Team USA basketball roster finalized for 2024 Olympics as Kawhi Leonard rounds out star-studded group

Team USA basketball roster finalized for 2024 Olympics as Kawhi Leonard rounds out star-studded group

Team USA didn’t even medal at the 2023 FIBA World Cup, and with the Olympics looming, USA Basketball was determined not to let that happen again. Superstars around the league have expressed interest in playing this summer in Paris, and with the Games a little more than three months away, Team USA has picked the 12 players it wants to bring to Paris this summer. 

Eleven of those players, including LeBron James and Stephen Curry, were announced Monday night. On Wednesday, USA Basketball announced Kawhi Leonard nabbed the final spot.

Below is the finalized Olympic roster for Team USA:

Notably, every player on this roster played for Team USA in some major international competition aside from Embiid and Leonard. James, Durant, Tatum, Booker, Holiday, Adebayo and Davis have won Olympic gold medals playing for Team USA. Haliburton, Edwards and Curry have all played for World Cup teams.

Whittling down the field for the 2024 Olympics was an extremely difficult task. Pretty much every All-Star that addressed the topic on the record essentially said that they would play if asked. Notably, Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George was among those players who suggested they would play if given the opportunity, but is not listed on this initial roster. There were simply more viable players than available roster spots.

The playoffs could potentially force Team USA to dip deeper into its player pool. All 12 Team USA selections are currently on teams set to compete in the NBA postseason, and if anyone gets hurt, spots could potentially open. Team USA initially named 41 players to its pool of possible choices earlier in the season. 

Of those 41, 12 have obviously been chosen, leaving 29 other candidates: Jarrett AllenPaolo BancheroDesmond BaneScottie BarnesMikal BridgesJaylen BrownJalen BrunsonJimmy ButlerAlex CarusoDe’Aaron FoxPaul GeorgeAaron GordonJames HardenJosh HartTyler HerroChet HolmgrenBrandon Ingram Kyrie IrvingJaren Jackson Jr., Cam Johnson, Walker KesslerDamian LillardDonovan MitchellChris PaulBobby PortisAustin ReavesDuncan RobinsonDerrick White and Trae Young.

Team USA is expected to face arguably the stiffest Olympic competition ever this offseason. FIBA World Cup champion Germany should return most of its roster for the Olympics. Bronze medalist Canada should be even better if Jamal Murray is healthy enough to play. Serbia won silver at the World Cup without Nikola Jokic. And then, of course, there are the hosts. France will not only bring back the core of the 2020 Olympic silver medalists, but will also add Victor Wembanyama to the fray this time around.

These teams all have significantly more continuity and experience in the FIBA system than Team USA does. Coach Steve Kerr and managing director Grant Hill needed to build the best possible roster to compete, and based on star power alone, they’ve certainly done so with this group.

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