Update, June 28th — Team USA basketball announced its complete 12-man roster for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics on Monday morning. You can find the full roster below, headlined by Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal and Devin Booker.
The 2021 Tokyo Olympics are set to take place this Summer, so that means the return of Team USA basketball. With the NBA season being shortened and stretching into the middle of July, it won’t give players much down time between the end of their season and the start of the Olympics, which is on July 23 running through Aug. 8. As a result, we may not see as many high-profile players partaking in the Olympic games this time around. We’ve seen how the shortened season and quick turnaround has led to some players dealing with injuries.
In the last Summer Olympics back in 2016, Team USA steamrolled its way to a gold medal. Overall, the U.S. is 138-5 in men’s basketball in the Olympics. The last time Team USA didn’t win gold at the summer games was back in 2004 with a young LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony. Since then, in the Olympics, Team USA has won three straight gold medals in men’s basketball, having won 24 straight games.
Either way, the NBA is filled with players eager to partake and represent the United States at the Olympic level. Here we’re going to be tracking all the players who have opted into playing and will be on the roster, as well as key players who won’t be going to Tokyo.
Update: James Harden withdrew from Team USA and the 12-man roster appears to be set below after the additions of LaVine and Grant.
Players who have opted in
Damian Lillard, PG, Portland Trail Blazers
Draymond Green, F/C, Golden State Warriors
Jayson Tatum, F, Boston Celtics
Bradley Beal, G, Washington Wizards
Devin Booker, G, Phoenix Suns
Kevin Durant, F, Brooklyn Nets
Bam Adebayo, C, Miami Heat
Khris Middleton, G/F, Milwaukee Bucks
Kevin Love, F/C, Cleveland Cavaliers
Jrue Holiday, G, Milwaukee Bucks
Zach LaVine, G, Chicago Bulls
Jerami Grant, F, Detroit Pistons
Players who have opted out
LeBron James, F, Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis, PF, Los Angeles Lakers
Jimmy Butler, G/F, Miami Heat
Kyrie Irving, G, Brooklyn Nets (unlikely due to injury)
Donovan Mitchell, G, Utah Jazz
Stephen Curry, G, Golden State Warriors
Chris Paul, G, Phoenix Suns
Kyle Lowry, G, Toronto Raptors
James Harden, G, Brooklyn Nets
Update, June 23rd — So the Team USA roster is starting to take shape and we’ve got 12 players so far, here’s more of a look at the depth at each position: