Olympic Team Finalists Revealed

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HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – In a definite sign of the times, USA Basketball released the 20 names of the 20 finalists for the 2012 Olympic team that will compete in London this summer via Facebook and Twitter this morning.

That’s right, welcome to the new world folks.

Surely, you could have guessed half of these names based on what’s transpired with the player pool the past two years. Either way, we’ve got the entire list for you right here:

Guards – Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Chauncey Billups, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, Eric Gordon and Dwyane Wade.

Forwards – Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Andre Iguodala, Carmelo Anthony, Rudy Gay, LaMarcus Aldridge, Lamar Odom, Blake Griffin, Chris Bosh and Kevin Love.

Centers – Dwight Howard and Tyson Chandler.

No surprises there, with Griffin and Aldridge joining the party and Steph Curry and Danny Granger departing the premises. That’s a group that includes eight gold medalists from the 2008 Olympics and 10 members of the 2010 gold medal-winning team at World Championships.

Obviously, this list will have to be trimmed to an active roster of 12 for the competition this summer.

Your thoughts on this 20-man group?

62 Comments

  1. finneyneo says:

    1)CP3
    2)Kobe
    3)KD
    4)LBJ
    5)Dwight
    Reserves:
    Tyson Chandler(his defense is very valuable}
    Lamar Odom(if he prove that he is fit to be in the team during training camp)
    Andre Iguodala(because of defense too)
    Kevin Love(How can the best rebounder in the world not be in the team)
    D-Will
    D Wade
    D Rose
    Carmelo(If Lamar doesnt make it)
    ——————————————————–
    Billups is injured, so it is not really possible for him to play even if he completely recover by training camp cuz he is old.
    Most of Rudy, LA, Westbrook, Griffin, Bosh and Gordon has abilities that are too common among the people in the roster

  2. Steel Kobe 24 says:

    I got you. These are in NO PARTICULAR ORDER, so don’t cry about the 1st name I list.

    1. Kobe
    2. CP3
    3. Rose
    4. D-Will
    5. Wade
    6. Durant
    7. LBJ
    8. K. Love
    9. Dwight
    10. Griffin
    11. Melo
    12. Chandler

    Gimme this team any day of the week, they’ll dominate the Gold Medal game, (not to mention all the fun they’ll have destroying the competition up to that point).

    • Baller says:

      Hey, all I am saying is, Kobe is old and banged up and there is a lot of young talent available. In the end guys like Durant, Rose, Wade, Bryant and James just have to say the wanna go and represent their country and Coach K will not refuse them.

      If Kobe wants to play in London this summer he will. Still I think he could have played better and more efficient this season and played more team basketball. He takes 3.2 FGA more this season, where Bynum is finally healthy and proving he can put up numbers. Especially in the Miami game without Bosh they did not take advantage of their size in the post as often as they could have.

  3. Baller says:

    Billups and Gordon will probably not be able to play due to injury and/or having not played this season. Considering Howard, Chandler and Griffin to be abysmal at the freethrowline, I would only take one of them to London. Preferably Chandler, because he seems to be the most mature one and has a ring. Odom will have to prove himself, he is versatile but had a bad season. I don’t think Kobe would fit on the team, his shot-decisions are really bad this season and he simply takes too many shots at 44% FG%. I know he has made a living making tough fadeaways day in and day out, but i would not take him to London.

    If it were up to me I would take
    at guard: Rose – Westbrook – Wade – Paul – Williams – Gay
    at forward: James – Durant – Iguodala – Love – Aldridge
    at Center; Bosh – Chandler

    I guess you can switch Bosh, Love and Aldridge anytime to PF or Center and if need be Durant and James could also play PF. You have good consistent shooters in Bosh, Aldridge from 18feet and in Durant, Williams, Love and Westbrook practically anywhere on the floor. Rose and Westbrook post immense danger with their speed and athleticism, Paul and James can set anybody up at any given time and when there is need for a gamewinning buzzerbeater you have Durant to count on. Wade and Gay are top notch scorers and drivers with decent jumpshots, Andre Iguodala is a great defender. Overall there is just so much versatility, talent, athleticism and size, it is a dream.

    I guess one can argue whether to put Anthony in for Iguodala or Bryant for Gay or even Howard for Chandler but I dn’t think you can much wrong either way…

  4. jesus says:

    Starting five:
    Dwight Howard
    Chris Bosh
    LeBron James
    Dwyane Wade
    Chris Paul

    Second unit:
    LaMarcus Aldridge
    Kevin Love
    Kevin Durant
    Russell Westbrook
    Derrick Rose

  5. Sarunas says:

    PG: Paul / Williams
    SG: Kobe / Wade
    SF: Durant / Iguodala
    PF: James / Anthony
    C: Dwight / Chandler

    I don’t even know why they take 12 players to these tournaments, it’s not like they’re playing an 82 game NBA regular season. As far as the lineup, it’s a well known fact coach K likes to run a lot of motion, and with Dwight and Chandler manning the middle you can afford to go (marginally) smaller.

  6. ayus says:

    Starting 5
    PG Paul (if heathy, Westbrook woud be a better repacement)
    SG Koby (Maturity is needed as Captain, Can be Billups)
    SF King James (Arguably the best one on one player today)
    PF KD (The reason for the comment above)
    C DH (No one would contradict to this)

    Reserves
    PG DRose (Great scorer and woud be a boost from the bench, it would be bad to show all of your weapons at the start of the game)
    SG DWade (another great scorer can replace Koby) – Eric Gordon can have this spot in case of injuries
    SF Iguoadala (Great defender – we dont need offense all the time so Melo is out)
    PF Kevin Love – Arguaby the best PF now.
    C LA ( Can Pair with Love at front court, Can be better performer but similar to Bosh)
    XFactor G WestBrook (But if he is a starter, it can be Eric Gordon, Fresh faces have hearts
    XFactor F Blake… someone capable ofl bringing momentum is essential

  7. Ogert says:

    I place chemistry over talent so there must be at least two players on court at the same time that have been playing with each other for seasons… We look at Argentina 2004 and Spain 2006….great team chemistry beats talents-put-together-at-last-minute. So here’s my pick…

    Starting five:
    Dwight Howard
    Blake Griffin
    LeBron James
    Dwyane Wade
    Chris Paul
    James-Wade and Paul-Griffin would be familiar pairs, Howard can anchor the middle.

    Second unit:
    LaMarcus Aldridge
    Kevin Love
    Kevin Durant
    Russell Westbrook
    Derrick Rose
    Durant-Westbrook are the core for this unit, Aldridge can anchor the paint, Love can do his thing, Rose can do his thing.

    Situational insertion:
    Chris Bosh
    Deron Williams
    Bosh could step in with James-Wade if complicated matchup are faced and US team chemistry is really being tested.
    Deron is Dwight’s good friend and we want to see them pair up in Brooklyn right?

    This team is ready to face teams with solid chemistry like Argentina and Spain.

  8. OzBullsFan says:

    PG: Rose, CP3
    SG: Kobe, Wade; Iguodala (maybe Westbrook)
    SF: Lebron, Durant, Melo
    PF: Love, Griffin, Aldridge
    C: Howard

    Think this gives the best all round team: scoring, defence, rebounding.

    Love and Aldridge can back up Howard at Centre. No need for Chandler.

  9. BIRD IS DA WORD14 says:

    WHERE THE HECK IS RONDO??????? HE IS MUCH BETTER THAN ERIC GORDON?????

  10. greyhound says:

    my 12 ..KOBE, CP3, DERRICK AND DWAYNE WADE
    FORWARDS- LEBRON , MELLO,KEVIN DURANT,BLKE, CHRIS BOSH
    CENTER -HOWARD AND CHANDLER – AMARE ?
    ALDRIDGE AND LOVE AND THEN RUDY GAY

  11. Evan says:

    Here are my picks:

    PG – D Rose, CP3 & D Will
    SG – Kobe & Wade
    SF – AI & L:ebron
    PF – KD, Love & LA
    C – Dwight & Chandler

    I think AI is a great addition as he’s versatile, distributes the ball well and plays defense. He’s not required to score with so many scorers on the team.
    I like players who play good defense. Superman, Chandler and Love can protect the paint and grab rebounds.
    Players next in line to make the team are Gordon (guard) and Odom (forward/centre)

  12. lovesports3409 says:

    shakenbake…

    Do you think the original Dream Team cared who were scorers or not? They took the BEST AVAILABLE players. D. Rose is a lock and he’s one of the most poplular players internationally.

    • shakenbake says:

      Dont go talking about the old olympic team because that was way back then when their opponents are easy prey. Other countries are improving fast and they are no pushovers than before. If the Dream Team now doesn’t care, why would they take Michael Redd in the last Dream Team? There are lots of players better than him. Dont get me wrong but D.Rose is a great player but he will just eat up the position because he is not a distributer which he is suppose to be. He is a good scorer but thats because he is the star in his team and has plays for him. It is different when you have all the Stars in the NBA put together. What im saying is put the proper player in their proper positions so the team can run better and play more efficiently. D.Rose is a player in the PG who is not playing PG thats why CP3 and Dwill is better in that position heck i like it better if Rondo is there.

  13. Óscar Morgado says:

    My bets (not my favorite team)

    C – Howard (more than enough, putting Chandler cuts talent at other positions)
    PF – Bosh, Griffin, Love (Aldridge is the odd man out, has a chance if the staff wishes for versatility)
    SF – James, Durant, Anthony (altough I think Iguodala is a better fit, the US don’t really need an unidimensional forward in Anthony)
    SG – Kobe, Wade (kind of obvious)
    PG – Paul, Rose and Westbrook (Williams isn’t as good as he used to be)

  14. shakenbake says:

    This should be the line up:

    PG: Paul, Williams,
    SG: Bryant, Wade
    SF: James, Durant, Anthony
    PF: Griffin, Love, Aldridge
    C: Chandler, Howard

    – They dont need D. Rose coz they already have scorers plus Paul and Williams distributes the ball better.
    – If Curry is there he should replace D.Wade and let Wade rest his injuries plus Curry shoots 3’s like free throws.
    – I think its better to put one rookie in there either Kemba Kyrie or Jimmer (which Jimmer is most appropriate because of his 3pt shooting) so that anyone of them can get experience.
    – Coach should be from the NBA not from the NCAA because the players they are coaching are already professionals and not amateurs. either Greg Popovich Rick Adelman or George Carl will do

  15. allaroundballer says:

    kobe and wade are risk to injury, i think thats the reason of westbrook there. He could play more scoring
    also i think 4 guards would be fine, cos james can play pg, and durant can play sg

    the sf is tight, maybe coach k will pick the healthiest player at the end of the season.

    gonna be fun to watch griffin, but if they go to experience, gonna be odom, love & bosh
    griffin is young, he’ll get another shot. but too bad for aldridge, tough category

    guards : paul, rose, bryant, wade (westbrook/billups)
    forwards : james, durant, anthony, bosh, love, griffin (odom/aldridge)
    centers : howard (chandler)

  16. b says:

    I don’t want to see anyone from the ’08 team except Lebron, Melo, and Kobe just because they’re the best ones(don’t like any of them btw). Oh and Dwight.

    So should be:
    starters- rose, kobe, KD, griffin, dwight
    reserves- Love, Gordon (dude can shoot better than anyone on this roster),bron, melo, Aldrige, Chandler and Westbrook.

    Give youth a chance. We have the best players in the world. Even against Spain, France, Russia, etc. We don’t need paul and d will. And for the idiot that said Paul should start over Rose, i got one thing to say- M V P

  17. And Dwade stop laughing all the time you can be better than Michael Jordan.

    • allaroundballer says:

      1. jordan
      2. kobe
      3. wade

      based on anything, you name it

    • Steel Kobe 24 says:

      AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Wade can’t be better than his own teammate. Plus, he plays SG, a position which MJ and Kobe dominate, he’ll never enter their conversation, nor their echelon

  18. Let me tell you something. Kobe Bryant is better than Michael Jordan. Sorry Michael but I will have to take out your poster from my wardrove.
    Line up despite I support latinos teams:
    Kobe
    Durant
    Lamarcus no doubt
    Griffin
    Howard.

  19. Alexzo says:

    Welcome to fantasy basketball!
    Here’s mine:

    CP3
    Mamba
    Durantula
    Earthquake
    Superman

    DRose
    DWade
    King James
    Bosh
    Tyson

    Melo
    DWill

    Sounds Good?!

    • Alexzo says:

      I’d actually take Bynum over Tyson coz they DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH INSIDE PRESENCE apart from Dwight & Blake. Bosh is more perimeter than post up player. I understand Tyson has quicker feet & more masterful of the zone but when push comes to shove he will be banged up more…thus the need for Andrew to sub for Dwight.

  20. jeffrey says:

    curry didnt do that well at the world championships in 2010. same with granger.

  21. AusFan says:

    C.Paul Starting point? Serious lol

    D.Rose would get that spot in a heart beat.

  22. Shoji says:

    We need to slow down in the way we talk like we’re better than them in selecting players. We just see player s play not know them and I’m sure the coaching staff and the whole USA basketball org. has thought all of that we want. My point is, Bynum can’t play International ball hes too big and not as mobile where in international ball you need to go small. Curry is a great player, but Billups is far more better than him besides talent. I’m not impressed of selecting Westbrook, curry should be there.

  23. KOSRAE says:

    the best of hte best are all that were listed …
    starting five kobe…the best shooter
    rose the fastest drive in of all times…
    Durant…..skinny but dangerous shooter….dunker…3pointer….rebounder..alley hoops
    james…the greatest of all time….
    blake ….the new season began…its game time…fly like an eagle
    howard…of course the superman….
    the rest are of course the best..
    you do not judge or say anything about em’ all…cuz they are the greatest of 2012
    five in five out…still no changes…the score will rise..the defense will shake the world…..the golden trophy will again become the greatest trophy for all mankind……for the superstars of basketball they will win 2012London no matter what the people of this universe say…..last but not least….none of them play like me when i was twenty but its just that im not a qualified to play…cuz im from the small island in the Pacific..look for me…..and u wont find me….

  24. Emmanuel says:

    Really a pick, for kobe and Durant are UNANIMOUS!!! but…

    PG Rose
    SG Kobe
    SF Durant
    PF Lebron or Griffin
    C D,Howard of course…. what about bynum…. :O!!!

  25. lazylays13 says:

    STARTERS:
    Chris Paul
    Kobe Bryant
    LeBron James
    Kevin Durant
    Dwight Howard

    Bench:
    Derrick Rose
    Dwayne Wade
    Deron Williams
    Carmelo Anthony
    Blake Griffin
    Chris Bosh
    LaMarcus Aldridge

  26. Daver says:

    I would take Paul Milsap over Bosh any day!

  27. jferdz says:

    PG ROSE
    SG BRYANT
    SF DURANT
    PF JAMES
    C HOWARD

    PAUL
    WILLIAMS
    LOVE
    ANTHONY
    ALDRIDGE
    GRIFFIN
    BOSH

  28. Celticsrck says:

    griffin seriously?i mean,i know he can dunk but the Olympic team?whats wrong with basketball these days…

  29. Evelyn R Gatlin says:

    Some people aren’t sure about Billups,i think it’s a good pick,him and Kobe can be the leaders for the younger guys,but Chandler i’m not sold in i would have taken Bynum to go with Howard.

    • Steel Kobe 24 says:

      I half agree. Billups won’t be healed by then, but Kobe will make more than a small impact on that team, alot of the others have FIBA experience. Andrew probably wouldn’t do it; like Amar’e last year, the Lakers won’t let him so as to not risk any injury that could sideline him, (he has an injury0riddled history). I’m not sold on Chandler’s offense, but he’s a big body to throw in there when D Howard needs a rest, it’s not like we need his scoring with Kobe, James, Melo, and Durant playing.
      Good Post

  30. Omar Jordan23 says:

    C- DWIGHT HOWARD KEVIN LOVE.
    PF- LEBRON JAMES (BOSH OR GRIFFIN) still undecided about that one
    SF- KEVIN DURANT CARMELO ANTHONY
    SG- KOBE BRYANT DWYANE WADE RUSSELL WESTBROOK
    PG- DERRICK ROSE CHRIS PAUL DERON WILLIAMS

    I think that’s they highest level skilled team you could pick out of they American players in the NBA present

  31. Law064 says:

    I would role with the following, remember in the international games you really need shooters cause most teams play zone Defense. I wouldn’t take Wade or Melo. Wade cause of injuries and Melo cause of the ability ok KD to score. Bosh is a liability on the defensive end. Iggy would be a great addition along with Gay but a 12 man roster Billups is a vet that can make big shots but Gordon is a great shooter also. Toss up would be the Blake and K Love decision

    Rose
    Kobe
    Durant
    Aldridge
    Dwight

    bench
    Westbrook
    D.Will or Billups or E Gordon
    James
    Griffin or K. Love
    Tyson

  32. jer says:

    Happy for LaMarcus Aldridge, that he’s finally getting some respect. With so many talented big men in the league, it’s easy to overlook people but not this guy! He’s got all the moves.

    Congrats LaMarcus, hope you make the team

  33. Tony Montana says:

    Starting lineup:
    PG: Derrick Rose
    SG: Kobe Bryant
    SF: LeBron James
    PF: Carmelo Anthony
    C: Dwight Howard

    Bench:
    – Chris Paul
    – Deron Williams
    – Dwyane Wade
    – Kevin Durant
    – Blake Griffin
    – Kevin Love
    – Tyson Chandler

  34. NBAer says:

    If all these guys would commit to play (barring injury issues or other personal reasons)

    Guards – Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Dwyane Wade.
    Forwards – Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Kevin Love.
    Centers – Dwight Howard and Tyson Chandler.

    Out:

    Chauncey Billups – Great guy, shouldve played before, but right now, Rose, Paul and Deron are just better
    Rudy Gay – Lebron and Melo are more potent scorers
    Lamar Odom – The versatility he’d provide won’t be much needed with the talents the 12 above have
    Chris Bosh – I’d just pick Aldridge and Love over him
    Andre Iguodala – Same with Rudy Gay
    Russell Westbrook – You already have the top 3 PGs on the 12 above, I’d rather choose Rondo if defense and playmaking is concerned
    Eric Gordon – with Kobe and Wade as 2, can even play a 2 PG game with the guys above, he wouldnt have any room to play
    Blake Griffin – Love the guy, but I’d prefer Love and Aldridge for they can also play C if the team decides to play Lebron or Melo at PF

  35. Nate says:

    I would love to see the showtime in the world stage :)

    Cp3
    Kobe
    Durant
    Blake
    Dwight

    I garantee success people!!!!! There would be all kinds of lobs n dunk n unconcious fade away(obviously from kobe n he will make it)!!!!

  36. Rian FUBU KING says:

    The lineup wont be permanent ***

  37. Rian FUBU KING says:

    PG- Chris Paul
    SG- Kobe Bryant
    SF- Kevin Durant
    PF- LeBron James
    C- Dwight Howard

    6- Derrick Rose
    7- Dwyane Wade
    8- Carmelo Anthony
    9- Chris Bosh
    10- Andre Iguodala
    11- Blake Griffin
    12- Tyson Chandler

    This is my prediction :D

    • Rian FUBU KING says:

      Coach K always adjust his lineup.. So every game some players wont be permanent in the lineup. :)

  38. ChocolateThunder says:

    I’m thinking curry got sent home cos of his injuries… For my final 12, I got:

    Guards: Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade (if healthy). Deron Williams is my safety.
    Forwards: Lebron James (obviously), Kevin Durant, Lamarcus Aldridge (very slept on PF), and Kevin Love. (Blake Griffin’s my safety pick)
    Centers: You guessed it; Dwight Howard and Tyson Chandler

  39. bacc24 says:

    Billups? really? Anyway what about Bynum? He should definitely be on the team as the second best center in the league behind Howard.

  40. NBEATZ says:

    My 12 includes

    Gaurds:
    Kobe Bryant
    Chris Paul
    Dwayne Wade
    Derik Rose

    Fowards:
    Kevin Love
    Kevin Durant
    Lebron James
    Carmelo Anthony
    Blake Griffin
    Lamarcus Aldridge

    Centers:
    Howard
    Chris Bosh (Has played this position twice with Team USA, and last Olympics some said Bosh played better then Howard)

  41. Robert zenon says:

    Get rid of Bosh, he played like a shrinking voilet with this team, we dont need that with this team. Iguadala gone, Love gone, replace for Giffin, Westbrook gone, give Durant a break as well as the rest of the guys. They have enough scorers on this team. Billups gone, dont need him. D Wade hurt, he would just be on vacation. Paul gone, hurt. When guys are hurt the tend to recover and get hurt again during the games. Melo gone! 8 gone, I change a one or two but thats it.

    The ones that might be hurt put them on as alternates, like Wade or Paul. The last time these guys played I hated the way some of the games went, because of some of there play.

    • cbuchanan says:

      i agree with that Durant melo wade james bryant howard they all been there won it alrready give the younger guys a chance

  42. Wow says:

    i would love to see starting live up as this

    Derrik Rose (come on MVP)
    Kobe Bryant (team captain, Best player in NBA)
    Kevin Durant (co cap – proven leader in last tournament )
    Lamar Odom (lots of experiences and can do almost everything)
    Dwight Howard (super man)

    bench

    Chris Paul (need i say more)
    Chauncey Billups (there are better guards but not a lot of better leaders + could be his last international competition)
    Dwyane Wade (best player in most talented team in NBA)
    Carmelo Anthony ( proven to be amazing scorer in international competitions )
    Blake Griffin (need young legs that is fun and add flairs to Team USA)
    Kevin Love ( young and great rebounder)
    Tyson Chandler (we need a back up center right??)

    • NBAFAN says:

      you forgot about Lebron James in that starting 5.

    • Alexzo says:

      REALLY? NO LEBRON?

    • cbuchanan says:

      To Wow : Starting 5 Chris Paul PG , SG Derrick Rose Sf Carmelo Anthony, Pf Kevin Love C Dwight Howard . Bench : PG Chauncey Billups SG: Russell Westbrook Sf Kevin Durant Pf Blake Griffin C Tyson Chandler . Other 2 Reserves Rudy gay Lamar Odom

  43. tupark82 says:

    really? billups over curry? because this team needs anymore “leadership” than it already has? that’s not even close. curry is 3 times the shooter billups is. curry got robbed!