As usual, the United States basketball team are the overwhelming favorites to take the gold medal heading into the Olympics. While a few stars opted to sit the games out, the roster for the Rio 2016 games is full of NBA stars that should dominate the competition.
Household names like LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry won't be playing in Rio for the U.S., but here's the impressive list of who will be representing the stars and stripes, accompanied by a brief profile of the player.
Carmelo Anthony - The New York Knick forward is the veteran presence for the younger-skewing roster. Rio will be his fourth Olympic games, the first U.S. basketball player to represent the country four times. Anthony, 32, was second on the team in scoring at the 2012 London games, averaging 16.5 points per game as the U.S. coasted to the gold medal.
Harrison Barnes - The former Golden State Warrior forward, and new Dallas Maverick, is widely considered the 12th man on a 12-man roster. There's no shame in that with a roster as talented as USA Basketball's. Barnes, 24, averaged 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last year with the Warriors, who fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.
Jimmy Butler - The slashing Chicago Bulls guard should help out on defense and by creating plays on offense. Long the subject of trade rumors, the 26-year-old star averaged 20.9 points per game last season.
DeMarcus Cousins - The mercurial Sacramento Kings center is both supremely talented and consistently a frustration for coaches. The 25-year-old has consistently played on teams with little talent, and will get a taste of playing with stars in Rio. He's proven up to the task so far, dropping 21 points as the USA blew past China in an exhibition game. Cousins has averaged 10 rebounds in five games this year for the U.S., easily leading the team.
DeMar DeRozan - The 26-year-old guard can get to the rim and finish with emphatic dunks. He's a playmaker who struggles to shoot from the outside.
Kevin Durant - After captivating the NBA world by switching teams — moving from the Oklahoma City Thunder to form an absolute super-team version of the Golden State Warriors — Durant will likely be the primary scorer for the U.S. The 27-year-old, widely considered one of the top three players in the world, led the team in 2012 and is the top scorer again in 2016 thus far, averaging 15.6 points in five games.
Paul George - The Rio 2016 games could be a bit of redemption for the Indian Pacers' star forward. He suffered a severe and gruesome injury playing in a scrimmage for the USA in 2014. After concerns that the 26-year-old would never be the same player, George experienced a resurgence in 2016 averaging 23.1 points while earning an All Star nod.
Draymond Green - The Golden State Warriors forward has had a heck of an offseason. After a tumultuous playoffs that saw him earn a suspension in the NBA playoffs for racking up too many fouls, the 26-year-old was soon arrested for an alleged altercation at a bar. He then had an incident on Snapchat that broadcasted publicly what was meant to be a very private picture of a very private part of his anatomy. Not deterred, the boisterous Green has continued to post to Snapchat, but with less racy material that often involves the team singing cheesy songs. On the court, the Swiss Army knife style player should provide versatility as a solid defender in the post with the ability to play on the outside on offense.
Kyrie Irving - The 24-year-old NBA champion point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers will bring play-making and solid shooting for Team USA.
DeAndre Jordan - The 28-year-old center from the Los Angeles Clippers was a bit of a surprise addition, but should bring solid rebounding and defensive abilities.
Kyle Lowry - DeRozan's backcourt mate for the Toronto Raptors, Lowry is a solid, if underrated, point guard. He averaged 21.2 points a 6.4 assists per game last season.
Klay Thompson - The Golden State Warrior guard will bring deadly shooting for USA basketball. When he gets hot, Thompson is very hard to stop. The 26-year-old averaged 22.1 points per game last season while shooting 42.5 percent from behind the 3-point line.