TheNG wrote: Mirotic12 wrote:
Sir Psycho Sexy wrote:1994 it was a bloodbath like the Olympics
1998 it was NCAA players
2002 it was all stars but the team didn't gel like this one so they lost playing against really good Yugoslavian team
2006 was an amazing team with Lebron, Wade, Bosch, Chris Paul, Melo... etc but lost to an all time great Greece team that played the game of their lifes
2010 and 2014 were A- or B+ teams. It was a mix of superstars, all stars and starters and both won easily.
Actually, in 1998 it was the best American professional players that were playing in Europe at the time. An NCAA team couldn't compete at that level by 1998.
Today, 21 years later, a team of the best American pros playing in Europe would be a complete disaster. But at the level international basketball was at 20 years ago, they couldn't win, but they could be very competitive. But an NCAA team, even 21 years ago, couldn't have done jack.
PG: Shane Larkin, Mike James
SG: Cory Higgins, Malcolm Delaney
SF: Will Clybrun, Dorell Wright
PF: Anthony Randolph, Brandon Davies, Derrick Williams
C: Tarik Black, Jordan Mickey, Bryant Dunston
Probably not the exact team... I couldn't find enough guys for the back court
I think this team could compete pretty well in this kind of tournament. These players are used to FIBA style games.
Anyway, they won't be more disaster than the current US team. They could win against Turkey, Czech Republic and Brazil. Against Greece it'll be a good match, but even if they lost they could still reach the quarter finals and lose - the same as the current team did.
I don't know...that's some serious ball hogging and chucking from guards (Larkin, James, Delaney), and some very soft players also (Wright, Randolph, and Williams).
Also, I don't think Anthony Randolph can play for USA again, as he switched to Slovenia. I don't think you can switch back. Dunston plays with Armenia I believe. And Brandon Davies I believe is registered with Uganda's program, but I'm not sure about that one.
Just look at how this US team did at the 2015 Pan American Games.......
That US team got the bronze at the 2015 Pan American Games. Keep in mind that is competing just against teams from the Americas, and that most of the Americas send their B or C level teams to that tournament...........it's even far below the level of the FIBA AmeriCup, which is also certainly below the FIBA World Cup's level.
That USA team finished 3rd, playing in one of the lowest level FIBA tournaments............