With the FIBA Quarterfinals currently taking place, it is worth taking a look at and seeing what the chances are that the U.S.A. will capture the gold.
Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are among the names that are absent from this team. Still, they have a solid team that is led by Chauncey Billups and Kevin Durant. The Olympic Gold is not on the line, but there still is the pull of winning a tournament on the line.
Here are five reasons the USA basketball team can win the tournament.
The Point Guard is the strongest position on this team. Even with the absence of Rajon Rondo, there still are the likes of Chauncey Billups, Russell Westbrook, and Derrick Rose. Any one of these three could start for the team and they would be in fine shape.
There is also Stephen Curry who himself could be considered a Point Guard. With these four and Eric Gordon, the back court for the USA has depth and control.
Mike Kryzewski is still on top of his game. He showed this with his winning of the National Championship four months ago. After leading Team USA in 2008, he decided to come back for 2010.
Kryzewski has a long history of being able to lead teams of all types. With this team being no exception, look for him still being able to bring this team to a championship. Just like he did with the USA in 2008.
Having the best player in the entire tournament is definitely a plus. Kevin Durant who is averaging 17.7 points per game is that man who can claim that title.
Durant is a multi-dimensional player which is extremely useful when playing countries that play different styles from each other. Luis Scola has averaged 30.3 Points Per Game in the FIBA Championships for Argentina. That being said if he and Durant are put head to head, I don't believe anyone is taken Scola or Durant.
There have been plenty of great big men that have had a place on the Team USA roster. Some of these include: Patrick Ewing, David Robinson, Shaquille O'Neal, Alonzo Mourning, and Dwight Howard. This years team has Tyson Chandler as its lone Center.
This could be seen as detriment, but I see it the other way. They are going to have the ability to put the team in different variations due to this setup and play small, quick ball. The ability to use six forwards at the forward and center position should make up for the need of a natural center outside of Tyson Chandler.
There is no question about it. The USA is the most talented team in the FIBA Championship. They have a large group of players to choose from (see pic) at any position. If an injury should occur to one of their players, there is ample room for error.
The team should easily be able to get by Russia. With Serbia defeating Spain 92-89 today, it leaves one of the two teams with depth (Spain and Argentina) off the radar. They should be able to get by Argentina which is who they would most likely face. Then it is just a matter of beating Serbia once again. These are things I believe the depth of the USA will allow to happen.