Griffin
  • Kevin Love
  • DeMarcus Cousins
  • Wild card: LaMarcus Aldridge


  • Dwight Howard
  • Anthony Davis
  • Andrew Bynum 
  • Wild card: Greg Monroe 

Shooting Guard

  • Eric Gordon
  • James Harden
  • Wild card: Bradley Beal 

The Rio 2016 Olympic roster holds twelve spots. Since it was announced that FIBA would not likely impose the 23 or younger age limit on the Olympic team, the best of the NBA are free to participate.

Kobe Bryant has announced that London 2012 were his last games, “This is it for me,” freeing up a shooting guard spot. Kobe’s position could potentially be position that isn’t filled up by a huge experienced NBA superstar player, as neither Kobe nor Dwyane Wade are expected to compete. Furthermore, many current or upcoming shooting guards, like Manu Ginóbili are not America born.

Chris Paul and LeBron James proved in fourth quarter of Sunday’s gold medal game against Spain, that they both have at least another four years left in their prime. If both decide to compete, they are dead certain locks. However, Paul has played in enough Olympics, that they might not be the most appealing option for his downtime anymore.

Andrew Bynum is the second best center in the NBA, next to Dwight Howard, so he surely will receive a roster spot. One of the major criticisms of this year’s squad was the lack of “big men.” The upcoming Olympic team will not face this problem, as they will have the option of an experienced Anthony Davis. Presumably both Howard and Bynum will be healthy. DeMarcus Cousins will be included on the squad, but he is more likely to play as a power forward due to overflow of centers.

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