A perfect all-time Team USA starting five

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The United States of America won Group A at the Olympics after going 5-0.

It has been tough at times without a number of their biggest names, but they are still on track to win another gold medal.

With so much history in the tournament, we take a look at what the perfect all-time five would be for the States. The team consists of players who have competed at the Olympics since 1992.

G - Magic Johnson (1992)

There were a number of point guards to pick from but Magic Johnson just edged out Russell Westbrook and John Stockton. The former Los Angeles Lakers man had size and skill in abundance.

A triple-double monster, there was never a game when he didn't take control and he led the Purple and Gold, and the USA, to incredible success. Barcelona '92 saw him take centre stage alongside MJ and Larry Bird, and he truly lived up to his tag of 'superstar' during the tournament.

G - Michael Jordan (1992)

Playing in the Olympics twice, once as a professional and once as an amateur, a greatest of all-time team would not be complete without the best player the NBA has ever seen.

As a member of the Dream Team, he wowed crowds in Barcelona. The perfection Jordan showed on the court puts him head and shoulders above the rest and he was the main attraction in Spain. A player whose like we may never see again.

F - LeBron James (2004/2008/2012)

The self-professed 'King' was a fantastic servant to his country during his eight-year spell with the national team. His first experience was less than pleasant as he suffered defeat to Argentina in 2004, but he was part of the rebuilding effort that saw the US reclaim their place as the best nation in the world.

His impact during the 'Redeem Team' campaign of 2008 can't be understated as he played a starring role in Beijing. He made London 2012 his own and was really - like MJ in '92 - the star attraction as the USA won another gold. The three-time Finals MVP will go down as one of the best to ever play the game.

F - Kobe Bryant (2008/2012)

The Black Mamba took immense pride in playing for his country and was huge in 2008, during his prime, as he led the USA back to the top of the mountain having almost single-handedly taken the L.A. Lakers to the NBA title.

2012 was his final bow for the States, but China was where he really shone. In the height of his powers, there was nobody who could do it like Kobe; that competitive streak is only matched by MJ and his desire to be the best inspired all of those around him to up their game.

C - Shaquille O'Neal (1996)

The Diesel is the most dominant big to ever play the game - alongside Wilt Chamberlain - and took his talents on to the world stage in Atlanta. He was a three-time Finals MVP with the Lakers and was influential, along with Bryant, in their success during the '00s. No team like this would be complete without Shaq.

A physical specimen who could crash the boards for days and relentlessly beat up his opponents while dropping 30 points at will, he added a gold medal to his incredible list of medals on home soil.

LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
Kobe Bryant
L.A. Lakers
Pacific Division
Western Conference
Michael Jordan

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