Team USA finished up exhibition play with a resounding 87-59 win over Greece, and is looking strong heading into the FIBA World Championships, despite sporting a roster with limited international experience.
Gone are players like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. Those are the players who are at their best right now.
Now, Team USA features a squad that could almost be considered a "futures" team. Five years from now, the players on board in 2010 will likely be some of the main faces of the league.
As for now, players like Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose have gotten some attention for leading dangerous, young, up-and-coming NBA franchises. Chauncey Billups and Lamar Odom, both in their 30s, are NBA champions.
Yet Kevin Love and Eric Gordon have not reached the level of household name, or even All Star.
As the games start to matter, Team USA is going to rely on its best talent to reclaim gold. Following are the five players whose talent will make the most difference.