Five Team USA players set to take the Olympics by storm

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Team USA are the favourites to scoop the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Brazil. 

They have a 12-man roster with enough talent to see off any other country, the only pressure will be dealing with the tag of favourites. 

While every player has the ability to be a top performer, here are five guys who are primed to excel in Rio.

DeMarcus Cousins

The Sacramento Kings center is struggling with franchise life at this moment in time. An undoubted All-Star with an abundance of talent, but without the players around him to succeed. This is why he will enjoy life with Team USA.

He has questioned the team's draft strategy recently and it seems they will struggle in the stacked Western Conference once again. But the Olympics will give him the chance to completely dominate in the front court. There isn't a center across any of the international rosters that can match Cousins, and he should have a field day.

Carmelo Anthony

Much like Cousins, NBA life has not been too kind to Carmelo. However, he is enjoying being the face of Team USA this year. The Olympics, which he has won twice, offers a release from his struggles and Melo grasps it with both hands.

Without LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook, Anthony - along with Kevin Durant - is seen as a leader. He scored 20 in the second game against China, but it has been his all-around play that has impressed - something he has been working on with the Knicks. In what could be his last tournament, he will want to go out with a bang.

Paul George

The redemption story continues. After breaking his leg in a horrific injury while with Team USA, Paul George is back with a bang after an incredible season with the Indiana Pacers. His nightmare is well and truly behind him and a gold medal will see his journey come full circle.

He is truly an All-Star talent and showcased his incredible ability during the Toronto showcase as he came a bucket away from breaking the point scoring record. Expect him to have a huge tournament with the States.

Harrison Barnes

The forgotten man. While the narrative of getting a sneak peek into the relationship of Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors goes on, Barnes has to watch his replacement up close and personal as he plans for life with the Dallas Mavericks.

The Texas franchise has already made it clear they expect HB to be a primary threat alongside Dirk Nowitzki but it is yet to be seen whether he has that in his locker. Much like his time with the Warriors, expect Barnes to take a back seat with Team USA, but when he gets the ball, he will be eager to impress.

Kyrie Irving

Coming off the back of an incredible season for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the point guard is full of confidence and seems to be relishing his role with both his franchise and Team USA. Sharing the workload with Toronto's Kyle Lowry, he will be the primary playmaker in Rio.

He showed against Stephen Curry that he has the defensive ability to match his clear offensive talent and there isn't a point guard in the competition who will be able to live with him. Kyrie has rediscovered his swagger and he could potentially be the USA's MVP in Brazil.

New York Knicks
Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
DeMarcus Cousins
Sacramento Kings
Pacific Division
Western Conference
Paul George
Indiana Pacers
Central Division
Kyrie Irving
Cleveland Cavaliers
Carmelo Anthony
Dallas Mavericks
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