Adding 15 players to 42 previously selected USA Basketball Men’s National Team finalists, 57 athletes today were announced by USA Basketball as finalists for the U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team. The player selections were approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors. The official 12-member U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team roster will be announced later this year.
Added to the 2021 USA National Team roster, from which the U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team will be selected, were
– Jarrett Allen (Cleveland Cavaliers); Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets); Jerami Grant (Detroit Pistons); Blake Griffin (Brooklyn Nets); Jrue Holiday (Milwaukee Bucks); DeAndre Jordan (Brooklyn Nets); Zach LaVine (Chicago Bulls); Julius Randle (New York Knicks); Duncan Robinson (Miami Heat); Mitchell Robinson (New York Knicks); Fred VanVleet (Toronto Raptors); John Wall (Houston Rockets); Zion Williamson (New Orleans Pelicans); Christian Wood (Houston Rockets); and Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks).
Forty-two of the athletes who were named as finalists on Feb. 10, 2020, also were confirmed for the 2021 list, including: Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat); LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs); Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns); Malcolm Brogdon (Indiana Pacers); Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics); Jimmy Butler (Miami Heat); Mike Conley (Utah Jazz); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers); DeMar DeRozan (San Antonio Spurs); Andre Drummond (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets); Paul George (LA Clippers); Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors); James Harden (Brooklyn Nets); Montrezl Harrell (Los Angeles Lakers); Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets); Tobias Harris (Philadelphia 76ers); Gordon Hayward (Charlotte Hornets); Dwight Howard (Philadelphia 76ers); Brandon Ingram (New Orleans Pelicans); Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn Nets); LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers); Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers); Kawhi Leonard (LA Clippers); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks); Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors); JaVale McGee (Cleveland Cavaliers); Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks); Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz); Victor Oladipo (Houston Rockets); Chris Paul (Phoenix Suns); Mason Plumlee (Detroit Pistons); Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics); Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers); Kemba Walker (Boston Celtics); Russell Westbrook (Washington Wizards); and Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs).
“With the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics from 2020 to 2021, it’s important that we continue to remain flexible and consider all players who can contribute to our efforts to field the best USA team possible. These additions we are announcing today will help ensure that we are doing that,” said Jerry Colangelo, who has served as the managing director of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team since 2005.
“Having a larger player pool than what we normally have is critical, because of all of the uncertainties we face about availability. But for USA Basketball to receive the commitment of so many outstanding players remains an indicator of the great honor of representing your country means to these men.”
The USA National Team coaching staff is led by long-time San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, serving as USA assistant coaches are Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, former Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce and Villanova University head coach Jay Wright.
All told, there are 29 players who have played for the USA in an Olympics and/or a FIBA World Cup, together they have won 31 Olympic or FIBA Basketball World Cup gold medals and four bronze medals.
The list of finalists includes nine members of the gold medalist 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, seven gold medalists from the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team and three gold medalists from the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team.
Three-time Olympic medalist James (2008 and 2012 gold, 2004 bronze) could be become just the second U.S. male basketball player to make four U.S. Olympic teams (tying with Carmelo Anthony), while Durant (2012 and 2016 gold medalist) and Paul (2008 and 2012 gold medalist) are seeking to become three-time Olympians.
Nine players from the gold medal winning 2016 U.S. Olympic team that went 8-0 in Rio de Janeiro remain in contention, including Barnes, Butler, DeRozan, Durant, George, Green, Irving, Jordan and Lowry.
Davis, Durant, Harden, James, Love, Paul and Westbrook were members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team that compiled an unblemished record of 8-0 and captured gold in London; while Howard, James and Paul were gold medalists with the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team.
Eleven members of the USA’s 2019 World Cup Team are among the 2021 finalists, including Barnes, Brown, Joe Harris, Lopez, Middleton, Mitchell, Plumlee, Tatum, Turner, Walker and White.
Seven were members of the 2014 USA World Cup Team that finished 9-0 and captured gold in Spain, including Curry, Davis, DeRozan, Drummond, Harden, World Cup MVP Irving and Plumlee. Five finalists were members of the 2010 USA World Cup squad that went 9-0 and captured gold in Istanbul, Turkey, including Curry, World Cup MVP Durant, Gordon, Love and Westbrook; while Howard, James and Paul earned a bronze medal at the 2006 FIBA World Cup in Japan.
The finalists represent 24 different NBA teams, with the Brooklyn Nets (Durant, Griffin, Harden, Joe Harris, Irving and Jordan), leading the way with six players. While the Cleveland Cavaliers (Allen, Drummond, Love and McGee), Houston Rockets (Gordon, Oladipo, Wall and Wood) and Los Angeles Lakers (Davis, Harrell, James and Kuzma) all feature four players. The Boston Celtics (Brown, Tatum and Walker), San Antonio Spurs (Aldridge, DeRozan and White), Miami Heat (Adebayo, Butler and Duncan Robinson) and the Milwaukee Bucks (Holiday, Lopez and Middleton) each feature three players. The Detroit Pistons (Grant and Plumlee), Golden State Warriors (Curry and Green), Indiana Pacers (Brogdon and Turner), LA Clippers (George and Leonard), New Orleans Pelicans (Ingram and Williamson), New York Knicks (Randell and Mitchell Robinson), Philadelphia 76ers (Tobias Harris and Howard), Phoenix Suns (Booker and Paul), Toronto Raptors (Lowry and VanVleet), Utah Jazz (Conley and Mitchell) and Washington Wizards (Beal and Westbrook) each have two players among the 57 finalists. Represented by one player are the Atlanta Hawks (Young), Charlotte Hornets (Haywood), Chicago Bulls (LaVine), Portland Trail Blazers (Lillard) and Sacramento Kings (Barnes).
Fifty-five finalists possess USA Basketball international or USA National Team experience. James leads the way with 68 games of international experience and he is followed by Paul (50), Durant (44), Curry (40), Howard (38), Irving (33), Plumlee (31), Love (28), Westbrook (28), Tatum (26), Barnes (25), Davis (25), Harden (25), Drummond (25), Jordan (23), Green (22), Lopez (19), Turner (19), Brown (18), Walker (18), Beal (16), DeRozan (16), White (15), Gordon (14), Harrell (14), Butler (13), George (13), Joe Harris (13), Lowry (13), Middleton (13), Mitchell (13), Hayward (12), Allen (6), Conley (6), Holiday (6), Randle (6), Brogdon (5), Grant (5), Young (5), Kuzma (3), Lillard (3), Wall (3), Adebayo (1), Griffin (1), Ingram (1), Leonard (1) and Oladipo (1). Additionally, Aldridge, Booker, Tobias Harris, LaVine, McGee, Mitchell Robinson, VanVleet and Williamson have participated in previous USA National Team training camps. Only Duncan Robinson and Wood have no prior USA Basketball experience.
The USA National Team’s complete training schedule for 2021 will be announced at a later date.
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2021 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team Finalists
NAME POS HGT WGT *AGE CURRENT TEAM / COLLEGE or HIGH SCHOOL
Bam Adebayo C/F 6-9 255 23 Miami Heat / Kentucky
LaMarcus Aldridge F/C 6-11 260 35 San Antonio Spurs / Texas
Jarrett Allen C 6-11 243 22 Cleveland Cavaliers/Texas
Harrison Barnes F 6-8 225 28 Sacramento Kings / North Carolina
Bradley Beal G 6-3 207 27 Washington Wizards / Florida
Devin Booker G 6-5 206 24 Phoenix Suns / Kentucky
Malcolm Brogdon G 6-5 229 28 Indiana Pacers / Virginia
Jaylen Brown G/F 6-6 225 24 Boston Celtics / California
Jimmy Butler F 6-7 230 31 Miami Heat / Marquette
Mike Conley G 6-1 180 33 Utah Jazz / Ohio State
Stephen Curry G 6-3 193 32 Golden State Warriors / Davidson
Anthony Davis F/C 6-10 253 27 Los Angeles Lakers / Kentucky
DeMar DeRozan G/F 6-6 220 31 San Antonio Spurs / USC
Andre Drummond C 6-11 279 27 Cleveland Cavaliers / Connecticut
Kevin Durant F 6-10 225 32 Brooklyn Nets / Texas
Paul George F 6-8 220 30 LA Clippers / Fresno State
Eric Gordon G 6-3 215 32 Houston Rockets / Indiana
Jerami Grant F 6-8 210 26 Detroit Pistons / Syracuse
Draymond Green F 6-6 233 31 Golden State Warriors / Michigan State
Blake Griffin F 6-10 251 31 Brooklyn Nets / Oklahoma
James Harden G 6-5 220 31 Brooklyn Nets / Arizona State
Montrezl Harrell F/C 6-8 240 27 Los Angeles Lakers / Louisville
Joe Harris G/F 6-6 220 29 Brooklyn Nets / Virginia
Tobias Harris F 6-8 228 28 Philadelphia 76ers / Tennessee
Gordon Hayward F 6-7 225 30 Charlotte Hornets / Butler
Jrue Holiday G 6-3 229 30 Milwaukee Bucks / UCLA
Dwight Howard C 6-10 260 35 Philadelphia 76ers / Southwest Atlanta Christian Acd. (GA)
Brandon Ingram F 6-7 190 23 New Orleans Pelicans / Duke
Kyrie Irving G 6-2 199 28 Brooklyn Nets / Duke
LeBron James F 6-9 250 36 Los Angeles Lakers / St. Vincent-St. Mary H.S. (OH)
DeAndre Jordan C 6-11 265 32 Brooklyn Nets / Texas A&M
Kyle Kuzma F 6-8 220 25 Los Angeles Lakers / Utah
Zach LaVine G/F 6-5 208 26 Chicago Bulls / UCLA
Kawhi Leonard F 6-7 225 29 LA Clippers/ San Diego State
Damian Lillard G 6-2 195 30 Portland Trail Blazers / Weber State
Brook Lopez C 7-0 282 32 Milwaukee Bucks / Stanford
Kevin Love F/C 6-8 247 32 Cleveland Cavaliers / UCLA
Kyle Lowry G 6-1 196 34 Toronto Raptors / Villanova
JaVale McGee C 7-0 270 33 Cleveland Cavaliers / Nevada
Khris Middleton F 6-7 217 29 Milwaukee Bucks / Texas A&M
Donovan Mitchell G 6-1 220 24 Utah Jazz / Louisville
Victor Oladipo G 6-4 210 28 Houston Rockets / Indiana
Chris Paul G 6-1 175 35 Phoenix Suns / Wake Forest
Mason Plumlee F/C 6-11 250 31 Detroit Pistons / Duke
Julius Randle F 6-8 254 26 New York Knicks / Kentucky
Duncan Robinson F 6-7 215 26 Miami Heat / Michigan
Mitchell Robinson C 7-0 252 22 New York Knicks / Chalmette H.S. (Chalmette, La.)
Jayson Tatum G/F 6-8 205 23 Boston Celtics / Duke
Myles Turner C/F 6-11 255 24 Indiana Pacers / Texas
Fred VanVleet G 6-1 197 27 Toronto Raptors / Wichita State
John Wall G 6-4 210 30 Houston Rockets / Kentucky
Kemba Walker G 6-0 184 30 Boston Celtics / Connecticut
Russell Westbrook G 6-3 200 32 Washington Wizards / UCLA
Derrick White G 6-4 195 26 San Antonio Spurs / Colorado
Zion Williamson F 6-6 284 20 New Orleans Pelicans / Duke
Christian Wood F/C 6-10 223 25 Houston Rockets / UNLV
Trae Young G 6-1 180 22 Atlanta Hawks / Oklahoma