USA Men’s Basketball: Deciding the 2012 Olympic Team

August 20th, 2011 by Lance Smith Leave a reply »
This could've been a really easy article to write. But instead, there has to be a lockout, which will probably last all year, and I'm writing this article assuming that it does. So now, all I have to go on is the 2010-2011 season and tryouts. I can't make predictions based on how players might change for next season. If somebody improves, they'll have to prove it during tryouts (like if Rondo learned how to shoot, but keep dreaming).

On the other hand, it'll give people with injuries (Kobe, Chris Paul) more time to heal. While it nearly rules out the youngest candidates (besides Blake Griffin, obviously), the lockout will help the older ones rest. So what I'm going on is this past season, possible development over the next year and possibly past international experiences. I'm just saying who I think should make the team, not who I think will, but who I think should. I can't say this will be too much different than the article I wrote about the who would, although that was if the Olympics were this summer, but anyway, starting at point guard...

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