Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
When it comes to basketball, the United States is just unfairly talented.
It makes picking a Team USA roster nearly impossible, because there are inevitably a number of young studs who you just feel awful about leaving off.
Stephen Curry should absolutely be playing for his country, but he's blocked by the ridiculous depth at guard. Even though he's the best outside shooter in the world now, there isn't much of a need for his services.
Who on this roster can't shoot threes, other than Andre Drummond and Kenneth Faried?
With Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving blocking his path, Curry is just out of luck. The same can be said for John Wall, no matter how much he breaks out during the 2013-14 campaign.
Unfortunately for the two offensively talented guards, their skills are already accounted for. The only way they could make it onto the roster is if one or more of the five drops out.
Harrison Barnes and Kawhi Leonard also have the misfortune of playing at a stacked position. With Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and Paul George already on the roster—especially because 'Melo and Durant can both play the 4 as well—there just isn't room for either of the up-and-coming forwards.
Even if Leonard and Barnes make the All-Star team in 2013-14, they still won't be able to push past the other three players at their position.
Our final big snub is DeMarcus Cousins. Of the five, he's the most likely to make the roster, but I've left him off because he's just too mentally volatile.
Until Boogie shows that he can keep his cool and go a season without drawing too many technical fouls or ejections, he's a liability in international competition.
It's a shame that none of these players can make it, but that's just the way the cookie crumbles. Instead of feeling unhappy about it, Americans should instead rejoice that the roster is just that talented and still populated with plenty of exciting young players.