Team USA Olympic roster finalists revealed

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The U.S. men’s national basketball team 44-man preliminary roster for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics was announced.

The final roster will only consist of 12 players, so most of the finalists won’t actually play for Team USA at the Olympics.

Some will eventually withdraw their name from consideration, while others won’t make the final cut.

“This is the first step in USA Basketball identifying the 12 players who will represent the United States as members of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team in Tokyo,” said USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo.

“Over the course of the remainder of the NBA season we’ll continue to monitor all of the athletes. Selecting the 12-man USA roster will obviously be an extremely challenging and difficult process, and we will again attempt to select the very best team possible to represent our country and who we hope will be successful in our difficult mission of repeating as Olympic champions for a fourth consecutive Olympics,” said Colangelo.

Here’s the full list of candidates for Team USA’s Olympic roster:

  • Bam Adebayo (Heat)
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (Spurs)
  • Harrison Barnes (Kings)
  • Bradley Beal (Wizards)
  • Devin Booker (Suns)
  • Malcolm Brogdon (Pacers)
  • Jaylen Brown (Celtics)
  • Jimmy Butler (Heat)
  • Mike Conley (Jazz)
  • Stephen Curry (Warriors)
  • Anthony Davis (Lakers)
  • DeMar DeRozan (Spurs)
  • Andre Drummond (Cavaliers)
  • Kevin Durant (Nets)
  • Paul George (Clippers)
  • Draymond Green (Warriors)
  • James Harden (Rockets)
  • Montrezl Harrell (Clippers)
  • Joe Harris (Nets)
  • Tobias Harris (76ers)
  • Gordon Hayward (Celtics)
  • Dwight Howard (Lakers)
  • Brandon Ingram (Pelicans)
  • Kyrie Irving (Nets)
  • LeBron James (Lakers)
  • Kyle Kuzma (Lakers)
  • Kawhi Leonard (Clippers)
  • Damian Lillard (Blazers)
  • Brook Lopez (Bucks)
  • Kevin Love (Cavaliers)
  • Kyle Lowry (Raptors)
  • JaVale McGee (Lakers)
  • Khris Middleton (Bucks)
  • Donovan Mitchell (Jazz)
  • Victor Oladipo (Pacers)
  • Chris Paul (Thunder)
  • Mason Plumlee (Nuggets)
  • Marcus Smart (Celtics)
  • Jayson Tatum (Celtics)
  • Klay Thompson (Warriors)
  • Myles Turner (Pacers)
  • Kemba Walker (Celtics)
  • Russell Westbrook (Rockets)
  • Derrick White (Spurs)

James is attempting to make a historic fourth U.S. Olympic team, which would tie him with Carmelo Anthony for the most appearances by any U.S. male player.

Durant and Paul are looking to join James, Anthony and David Robinson as the USA’s only three-time male Olympians.

All 12 members of the USA’s 2019 World Cup Team are finalists and include Barnes, Brown, Joe Harris, Lopez, Middleton, Mitchell, Plumlee, Smart, Tatum, Turner, Walker and White.

After a seventh place finish at the World Cup, Team USA will be looking for a bounce-back performance, as they try to win their fourth-straight Olympic gold medal.

Once the 12-team field is set, the odds at any usa sportsbook will more than likely show that Team USA is the favorite to win gold.

Team USA will be coached by San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.

“I’m looking forward to coaching the U.S. Olympic Team, and I’m excited about the potential and possibilities this team has,” Popovich said. “Anyone who follows international basketball knows there are many really good players from all around the world, and therefore there are many excellent national teams. International basketball has improved so much from the days of the Dream Team. The Olympics in 2020 will be a true competition, and there are many teams that will have a legitimate shot at capturing gold.”

The USA assistant coaches are Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce and Villanova University head coach Jay Wright.

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