The USA National Team instructing staff is driven by San Antonio Spurs lead trainer Gregg Popovich, and filling in as USA aide mentors are Golden State Warriors lead trainer Steve Kerr, Atlanta Hawks lead trainer Lloyd Pierce and Villanova University lead trainer Jay Wright.
Headed by three-time Olympic medalist LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers), and including nine individuals from the gold medalist 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, seven gold medalists from the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team and each of the 12 individuals from the USA’s 2019 FIBA World Cup Team, 44 competitors were declared by USA Basketball today as finalists for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team.
Nine players from the gold award winning 2016 U.S. Olympic group that went 8-0 in Rio stay in conflict for the 2020 U.S. Olympic squad, including Barnes, Butler, DeRozan, Durant, George, Green, Irving, Lowry and Thompson.
Davis, Durant, Harden, James, Love, Paul and Westbrook were individuals from the 2012 U.S. Olympic group that ordered an immaculate record of 8-0 and caught gold in London, while Howard, James and Paul were gold medalists with the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team. Furthermore, James earned a bronze award at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Each of the 12 individuals from the USA’s 2019 World Cup Team are finalists and incorporate Barnes, Brown, Joe Harris, Lopez, Middleton, Mitchell, Plumlee, Smart, Tatum, Turner, Walker and White.
The finalists speak to 21 distinctive NBA groups, with the Boston Celtics (Brown, Hayward, Smart, Tatum and Walker) and the Los Angeles Lakers (Davis, Howard, James, Kuzma and McGee) driving the path with five players each. The Brooklyn Nets (Durant, Joe Harris and Irving), Golden State Warriors (Curry, Green and Thompson), Indiana Pacers (Brogdon, Oladipo and Turner), L.A. Scissors (George, Harrell and Leonard) and the San Antonio Spurs (Aldridge, DeRozan and White) each element three players.
The Cleveland Cavaliers (Drummond and Love), Houston Rockets (Harden and Westbrook), Miami Heat (Adebayo and Butler), Milwaukee Bucks (Lopez and Middleton) and Utah Jazz (Conley and Mitchell) each have two players among the 44 finalists; and the Denver Nuggets (Plumlee), New Orleans Pelicans (Ingram), Oklahoma City Thunder (Paul), Philadelphia 76ers (Tobias Harris), Phoenix Suns (Booker), Portland Trail Blazers (Lillard), Sacramento Kings (Barnes), Toronto Raptors (Lowry) and the Washington Wizards (Beal) each are spoken to by one player.
Every one of the 44 finalists have universal or USA Basketball National Team involvement in James driving the route with 68 rounds of worldwide experience added to his repertoire. He is trailed by Paul (50), Durant (44), Curry (40), Howard (38), Thompson (38), Irving (33), Plumlee (31), Love (28), Westbrook (28), Tatum (26), Barnes (25), Davis (25), Harden (25), Drummond (25), Green (22), Smart (21), Lopez (19), Turner (19), Brown (18), Walker (18), Beal (16), DeRozan (16), White (15), Harrell (14), Butler (13), George (13), Joe Harris (13), Lowry (13), Middleton (13), Mitchell (13), Hayward (12), Conley (6), Brogdon (5), Kuzma (3), Lillard (3), Adebayo (1), Ingram (1), Leonard (1) and Oladipo (1). Furthermore, Aldridge, Booker, Tobias Harris and McGee have taken an interest in past USA National Team preparing camps.
The USA National Team’s finished preparing plan for 2020 will be declared sometime in the not too distant future.