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Want To Make Team USA's Men's Basketball Roster? Move to Oklahoma


It's apparently true for the 2012 Team USA men's basketball team. Six on the final 12 man roster have ties to the Sooner State. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden hail from the OKC Thunder, Chris Paul and Tyson Chandler played here before the Hornets moved back to New Orleans (note that neither of them stayed for long after the Hornets left), and then you've got Blake mf'ing Griffin.

Blake Griffin is an interesting case. His defense is good, but certainly not elite. His face-up game is still a work in progress. So why is it that he was called a "lock" for the 10th roster spot when Dwight Howard and Chris Bosh went down?

Blake Griffin's Top Ten Plays of the 2011-2012 Season (via NBA)


That's why. You can safely bet that the IOC watched this a few times and politely asked the USOC if Blake could make it to London. He's going to dunk all over some poor fool from Estonia or some such midget of a nation, and you'll get to see the Olympic spirit be abjectly crushed in whatever poor fool he dunks on. And in crystal clear HD, no less.

As for the roster being a bit light on post players, international ball doesn't really emphasize the post game. Unless you've got Shaq running around at his prime, you only really need one solid center to give you 20-25 minutes a game to create mismatches on the perimeter when guys inevitably collapse down to give help. We're so much taller and longer than pretty much everyone out there that it won't matter too much anyway. So, without any further ado, meet your Olympians.

Guards:

  • Kobe Bryant
  • Chris Paul
  • James Harden
  • Russell Westbrook
  • Deron Williams

Forwards:

  • Carmelo Anthony
  • Kevin Durant
  • Blake Griffin
  • LeBron James
  • Kevin Love
  • Andre Iguodala

Center:

  • Tyson Chandler