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Top 5 Reasons Why Team USA is Finally Going to Reign Supreme Once Again.

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US basketball program has hit a snag in recent years. Team USA is always expected to bag the gold medals in any international events, whether it is the World Basketball or the Olympics. Ever since professional players were allowed to play in international competitions, it is always team USA that reigned supreme in the basketball – winning lopsidedly every single game.

Beginning in 2000, the world had seen a decline in US basketball in the world stage. The US men’s basketball team ended 6th place in Indianapolis in 2002. They bagged only the Bronze in 2004 Olympics.

However, the hopes are high this year in the Beijing meet. Here are the top 5 reasons (in no particular order) why the Men’s National Basketball will reclaim the Gold medal in the upcoming Olympic Games.

1. Team USA has a true point guard in their line-up. Although players in Team USA are very talented and skillful, they have no genuine point guard on the floor and it led to costly turnovers in the past. This time, Jason Kidd is on the roster. He will be a great veteran presence and will be a great court general.

2. Shooting – International competition comes with closer 3-point line and a wider lane. The assembled Team USA in the past showed mediocre shooting. This is the facet the other teams defeated them despite team USA’ overwhelming edge in athleticism. This year Team USA features perimeter shooters Michael Redd and Mike Miller. They are a threat if left open in the perimeter. They are great addition to Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony.

3. Defense – International games are geared towards free-flowing pace and it is necessary for big men game to be able to run and keep up with the pace. This year, the team has Tyson Chandler, Amare Stoudemire and Dwight Howard who are known to be agile and can defend the painted area and extend it all the way to the perimeter.

4. The time for assembling and preparing for the players to compete in the Olympics has been ironed out for this edition. They allot time, get commitments from players months before and are able to practice together as a unit. Mike Krzyzewski and Mike D’Antoni have been preparing the team for the subtleties and rigors of the international game. This was not the case in the past edition of Olympics and in the World Cup of Basketball.

5. The scoring depth of the team is highlighted in this edition. Look at this list of scorers: Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Michael Redd, Lebron James, Mike Miller, Amare Stoudemire, Chauncey Billups and Dwight Howard. Almost every single one of the aforementioned players is the leading scorer on his respective team.

It would definitely be a Gold place podium finish for USA followed by Serbia and Argentina

Nishan Wilde is VP of Sales for Robbins Sports and Athletics, an online resources for top of the line Basketball Uniforms and Gym Bags.