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The 2012 version of Team USA was a lot more versatile and athletic than any other. Between LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Andre Iguodala, the Americans had four guys who could play any position in the international game.
Any of Team USA's guards could play either the “one” or “two” spot. Really, the only player completely set at one position was Tyson Chandler at center. This came extremely handy whenever anyone would go cold or if foul trouble reared its ugly head.
This was definitely the best small-ball team that USA has produced. But its lack of size inside hurt them. Spain’s trio of Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka gave Team USA all it could handle down low, constantly drawing fouls to shoot free throws.
That almost came back to bite the Americans, as they once again could not put away Spain easily in the gold-medal match. But the talent USA possessed was too much for the Spaniards to overcome.
It’s a shame Team USA didn’t have its best possible lineup at full health (that would have included Derrick Rose, Andrew Bynum, Dwight Howard, Ray Allen and Chris Bosh). That team would have an excellent shot of rivaling the original 1992 team.
It has at least 10, and probably 11 future Hall of Famers (assuming everyone continues along their natural career arc), with all of them at least somewhat close to their primes.