With just 26 days remaining before the United States men’s basketball team tips off in London against France, the roster is finally starting to take shape.
Chairman Jerry Colangelo told Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports that nine players will be held over from previous Olympic and World Championship teams.
This leaves five players vying for three open spots:
Gay, an Archbishop Spalding graduate, may have a difficult time cracking this Olympic roster not based on talent and productivity, but because of the makeup of the current roster.
Because of a number of injuries, the team lacks depth in the frontcourt. Griffin, despite his lack of versatility, will be needed. In order to match up with Spain’s big men -- Marc and
Harden is a strong perimeter shooter who can facilitate an offense littered with superstars and Gordon can do somewhat of the same. Gordon does have international experience, averaging 8.5 points two years ago in Turkey.
Gay averaged seven points and three rebounds at the World Championship two years ago, but his game is very similar to that of Durant, Bryant and Anthony. All three need the ball in their hands to be successful, and there's only one ball on the court at a time.
Iguodala is a strong defender and versatile athlete, while Gay is more of a natural scorer. Unfortunately for the
Gay's best shot to make the team is if Colangelo opts to slot James, Anthony and/or Durant as a definite power forward, opening up an additional spot at small forward or shooting guard.
Despite lacking some valuable big men like
Here's my guess at the final roster:
F Carmelo Anthony (
G Kobe Bryant (
C Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks)
F Kevin Durant (
F Lebron James (
G Chris Paul (
F/C Kevin Love (
G Deron Williams (
G Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)
G/F Andre Iguodala (
G James Harden (Oklahoma City Thunder)
F Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers)