When last we saw Team USA on the international stage, it finished seventh in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Entering that tournament, the Americans had won 58 consecutive games in international competition dating back to the 2006 World Cup, but the 2019 roster was perhaps the weakest Team USA had ever fielded with NBA players. Kemba Walker, Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez were the only players on the team who had made an All-Star Game prior to that tournament. Youngsters like Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown led the way, but they came up short against more experienced teams like France and Serbia.
That failure will only put more pressure on Gregg Popovich to build a roster capable of taking home the gold at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Fortunately, superstars are usually far more interested in playing in the Olympics than in other international competitions. Team USA should arrive in Tokyo as heavy favorites to win gold, and we’ve got you covered as it attempts to build the team that will do that. Below, we will track which players commit and which players sit out the 2020 Olympics for Team USA.
Confirmed to be playing
The following players have reportedly committed to playing for Team USA in Tokyo:
Damian Lillard: The Portland Trail Blazers guard has never participated in the Olympics but has been a finalist on numerous occasions. Draymond Green: The Golden State Warriors forward won gold for Team USA at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Jayson Tatum: The Boston Celtics forward has never participated in the Olympics, but was a member of the 2019 USA World Cup Team. Bradley Beal: The Washington Wizards guard has never participated in the Olympics but has been a finalist on numerous occasions. Devin Booker: The Phoenix Suns guard has never participated in the Olympics before.Kevin Durant: The Brooklyn Nets star was part of Team USA’s gold medal rosters in 2012 and 2016.Bam Adebayo: This marks the Heat star’s first-ever participation in an international tournament. In 2019, Adebayo was cut from the Team USA squad that went to the World Cup.James Harden: The Brooklyn Nets star has committed to join his teammate, Kevin Durant, on Team USA for the Tokyo Olympics, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. Harden was part of Team USA’s gold medal roster in 2012.
Confirmed to have declined
The following players have either confirmed themselves that they are not playing, or reports have indicated that they will not:
LeBron James: The Los Angeles Lakers forward confirmed that he plans to spend his offseason resting and promoting his upcoming Space Jam sequel. James played for Team USA in 2004, 2008 and 2012.
Anthony Davis: LeBron’s Lakers teammate is not expected to play for Team USA either, according to The Athletic’s Joe Vardon. Davis wore red, white and blue at the 2012 Olympics, earning a gold medal before ever playing an NBA game.Jimmy Butler: Miami’s star forward has declined an invitation to play for Team USA, according to The Miami Herald’s Anthony Chiang. The Heat, like the Lakers, had less than three months off after the 2020 NBA Finals, so Butler will focus on rest and recovery after Miami lost its first-round series to Milwaukee. Stephen Curry: The Golden State Warriors guard has opted against playing in the Tokyo Olympics, per Shams Charania and Anthony Slater of The Athletic. Curry has never been part of a Team USA roster that competed in the Olympics. Donovan Mitchell: The Utah Jazz star has declined an invitation to play for Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Rather than play in the Olympics, Mitchell plans to use the time off to rest and rehab his injured ankle.
The following 57 players were named as finalists by Team USA. In all likelihood, that means the final roster will be comprised of players on this list.
Jarrett Allen, C, Cleveland CavaliersEric Gordon, G, Houston RocketsJerami Grant, F, Detroit PistonsBlake Griffin, F, Brooklyn NetsJrue Holiday, G, Milwaukee BucksDeAndre Jordan, C, Brooklyn NetsZach LaVine, F, Chicago BullsJulius Randle, F, New York KnicksDuncan Robinson, F, Miami HeatMitchell Robinson, C, New York KnicksFred VanVleet, G, Toronto RaptorsJohn Wall, G, Houston RocketsZion Williamson, F, New Orleans PelicansChristian Wood, C, Houston RocketsTrae Young, G, Atlanta HawksLeBron James, F, Los Angeles LakersBam Adebayo, C, Miami HeatLaMarcus Aldridge, F, RetiredHarrison Barnes, F, Sacramento KingsMalcolm Brogdon, G, Indiana PacersJaylen Brown, G, Boston CelticsDonovan Mitchell, G, Utah JazzKhris Middleton, F, Milwaukee BucksJimmy Butler, F, Miami HeatMike Conley, G, Utah JazzStephen Curry, G, Golden State WarriorsAnthony Davis, F, Los Angeles LakersDeMar DeRozan, G, San Antonio SpursAndre Drummond, C, Los Angeles LakersKevin Durant, F, Brooklyn NetsPaul George, F, Los Angeles ClippersDraymond Green, F, Golden State WarriorsJames Harden, G, Brooklyn NetsMontrezl Harrell, F, Los Angeles LakersJoe Harris, F, Brooklyn NetsTobias Harris, F, Philadelphia 76ersGordon Hayward, F, Charlotte HornetsDwight Howard, C, Philadelphia 76ersBrandon Ingram, F, New Orleans PelicansKyrie Irving, G, Brooklyn NetsKyle Kuzma, F, Los Angeles LakersKawhi Leonard, F, Los Angeles ClippersDamian Lillard, G, Portland Trail BlazersBrook Lopez, C, Milwaukee BucksKevin Love, F, Cleveland CavaliersKyle Lowry, G, Toronto RaptorsVictor Oladipo, G, Miami HeatChris Paul, G, Phoenix SunsMason Plumlee, C, Detroit PistonsMyles Turner, C, Indiana Pacers
Kemba Walker, G, Boston CelticsRussell Westbrook, G, Washington WizardsDerrick White, G, San Antonio SpursJaVale McGee, C, Denver Nuggets