Who Would You Choose for the 12 Man Olympic Roster

Posted: January 17, 2012 in Collaborative Posts

If you had to choose from these 20 players, who would make the final 12 man roster?

Guard

Kobe Byrant

Dwayne Wade

Chris Paul

Deron Williams

Derrick Rose

Russell Westbrook

Andre Iguodala

Eric Gordon

Chauncey Billups

Forward

Chris Bosh

Blake Griffin

Carmelo Anthony

Lebron James

Kevin Durant

Kevin Love

Rudy Gay

Lamar Odom

Center

Dwight Howard

LaMarcus Aldridge

Tyson Chandler

 

Allow me to dump a little knowledge on you Plebeians….

Kobe Byrant

Lebron James

Dwayne Wade

Christopher Wesson Bosh

Carmelo Anthony

Dwight Howard

Chris Paul

Deron Williams

Kevin Durant

Derrick Rose

Russell Westbrook

LaMarcus Aldridge

Yes, I have four point guards and I will ride with them.  As the un-great Jerry Colangelo noted in his teleconference on NBATV (shameful television) the international game has moved more towards the American version and has over emphasized the role of the point guard.  Carrying on Howard and Aldridge who can move to the five in crunch situations anchors a dynamic “small” lineup.  Also, Blake Griffin is underwhelming and should not be near this group.  Please and thanks!

ALL II

 

Here is my list:

Point Guards:

Chris Paul

Deron Williams

Derrick Rose

Shooting Guards

Kobe Bryant

Dwyane Wade

Small Forwards

Carmelo Anthony

LeBron James

Kevin Durant

Power Forwards

LaMarcus Aldridge

Kevin Love

Chris Bosh

Center

Dwight Howard

The international game favors versatility, outside shooting, and highly skilled big men. This roster meets each of those criteria.

The most difficult omission was Russell Westbrook. I debated between Love or Westbrook and I ultimately chose Love because he is an elite rebounder—a skill that no other player at his position possesses. While Westbrook is very explosive, he lacks any discernible skill advantage over his counterparts.

Also, because of the many excellent wing and post scorers on this team, it is paramount that the point guard is a good facilitator and I believe that Paul, DWill, and Rose are a class above Westbrook in that category.

Chika

 

Point Guards

Derrick Rose

Chris Paul

Deron Williams

Shooting Guards

Dwayne Wade

Kobe Bryant

Small Forwards

Lebron James

Carmelo Anthony

Kevin Durant

Power Forwards

LeMarcus Aldridge

Kevin Love

Chris Bosh

Center

Dwight Howard

Speed kills, but size matters. I like the fact that LaMarcus can play both Center and Forward in Olympic play. He’s also by far one of the most underrated players in the game. I’m sticking with only 3 PGs, given the fact that D. Rose is a shoot first guy anyways. This is just one incarnation of the Olympic Roster and I don’t see anyone coming close to beating the USA this year. I think these Olympics will be Dream Team ’92 esq. Even with all of the International Stars “catching up”.

Ed in Chief

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