The U.S. men’s national basketball team is seeking to win the Olympic gold medal for the fourth consecutive time. The Americans were disappointed with the 2018 FIBA World Cup and finished seventh after seeing their 78-game winning streak against Australia.
Three years later, the 12-man lineup of the US team looked much stronger before the Tokyo Olympics than before the World Cup.
There are only two World Cup players on the 2021 US men’s basketball roster: Jason Tatum and Chris Middleton. The other 10 players include some of the best players in the NBA, the most famous being Kevin Durant, who represented the US team in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.
The following is the list of the US men’s national basketball team before the Summer Olympics, which will start on Friday, July 23. The basketball tournament will start on July 25.
U.S. Olympic men’s basketball roster
Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard become the 12-man squad for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. There are 6 players on the list who were selected as NBA All-Stars in the 2020-21 season. Three players have Olympic experience: Durant, Draymond Green and Kevin Love.
|F||Kevin Durant||Nets||2012, 2016|
|G||Damian Lillard||Trail Blazers||—|
Who coaches the US men’s basketball team?
The U.S. team has a star-studded coaching staff led by the Spurs’ long-term coach Gregg Popovich. Warriors coach Steve Kerr, former Eagles coach Lloyd Pierce and Villanova coach Jay Wright are his assistants.
Jerry Colangelo is the managing director of the team. Colangelo is the winner of four NBA executives of the year. He has coached the Suns twice and has a 59-60 record.
U.S. basketball team participating in the Olympics
The American men have achieved incredible success in basketball. They have won gold medals in the past three Olympic Games. The last time they failed to win a gold medal was at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
The US team has won men’s basketball medals 18 times. Of these medals, 15 were gold medals, 2 were bronze medals, and 1 was silver medal. The team did not participate in the 1980 Olympics in Moscow because the United States boycotted them due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979.
|in 1980||Moscow||Qualified but DNP|
|2016||Rio de Janeiro||Gold|
U.S. Basketball Team 2021 Olympic Games Schedule
The U.S. team is one of the 12 teams eligible to participate in the Tokyo Olympics. It will participate in Group A competition. The opponents of the group stage will be France, Iran and the champions of the Olympic qualifiers held in Victoria, British Columbia. The six teams participating in the game are Canada, China, Czech Republic, Greece, Turkey and Uruguay.
France and Iran are ranked 7th and 23rd respectively in the FIBA World Ranking. The US team is the number one team in the world.
|July 25||United States and France||Eight in the morning|
|July 28||U.S. vs. Iran||12:40 noon|
|July 31||United States and to be determined||Eight in the morning|
|August 3||Men’s basketball quarterfinals||To be determined|
|August 5||Men’s Basketball Semifinals||To be determined|
|August 6||Men’s Basketball Gold Medal Match||To be determined|
|August 7||Men’s Basketball Bronze Medal Match||To be determined|