Team USA Basketball 2012: Why No Country Can Realistically Beat Americans
Team USA has thoroughly thrashed the competition thus far during the 2012 London Olympics, and that's not going to change at any point in the future.
As it stands, no team can realistically beat the Americans right now.
Unless a rash of major injuries suddenly affects the squad, or they forget to show up to an elimination game, the United States is a lock to advance deep into the elimination rounds of the basketball competition.
Here's why no one can beat them.
Lack of Length Is an Overblown Issue
The biggest issue surrounding Team USA has been a lack of length, but that problem hasn't reared its ugly head yet during the Olympic competition.
Tyson Chandler has looked solid, albeit unspectacular, in wins over France and Tunisia, while Kevin Love has been excellent off the bench.
As long as Love continues to come into the game and play capably, the United States has nothing to worry about in this department. Even if he's not as tall as some of the opposing big men, the Minnesota Timberwolves' star can drain three-pointers and rebound with the best of them.
It's an added bonus that Anthony Davis can play if some sort of dire foul situation manifests itself. The Unibrow may be a work in progress, but he's an energy player with great defensive skills, and he can finish lob passes with the best of them.
Too Much Talent
This reason for why no country can realistically beat the Americans may seem obvious, but that doesn't make it any less true.
Simply put, no other squad in the world has the same level of talent as Team USA, which essentially serves as an NBA All-Star team.
LeBron James is the best player in the world, Kevin Durant is the second-best player in the world. Of course, they're both on Team USA.
Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Love, Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook are in the top 10 as well, while Deron Williams is either just on the outside or just nudging his way in, depending on personal opinion.
No other team can come even close to saying that, as Tony Parker is the only non-American in the Olympics with even an outside-shot at the top 10.
The talent gap is ridiculously large between the favorites and the field in this competition.
Second Unit Can Beat Any Team
If the American starters falter, as was the case against Tunisia, then Mike Krzyzewski has no qualms whatsoever about inserting his second unit into the game.
After all, the super-subs of the USA can easily manhandle any other team in the competition, even when they aren't playing as well as normal.
Whichever combination of bench players that Team USA chooses to use, it will have significantly more talent and basketball acumen than the opposition.
That's what happens when Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams, James Harden, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Love and Anthony Davis start the game out on the pine.
Depth on a team is always a nice luxury, and Team USA has it in spades.
Team USA has a bit of an aura around them in London.
They're one of the biggest attractions at the Olympics, and are expected to dominate everyone they play, they're actually doing that so far and they know it.
This team has a level of swagger and confidence unmatched by any other squad in the competition.
The only thing more dangerous than a talented team is a talented team brimming over with confidence (or a more talented team, but that's nowhere to be found).
Additionally, other teams aren't exactly helping to change this. When Tunisian players are asking Kobe Bryant to autograph a shoe after a blowout loss, that's problematic for the rest of the field.
Spain Hasn't Dominated
Spain poses the biggest threat to the United States and is expected to square off with the Americans in the gold medal match.
That being said, they don't look like they're going to stand much of a chance, and that's without even reading into the exhibition game between the two teams prior to the group stage.
Pau and Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, Rudy Fernandez, Jose Calderon and the rest of the Spaniards make for formidable competition, but they just haven't dominated the teams they've played in a way that inspires confidence.
A 16-point victory over China and a 12-point margin over Australia won't strike fear into the hearts of Team USA, especially now that a foot injury could keep Juan Carlos Navarro out.