The United States men’s basketball team is looking to win a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal. The Americans disappointed at the 2018 FIBA World Cup, finishing seventh after seeing their 78-game winning streak end in an exhibition against Australia.
Three years later, Team USA’s 12-man squad looks much stronger before the Tokyo Games than it did for the World Cup.
Only two players from the World Cup roster are on the 2021 US men’s basketball roster: Jayson Tatum and Khris Middleton. The other 10 players include some of the best in the NBA, most notably Kevin Durant, who starred in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics for Team USA.
Here’s a look at the roster for the US men’s national basketball team ahead of the Summer Games, which kick off on Friday.
U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball roster
Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard top the 12-man list for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Two players have previous Olympic experience: Durant and Draymond Green.
|Bam Adebayo||Miami Heat|
|Devin Booker||Phoenix suns|
|Kevin Durant||Brooklyn networks|
|Jerami Scholarship||Detroit Pistons|
|Draymond Green||warriors of the golden state|
|Jrue vacation||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Keldon Johnson *||San Antonio spurs|
|Zach LaVine||Chicago Bulls|
|Damian Lillard||Portland Trail Blazers|
|JaVale McGee *||Denver nuggets|
|Khris middleton||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Jayson tatum||Boston Celts|
Who Coaches the US Men’s Basketball Team?
Team USA has a star-studded coaching staff headed by veteran Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Warriors coach Steve Kerr, Pacers assistant coach Lloyd Pierce, and Villanova coach Jay Wright are his assistants.
Jerry Colangelo is the managing director of the team. Colangelo is a four-time NBA Executive of the Year winner and coached the Suns in two different stints, compiling a 59-60 record.
|Gregg popovich||San Antonio spurs|
|Steve Kerr||warriors of the golden state|
|Lloyd Pierce||Indiana Pacers|
|Jay wright||Villanova University|
USA basketball team at the Olympics
American men have been incredibly successful in basketball; they have taken home gold in each of the last three Olympics. The last time they didn’t get gold was at the 2004 Athens Games.
Team USA has won men’s basketball medals 18 times. Fifteen of those medals are gold, two bronze and one silver. The team did not participate in the 1980 Olympic Games held in Moscow, as the United States boycotted them due to the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union in 1979.
|1980||Moscow||Qualified but DNP|
|nineteen ninety six||Atlanta||gold|
|2016||Rio de Janeiro||gold|
2021 United States Basketball Olympics Schedule
Team USA is one of 12 teams that qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. He will play in Group A. His opponents in group play will be the Czech Republic, France and Iran.
|Date||Play||Time (ET)||television channel|
|July 25||United States vs. France||8 am||Peacock|
|28 of July||United States against Iran||12:40 am||Peacock|
|July 31st||United States vs. Czech Republic||8 am||Peacock|
|August 3rd||Men’s basketball quarterfinals||TBD||TBD|
|August 5||Men’s Basketball Semifinals||TBD||TBD|
|6th August||Men’s Basketball Gold Medal Game||10:30 pm||NBC, fuboTV|
|August 7th||Men’s Basketball Bronze Medal Game||7 am||TBD|