USA Olympic basketball roster: Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard headline 2021 U.S. men’s team for Tokyo

By | June 25, 2021

The U.S. men’s national basketball team is looking to win a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal. The Americans disappointed at the 2018 FIBA World Cup, finishing seventh after seeing their 78-game winning streak end in an exhibition against Australia.

Three years later, Team USA’s 12-man squad is looking a lot stronger ahead of the Tokyo Games than it did for the World Cup.

Only two players from the World Cup roster are on the 2021 U.S. men’s basketball roster: Jayson Tatum and Khris Middleton. The other 10 players include some of the NBA’s finest, most notably Kevin Durant, who starred at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics for Team USA.

Here’s a look at the U.S. men’s national basketball team’s roster ahead of the Summer Games, which will start Friday, July 23. The basketball tournament will begin willk beginning on July 25.

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USA Olympic men’s basketball roster

Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard headline the 12-man roster for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. The roster features six players who were NBA All-Stars during the 2020-21 season. Three players have previous Olympic experience: Durant, Draymond Green and Kevin Love.

Pos. Name Team Olympic Experience
F Kevin Durant Nets 2012, 2016
G Damian Lillard Trail Blazers
G Devin Booker Suns
F Jayson Tatum Celtics
G Bradley Beal Wizards
G Zach LaVine Bulls
F/C Kevin Love Cavaliers 2012
F/C Draymond Green Warriors 2016
F/C Bam Adebayo Heat
F Khris Middleton Bucks
G Jrue Holiday Bucks
F Jerami Grant Pistons

Who coaches the U.S. men’s basketball team?

Team USA has a star-studded coaching staff that is headed by longtime Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Warriors coach Steve Kerr, former Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce and Villanova coach Jay Wright are his assistants.

Jerry Colangelo is the team’s managing director. Colangelo is a four-time NBA Executive of the Year winner and coached the Suns in two different stints, compiling a 59-60 record. 

Team USA basketball at the Olympics

The U.S. men have been incredibly successful in basketball; they have taken home gold from each of the last three Olympic Games. The last time they failed to win gold was at the 2004 Athens Games.

Team USA has medaled in men’s basketball 18 times. Fifteen of those medals are gold, two are bronze and one is silver. The team didn’t participate in the 1980 Olympics held in Moscow as the United States boycotted them because of the Soviet Union’s 1979 invasion of Afghanistan.

Year Site Result
1936 Berlin Gold
1948 London Gold
1952 Oslo Gold
1956 Melbourne Gold
1960 Rome Gold
1964 Tokyo Gold
1968 Mexico City Gold
1972 Munich Silver
1976 Montreal Gold
1980 Moscow Qualified but DNP
1984 Los Angeles Gold
1988 Seoul Bronze
1992 Barcelona Gold
1996 Atlanta Gold
2000 Sydney Gold
2004 Athens Bronze
2008 Beijing Gold
2012 London Gold
2016 Rio de Janeiro Gold

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Team USA basketball 2021 Olympics schedule

Team USA is one of 12 teams to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. It will be playing in Group A. Its group-play opponents will be France, Iran and the winner of an Olympic qualifying tournament in Victoria, B.C. The six teams participating in that tournament are Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Greece, Turkey and Uruguay.

France and Iran rank No. 7 and No. 23 in FIBA’s world rankings, respectively. The United States is the world’s top-ranked team.

Date Game Time (ET)
July 25 USA vs. France 8 a.m.
July 28 USA vs. Iran 12:40 a.m.
July 31 USA vs. TBD 8 a.m.
Aug. 3 Men’s basketball quarterfinals TBD
Aug. 5 Men’s basketball semifinals TBD
Aug. 6 Men’s basketball gold-medal game TBD
Aug. 7 Men’s basketball bronze-medal game TBD