Bench Players Who Can Provide the Biggest Boost for Team USA

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Bench Players Who Can Provide the Biggest Boost for Team USA

The 2014 USA Basketball team is unlike any of its previous incarnations. 

Instead of fielding a team loaded with the sport's top superstars, this version of USA Basketball is all about young, hungry players who are looking to enhance their reputations.

The 12 players whom managing director Jerry Colangelo and his coaching staff headed by Mike Krzyzewski and keyed by defensive wizard Tom Thibodeau selected will go as far as they can with a gameplan based on speed and defense.

The starting lineup will consist of Kyrie Irving, Steph Curry, James Harden, Kenneth Faried and Anthony Davis, but, per ESPN, Krzyzewski may alternate Irving and Derrick Rose on an every-other-game basis.

Regardless of who starts, the bench crew should not be overlooked. In this piece, we look at the bench options Krzyzewski will use to help USA Basketball go for the gold medal at the FIBA World Cup.




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