The Tokyo Olympics is less than a week away. The United States is sending the largest fleet of athletes to Tokyo for taking part in the event. It is expected to send 613 athletes. Among them, the USA Basketball team is the most significant one. USA basketball team has won Olympics 18 out of 19 times in the men’s basketball category. With 15 golds, 1 silver, and 2 bronze they are the ones with the most medals.
The USA Basketball team is star-studded this year for the Tokyo Olympics. The USA basketball team has a glorious past. The tally of medals decorated on the team is such a huge boost. They are the elites in the competitions. However, teams competing for Tokyo Olympics, 2020 have excelled in their performance. With a higher number of Non-Americans making their way to the NBA, international games have increased their competency.
USA Basketball Team Preview
The elite competitor USA basketball team has come out opposite to their reputation. They have had an underwhelming start to the exhibitions pre-game. First, the star-studded squad lost to Nigeria, 90-87, in their exhibition opener last week in Las Vegas. Then they dropped their second consecutive exhibition game in three days with a 91-83 loss against Australia on Monday night. Coming into those matchups, Team USA flaunted a 54-2 record in exhibitions. Now it has doubled that loss total in less than a week. But USA ensured a tough comeback in the next game against Argentina.
This year men’s basketball team is nowhere near as good as the inaugural Dream Team roster that featured 11 future Hall of Famers and Christian Laettner. But the 2021 team is also not as good as the teams that followed them, either. The team having senior players like Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Kevin Love, etc will look to yield good results.
USA Basketball Team Roster
The USA basketball team is seeded in group A at the Tokyo Olympics. Team USA will play in Group A against France, Iran, and Czech Republic in order to qualify for the single-elimination Final Phase that begins on August 3.
|Bam Adebayo||Miami Heat|
|Bradley Beal||Washington Wizards|
|Kevin Durant||Brooklyn Nets|
|Devin Booker||Phoenix Suns|
|Jerami Grant||Detroit Pistons|
|Draymond Green||Golden State Warriors|
|Jrue Holiday||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Zach LaVine||Chicago Bulls|
|Damian Lillard||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Kevin Love||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Khris Middleton||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Jayson Tatum||Boston Celtics|
Venue and Schedule
Team USA will play all its games in the Saitama Super Arena, Saitama in Japan. The Arena will be hosting all the basketball matches for the sub-divided groups. USA basketball team will play all of their regular matches here in Saitama. Being in Group A, USA will be facing France, Iran, and Czech Republic in the group games.
|Sunday, July 25||USA vs. France||8 a.m. ET|
|Wednesday, July 28||USA vs. Iran||12:40 p.m. ET|
|Saturday, July 31||USA vs. Czech Republic||8 a.m. ET|
USA Basketball Team Predictions
Gathering the recent analysis on the USA basketball team, things haven’t turned out as expected. After losing their first 2 games they are literally on speculation. Recently it has been confirmed that Bradley Beal contracted COVID and will probably be pulled out of this competition. Stars in the team have had a great season at the NBA this year. Yet their team chemistry doesn’t seem to be on point. Despite the discrepancy, they are the fan-favorite to win the medal this year.