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    I figure with the deep pool of NBA talent with quality FIBA experience, the next team USA has a legit chance to challenge the original Dream Team as the greatest team ever assembled, and back it up on the floor.

    My Roster:

    C: Dwight Howard
    PF: Kevin Durant
    SF: LeBron James
    SG: Kobe Bryant
    PG: Chris Paul

    Bench:

    Centers: Chris Bosh, Andrew Bynum
    Forwards: Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire
    Guards: Dwayne Wade, Russell Westbrook, Brandon Roy

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    Get rid of Chris Bosh, he is a good player but far from Olympic caliber player.

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    Get rid of Chris Bosh, he is a good player but far from Olympic caliber player.
    Bosh was outstanding in Beijing in 2008. He shot 77% from the field and rebounded just as well as Dwight Howard. I'm not saying he should be automatically qualified for the next team at this moment, but his performance in 2008 showed he's more than good enough to be considered Olympic caliber.

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    I'd replace Westbrook with Deron Williams, and depending on how Curry does this season I'd replace Brandon Roy with Curry (we need at least one pure shooter.)

    I'd replace Amare Stoudemire with...someone, not sure who. Same thing goes for Bynum. :P
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    Why does Curry deserve to get a nod over Gordon as the pure shooter?

    I'd definitely would find a way to work EJ into the roster. He's perfect for international play.

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    I figure with the deep pool of NBA talent with quality FIBA experience, the next team USA has a legit chance to challenge the original Dream Team as the greatest team ever assembled, and back it up on the floor.

    My Roster:

    C: Dwight Howard
    PF: Kevin Durant
    SF: LeBron James
    SG: Kobe Bryant
    PG: Chris Paul

    Bench:

    Centers: Chris Bosh, Andrew Bynum
    Forwards: Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire
    Guards: Dwayne Wade, Russell Westbrook, Brandon Roy
    You starting 5 is fine except maybe Carmelo can start instead of Durant. I say Durant because, he is probably the only one of the starting 5 that might be open to come off the bench.

    1 - I would put Kevin Love instead of Chris Bosh because you need some glue guys/ role players. Also, IMHO, Chris Bosh is soft and a tweener.

    2 - I would include Deron Williams instead of Brandon Roy to make it 3 PGs on the roster. Since we have a lot of wing players, Brandon Roy is expendable.

    3 - I would include Danny Granger instead of Kobe Bryant because Danny is more talented. JUST KIDDING!. I am just checking if you guys stopped reading.

    4 - The last 3 cuts would be Derek Rose, Chris Bosh and Brandon Roy.

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    Can Chris Bosh guard both of the Gasol brothers?

    If so, I'd be temped to make him my "center" and not even bother with Dwight because Bosh would bring a lot more to the offense.

    In that scenario, I might consider something like this:

    Bosh
    Durant
    James
    Wade (I'm assuming Kobe is done with this, but maybe he isn't)
    Paul

    Post: Stoudemire, Odom

    Wing: Anthony, (Odom), (Roy)

    Guard: Roy, Westbrook, Gordon, Reddick

    Alternatively, add Howard, drop Reddick.

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    Starters:

    C: Dwight Howard
    PF: Carmelo Anthony
    SF: LeBron James
    SG: Kobe Bryant
    PG: Chris Paul

    Bench:

    C: Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire
    F: Kevin Durant, Andre Igoudala, Lamar Odom
    G: Dwyane Wade, Deron Williams

    I feel almost embarrassed to not have Kevin Durant in the starting lineup, but Melo is basically the perfect FIBA 4. So strong and so versatile.

    What I'd love see is to just play Lebron at point and put in Durant for Paul. But that won't happen.
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    I think durant gets to start at sf. Lebron has the strength to play PF. How do you bench the record holder in scoring. No one has performed better than Durant in International competition and he is only going to get better.

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    Durant's the perfect scorer for almost any brand of basketball. He has to start.

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    I think Carmello is a better international player than Lebron. Am I loony?

    I'd probably start both Durant and Melo and bring Lebron off the bench for either.

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    C: Dwight Howard
    F: Kevin Durant
    F: LeBron James
    SG: Dwyane Wade
    PG: Deron Williams

    Bench:

    C: Chris Bosh, Andrew Bynum
    F: Carmelo Anthony, Mike Miller (good 3 point shooter and will have good chemistry with the Miami 3 presumably)
    G: Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Brandon Roy

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    Chris Paul
    Dwyane Wade
    Kevin Durant
    Carmelo Anthony
    Dwight Howard

    Bench
    Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, Eric Gordon
    Lebron James, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Love
    Brook Lopez

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    how about...

    pg: chris paul
    sg: dwyane wade
    sf: lebron james
    pf: kevin durant
    c: dwight howard

    bench:
    pg: john wall
    sg: eric gordon, stephen curry
    sf: carmelo anthony
    pf: blake griffin, david lee
    c: greg oden

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    how about...

    pg: chris paul
    sg: dwyane wade
    sf: lebron james
    pf: kevin durant
    c: dwight howard

    bench:
    pg: john wall
    sg: eric gordon, stephen curry
    sf: carmelo anthony
    pf: blake griffin, david lee
    c: greg oden
    I like this squad also with the long term future in mind. I think I would replace Oden and Lee with Bosh and Love respectively and have Anthony start for the time being.

    For the rest I like including two good shooters in Gordon and Curry, while Curry can also take the PG spot when needed.

    I expect Wall to be quite good by that time, so that's a good inclusion IMHO aswell.

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    Not sure why so many people are eager to give Curry a spot. He didn't make much of a case for himself in Turkey.

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    Not sure why so many people are eager to give Curry a spot. He didn't make much of a case for himself in Turkey.
    The kid is young and I certainly see him improve a lot the next couple of years.
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    If all things were equal, all egos checked at the door, and everyone is willing to play if asked, my starting 5 would be...

    PG - 'Bron
    SG - DWade
    SF - Melo
    PF - Durant
    C - Camby

    Reserves
    G - Jesus Shuttlesworth
    G - CP3
    G - Curry
    F - David Lee
    F - Boozer
    F - Horford
    C - Howard

    I think that this team could come at you and beat you in many different ways... Of course, having Melo, Durant, Dwade and Lebron does not hurt... You are always going to have one if not two of these guys on the floor at all time...

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    Not sure why so many people are eager to give Curry a spot. He didn't make much of a case for himself in Turkey.
    Yeah, I don't get it. What exactly does he do better than Gordon? Yes, he's more apt as a PG than EJ, but we already have a TON of points to choose from for 2012, and Gordon is a better scorer and defender.

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    If all things were equal, all egos checked at the door, and everyone is willing to play if asked, my starting 5 would be...

    PG - 'Bron
    SG - DWade
    SF - Melo
    PF - Durant
    C - Camby

    Reserves
    G - Jesus Shuttlesworth
    G - CP3
    G - Curry
    F - David Lee
    F - Boozer
    F - Horford
    C - Howard

    I think that this team could come at you and beat you in many different ways... Of course, having Melo, Durant, Dwade and Lebron does not hurt... You are always going to have one if not two of these guys on the floor at all time...
    Marcus Camby? Is this a joke? It has to be a joke right?

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    75 year old ray allen and lebron playing pg? Id hope its a joke.....

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    I don't understand why everyone continues to put Chris Paul into PG categories when Deron Williams has performed better than him every year.

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    I don't understand why everyone continues to put Chris Paul into PG categories when Deron Williams has performed better than him every year.
    It's possibly arguable that Williams caught up to Paul last year, given Paul's injury. It's also reasonable to project Williams ahead of Paul for the future, if you question Paul's health.

    However, there is really no way that I can see to reasonably argue that Williams outperformed Paul in any of his first four years, let alone, every year.

    It's just not even close. I don't think there are more than 5 players in the world better than a healthy Chris Paul - if that many.

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    Marcus Camby? Is this a joke? It has to be a joke right?
    Not at all... Not that Camby is going to star on this team... But you dont really need him to... Defending, effeciancy and rebounding are what he would bring to the table. I guess today, he would be on my team... But in 2012, I guess not... I would replace him with Lee in the starting lineup... Neither of them need the ball to be effective... I see both as glue guys for a international style of play...

    75 year old ray allen and lebron playing pg? Id hope its a joke.....
    You need a shooter, and what better shooter is there than Ray... Hell, he would not need significant minutes, but when he would be out there, with penetrations and kick outs... He would have the opportunity to make significant contributions... And I think that Lebron would be effective at running the point position to start a game... Would not have him there for 25 minutes a game... But certainly 10-12 minutes would be unreasonable...

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