Team USA Basketball schedule, men’s roster updates, Tokyo Olympics preview

Despite absences from gold medal winners of years past, the 2021 Team USA basketball team that takes the court at the Tokyo Olympics at the Summer Games is the prohibitive favorite to stand atop the men’s podium once again.

Continue reading for all the key information you need to know, including the full Team USA basketball roster, the slate for the lead up to the Olympics, the Group Phase schedule and an overall preview of what this year’s squad is facing.

Team USA Basketball Schedule

DateEventTime (ET)
July 6-18Training Camp at UNLV
Saturday, July 10Nigeria 90, Team USA 878:00 PM
Monday, July 12Australia 91, Team USA 838:00 PM
Tuesday, July 13Team USA 108, Argentina 806:00 PM
Friday, July 16Exhibition game vs. Australia — CANCELLED6:00 PM
Sunday, July 18Team USA 83, Spain 769:00 PM
DateSummer Olympics matchup (Saitama, Japan)Time (ET)
Sunday, July 25France 83, USA 768:00 AM
Wednesday, July 28USA vs. Iran12:40 PM
Saturday, July 31USA vs. TBD8:00 AM
Tuesday, Aug. 3Men’s basketball quarterfinalsTBD
Thursday, Aug. 5Men’s basketball semifinalsTBD
Friday, Aug. 6Men’s basketball Gold Medal GameTBD
Saturday, Aug. 7Men’s basketball Bronze Medal GameTBD

Team USA Basketball roster for Tokyo Olympics

Team USA Basketball roster for Tokyo Olympics
Aug 8, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; United States forward Draymond Green (14) handles the ball against Venezuela during the men’s basketball preliminary round in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 1. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Based on the NBA stars who’ve been widely reported to commit to the Olympics, here’s a look at the latest Team USA basketball roster for the Tokyo Games:

PlayerPositionNBA Team
Bam AdebayoCenterMiami Heat
Devin BookerGuardPhoenix Suns
Kevin DurantForwardBrooklyn Nets
Jerami GrantForwardDetroit Pistons
Draymond GreenForwardGolden State Warriors
Jrue HolidayGuardMilwaukee Bucks
Keldon JohnsonForwardSan Antonio Spurs
Zach LaVineGuardChicago Bulls
Damian LillardGuardPortland Trail Blazers
JaVale McGeeCenterDenver Nuggets
Khris MiddletonForwardMilwaukee Bucks
Jayson TatumForwardBoston Celtics

The final Team USA basketball roster features 12 players, and it’s definitely an interesting group.

Notable absences include Los Angeles Lakers superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and James Harden of the Brooklyn Nets. All of them suffered injuries during the shortened NBA regular season and are using this time in the offseason to recover.

Even though the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns qualified for the NBA Finals, it appears that Phoenix’s Devin Booker and Bucks teammates Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton are committed to play.

Legendary Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is at the helm for the Americans. Popovich takes over for Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, who’s going to retire following the Blue Devils’ upcoming season and has led the U.S. to three straight gold medals.

Team USA is calling on three Select Team players to fill out the roster: After a strong showing as part of the Select Team, Spurs wing Keldon Johnson has reportedly earned his way onto the 12-man roster, along with Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee, as Kevin Love backed out and Bradley Beal was ruled out.

You can bet many fans wanted to see young New Orleans Pelicans sensation Zion Williamson get a spot, not to mention Atlanta Hawks superstar Trae Young and NBA Rookie of the Year LaMelo Ball. Instead, Team USA opted for experience over youth. Time will tell if that was the right call.

Team USA Basketball Tokyo Olympics preview

Team USA Basketball Tokyo Olympics preview
August 16, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; USA head coach Gregg Popovich and assistant coach Steve Kerr watch game action against Spain during the second half of an exhibition game at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Team USA has more than enough firepower to win the gold medal yet again, and since reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic isn’t going to play for Serbia, the 2016 silver medalists fell in their final qualifier to Italy, so they’re out of the running.

Although Spain figures to be a threat once again, the Americans should be too much for anyone to overcome, despite their sluggish start in two exhibition losses. The question is how this 2021 squad will respond, with a new coaching staff and a roster full of fresh faces in the fold.

As the roster currently stands, the only Team USA basketball holdovers from 2016’s triumphant team would be Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. They were newly minted Golden State Warriors teammates at the time, but especially once KD left for Brooklyn, there were some sour grapes.

The hope is that KD and Green can put aside their differences for the greater cause. They’ve acted cordially of late, but you never know what can happen. Losing exhibition games isn’t what anyone had in mind. What if things don’t jell in Tokyo?

Team USA is always a fascinating chemistry experiment, and considering how mercurial both players can be, the hope is that old frustrations don’t bubble back to the surface.

With Popovich coaching and the Warriors’ Steve Kerr serving as an assistant, it’ll certainly be an awkward dynamic that’ll need to be worked through.

A silver lining to the Nets’ early playoff exit is that Durant is likely to be eager to get back in action and play angry in Japan. Durant are poised to have phenomenal showings at the Olympics and really leave his imprint on this squad as a leader.

No matter who ultimately fills out the rest of the roster, this is a USA squad with a nice blend of backcourt depth and highly versatile frontcourt players in Durant, Jayson Tatum and Bam Adebayo.

After dealing with marginal talent on the Spurs amid a two-year playoff drought, it’ll be amazing to see Popovich at the controls of an absolutely loaded Team USA basketball roster. It should culminate in another gold medal win for the United States, as the Americans continue to assert their dominance on the hardwood.

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