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USA Basketball: 41-player pool released for 2024 Paris Olympics

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USA Basketball: 41-player pool released for 2024 Paris Olympics

Coming off a disappointing end to the 2023 FIBA World Cup, Team USA is looking for a bounce-back showing in the 2024 Olympics, which will be in Paris, France.

Back in September, it was reported that LeBron James could be re-joining Team USA–in addition to Joel Embiid, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and Jayson Tatum, among others.

That was confirmed Tuesday, as USA Basketball officially released their initial 41-player pool ahead of the 2024 Olympics. Only 12 players will ultimately make the team, and barring something unforeseen, those 12 will be from this list of candidates.

“The United States boasts unbelievable basketball talent and I am thrilled that many of the game’s superstars have expressed interest in representing our country at the 2024 Olympic Summer Games,” Grant Hill, an 18-year NBA veteran and Team USA’s current managing director, said in a statement Tuesday. “It is a privilege to select the team that will help us toward the goal of once again standing atop the Olympic podium. This challenging process will unfold over the next several months as we eagerly anticipate the start of national team activity.”

Here is the full list:

PlayersNBA TeamLast time they appeared in the Olympics?
Aaron GordonDenver NuggetsN/A
Alex CarusoChicago BullsN/A
Anthony DavisLos Angeles Lakers2012
Anthony EdwardsMinnesota TimberwolvesN/A
Austin ReavesLos Angeles LakersN/A
Bam AdebayoMiami Heat2020
Bobby PortisMilwaukee BucksN/A
Brandon IngramNew Orleans PelicansN/A
Cameron JohnsonBrooklyn NetsN/A
Chet HolmgrenOklahoma City ThunderN/A
Chris PaulGolden State Warriors2012
Damian LillardMilwaukee Bucks2020
De’Aaron FoxSacramento KingsN/A
Derrick WhiteBoston CelticsN/A
Desmond BaneMemphis GrizzliesN/A
Devin BookerPhoenix Suns2020
Donovan MitchellCleveland CavaliersN/A
Duncan RobinsonMiami HeatN/A
Jalen BrunsonNew York KnicksN/A
James HardenLos Angeles Clippers2012
Jaren Jackson Jr.Memphis GrizzliesN/A
Jarrett AllenCleveland CavaliersN/A
Jaylen BrownBoston CelticsN/A
Jayson TatumBoston Celtics2020
Jimmy ButlerMiami Heat2016
Joel EmbiidPhiladelphia 76ersN/A
Josh HartNew York KnicksN/A
Jrue HolidayBoston Celtics2020
Kawhi LeonardLos Angeles ClippersN/A
Kevin DurantPhoenix Suns2020
Kyrie IrvingDallas Mavericks2016
LeBron JamesLos Angeles Lakers2012
Mikal BridgesBrooklyn NetsN/A
Paolo BancheroOrlando MagicN/A
Paul GeorgeLos Angeles Clippers2016
Scottie BarnesToronto RaptorsN/A
Stephen CurryGolden State WarriorsN/A
Trae YoungAtlanta HawksN/A
Tyler HerroMiami HeatN/A
Tyrese HaliburtonIndiana PacersN/A
Walker KesslerUtah JazzN/A

Only 13 players on this list have partaken in the Olympics on this list, including six of those who won Gold for Team USA in the 2020 Olympics. 15 additional players were a part of Team USA’s World Cup team at some point, too.

This is clearly a stacked pool for Team USA, who has won four straight gold medals and will be looking for their fifth in the summer. The Olympics typically elicits more star players than the World Cup because it’s obviously the bigger event. So perhaps history will continue, though the pool of international talent has only continued to grow.

Are there any standouts to you? Let us know in the comments!

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