Team USA name their 12-man roster for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics

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The NBA Finals are over, the Draft is done and now, until mid-August, the on-court focus turn to the Olympics as Team USA look to make it a hat-trick of gold medals since their uninspiring bronze medal display of 2004.

A number of players have withdrawn from consideration but the Americans are still heavy favourites to claim the crown in Brazil once the tournament begins on August 6.

Finals MVP LeBron James and regular season MVP Stephen Curry are just two of the names to pull out after a gruelling campaign, however, the chosen 12 should still have enough firepower to see off the competition in South America.

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, who has endured little to no team success in the NBA since the 2012 Olympics, will be competing in a record fourth games and will be hopeful of claiming his third gold.

Fellow Eastern Conference stars Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Jimmy Butler, Paul George and Kyrie Irving join Melo on the trip to Rio de Janeiro.

The rest of the roster is made up of players from the west, including the beaten NBA Finals trio of Harrison Barnes, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. DeAndre Jordan, DeMarcus Cousins and Kevin Durant are the remaining players.

Durant is the subject of heavy speculation over his future as he enters unrestricted free agency and it would come as no surprise to see his future settled before he leaves the United States. The 2014 MVP will be looking to add to his growing collection of awards for the red, white and blue, having won gold in London four years ago and at the 2010 FIBA World Cup.

KD and Melo are the only two players who competed in 2012, but there are five members of the roster who claimed gold at the World Cup of 2014; Thompson, Irving, Cousins and DeRozan.

For one player, in particular, the tournament will cap a brilliant story of redemption. Indiana Pacers star George has recovered from his horrific leg injury suffered during a scrimmage prior to the 2014 World Cup to reclaim his spot as an All-Star and lead Indy back to the playoffs.

There are still two qualifying nations to be decided in America's group, but the United States already know they will face Venezuela, China and Australia in Group A.

Jerry Colangelo, managing director of the national team since 2005, said: "I think I can speak for the entire coaching staff and say we're extremely excited about the team we will field for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

"I love our depth, which is another indication of the depth of talent our national team program is blessed with. We've got a great mix of talent, scorers, past gold medal winners and outstanding youth."

The USA Basketball Board of Directors has approved the team and it is now pending final approval by the United States Olympic Committee.

Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks/Syracuse); Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors/North Carolina); Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls/Marquette); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings/Kentucky); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors/USC); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder/Texas); Paul George (Indiana Pacers/Fresno State); Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors/Michigan State); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers/Duke); DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers/Texas A&M); Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors/Villanova); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors/Washington State).

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