USA Olympic Basketball Team 2012: Who Makes the Cut?

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USA Olympic Basketball Team 2012: Who Makes the Cut?

The 20 finalists for the 2012 USA Olympic Men's Basketball team have been announced and the roster already looks completely stacked. 

If you haven't seen the list, here are the 20 stars that will be competing for a roster spot: 

 

Guards

Chauncey Billups (Clippers), Kobe Bryant (Lakers), Eric Gordon (Hornets), Chris Paul (Clippers), Derrick Rose (Bulls), Dwyane Wade (Heat), Russell Westbrook (Thunder), Deron Williams (Nets)

 

Forwards

LaMarcus Aldridge (Trail Blazers), Carmelo Anthony (Knicks), Chris Bosh (Heat), Kevin Durant (Thunder), Rudy Gay (Grizzlies), Blake Griffin (Clippers), Andre Iguodala (76ers), LeBron James (Heat), Kevin Love (Timberwolves), Lamar Odom (Mavericks)

 

Centers

Tyson Chandler (Knicks), Dwight Howard (Magic) 

 

How is it possible to cut eight guys from this list? It's not going to be a simple task, but that just speaks to the depth and talent that Team USA is going to have at this year's Olympics. 

Let's start with some "obvious" cuts. 

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