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Keep Dreamin' Team

The U.S.'s best ballers will stay home from Rio
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THE MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM that will suit up for the U.S. at the Rio Olympics is headlined by A-listers like Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant. It's clear, however, that this is a B team.

The roster is missing some of the game's biggest stars. Consider the completely separate team that might have represented the red, white and blue this summer (far column). The actual Rio-bound squad is also less accomplished than the U.S. teams that won gold at the 2008 and '12 Games, though it looks better than the bronze medalists from '04. The following chart shows the average pretournament PERs (Player Efficiency Ratings) and Win Shares for those teams, as well as for the 2016 crew and the "All-Summer Off" team.

The U.S. should still win gold in Rio, but it may not be as easy as in years past.

The 12-man U.S. team includes nine 2016 All-Stars, the same number as the 2008 and '12 teams that brought home gold medals.

2016 RIO TEAM

PG Kyrie Irving

PG Kyle Lowry

SG Klay Thompson

SG Jimmy Butler

SG DeMar DeRozan

SF Kevin Durant

SF Paul George

SF Harrison Barnes

PF Carmelo Anthony

PF Draymond Green

C DeMarcus Cousins

C DeAndre Jordan

SUMMER OFF TEAM

Stephen Curry PG

Chris Paul PG

John Wall PG

James Harden SG

Russell Westbrook SG

Damian Lillard SG

LeBron James SF

Kawhi Leonard SF

Blake Griffin PF

LaMarcus Aldridge PF

Anthony Davis C

Andre Drummond C

[The following text appears within a chart. Please see hardcopy or PDF for actual chart.]

AVG. PER

20.7

AVG. WS

8.9

AVG. PER

24.8

AVG. WS

10.7

2012 LONDON TEAM

AVG. PER

24.0

AVG. WS*

11.3

2008 BEIJING TEAM

AVG. PER

22.1

AVG. WS

10.2

2004 ATHENS TEAM

AVG. PER

19.8

AVG. WS

7.7

*LOCKOUT-SHORTENED YEAR; CALCULATION BASED ON 82-GAME SEASON