From Dream Team to Nightmare: Ranking the USA Basketball Teams

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From Dream Team to Nightmare: Ranking the USA Basketball Teams
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The participation by NBA players in 1992 changed international basketball forever.  Going into London 2012, ten teams have represented the US in Olympic or World Championship play in the modern era.  The results have been surprisingly varied considering the six decades of American dominance that preceded.

Nearly every American NBA superstar over the past two-plus decades has played on at least one US team, but not all earned a Gold medal for his efforts.  Team USA is 75-9 in the past 20 years with six Gold medals, three Bronze medals and one 6th place finish.

We know how each ranked against their respective tournament fields, but how would these ten teams rank against each other?  Continue reading to find out, including rankings of each of the five position groups.

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