Someone recently floated the claim that the U.S. could create a second squad for the Olympics, not including the usual suspects from 2008, and still win gold. Let's assume the 2012 Olympics roster will look like this:
1: Paul, Westbrook, Williams
2: Bryant, Wade
3: James, Durant, Anthony
4: Griffin, Love
5: Chandler, Davis
If you had to build ANOTHER team capable of winning a gold medal but can't choose from any of the guys above, who ya got? Remember you can only choose 12 players.
Assume a player's refusal to play isn't an issue. But for the sake of reason, let's disclude anyone 34 years of age or older. Otherwise we'll be throwing guys like Tim Duncan & Ray Allen into the mix who probably wouldn't participate anyway. Disclude injured players who likely wouldn't be ready such as Aldridge as well. Remember that some American players have elected to play for another country such as Joakim Noah and the French national team.
My second team looks like this. What does yours look like?
1: Rondo, Irving, Wall
2: J. Johnson, Harden
3: Igoudala, Granger, Gay
4: J. Smith, Stoudemire
5: Bynum, Hibbert
Tough list to create. Tougher than I thought! I really wanted to inclue Jason Terry over John Wall but Terry is 34 and I'm sticking to my rules. Same with Kidd. I'd rather have him over Wall as well. I also had Bosh down initially but added Hibbert at the last moment. I've really enjoyed watching him blossom this postseason. Terrific defender.