Here are the 16 finalists for USA Men Basketball Team that will compete for London Olympics.
They are Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks), Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers), Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies), Eric Gordon (New Orleans Hornets), James Harden (Oklahoma City Thunder), Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia Sixers), LeBron James (Miami Heat), Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves), Lamar Odom (released by Dallas Mavericks), Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder), Deron Williams (Brooklyn Nets) and the number 1 pick of 2012 NBA Draft, Anthony Davis (New Orleans Hornets).
No Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in the line-up because they are all suffering with injuries.
Out of this sixteen players, only 12 will make it to the final line-up and 4 players will be on reserved roster. No final announcements yet but if you’re going to ask me, I will choose to cut Lamar Odom, Anthony Davis, Deron Williams and James Harden.
Why? First, Lamar Odom, he hasn’t play any professional basketball for a long time as we was released by Dallas Mavericks and no teams hired him. Even if he is still in the Mavs’ line-up, he is not playing, not even attending practices and his excuse is just family matter. I don’t think this kind of player will fit the USA Basketball Team given his work ethics and he thinks that he is a celebrity now and not a basketball player anymore.
Then Anthony Davis, I know he is a good defensive players and a great shot blocker, where? In college. He hasn’t proved anything yet in the big leagues and Olympic basketball is a no push over tournament. You will play with mostly towering European players who can shoot outside and play low post and I don’t think, he is ready for the Olympic games yet, maybe on 2016.
Deron Williams, they already have 3 point guards in their 16 finalist line-ups and I don’t think having 3 point guards in the finals roster is good for the Team USA. Chris Paul is a sure thing to make it out of the 3 PG’s because of his offensive skills and capability to pressure the opponent’s PG because of his steal attribute so I have to decide between Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams. According the David Stern, NBA is planning to have an under 23 years old line up in their next Olympic campaign and Russell Westbrook is included in that propose under-23 line up so giving him a chance to play for this year’s Olympics will hone his skills orchestrate the plays of the future USA Basketball Team so I decided to let go Deron Williams. I know he is a good PG but his attitude is really questionable (remember his feud with his former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan?) and he is also a Free Agent this summer and I don’t think, he will be more focus for this Olympics.
Lastly, James Harden. He is a good basketball player but not as good to qualify for the Olympics. He can only score by penetrating to the left side of the basket and by shooting threes and he is not that consistent player and he proved it during the NBA Finals. He has no defensive skills as well.
The final line up is expected to announce next month and I really don’t understand why Rajon Rondo is not included in the 16 finalists? He is a pure point guard in my own opinion who can easily dish out an assists to superstars like Kobe, LeBron and KD and he can help the big men to operate under the paint. For me, I’d rather have Rondo play the point guard position together with Chris Paul rather than having Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams in the line up.
How about you? Who do you think are the four players who won’t make it to the finals roster of the USA Men Basketball Team?