Team USA Basketball: Predicting the Starting Lineup and Bench Rotation

August 23rd, 2010 by Scott Harris Leave a reply »
No Kobe.  No LeBron.  No D-Wade.  In fact, remember that gold medal run at the 2008 Olympics?  Throw the whole thing out.  As Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski build the next hoops team that will represent America, they are doing so from scratch, with no one returning from the winning squad from Beijing.

So who's on this new team?  The candidates have been winnowed to 13, meaning one more will have to go when the music stops on August 27.  That's the day before the FIBA World Championships kick off in Turkey and final rosters are due.  Here are the USA's 13 finalists:

Chauncey Billups
Tyson Chandler
Stephen Curry
Kevin Durant
Rudy Gay
Eric Gordon
Danny Granger
Andre Iguodala
Kevin Love
Lamar Odom
Rajon Rondo
Derrick Rose
Russell Westbrook

The team has recently played a series of "friendlies," the latest of which came Sunday with a close and rugged win over Spain in Madrid.  If you look at the stats from the Spain game, you'll probably extrapolate that Gordon is the odd man o ...

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