After starring for the United States in the 2012 London Summer Olympics, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony all declined to participate in the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
Oklahoma City Thunder forward and 2014 NBA MVP Kevin Durant subsequently decided to withdraw from FIBA competition, saying in a statement, via ESPN.com, that, "I need to take a step back and take some time away, both mentally and physically in order to prepare for the upcoming NBA season."
Despite the uneven participation and setbacks, Team USA remains a dangerous and incredibly talented squad.
With former MVP Derrick Rose running the point with fellow floor generals Stephen Curry and Kyrie Irving, the United States will roll into Spain with some of the very best playmakers in the business. James Harden's scoring and Anthony Davis' interior dominance also headline a roster that remains the envy of the world—even if it's missing some of the NBA's premier names.
But for all its talent, Team USA isn't invincible.
Here are five teams ready to give the United States a run for its money.