If we include Iggy as a forward (we will), Team USA went with six total at the Olympics last summer.
Assuming they follow a similar blueprint in 2014, that leaves four empty spots after filling the starting positions.
The absence of LeBron, however, would mean we need five more than the two we've already discussed.
7. Ryan Anderson
Stretch forwards everywhere. That's how Team USA runs, and Anderson is one of the best floor-spacing forwards out there.
I do, however, worry about him on the defensive end. Against stronger 4s, he is susceptible to getting pushed around, and he's not very deft defensively to begin with.
Still, he can shoot like whoa, and we have to believe the team is going to be interested in that.
6. Harrison Barnes
I'm standing by this one.
Harrison Barnes isn't your stereotypical stretch forward, but that's actually a good thing. I'm not just saying that because he put Anderson on the most patriotic of posters, either.
Putting the ball on the floor isn't always a strength of wings who are asked to spread opposing defenses wafer thin. For Barnes it is.
Coupled with the reality that he can still bury threes and also play some defense, he could emerge as a Team USA sleeper.
5. Andre Iguodala
There will always be interest in a complete player of Iggy's stature. But I wonder if there won't be as much next year thanks to the rise of a number of other wings.
Valued for his defense, playmaking, rebounding and situational scoring, Iguodala becomes far more likely to make another appearance if LeBron is a no-go.
Sans the King, Team USA will need an all-around talent like his to remain consistent in how they construct a near-unbeatable competitor.
4. Kevin Love
With Kevin Love on the floor, Team USA could go for all the rebounds without sacrificing anything from their three-and-no-D-dynamic.
Love has proved rather fragile of late, but when healthy, he's a dangerous shooter who can also score in the post. While he's not as dextrous defensively, he's still a 6'10" body the team could roll with when facing dual towers.
Provided he's healthy, he will join Team USA once again in 2014, much to the pleasure of anyone who loves the whole "we don't care about defense" thing.
3. Anthony Davis
Picture a Love who can consistently defend, block shots and has one eyebrow. Now you know what Anthony Davis can do for our country.
Health permitting, there's no way he doesn't reclaim his spot on the roster. He played for the U.S. before he played a minute of NBA action last year, and the team needs everything he can do in 2014.
Given how effective he can be defensively, he's the ideal stretch forward for filling out this depth chart. Or should I say stretch center?
Expect to see him spending plenty of time at the 5, even when facing bulkier centers. Despite how skinny he is, he can hold his own at the rim, and Team USA isn't known for its run-of-the-mill defensive matchups anyway.
2. Paul George
This is going to happen, because it has to.
Paul George is another one who can do it all. He can serve as a secondary playmaker, shooting guard, small forward and, in this case, a stretch 4 as well.
With LeBron's status uncertain, it's all the more important to grab players who can do a vast array of things (like defense). George is one of those players.
Turnovers can be an issue with the budding forward, but on Team USA, on-ball mistakes are going to add up anyway. Translation: He'll fit right in.
1. Carmelo Anthony
I'll take a then 30-year-old Carmelo Anthony in international play any day.
He was made for this type of shoot-first, shoot-second, think-third setting. Last summer, he set the United States' record for points scored in a single Olympics contest, dropping 37 in just over 14 minutes of burn.
Should LeBron not join the party, 'Melo may find himself thrust into the starting lineup, unless the team rolls with a more similar player in George.
Either way, Anthony needs to be on this roster.