USA Basketball unveiled its official 12-man 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team on Monday, including Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. This will be the first Olympics for both players.
DeRozan and Lowry set career highs last season for points per game at 23.5 and 21.2, respectively. Both players were All-Stars in 2016.
DeRozan was a member of the 2014 USA World Cup gold medal team.
Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas will participate in the 2016 Olympics for Lithuania and forward Luis Scola will be the flag bearer for Argentina and partake in his fourth Olympic Games in August. The Raptors have been represented in past Olympics by Vince Carter (USA, 2000), Sean Marks, (Australia, 2000), Chris Bosh (USA, 2008), Jose Calderon (Spain, 2008), Roko Ukic (Croatia, 2008), Linas Kleiza (Lithuania, 2012) and Valanciunas (Lithuania, 2012).
Selected for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, which is seeking a third consecutive Olympic title, were: Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks/Syracuse); Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors/North Carolina); Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls/Marquette); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings/Kentucky); DeRozan (Toronto Raptors/USC); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder/Texas); Paul George (Indiana Pacers/Fresno State); Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors/Michigan State); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers/Duke); DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers/Texas A&M); Lowry (Toronto Raptors/Villanova); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors/Washington State).
The U.S. Olympic Men’ Basketball Team was approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors and is pending final approval by the United States Olympic Committee.
“I think I can speak for the entire coaching staff and say we’re extremely excited about the team we will field for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro,” said Jerry Colangelo, who has served as managing director of the USA Men’s National Team since 2005. “I love our depth, which is another indication of the depth of talent our national team program is blessed with. We’ve got a great mix of talent, scorers, past gold medal winners and outstanding youth.”
“Looking at this team, our overall balance is what strikes me. We have lightning-quick guards who can score as well as distribute the basketball. We have great shooters and explosive scorers, we’re big and athletic, and I think we’ll really be able to defend,” said USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
The USA National Team will train July 18-21 in Las Vegas, Nev. The Americans’ Las Vegas training concludes July 22 (9:00 p.m. EDT) with the USA Basketball Showcase presented By Verizon that features the USA facing Scola and Argentina at the T-Mobile Arena.
The U.S. will play two exhibition games versus 2015 FIBA Asia zone champ China, the first at the Staples Center in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. (EDT) on July 24 and the second at 10 p.m. (EDT) on July 26 at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Continuing its exhibition tour in Chicago, the USA will play on July 29 at 9 p.m. (EDT) at the United Center versus 2015 FIBA Americas gold medalist Venezuela and will conclude the USA Basketball Showcase facing 2015 FIBA Africa zone champion Nigeria on August 1 at 8 p.m. (EDT) in Houston at the Toyota Center.