USA vs. Great Britain Basketball: Why British Squad Doesn't Have a Prayer

Alex Field@@afield7Correspondent IIJuly 19, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16:  LeBron James #6 of the US Men's Senior National Team dribbles against Brazil during a pre-Olympic exhibition basketball game at the Verizon Center on July 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Without a true superstar, Great Britain will not stand a chance when they face Team USA on Thursday.

Luol Deng is the most recognizable face on the British roster, but he has little around him to help against the USA's juggernaut of a team.

Although they are the host team for the 2012 Olympics, Great Britain just does not have enough talent on the roster to compete with the likes of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant.

Outside of Deng, their only other NBA player is Joel Freeland, who signed this offseason with the Portland Trail Blazers. The British squad also features Pops Mensah-Bonsu as well as a host of overseas talent.

Nonetheless, none of these players even come close to stacking up against the uber-skilled and fast-paced USA team, which is comprised of NBA superstars.

Deng will likely lead Great Britain in most statistical categories, as he is the best scorer, defender and all-around playmaker on the British roster.

However, Deng will likely be matched up against LeBron James and that has not been a favorable matchup for Deng during his career.

He is averaging 15 points in head-to-head matchups with James, while shooting a pedestrian 45 percent and turning the ball over 1.8 times per contest.

James, on the other hand, has thrived when playing against Deng. He's averaged 31 points per game, along with more than seven rebounds and six assists.

As for the playoffs, James has won eight out of the 10 games between the two, showing that Deng simply can’t handle James on the court.

With Deng being locked down by James, the British will need to turn to someone else on their roster to carry them.

The problem is they simply don’t have anyone else capable of doing so.

The USA team will likely have this game wrapped up before the second half even tips off.

With a dearth of talent, Great Britain will be in over their heads when they face off against the USA basketball squad.

But, they will have some of the best seats in the house for James and Co. during their highlight-reel dunk routine.