The 2012 Summer Olympic season is officially upon us and as usual, few sports are getting more attention than basketball, where a tremendously talented Team USA looks to reassert their global dominance and prove once more that the game invented by Dr. James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts will always belong to the Americans.
However, if the United States is looking to bring home the Gold, they will need to rely heavily on their younger, more inexperienced players. This year's crop of Olympians features several faces with little international experience and some who have never participated in foreign competition at all.
Despite their lack of experience, these players will be counted on to not only contribute, but shoulder a major part of the load for Team USA this summer. Their combined abilities, from blocking shots and throwing pinpoint passes to playing ferocious defense, is what got them on the Olympic roster and is what they will need to bring every second they spend on the floor.
Unlike in past years the youngest athletes on the squad cannot just let a Kobe Bryant or LeBron James do the brunt of the work, they must step up to play a vital role in the team's success.
Luckily the team is comprised of incredibly talented youthful players who will be able to do more than pull their own weight. From All-Stars like Kevin Love and Kevin Durant to rising figures like James Harden and Anthony Davis, America has the kind of fresh talent any qualifying team would kill for.
With the games not so far away, let's take a look at a few reasons why Team USA's young players will step up and carry the team to Olympic glory.