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USA Basketball 2012: Comparing This Year's Team to the 1992 Dream Team
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The official roster for the 2012 USA Basketball team has been released. The players who will be representing this great nation at the London Olympic Games are Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love, Tyson Chandler, Andre Iguodala, Blake Griffin, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul and James Harden.

This team is stacked with some of the greatest players of all time, but how do they compare with arguably the best team ever assembled in any sport?

USA Basketball's squad for the 1992 Games came to be known as "The Dream Team" and featured 11 players who are now enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

That roster read: Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Scottie Pippen, Karl Malone, John Stockton, David Robinson, Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, Clyde Drexler, Chris Mullin and Christian Laettner.

A matchup-by-matchup comparison is problematic because all star teams like this feature very deep rotations and a wide variety of lineup configurations. Even still, I'll attempt to match up the players who are most easily compared...

 

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