Team USA Basketball: Americans Will Cruise to Gold Thanks to Unmatched Depth

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IAugust 10, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08:  Andre Iguodala #9, Kevin Love #11 and LeBron James #6 of United States celebrate late in the fourth quarter while taking on Australia during the Men's Basketball quaterfinal game on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 8, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The United States Olympic men's basketball team will cruise to a second consecutive gold medal at the Summer Games at London 2012 thanks to their carousel of NBA stars. 

Team USA has had little trouble annihilating its competition thus far in London, and will take on Argentina for the third time in less than three weeks on Friday, in hopes of reaching the gold medal game.

Of course the Americans have to be favored in their semifinal matchup after topping Argentina 126-97 in the two squads' final pool play matchup most recently. Despite leading by only one point at halftime, the Americans rode their deep rotation to another blowout victory at the Games.

Don't expect anything different the rest of the way though. With a roster that boasts some of the best talent the sport of basketball has ever witnessed, Team USA is never in danger of an off night. 

If LeBron James can't find his shooting touch, enter Kevin Durant. If Durant is missing the mark, insert Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony.

The list goes on. 

Both Durant and Anthony are averaging more than 17 points per game during the Olympics, while James, Chris Paul and Deron Williams are all averaging more than five assists per contest in London. 

The lesson: The United States is simply too deep to lose, or to even be challenged in London this summer. Though it sounds arrogant and is certainly a bit premature, it cannot be denied.

No other nation can floor the type of talent that the United States can. It seems unfair at times, especially during the fourth quarter, when the Americans' opponents watch their top players fade because of fatigue.

Fatigue is never an issue for the US of course. They can sit their stars in favor of other stars. Their unmatched depth is a benefit that cannot be overlooked and will ultimately result in gold for the defending Olympic champions this summer. 


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