Looking at the list of US squads, James, Curry, Anthony Davis, Leonard, Damian Lillard, Durant (if recovering from injury) are almost certainly in the first team. Other prominent stars like Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Paul George, Bradley Beal need to prove they are suitable in the way of playing the coach of Popovich.
ESPN mapped out the perfect team with Curry, Harden, James, Leonard and Davis. A fan commented: “It is impossible to imagine how strong these 5 players will be together.” This squad can be seen as a measure of the standards in modern basketball, from the ability to throw three points, break into the basket, play strength and organize defense.
Besides the “witch” of Popovich, the US captain seat also has Steve Kerr, the other talented coach of the Golden Stade Warriors. The US team brought to Japan true “heroic, strong” in basketball and the collective is obscuring the rest.
Who can challenge the US team?
The NBA basketball tournament is witnessing the rise of many non-US stars. From Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jovic, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons. However, these stars are scattered among many teams, basketball is not just a game of one person and it is difficult to challenge the US team. Comprehensive, in-depth squad.
Antetokounmpo is the reigning MVP of the NBA, possessing quality of play that makes James and Leonard afraid. The player who is dubbed the “Greek God” will carry his teammates who are not equal to him. Like Antetokoumpo, Simmons must hold many responsibilities in Australia, similar to rising star Luka Doncic in Slovenia.
Spain, the 2019 World Cup basketball champion, is the most American opponent to be wary of. Spain has Ricky Rubio and Marc Gasol, 2 stars in the NBA. A number of ACB’s players (Spanish basketball league), such as Pau Ribas, Rudy Fernandez, have good quality. The USA and Spain have each played a dramatic final at the 2008 Olympic Games.
In the last Olympics, the US team met Serbia in the final and won quite easily. After 4 years, Basketball Serbia maintains the momentum of development, continues to be among the champion candidates.