The pandemic robbed sports fans of countless events and championships, but perhaps none more significant than the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. But now, a year later, the games are taking place this summer and the US men’s basketball team is slowly but surely taking shape.
Training camp, now run by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, will begin July 6 in Las Vegas, with the roster expected to be announced later this month.
USA Basketball has won gold in the last three Olympics and is the favorite to do so again this summer as it once again touts a roster full of NBA stars.
These are the players who have reportedly committed to the USA basketball team so far:
- Damian Lillard, PG, Trail Blazers: Lillard has never competed in the Olympics before, but is coming off one of his best NBA seasons to date and will be on the team. for The Athletic ‘s Shams Charania and Sam Amick. He averaged 28.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 7.5 assists in 2020-21 with the Blazers, who lost in the first round of the playoffs.
- Devin Booker, SG, Suns: Booker has committed to the team, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. He is in the midst of leading the Suns during their Western Conference finals playoff streak. He finished the regular season averaging 25.6 points, 4.3 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game.
- James Harden, SG, Nets: Harden Joins Team USA, According Shams Charania of Athletic. Harden struggled with a right hamstring strain during the regular season and postseason, but it looks like he will try in Tokyo. He averaged 24.6 points, 8.5 rebounds and 10.9 assists this season with Brooklyn.
- Bradley Beal, SG, Wizards: Beal will also play in his first Olympics this year, for The athletic. He led the league in scoring this season with 31.3 points per game.
- Jayson Tatum, SF, Celtics: Tatum, 23, is already a two-time All Star and will also play in his first Olympics, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris haynes. Tatum was a member of the 2019 World Cup team and had a solid year in Boston. He averaged 26.4 points per game, the highest of his career.
- Kevin Durant, SF, Nets: Durant is no stranger to the Olympics, having won gold in 2012 and 2016. He will join the team and seek his third gold medal. according to The athletic. He averaged 26.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game this season.
- Draymond Green, PF, Warriors: Green won gold as part of the 2016 team and has committed to this year’s Olympics, for The athletic. Last season was once again a stellar one for Green on defense. He was a finalist for the Defensive Player of the Year award and was included in the First Defensive Team.
- Bam Adebayo, C, Heat: The Heat’s big man has joined Team USA and will compete in his first Olympics, by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The 23-year-old averaged a career-high 18.7 points this season and was inducted into the Defensive Second Team.
Here are some notable players to opt out of the Olympics:
- Stephen Curry, PG, Warriors: Curry, one of three finalists for this year’s MVP, will skip this year’s Olympics, for The athletic.
- Donovan Mitchell, PG, Jazz: Mitchell led his team to first place overall in the Western Conference, but will opt out of the Olympics to recover and rehab from an ankle injury. according to ESPN.
- Jimmy Butler, SF, Heat: Butler will choose to rest this summer and has declined the trip to Tokyo this summer, for him Miami Herald’s Anthony Chiang.
- LeBron James, SF, Lakers: After an early exit from the playoffs, James confirmed that the only thing he was focusing on this offseason was promoting his next Space jam sequel and rebounding for the next season.
- Anthony Davis, PF, Lakers: Davis is not expected to commit to team USA basketball this summer, for Athletic Joe Vardon. Davis was at the mercy of a groin injury at the end of this season and will likely use the summer to rest.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.