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US Olympic 2020 Men’s Basketball Roster

In the following article from SportMob, we will have a look at the US Olympic 2020 men’s basketball roster and analyze US Olympic squad in Tokyo.

Since the United States formed the Dream Team that fascinated the world in 1992, the men's and women's teams from this country have continued to dominate the scene. Outside of the men's team bronze at the 2004 Athens Games, the United States has won every Olympic gold medal, both for men and women, since Atlanta 1996.

US Olympic 2020 men’s basketball roster

has announced the USA to continue its medalist tradition in basketball at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which will take place in July and August 2021. With Team USA having won medals in 28 of the 30 Olympic women's and men's basketball tournaments (23 of them gold), the world power is expected to once again dominate in the Japanese capital this summer. All eyes will be on the players in the NBA. Still, Team USA's resources would be enough to cover any absences of the stature of LeBron James, James Harden, or Anthony Davis, among others.

The Olympic Games are the great dream of most athletes. It is a global event that presents an unforgettable experience for all who can live with them and usually delivers pages of glory and great stories. Within this story, basketball has a special place since it is one of the most compelling disciplines and full of great stars. Tokyo 2020 is already planning for an appointment that promises many of the best examples on the planet.

Great Basketball Excitement in Tokyo: the US at the 2020 Summer Olympics

12 selected will be present in Japan to get closer to the most desired: the podium that allows them to hang one of the Olympic medals. Argentina and the renewed illusion after the huge runner-up in the 2019 World Cup, with the last dance of captain Luis Scola and a Facundo Campazzo more leading than ever after his perfect debut in the NBA.

 Spain presenting a battle with the last opportunity of several historical figures such as Pau Gasol to hang the gold that was so difficult in the last editions. The United States, with another great roster of stars led by Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard, are going for revenge after the blow in China in 2019. This US Olympic 2020 men’s basketball roster might not be a dream team, but it will be led by Kevin Durant, who will be looking to win his third gold medal.

Damian Lillard, Devin Booker, Jayson Tatum, Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton, Zach LaVine, Bam Adebayo, Draymond Green, Jerami Grant, Bradley Beal, and Kevin Love make up the rest of the roster. The United States is looking for its fourth straight gold medal after defeating Serbia in the 2016 Olympic final in Rio. If you want to know some top-tier information about the

US Olympic 2020 men’s basketball roster

and see which players are included in the US Olympic squad, keep reading.

The US Olympic Squad: Meet the Roster

Led by now three-time Olympian Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets), USA Basketball unveiled its official 12-member

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Basketball Team.

Selected for the US at the 2020 Summer Olympics, which is seeking a fourth consecutive Olympic title, are Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat), Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns), Durant, Jerami Grant (Detroit Pistons), Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), Jrue Holiday (Milwaukee Bucks), Zach LaVine (Chicago Bulls), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers), Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks) and Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics). Let's know the entire US Olympic 2020 men’s basketball roster.

Jerami Grant - Small Forward / Power Forward

A dangerous slasher with elite length and leaping ability. He regularly dunks over opponents and does a great job drawing contact. Excellent blocking shots too. Very fast, and can get up in a rush. He has some decent moves to get to the basket and a lot of talent on the defensive end. He hustles and passes the ball. He is skinny for a power forward and not yet highly skilled for a small forward. Jerami Grant has been a revelation this year, putting up 22.5 points per game for the Detroit Pistons.

Grant's self-creation is a key factor. That self-creation forces opposing defenses to guard him differently, often choosing to play him for the drive as his lanky 6'9 frame with long legs gets him to the basket with very few dribbles. Grant has countered by jacking up more three-pointers, which he's hitting at a reasonable 35.4% over the course of the season.

The combination of his long strides on drives and three-point shooting ability is a dangerous one that often sees defenses try to shove him. Defensively, he has taken a bit of a step-down, but this seems like an expected trade-off due to his increased offensive burden. He remains an active defender, but not a game-changing one as he could be in Denver and Oklahoma City before that. Instead, he’s found a new balance. Surely he is one of the good elements of the US at the 2020 summer Olympics.

Bam Adebayo - Center

Bam Adebayo is a power player with the new methods NBA teams look for: he has good height, superb length, excellent muscle mass, and good hands. He knows how to use his frame to get position on the block and create his own shot there, also a great leaper and a good defender. He is not much of a shooter outside the key area and isn't much of a passer; he must keep developing more and better ball skills. Also, He can be an even more productive rebounder and shot-blocker.

Newly minted as an All-Star, Adebayo has become everything you want a modern center to be. He is both willing to do the dirty work and capable of doing much more than that. He’s a strong screener, passer and finisher, and an incredibly active defender. That combination of skills has made him wildly productive: Adebayo is one of just two players averaging at least 15 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block per game this season.

But what he lacks in the verticality department, Bam makes up for with a combination of agility and lateral mobility that would make almost any big man in the NBA jealous. He has swift feet and arms that could best be described as sender.

That specific skill has helped turn Adebayo into one of the league’s best overall passing big men. He ranks second among centers in both assists and potential assists per game, behind only Nikola Jokic. It is more difficult than ever for centers to become true stars these days simply because the job description of a modern center is so narrowly defined, so it is safe to say

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has a great star.

Kevin Love - Power Forward

A true 'king under the ring': he's dominant as a rebounder and hits shots regularly from behind the 3-point arc. He has a quick nature, is very natural in the paint, and a master of the break passes. A scorer who can convert in a variety of ways and hit his free throws. He has shown good clutch ability as well. He struggles at times, finishing strongly at the hoop as a scorer. Not much of a shot-blocker for a big man and occasionally gets into foul trouble defending some of the NBA's bigger, faster post players one-on-one. Somewhat Kevin is injury-prone too.

Love’s style is fairly simple, as he makes frequent use of everyday expressions and contractions. This helps his account come across as more personal and engaging. Love's use of first-person pronouns also strengthens the personal effect. Love relies on a few well-chosen rhetorical devices to communicate his message more effectively.

For example, he occasionally employs direct addresses to reach out to his target audience of hesitant people to speak out about their mental issues. He presents rhetorical questions to help readers follow his thoughts. He is 32 years old, and if this core ever starts to flourish, he likely won’t be around to participate in their success. Kevin Love has an exceptional character and was the first man who talked about mental health and made his panic attack accident public. Love is a huge leader in the US men's Olympic 2020 team.

Draymond Green - Power Forward

Truly a unique basketball talent: one of the few who can legitimately start at any of the five positions on the floor. Brings off-the-charts basketball IQ, hustle, intensity, and leadership. During a game, he can both run the point and defend opposing centers. While an elite defender, he has shooting guard height. Although an excellent passer, he's turnover-prone. Sometimes his trademark intensity goes over the line, leading to unnecessary fouls and distractions.

After Kevin Durant left in the summer of 2019, the Warriors embarked on a mission to rebuild and reignite their dynasty around Steph Curry and Green, as it shows how great a player he is. Draymond Green is known for his defense, but we don’t talk nearly enough about his offense. Green is a great passer and has led the Warriors in assists per game each of the last four seasons.

But while his vision is a clear plus, there is also no denying that he is likely the biggest offensive beneficiary of Curry’s gravity over the years. For years, Green and Curry’s high screens gave Golden State countless 4-on-3 advantages when defenses chose to send two players at Steph to deny him a look at the basket.

. That left Draymond with a downhill opportunity, much like a halfback with holes to run through because of all the space his O-line left him. Green has many, many basketball virtues.

He plays hard, he plays intelligently, he plays with an edge, he can shoot from the perimeter, he hits the glass on both ends, he can push the tempo and run half-court sets, he has good vision and the strength to put his passes on target, he protects the rim, he provides timely and purposeful help defense, he can play multiple positions, he steps out comfortably to defend switches on the perimeter, and he doesn’t shy from the moment or shirk leadership duties. Green is a shining star in the roster of the US men's Olympic 2020.

Jayson Tatum - Small Forward / Power Forward

A gifted, instinctive, hard-to-guard true scorer. He uses an endless collection of fakes, turns, dribbles, and runs to score from anywhere in the half-court. He already possesses fantastic footwork and body positioning to set up defenders and win one-on-one. Near-automatic on free throws. Also a solid rebounder and defender with good length. He must keep honing his 3-point shooting. Versatility is a question mark for the pro game since he lacks a guard's approach while also lacking the mass and explosiveness to play much at power forward. He's somewhat foul-prone, too, in part due to less-than-ideal fluidity and leaping ability.

He is working on career-best averages in points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, free throws, threes per game and 36 minutes, and high marks in more advanced measurements like player efficiency rating and usage rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. In his last 14 games before the break, Tatum seemed to reach even greater heights.

Last year, Tatum was often criticized for indulging in too many of the game’s worst shots: long twos. He came into this season vowing to get better looks, and he has indeed shifted his shot distribution in a far more desirable direction. Overall, he takes a far greater share of his shots from three and inside the paint and far from the midrange area. We all know Tatum can put the ball in the basket in an excellent way as he has become one of the deadliest three-level scorers in the NBA.

He still has plenty of room to grow as he can cut down on the turnovers and read defenses better, but it seems like he has leaped in the meantime. Many have debated over the last season and a half if Tatum deserves the illustrious “Superstar” title. Still, his presence at the US Olympic 2020 men’s basketball roster as one of the stars of the

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is real proof on this matter.

Khris Middleton – Power Forward / Small Forward

Has worked to become a quality jump-shooter. He can start anywhere from shooting guard to power forward thanks to his unique mix of shooting stroke and superb wingspan. Tough and smart, he gets open, passes the ball well, and makes an effort defensively. Somewhat a guard in a forward's body.

He hasn't quite defined his ideal role yet and is still developing as a clutch player. In the games that Antetokounmpo could miss for the Milwaukee Bucks, Khris Middleton is the team’s no. 1 option in offense and perhaps even their No. 2 as well. Without Giannis Antetokounmpo on the roster, the team will need Middleton’s shoulders to be broader and take on.

Khris Middleton is a polarizing player for the Milwaukee Bucks. He is not shiny, won't make many highlight reels, and can appear lazy at times as he slowly takes care of his business on the court. He has also been in Milwaukee just long enough for fans to become numb to how good he really is. The easiest attribute to understand and quantify in basketball is scoring. It is the most obvious aspect of the game and the area we should measure.

And that's where Middleton needs to be more responsible. It is difficult for Middleton to easily look at the basket since he lacks the elite, elite fire, and quickness that his superior rivals possess. But, he has worked hard on his game and has many post-up moves he can go to. He has also been given a rare free pass from Bucks' head coach Mike Budenholzer to shoot from the mid-range, where he also delivers good shots.

In addition to all these traits, he is one of the Bucks' and

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primary stars. He often initiates play and gets the team into their basic offense or called set. He's also a criminally underrated playmaker. Middleton is playing the best basketball of his career under new head coach Mike Budenholzer. Middleton is just using geometry to his advantage by stretching out the defense and attacking from farther away. And the attention he generates by doing that makes everyone around him better.

Zach LaVine - Shooting Guard

He shows archery and the brilliance of great teammates. He shoots fast; he has the agility and agility to become an NBA star at both guard points. He is skinny in terms of creativity, which limits him as an advocate and brand, and as the option to attack an issue increases, so does the issue. The outside shooter has not been knocked out yet and still does not drive the ring regularly to make many mistakes. In general, he is still raw and needs development time, and its damage is worrying.

LaVine has always been considered an amazing athlete since his beginning in 2014-2015. His successive championships showed this to all of us. But Zack quit his game to go to the gym for work - before he was injured. LaVine has progressed year by year in what is not yet young. Lavin is a bodybuilding mouse and clearly wants to maintain his body.

Bradley Beal - Shooting Guard

An electric player in the field who can also hit consistently from well beyond 3-point range. He explosive going to the hoop and can play bigger than his size thanks to a strong physique, great leaping ability, and a nice wingspan. Efficient, too: he is a solid free-throw shooter and curbs his turnovers. Quite injury-prone and must show he can stay healthy. Not well-sized for an NBA 2-guard and can use more beef on his frame. While skilled, he can be much more productive as a distributor, defender, and rebounder.

Beal won't have quite so much pressure to live up to and through as a rookie as Wall did, especially while surrounded by Washington's new veteran crew of Nene, Emeka Okafor, and Trevor Ariza. There will be plenty of change with which the 19-year-old Beal will deal in his inaugural campaign, but he will be a useful weapon for Gregg Popovich in the US Olympic 2020 men’s basketball roster.

Devin Booker - Shooting Guard

He is a great jump-shooter who can really fill it up: super-quick getting open and has a lovely stroke, making him tough to stop. Lightning-fast up and down the court, too, he has enough size and explosiveness on drives to keep teams from over-playing his outside shot. He Shows ability at both guard spots. Not very physically strong yet, combined with his average length and average leaping ability, keeps him from drawing much contact on drives. Too often settles for jump-shots. He can be more of a passer.

Devin Booker has been in scintillating form during the 2021 NBA playoffs. Booker has tallied 27 points, six rebounds, and four assists per game. With Chris Paul out of the game due to COVID-19 protocols, Devin Booker went off 40 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists, securing the first triple-double of his career.

Jrue Holiday - Point Guard

A pass-first playmaker with excellent length, coordination, and court vision. Can do it all from the point guard position: an excellent rebounder for a guard will pile up steals and will even block some shots and soar down the lane for dunks. A fast-improving scorer (including from the arc). Injury-prone and must add more bulk to his frame to put up with the NBA grind and physicality. He needs continued work on his shooting stroke from the 3-point range and can use continued improvement on his shot selection in general.

Jrue Holiday has been phenomenal in the 2021 NBA Playoffs. He averages 17.6 points, 8.4 assists, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per contest across 17 games in the postseason. His performances with each passing series make one think if he is the missing piece that prevented the Milwaukee Bucks from making deep playoff runs.

Holiday's performances in round one against the Miami Heat were absolutely imperious. He was highly effective at both ends of the floor and stuck to his role brilliantly in the four games the two teams played. Many critics believe his presence in the US men's Olympic 2020 team will bring most of his potential.

Damian Lillard – Point Guard

Electric as a playmaking point guard: breaks down defenders with ease, reads defenses superbly, and constantly makes savvy plays to help his team win. A top-tier scorer who also does a great job making his teammates better. Super-quick and skilled. He Shows clutch ability and hits his free throws. Not a top-tier defensive force who will log a lot of steals or shut down his man. Only average-sized with average length.

Nobody can say he didn’t give the Blazers a fair impact. He’s been with the organization since being drafted sixth overall in 2012, made six All-NBA teams, qualified for the playoffs every year except his rookie season, won a handful of big playoff games more or less by himself, and built his heroic legend in the Pacific Northwest. Some superstars seem to indicate a defect in their character or ability. Damian is not like that.

He has done about as much as he could do with what he has been provided in Portland. His condensed lifetime as a ballplayer is closer to its end than its beginning. He’ll be 31 in a couple of weeks. At 40, he will be out of the league or barely hanging on. At 35, he might not be an elite player anymore. There is not a lot of time for him to win a title as a major title, and it is not going to happen in Portland, not imminently, so being on the

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is a huge chance for him.

Kevin Durant – Power Forward

Well, it is the figure’s turn: Kevin Durant. A fantastic pure scorer. Has a center's length and hits from all over the offensive zone. He rarely misses a free throw. Deceptively strong driving to the hoop and can leap over most post players. He is a good rebounder and passer too, and a clutch go-to guy who can carry his team for stretches. He has additionally worked to become a top-tier shot blocker.

Athletically Durant is in rare company as his wingspan, mobility, quickness, and leaping ability have few peers. Great in transition and on the fast break, where he finishes with flair. Excellent feel for the game and confidence allow him to make the game appear effortless. Has the ability to catch and shoot off screens with ease. He has legit NBA three-point range that he hits with regularity. 

He runs the court with the speed of a guard. Defensively he has all the physical tools to develop into an exceptional defender. Blessed with quick hands, length, lateral quickness, and good instincts. Soft hands allow for him to catch any pass thrown to him in the post. Back to the basket moves are quite advanced and are executed with great speed and solid post-footwork.

Ball-handling ability enables Durant to gain separation from most defenders. Edge shooting has no limitations as he has no trouble converting from mid-range with his feet set or off the dribble. He is also an excellent rebounder on balls out of position as he’s capable of grabbing boards that would normally be out of reach for even the most athletic of players.

An explosive scorer who is capable of going through dominating stretches during games. A player without this world potential. Undoubtedly Kevin Durant is Olympic 2020 most important player, and the whole US Olympic squad has a special trust in him.

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