The US men’s national basketball team is looking to win its fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal. The Americans were disappointed at the 2018 Basketball World Cup, finishing seventh after seeing their 78-game winning streak come to an end in an exhibition against Australia.
Three years later, Team USA’s 12-man squad looks much stronger before the Tokyo Olympics than it did at the World Cup.
There are only two World Cup players on the US men’s basketball roster for 2021: Jason Tatum and Chris Middleton. The other ten include some of the best players in the NBA, most notably Kevin Durant, who starred in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics for Team USA.
Here’s a look at the U.S. men’s national basketball team roster ahead of the Summer Games, which begin Friday, July 23. The basketball tournament will start on July 25th.
USA Men’s Olympic Basketball List
Kevin Durant and Damien Lillard top the 12-player list for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. The list includes six players who were NBA stars during the 2020-21 season. Three players with previous Olympic experience: Durant, Draymond Green and Kevin Love.
|F||Kevin Durant||Networks||2012, 2016|
|J||Damian Lillard||Trail Blazers||–|
|F/C.||Draymond Green||the Warriors||2016|
|F/C.||Pam Adebayo||the heat||–|
Who coaches the US men’s basketball team?
Team USA has a star-studded coaching staff headed up by long-time Tottenham coach Greg Popovich. His assistants are Warriors coach Steve Kerr, former Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce and Villanova coach Jay Wright.
Jerry Colangelo is the team’s managing director. Colangelo is a four-time NBA Executive of the Year and has coached the Sun in two different spells, setting a record 59-60.
US Olympic basketball team
American men have had amazing success in basketball. They have earned a gold medal from each of the last three Olympics. The last time they failed to win the gold medal was at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Team USA has won a medal in men’s basketball 18 times. Fifteen of these medals are gold, two are bronze and one is silver. The team did not participate in the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, which was boycotted by the United States due to the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan in 1979.
|1980||Moscow||Eligible but DNP|
|2016||Rio de Janeiro||Go|
USA Basketball Team 2021 schedule
Team USA is one of 12 teams that have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. You will play in the first group. France and Iran will be the winner of an Olympic qualifying tournament in Victoria, British Columbia. Six teams will participate in that tournament: Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Greece, Turkey, and Uruguay.
France and Iran ranked No. 7 and No. 23 in the FIBA world rankings, respectively. The United States is the best team in the world.
|Date||Game||time (Eastern time)|
|July 25||The United States vs France||8 am|
|July 28||The United States against Iran||12:40 AM|
|July 31||USA vs TBD||8 am|
|August 3||Men’s Basketball Quarterfinals||to be announced later on|
|August 5||Men’s Basketball Semi-Final Rounds||to be announced later on|
|August 6||Men’s basketball for the gold medal||to be announced later on|
|August 7||Men’s Basketball Bronze Medal Match||to be announced later on|