Biggest Potential Strengths and Weaknesses of Team USA for FIBA World Cup

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Biggest Potential Strengths and Weaknesses of Team USA for FIBA World Cup

On the surface, USA Basketball's roster reads like an embarrassment of riches.

In many ways, that's precisely what it is. Even after losing Paul George to a horrific leg injury and parting ways with John Wall, Bradley Beal and Paul Millsap on Tuesday, this group is still overloaded with star power.

Of the 16 players still competing for the final 12 spots, eight led their NBA teams in scoring last season: Kevin Durant, James Harden, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, DeMar DeRozan, Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving and DeMarcus Cousins. Two players on the team, Durant and Derrick Rose, have MVP awards to their names.

The talent is overwhelming, even with established stars like LeBron James, Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin and Russell Westbrook sitting out the festivities. It might not have the name recognition of the Dream Team or the Redeem Team, but on paper this group should be considered heavy favorites going into the tournament.

All of that said, the roster isn't perfect. The frontcourt is light, and the perimeter could prove overly generous at the defensive end.

These vulnerabilities aren't enough to strip Team USA of its favorite status, but they exist nonetheless. As coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff prepare this team for the road ahead, these are the biggest strengths that should ease the journey and the weaknesses that could derail it.

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