USA Olympic Basketball: Forming the 2012 Roster If Program Still Used Amateurs

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USA Olympic Basketball: Forming the 2012 Roster If Program Still Used Amateurs
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Basketball is always a highly-anticipated event at the Olympics, and Team USA will bring a lethal lineup of NBA stars to the 2012 Games. But what if America still used amateur players as it did prior to 1992?

The U.S. used to send premiere college players and NBA draftees to the Olympics, and notable recent amateur Olympians from the 1980s included Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, David Robinson and Danny Manning.

What would this year's group of collegiate stars and draftees look like? It would certainly be stacked with talent at every position, and it would feature several Kentucky Wildcat stars and UNC Tar Heel standouts.

Here's what the 2012 National team would look like if the program used amateurs. The team has a great mix of size, skill, athleticism, leadership and international competition experience.

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