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Which of your favorite NBA stars have committed to play for Team USA in the Tokyo 2021 Olympics?

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Basketball is one of the only sports where a national league is prioritized more than an international league. But when it’s time for the Olympics the whole world is glued to the screen. The Olympics is where we saw Team USA have the Dream Team of 1992 and the Redeem Team of 2008. Teams filled with more talent than all-star teams of most years.

This year however, a lot of the NBA players have been fatigued. After the games in the bubble, a short offseason and high frequency of games this year, a lot of stars would rather rest this off season. Some really good NBA players who have the dream of playing for Team USA will participate.

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The shortlist of players in the pool for Team USA

This is the list of players shortlisted by Team USA. The team will be chosen from these players. However, some or most of these players will have either decline or accept playing for team USA before the tournament.

  • Jarrett Allen
  • Eric Gordon
  • Jerami Grant
  • Blake Griffin
  • Jrue Holiday
  • DeAndre Jordan
  • Zach LaVine
  • Julius Randle
  • Duncan Robinson
  • Mitchell Robinson
  • Fred VanVleet
  • John Wall
  • Zion Williamson
  • Christian Wood
  • Trae Young
  • LeBron James
  • Bam Adebayo
  • LaMarcus Aldridge
  • Harrison Barnes
  • Malcolm Brogdon
  • Jaylen Brown
  • Donovan Mitchell
  • Khris Middleton
  • Jimmy Butler
  • Mike Conley
  • Stephen Curry
  • Anthony Davis
  • DeMar DeRozan
  • Andre Drummond
  • Kevin Durant
  • Paul George
  • Draymond Green
  • James Harden
  • Montrezl Harrell
  • Joe Harris
  • Tobias Harris
  • Gordon Hayward
  • Dwight Howard
  • Brandon Ingram
  • Kyrie Irving
  • Kyle Kuzma
  • Kawhi Leonard
  • Damian Lillard
  • Brook Lopez
  • Kevin Love
  • Kyle Lowry
  • Victor Oladipo
  • Chris Paul
  • Mason Plumlee
  • Myles Turner
  • Kemba Walker
  • Russell Westbrook
  • Derrick White
  • JaVale McGee

Notable players who have accepted

Only a handful of players have confirmed to be participating and playing in this tournament.

1. Devin Booker:

Devin Booker practicing with NBA's best at USA Basketball minicamp

Devin Booker has finally reached true star status with his success this season. Making easy work of the Lakers and the Nuggets in his first playoff appearance. His inclusion to the team itself makes them a contender.

2. Draymond Green:

Warriors' Draymond Green Says He'd Like to Play for Team USA in 2020  Olympics | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights

A proven winner in the NBA and the Olympics, Draymond Green will be the defensive anchor and the guy who does all the dirty work.

3. Jayson Tatum:

Jayson TATUM (USA)'s profile - FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 -  FIBA.basketball

Jayson Tatum was part of the team that disappointed the world in the 2019 world cup tournament. However, he has developed massively and is fresh off a series of great playoff performances.

4. Bradley Beal:

USA: Bradley Beal wants a shot at a third FIBA gold medal - FIBA Basketball  World Cup 2019 - FIBA.basketball

Bradley Beal finally recognized after making an All-NBA Team this season. He looks to continue his great form in the Olympics.

5. Damian Lillard:

Damian Lillard keeps his head up after being cut from Team USA -  CBSSports.com

Damian Lillard has made himself become a top-2 guard in the league. His insane scoring skills coupled with his leadership will make Team USA a lock for the Gold. In his first Olympics, he’s sure to make Team USA proud.

It is a 12 man roster and these 5 seem like a guaranteed lock. With the 7 remaining roster spots, players availability will be factored coupled with team needs. A lot of players who are entering free agency use the Olympics to help get them better contracts in the NBA.

Players who declined to play for Team USA

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LeBron James:

LeBron James is getting up there in experience and age. He spent a majority of time injures last season and wasn’t a 100% in the playoffs. He will be looking to take this time off to work on healing and recovery.

Anthony Davis:

It’s a similar case for LeBron’s teammate Anthony Davis. AD went down with an injury against the Suns which inevitably became the reason for the Lakers losing. His focus on NBA success and will therefore sit out from the Olympics.

Jimmy Butler:

Miami was the only other team like the Lakers that got a reduced offseason. So it comes as no shocker as Jimmy Butler would want some time off. The Miami Heat had an awful playoff and Jimmy needs his rest to bounce back.

Team USA is surely hoping to take the Olympics seriously after their awful performance at the world cup. Like every year, they will be clear favorites to win. But will they manage to reach the expectations? We’ll soon find out.

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