Todd M. Adams
Recently, USA Basketball took a different approach to choosing its roster, giving more thought to building a cohesive team.
That is why the biggest name left off the team is bound to come from the
For instance, the
That's because there are three phenomenal players at that position in the Clippers'
I see Blake Griffin standing when the musical chairs stop. Yes, international basketball rewards athleticism. However, it also rewards defensive versatility. And this is where I see Team USA officials picking the less-flashy
Aldridge may not be as flashy or athletic as Griffin, but he's a better overall player. He defends multiple positions, he rebounds, he's smart. Plus, Team USA has an abundance of versatile guards, so Russell Westbrook might sit because someone like Chauncey Billups might be kept because he can handle a reduced role plus play both guard positions.
I know this: These will be tough decisions.
Deserving players will no doubt be cut from the Olympic team's preliminary 20-man roster, but the bigger omissions are those not even on it.
Other surprising omissions from the 20-player preliminary roster are
Russell Westbrook, the speedy, 23-year-old All-Star point guard whose team has the best record this season in the NBA, will have to watch the London
Why? The biggest talent glut on the USA hoops roster is at point guard and Westbrook, who is a road runner and offensive gunner, doesn't really play like a point — check out his miserable 5.4 assists a game average this season.
Barring injury, the point guards on the final Olympic team will be Derrick Rose, Chris Paul and Deron Williams. All are court smart, can score — and move the ball around. With all the offensive talent on