Team USA: Who Will Be the Starting Point Guard?

August 16th, 2010 by Dmitriy Ioselevich Leave a reply »
Only two more weeks separate Team USA from the start of the 2010 FIBA World Championships, which will be held August 28—September 12 in Turkey. The roster currently stands at 13 players after C Javale McGee and F Jeff Green were cut over the weekend. Team USA Chariman Jerry Colangelo has until August 26 to trim the roster to its final 12 players.

Those 12 players will represent the U.S. in the country's first major international basketball tournament since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, in which the USA won gold. But Team USA hasn't won this particular tournament since 1994, finishing a disappointing third in 2006 and not medalling at all in 2002. They need gold this time around in order to guarantee a place at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

The roster features a glutton of guards, including some of the NBA's best. But who will man the point?

In an international game that emphasizes guard play and outside shooting rather than a half-court offense like in the NBA, the point guard becomes the main team catalyst.

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