Team USA Basketball: What 2014 Roster Could Look Like Without LeBron James

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Team USA Basketball: What 2014 Roster Could Look Like Without LeBron James
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Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony may see action in the 2014 Worlds and 2016 Olympics, but LeBron James and Kobe Bryant most likely will not

Yes, the newly named FIBA World Cup of Basketball is a year—and probably a number of injuries—away from tipping off in Spain in 2014. But it's not too early to think about next year's roster, particularly in the light of this Yahoo! Sports piece that reports four-time MVP LeBron James will sit out the 2014 tournament and likely the 2016 Olympics.

FIBA.com posted earlier Thursday that Kevin Durant and Kevin Love have signed on for the World Cup, though, so the news isn't all bad for Team USA this week.

This will be the first time since professionals were allowed to compete in the Olympics that defending American gold medalists will take the floor for a world championship. Team USA's worlds squads in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010 all featured players different from the gold-medal-winning teams, although in 1998 that was precipitated out of necessity due to the '98-99 lockout.

As such, I have prepared one roster that includes only Durant and Love as holdovers from 2012, plus one that includes other holdovers as well. Positions listed are international positions, which may be different than the positions a player plays in the NBA. 

I also take into account some of Coach K's roster proclivities—in particular liking both players who've played under him at Duke and veteran point guards like Jason Kidd (even though he's now a coach) and Chauncey Billups.

PER and other stats courtesy of ESPN.com; international stats courtesy of FIBA.com; some other stats courtesy of Basketball-reference.com.

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