The USA has announced the 12 players who will seek to win a third consecutive men’s Olympic basketball title in Rio de Janeiro this August. London 2012 gold medalists Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant are joined by four players who won the 2014 World Cup, the victory that guaranteed the USA’s place at Rio 2016.
Kyrie Irving, who topped scored in the World Cup final and recently played a lead role in Cleveland Cavaliers’ first NBA title, was named on Monday alongside fellow 2014 World Cup winners DeMarcus Cousins, DeMar DeRozan and Klay Thompson.
Anthony – who won golds at the London 2012 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, plus a silver at Athens 2004 – will become the first male USA basketballer to play at four Olympic Games.
Durant, who was elected most valuable player as the USA won the 2010 world title and top-scored for his nation at London 2012, has been named in his second Olympic team.
— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) June 27, 2016
Below is the full team with their clubs:
The full line-up, with clubs in brackets, is: Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks); Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors); Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); DeMar DeRozan(Toronto Raptors); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers);Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors); Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors).
The USA have won 14 of the 18 men’s basketball Olympic gold medals contested so far. They beat Spain 107-100 in the London 2012 final.