The United States Men’s National Basketball Team has been rolling in Rio. The team trounced the Venezuelan squad 113-69 for their second victory in the 2016 Olympics.
The U.S. team started slowly but the overall talent level took over as the game went on. The ended they first quarter tied and then broke open a 22-point lead at half.
It only got worse from there. Now with Spain having a subpar tournament. The Americans are looking to face their biggest challenge in the unit from Australia.
Australia has surprised with their size on the interior with Andrew Bogut and great guard play from Matthew Dellavedova. But, it would still be a longshot to take out Team USA.
If all the players that could play for the Aussies did, they would probably have the best shot of dethroning the Americans
Here is what the dream scenario for the team from Down Under:
The Center, Andrew Bogut
The paint presence for the team wouldn’t change at all. NBA caliber big men are hard to find in the league and in international play. The 11-year-veteran would be a suitable choice for almost every team in Olympic play save for Spain and the United States.
The former Ute is a defensive player that proved his value on that side of the ball in this year’s NBA Finals. His skillset also includes finishing around the rim and above average passing out of the post which makes him an effective piece in a team made around ball movement.
He would be a major piece for this squad. His size and skill are a rare commodity, one that would allow his team to keep up with the springy nature of Team USA.
Forwards, Joe Ingles and Ben Simmons
Ingles is also present on this year’s team and that is great for the programme. The forward did well in his prior stints with the Australians before in 2012. He averaged 15 points, five rebounds and four assists per game.
Simmons is a huge get for an Aussie squad that lacks a bit of star power even if they have some NBA names. He projects to be a league superstar in time and fans have seen flashes of his passing ability and jaw-dropping athleticism in summer league.
These two forwards give the Boomers a good combination of scoring and the length necessary on defence against the athleticism of the United States.
Guards, Matthew Dellavedova and Kyrie Irving
These two just won a championship together and would be reunited in the backcourt as Dellavedova left Cleveland in free agency this summer.
Delly is now known around the NBA as a capable team defender who can run a pick and roll. He also improved from deep this past season while connecting on 41 percent of his threes. He is definitely a pesky guard who could possibly rile up the opposing team.
Kyrie Irving. The man that hit the shot that won the Cavs the championship was born in Melbourne. He can score at an elite level from anywhere on the court. If he switched sides, he could give Australia a legitimate superstar to center their game around.
This team will probably never see the floor but it doesn’t hurt to dream.