5 Players Facing Toughest Uphill Climb to Crack Team USA FIBA Roster

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5 Players Facing Toughest Uphill Climb to Crack Team USA FIBA Roster
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Even without Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin, Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and so many other prominent American NBA stars trying out for Team USA, the competition is still ridiculously difficult. 

There are 19 players fighting for the 12 roster spots, and each one of them is worthy of inclusion for various reasons. Even the non-stars like Kyle Korver have one marketable talent that's pretty incredible and worth serious consideration. 

There aren't too many locks for the roster, but some players have an even tougher road than you might expect in the fight for inclusion in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. The depth of talent at certain positions, as well as the need for shooting in international competition, necessitates that. 

It's worth noting that these five featured players are not the worst players at Team USA's camp. Far from it, in some cases. 

They're just the ones who have their work cut out for them in coming days. 

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