Team USA: LeBron, Curry, and Durant Lead Star-Studded Team for Paris 2024 Olympics

Kawhi Leonard Out, Derrick White In – Team USA’s Surprise Roster Shake-Up!

Team USA: The men’s Olympic basketball tournament field is now set, and we’ve got a crystal-clear picture of all three groups that will be competing in Paris later this month. Team USA will be in Group C, along with Serbia, Puerto Rico, and South Sudan. Even with the United States already being heavily favored to win gold in Paris, that is made even easier by the group of opponents they’ll face in the first stage before the knockout rounds. The United States automatically qualified for the Paris Olympics by finishing as one of the top two countries in the Americas zone at the FIBA World Cup last summer.

Team USA
Team USA

A Shocking Finish and a New Beginning

Team USA finished fourth after losing the bronze medal match against Canada. It was a shocking finish for the American men’s team, and no doubt led to an increased interest in competing in the 2024 Olympics by top American talent in the NBA.

It led to perhaps the most stacked roster for Team USA in quite some time, even if it won’t end up featuring Kawhi Leonard. The Clippers star withdrew from the Olympics on July 10, and in a statement Team USA said it determined with the Clippers that sitting out the Paris Olympics was in Leonard’s “best interest.” Leonard missed the end of the regular season and most of the playoffs with a right knee injury. Derrick White was selected for Leonard’s open roster spot, and the champion Celtics now have three of the 12 roster spots on Team USA.

Team USA
Team USA

All-Star Lineup: Can Team USA Live Up to the Hype?

Still, with the star-studded roster comes with outsized expectations. The men’s tournament begins on July 27, with Team USA taking the court for the first time on July 28 against Serbia. But prior to that, the United States will take part in a USA Basketball Showcase from July 10-22, where the team will play against five different countries as a tune-up for the Olympics. It’ll feature matchups against Canada, Australia, Serbia, South Sudan, and Germany.

Coaching Powerhouse: Steve Kerr Leads the Charge

Team USA will be led by Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, as well as Gonzaga head coach Mark Few, Clippers coach Ty Lue, and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra as assistants.

As we get closer to the start of the Olympics, here’s all the information you need to know about Team USA’s roster, schedule, and outlook for the defending world champions.

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Team USA

Team USA Roster

PlayerPositionNBA Team
Bam AdebayoCenterMiami Heat
Devin BookerGuardPhoenix Suns
Stephen CurryGuardGolden State Warriors
Anthony DavisForward/CenterLos Angeles Lakers
Kevin DurantForwardPhoenix Suns
Anthony EdwardsGuardMinnesota Timberwolves
Joel EmbiidCenterPhiladelphia 76ers
Tyrese HaliburtonGuardIndiana Pacers
Jrue HolidayGuardBoston Celtics
LeBron JamesForwardLos Angeles Lakers
Jayson TatumForwardBoston Celtics
Derrick WhiteGuardBoston Celtics

Team USA Basketball Showcase Schedule

OpponentDateTime (EST)LocationTV/Streaming
CanadaJuly 1010:30 p.m.Las VegasFS1/fubo
AustraliaJuly 1512 p.m.Abu DhabiFS1/fubo
SerbiaJuly 1712 p.m.Abu DhabiFS1/fubo
South SudanJuly 203 p.m.LondonFOX/fubo
GermanyJuly 223 p.m.LondonFOX/fubo
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Team USA

Team USA 2024 Olympics Schedule

OpponentDateTime (EST)Phase
SerbiaJuly 2811:15 a.m.Group stage
South SudanJuly 313 p.m.Group stage
Puerto RicoAug. 311:15 a.m.Group stage
TBDAug. 6TBDQuarterfinals
TBDAug. 8TBDSemifinals
TBDAug. 10TBDGold/Bronze Medal games

Can Team USA Reclaim Olympic Glory?

The United States has won 16 gold medals at the Olympics and has captured nothing less than gold since 2004. The Americans enter every Olympic Games as the heavy favorites, and for good reason. They field the best players every four years, and despite putting together a team on a short timespan, they still typically manage to bulldoze the competition every four years. But Team USA isn’t infallible. In each of the last two FIBA World Cup appearances, the U.S. failed to medal, placing fourth last summer and an even more shocking seventh-place finish in 2019.

Granted, those teams did not boast the best talent the United States has to offer, but it’s proof that you can’t just throw anyone out there with hopes of beating the rest of the world.

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The Redeem Team 2.0: A Blend of Old and New Talent

But the 2024 Olympic roster is perhaps the best collection of talent the United States has fielded since the 2008 Redeem Team, which was built to avenge a bronze medal finish at the 2004 Games. We’ll get Stephen Curry in his first Olympics ever, probably the last Olympic appearance from LeBron James, and the debut of Joel Embiid, who Team USA was hotly recruiting to join instead of going with France or Cameroon. And peppered in there is a nice blend of older talent like Kevin Durant, Jrue Holiday, and Anthony Davis, mixed with the next generation of American stars like Anthony Edwards, Jayson Tatum, and Tyrese Haliburton.

Team USA
Team USA

The Road to Gold: Challenges Ahead

However, the field at the 2024 Olympics features some of the best international players that will all be chomping at the bit to try and knock the Americans off. Canada has the second-best collection of NBA talent behind the United States and could very well meet the U.S. in the gold medal match. The same is true of France, which will have Victor Wembanyama and Rudy Gobert patrolling the frontcourt.

Even in Team USA‘s own group, the team will have to face reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic and Serbia, which finished second at last summer’s World Cup. And then there’s Puerto Rico, which earned a berth to the Olympics for the first time since 2004. The last time Puerto Rico was there, the country handed Team USA a shocking loss in the group stage, which sent the Americans on a spiral that resulted in a bronze medal finish.

Building Chemistry: The Key to Success

The Americans will certainly be favored in every matchup, but they can’t afford to take any opponent lightly as there’s NBA players on nearly every roster heading to Paris. The biggest weakness for Team USA will be figuring out how to play together on both sides of the floor. They have training camp and five tune-up games to build chemistry, but it’s always a little clunky when you have 12 guys who are not used to playing together.

Team USA
Team USA

The Countdown Begins: Get Ready for Paris 2024

With a star-studded lineup and high expectations, Team USA is set to shine in Paris and reclaim their gold medal status on the Olympic stage. Get ready to witness some of the best basketball the world has ever seen!

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