The U.S. men’s national basketball team is looking to win a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal. The Americans disappointed at the 2018 FIBA World Cup, finishing seventh after seeing their 78-game winning streak end in an exhibition against Australia.
Three years later, Team USA’s 12-man squad is looking a lot stronger ahead of the Tokyo Games than it did for the World Cup.
Only two players from the World Cup roster are on the 2021 U.S. men’s basketball roster: Jayson Tatum and Khris Middleton. The other 10 players include some of the NBA’s finest, most notably Kevin Durant, who starred at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics for Team USA.
Here’s a look at the U.S. men’s national basketball team’s roster ahead of the Summer Games, which will start Friday.
USA Olympic men’s basketball roster
Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard headline the 12-man roster for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Two players have previous Olympic experience: Durant and Draymond Green.
|Bam Adebayo||Miami Heat|
|Devin Booker||Phoenix Suns|
|Kevin Durant||Brooklyn Nets|
|Jerami Grant||Detroit Pistons|
|Draymond Green||Golden State Warriors|
|Jrue Holiday||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Keldon Johnson*||San Antonio Spurs|
|Zach LaVine||Chicago Bulls|
|Damian Lillard||Portland Trail Blazers|
|JaVale McGee*||Denver Nuggets|
|Khris Middleton||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Jayson Tatum||Boston Celtics|
Who coaches the U.S. men’s basketball team?
Team USA has a star-studded coaching staff that is headed by longtime Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Warriors coach Steve Kerr, Pacers assistant coach Lloyd Pierce and Villanova coach Jay Wright are his assistants.
Jerry Colangelo is the team’s managing director. Colangelo is a four-time NBA Executive of the Year winner and coached the Suns in two different stints, compiling a 59-60 record.
|Gregg Popovich||San Antonio Spurs|
|Steve Kerr||Golden State Warriors|
|Lloyd Pierce||Indiana Pacers|
|Jay Wright||Villanova University|
Team USA basketball at the Olympics
The U.S. men have been incredibly successful in basketball; they have taken home gold from each of the last three Olympic Games. The last time they failed to win gold was at the 2004 Athens Games.
Team USA has medaled in men’s basketball 18 times. Fifteen of those medals are gold, two are bronze and one is silver. The team didn’t participate in the 1980 Olympics held in Moscow as the United States boycotted them because of the Soviet Union’s 1979 invasion of Afghanistan.
|1980||Moscow||Qualified but DNP|
|2016||Rio de Janeiro||Gold|
Team USA basketball 2021 Olympics schedule
Team USA is one of 12 teams to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. It will be playing in Group A. Its group-play opponents will be the Czech Republic, France and Iran.
|Date||Game||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|July 25||USA vs. France||8 a.m.||Peacock|
|July 28||USA vs. Iran||12:40 a.m.||Peacock|
|July 31||USA vs. Czech Republic||8 a.m.||Peacock|
|Aug. 3||Men’s basketball quarterfinals||TBD||TBD|
|Aug. 5||Men’s basketball semifinals||TBD||TBD|
|Aug. 6||Men’s basketball gold-medal game||10:30 p.m.||NBC, fuboTV|
|Aug. 7||Men’s basketball bronze-medal game||7 a.m.||TBD|