Predicting Which Team USA FIBA Players Will Make 2016 Olympic Squad

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Predicting Which Team USA FIBA Players Will Make 2016 Olympic Squad
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Team USA is gearing up to compete in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, but the current action can also be used to figure out what will be happening in 2016. 

Even if the World Cup is a big deal in the world of international basketball, the Summer Olympics, which will be taking place in Rio two years from now, are an even bigger deal. Those resonate on a global scale, and they capture the full brunt of American attention, which can't quite be said about the upcoming summer festivities. 

The rosters aren't yet determined for the World Cup, but let's look beyond even that. Two years from now, which players currently competing for slots on the squad will be wearing red, white and blue in Rio? 

It's important to note, though, that not only the players currently in training camp are eligible for participation. The Americans will be boosted by a group of players who are taking the summer off right now, which you can view at the bottom of this slide. 

Some of the inevitable 2016 stars are already sitting out this summer, but the entire roster won't be comprised of those veterans currently resting their legs. Far from it. There's a group of seven players who should use this World Cup competition as a springboard toward Olympic participation. 

  

Portion of the projected 2016 roster not competing in 2014 FIBA World Cup: Carmelo Anthony, Blake Griffin, LeBron James, Kevin Love, Jabari Parker, Russell Westbrook

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