After a very poor and tragic showing in this year’s FIBA World Cup, we present our USA Basketball Roster, Wish List.
Stephen Curry, Guard
Together with Draymond Green, Curry prepares for an underdog season with the Golden State Warriors. With Kevin Durant’s departure and Klay Thompson’s injury, Curry would need to carry the Dubs this year, apparently. However, his shooting would also be very much needed by the State to come to the Olympics.
James Harden, Guard
The Beard’s patented step-back three would be a big help to the US National Team as well. Likewise, the strong offensive play that he did for the Rockets last year would be a welcome sight. Accordingly, Harden led all scorers in the league with 36 points per game.
Kahwi Leonard, Forward
The Klaw’s court vision, playmaking, and ability to break defenses would be much needed by the team. Additionally, Kawhi Leonard comes fresh from a championship season with the Toronto Raptors. The two times defensive player of the year and finals MVP would be a much-needed boost for USA Basketball’s dreams of a gold medal.
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Anthony Davis, Forward
Compared to other Forwards, Davis’ athleticism and drive cannot be overlooked. After getting traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, Davis would have the opportunity for added rest as he plays alongside LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma. Hence, he could use the time to likewise help the national team. In particular, his rebounding and shot-blocking would be very welcome additions to the roster.
Karl Anthony-Towns, Center
With KAT manning the inside alongside Anthony Davis, no attacker can storm the paint. Despite the similarity in gameplay, however, Towns is not a carbon copy of Davis. And despite KAT’s lack of international and playoff experience, his strong presence figures to be a vital part of the games to come.
USA Basketball Roster – Bench Edition
Additionally, the following players would be nice additions to USA Basketball’s quest for the gold.
- Damian Lillard (Guard, Portland Trailblazers)
- Russell Westbrook (Guard, Houston Rockets)
- Chris Paul (Guard, Oklahoma City Thunder)
- Paul George (Forward, Los Angeles Clippers)
- Jimmy Butler (Forward, Miami Heat)
- DeAndre Jordan (Center, Brooklyn Nets); and
- Myles Turner (Center, Indiana Pacers)