The 2012 Team USA Basketball final roster has been released. As expected, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook both made the team and they will be joined by their teammate James Harden in London this summer.
Team USA Roster Released | ESPN
Here is the final roster:
|Russell Westbrook||Guard||Oklahoma City|
|James Harden||Guard||Oklahoma City|
|Chris Paul||Guard||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Deron Williams||Guard||Brooklyn Nets|
|Kobe Bryant||Guard||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Kevin Durant||Forward||Oklahoma City|
|Carmelo Anthony||Forward||New York|
|Blake Griffin||Forward||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Tyson Chandler||Center||New York|
Harden was one of the players who were on the bubble, as he was competing with Eric Gordon for one of the last available spots. Royce Young at Daily Thunder nails it with this comment:
Some seem to be wondering why Harden, but here’s why: With two spots remaining between Andre Iguodala, Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon, Rudy Gay and Harden, Coach K and Jerry Colangelo went with Iguodala, an elite wing defender and Harden, a versatile ball-handler that can play three spots. Harden can handle, pass, shoot, score and obviously has an incredible ability to blend in well with anyone on the floor. He gives Team USA a fourth point guard, a knock down shooter and a player that will probably fit the international style of basketball extremely well.
Training camp opened this past Friday and will run through next Wednesday. An exhibition game against the Dominican Republic is scheduled for next Thursday.