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Fly-Eagles-Fly
08-16-2012, 01:13 PM
http://walterfootball.com/nbadraftoffseasonblog2012_0815.php (What The 2016 Olympic Team Will Look Like)


Led by Kevin Durant's 30 points, the USA basketball team claimed another gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics beating Spain, 107-100. With several players and possibly head coach Mike Krzyzewski not expected to return for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the U.S. will have a good amount of turnover on its next Olympic roster. Here's a sneak peek at what Team USA could look like in four years.

POINT GUARD: Chris Paul will be 31 and Deron Williams 32 by the time the next Olympics roll around. Jason Kidd was 35 when he played four years ago in Beijing, so the window isn't completely shut on Paul or Williams giving it another go around. More than likely, though, team USA turns to the younger generation of point guards.

Russell Westbrook was a key component off the bench with his pressure defense and elite athleticism. He will certainly be back on the roster along with Derrick Rose who would have been on this summer's team had it not been for a torn ACL in the playoffs. Neither is a real threat from the outside with their three-point shooting, which will be a downgrade from the Paul/Williams duo.

Assuming Kyrie Irving continues to build off his awesome rookie season, he is the favorite to be the third point guard. Rajon Rando probably deserves to be on the roster after being left off this year, but the scuttlebutt is that his lack of being a likeable teammate will keep him off the roster once again. Stephen Curry is another name who might be floated around due to his outside shooting.



SHOOTING GUARD: This is where the biggest change will come. I am assuming that Kobe Bryant will hang up his Olympic jersey and Dwyane Wade won't return to the team either. That leaves this year's 11th man, James Harden, as the likely candidate to start at the two. Eric Gordon was one of the final cuts for this year's team and should be the favorite to be the second shooting guard due to his outside shot and defensive ability.

I think Hornets' rookie Austin Rivers could be a sleeper candidate especially if his dad, Doc, ends up coaching the team which is a real possibility since Coach Krzyzewski is not expected to return to the sidelines. Bradley Beal or UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad could be options as well.

FORWARD: You have to imagine LeBron James will be back to help further his legacy by becoming the first American to play on four Olympic teams. Even if he is back, the 2016 team will be Kevin Durant's. His three-point shot is absolutely deadly in the international game, and both of those guys will resume their role as the starting forwards.

If Carmelo Anthony is back, it will also be his fourth straight Olympic games. I'm 50/50 on whether or not he returns but am leaning towards saying no. That means team USA will be without its top sixth man; who can score the basketball and play bigger in a smaller lineup than Melo has?

I think second-overall pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist gets the nod as the new Andre Iguodala of the team; a versatile defender; a glue guy who doesn't need to score to impact the game, but is explosive in transition. I'll also throw Paul George's and Kawhi Leonard's names out there to give you something to think about. The top recruit in the 2013 class, Jabari Parker, might be a possibility as well.




POST: Tyson Chandler will be 34 and I can't imagine Dwight Howard being asked to join the team after the charade he went though this offseason - although LeBron still played despite his "Decision" debacle. With that being said, Kevin Love should once again don the red, white, and blue after a very impressive Olympic performance. His ability to board, shoot the three, and incredible outlet passing makes him a solid fit on the roster.

Blake Griffin would have been on the team had it not been for a torn meniscus in his left knee. He and his replacement, Anthony Davis, should both make the team. Davis should get much stronger over the next four years just like Chandler did after this rookie season and might be the favorite to start in the middle.

If the final roster spot goes to another big man, names like DeMarcus Cousins, Greg Monroe, Andrew Bynum, Thomas Robinson, Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel, and Indiana's Cody Zeller could all be in the mix.

So the 2016 USA roster will probably look something like this:

C: Davis/Love

F: LeBron/Griffin

F: Durant/Kidd-Gilchrist

SG: Harden/Gordon

PG: Rose/Westbrook/Irving

So who takes the 12th spot? I'm rolling the dice here and going with Thomas Robinson over Austin Rivers. Because Westbook can play either guard position, I don't think the U.S. takes another guard even though Curry and Rivers' scoring ability would be a nice plus. I just think Robinson is going to be a stud in the NBA due to his inside/outside ability, athleticism, strength, and toughness. It's a great debate, huh?


Pretty good read, I know this is 4 years away and who knows if any of these guys will be elite still, or live up to their potential. Injuries, retirements, anything can alter this roster. But if that is the team in 2016 how far do you think they'd go? Remember no Coach K.

xxplayerxx23
08-16-2012, 01:18 PM
Melo will fight for it.

Hawkeye15
08-16-2012, 01:25 PM
too early. We should be more concerned about who will represent us in the World Cup in 2014.

Lake_Show2416
08-16-2012, 01:27 PM
Kyrie Irving will be the starting PG

Hitman21
08-16-2012, 01:44 PM
IMO Dwight Howard has to be on this team. we cant keep going small against these international teams. K Love, and Davis is not enough. Just like they werent enough with tyson chandler in there as well. I know we won, and we did well, but these teams play really physical inside. K-Love and Davis are the smallest bigmen we got. other than davis, whose going to defend the basket?


PG. Rose/Westbrook/Irving
SG. Harden/Gordon
SF. LBJ/Durant/Melo
PF. Love/Griffin
C. Howard/Davis

Other Potential Players

Aldrige/Monroe/Hibbert
Beal/MKG/Wall
Possibly Shabazz !!!

Shahrose
08-16-2012, 01:45 PM
I thought they were planning on setting an age limit of 23? Or is that not going to happen because I haven't read enough about it to really say.

Shahrose
08-16-2012, 01:48 PM
IMO Dwight Howard has to be on this team. we cant keep going small against these international teams. K Love, and Davis is not enough. Just like they werent enough with tyson chandler in there as well. I know we won, and we did well, but these teams play really physical inside. K-Love and Davis are the smallest bigmen we got. other than davis, whose going to defend the basket?


PG. Rose/Westbrook/Irving
SG. Harden/Gordon
SF. LBJ/Durant/Melo
PF. Love/Griffin
C. Howard/Davis

Other Potential Players

Aldrige/Monroe/Hibbert
Beal/MKG/Wall

I can definitely see Aldridge being on the team. And Wall would as well assuming either Rose, Westbrook, or Irving are not playing.

WhyEvenBother
08-16-2012, 01:55 PM
I think it will be
Chauncey billups in a wheelchair
Kobe with a walker
Grant hills dead corpse
KG's angry old *** hittin people with his cane
Kurt thomases ashes

xxplayerxx23
08-16-2012, 01:59 PM
:pity: ^

WhyEvenBother
08-16-2012, 02:02 PM
:nod: ^

Rapsjaysleafs
08-16-2012, 02:24 PM
i think it will be
chauncey billups in a wheelchair
kobe with a walker
grant hills dead corpse
kg's angry old *** hittin people with his cane
kurt thomases ashes

lol!!

phlp_bj
08-16-2012, 02:33 PM
LeBron James (31)
Dwight Howard (30)
Kevin Durant (27)
Russell Westbrook (27)
Derrick Rose (27)
Chris Paul (31)
Chris Bosh (32)
Blake Griffin (27)
Kevin Love (27)
Kyrie Irving (24)
Deron Williams (32)
Anthony Davis (23)
Jabari Parker (21)
James Harden (26)
Greg Monroe (26)
LaMarcus Aldridge (31)
Carmelo Anthony (32)
Eric Gordon (27)
DeMarcus Cousins (25)
Shabazz Muhammad (22)

b@llhog24
08-16-2012, 02:37 PM
Kyrie Irving will be the starting PG

This.

hgtiger32
08-16-2012, 02:39 PM
If Chris Paul is still healthy he'll be the starting PG

phlp_bj
08-16-2012, 02:39 PM
My ideal 2016 team:

PG: Derrick Rose/Russell Westbrook/Kyrie Irving
SG: James Harden/Eric Gordon
SF: Kevin Durant/Carmelo Anthony
PF: LeBron James/Kevin Love/Blake Griffin
C: Dwight Howard/Anthony Davis

*would be interested to see Rose and Westbrook start in the back court as well. Explosive guards

Avenged
08-16-2012, 02:40 PM
Way too early for this.

WindyCityFlyer3
08-16-2012, 02:44 PM
bums

Heediot
08-16-2012, 03:00 PM
PG's CP3, Kyrie, Rose
SG's Westbrook, Harden
SF's Durant, Melo
PF's LeBron, Love, Griffin
C Howard, A. Davis

Sixxburg
08-16-2012, 03:34 PM
IMO! I dont know how much of the Olympics you guys actually got to see but CP3 was big for the US. So i cant imagine him not making the team in 2016. All things being considered I cant see us taking CP3 and Deron Williams. So I think he will be left off the squad. However CP3 will be a more of a Jason Kidd type when he goes back in 2016...

Point Guards: Rose/Westbrook/CP3
Shooting Guards: Harden/Gordon
Small Forwards: Durant/Lebron/Melo
Power Fowards: Love/B Griffin
Center: D12/A Davis

Losoway
08-16-2012, 03:39 PM
WAY TOO EARLY TO TELL

Noel and shabazz is predicted to be a superstar

Gagan136
08-16-2012, 03:51 PM
I think it will be
Chauncey billups in a wheelchair
Kobe with a walker
Grant hills dead corpse
KG's angry old *** hittin people with his cane
Kurt thomases ashes

lol those two are the best!

Burgo
08-16-2012, 05:47 PM
Give it a few years before bringing this up..

Buckwheat
08-16-2012, 05:49 PM
No love for Paul George!

Raph12
08-16-2012, 08:20 PM
Lol at them thinking Dwight won't be on the team due to his off-court drama this past season, Dwight would've played in the 2012 Olympics if it weren't for his surgery...

DR_1
08-16-2012, 08:25 PM
People think CP3 and Kyrie will be better than Rose in 2016 :laugh: Good one

KB-Pau-DH2012
08-16-2012, 09:03 PM
Dwight will be the starting center in Rio 2016, book it!

yaswaggin
08-17-2012, 12:08 PM
People think CP3 and Kyrie will be better than Rose in 2016 :laugh: Good one

They probably would

Hawkeye15
08-17-2012, 12:19 PM
No love for Paul George!

still waiting on a growth spurt before I truly believe in him.

Stinkyoutsider
08-17-2012, 12:28 PM
I'm not too worried about the 2016 teams. Seems like our country always has the biggest pool of talent so we'll be ok there. The rest of the world has to knock us off the mountain.

I hope in 2016, we don't go small again though. I don't mind Lebron and KD as our 3 and 4, but we need size too. We'll need Howard, Hibbert, Monroe, or any combo of bigs, maybe even Cousins.

bearadonisdna
08-17-2012, 01:40 PM
Lol Drose is not a threat from 3.
Please leave him open then.