Watch: Team USA's best bits from the 2015/16 NBA season

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The Olympics are fast approaching. Team USA have revealed their 12-man roster they hope can lead the nation to a third successive gold medal.

Big name stars like Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Kawhi Leonard are nowhere to be seen, but the team is still packed full of talent and should have the necessary ability to see off the challenge of Spain, Argentina and others.

The roster includes two previous gold medalists in Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony while also boasting four winners of the 2014 FIBA World Cup; Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving, DeMarcus Cousins and DeMar DeRozan.

With so much talent on display throughout the team, here are some of their best highlights from the 2015/16 campaign.

Carmelo Anthony

It was another disappointing season for the New York Knicks but Carmelo Anthony had a strong year personally. His points production was down to 21.8 per game, but his assists were at a career-high of 4.2 a night as he tried to become a more inclusive player.

Harrison Barnes

Somewhat of a scapegoat for Golden State's Finals collapse. Harrison Barnes averaged a career-high in points (11.7) and assists (1.8) in his 66 regular season outings. He is a restricted free agent in the summer and there will be a number of interested parties despite his issues against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Jimmy Butler

Having enjoyed a strong first half to the season before pulling out of the All-Star game through injury, Jimmy Butler was unable to help the Chicago Bulls reach the playoffs after his return. The shooting guard finished the season with averages of 20.9 points and 4.8 points - both career highs. He also dropped a mammoth 53 points in a win over the Sixers.

DeMarcus Cousins

Boogie put up some impressive numbers for the Sacramento Kings but it was not enough to end their long wait for a playoff run. DeMarcus Cousins was in dominant form once again as he was selected for the All-Star game for the second consecutive year. He averaged a double-double of 26.9 points - a career-high - and 11.5 rebounds.

DeMar DeRozan

The Toronto Raptors had their best ever season as they won a record number of games and reached the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in their history. DeMar DeRozan claimed his second All-Star appearance and finished the campaign with 23.5 points per game - another career-high for a member of Team USA.

Kevin Durant

It all could have been so different for Oklahoma City and Kevin Durant. They let a 3-1 lead over the Golden State Warriors slip in the Western Conference Finals, but it was another brilliant season for the sharpshooting forward. He dropped 28.2 points a night and averaged 8.2 rebounds along with five assists.

Paul George

The feel-good story of the season. Paul George reclaimed his All-Star spot and led the Indiana Pacers back to the playoffs as he completed his injury comeback. The forward was imperious for Indy all year as he finished with career-high averages in points (23.1) and assists (4.1) through his 81 games.

Draymond Green

The unsung hero for the Golden State Warriors. How different would the Finals have been if he wasn't suspended for game five? Second in the Defensive Player of the Year voting and seventh in the Most Valuable Player table, Draymond Green averaged 14 points, 9.5 rebounds and 7.4 assists as he managed 13 triple-doubles.

Kyrie Irving

The man who eclipsed Stephen Curry in the battle of the point guards during the NBA Finals. It hadn't always been the easiest season for Kyrie Irving, but he came up trumps when it mattered most. During the regular season, he managed 19.6 points per game before upping that to 25.2 in the playoffs.

Kyle Lowry

A late bloomer, Kyle Lowry has really come to the fore during his time with the Toronto Raptors. Having claimed his second All-Star appearance in his franchise's city, the point guard ended the season with a career-high 21.2 points average. He also provided 6.4 assists per game.

DeAndre Jordan

He may have been a surprise inclusion in the All-NBA first team, but DeAndre Jordan had a strong season for the injury-hit L.A. Clippers. With Blake Griffin missing most of the campaign, the center produced a career-high 12.7 points a game and averaged a double-double with his 13.8 rebounds.

Klay Thompson

One half of the fabled 'Splash Brothers', Klay Thompson really came into his own during Stephen Curry's injury absence in the playoffs. However, it was another strong season throughout for the shooting guard as he averaged 22.1 points - another career-high - and 3.8 assists while also breaking his personal record for made threes in a season.

Paul George
Indiana Pacers
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Eastern Conference
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
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