Team USA roster tracker: Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal among stars committed to play in Tokyo Olympics


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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 they attempt 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.

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. 

Finalists

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.





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