Team USA Basketball 2021 Roster: Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, and Draymond Green will lead the roster of players announced for the United States men’s basketball team at the Tokyo Summer Olympics.
Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium provided the final roster Wednesday after Jerami Grant committed as the last player on the 12-man team:
Team USA’s 12-man roster for the Tokyo Olympics:
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 23, 2021
Team USA Basketball 2021 Roster: Grant was a replacement for James Harden, who backed out to recover from a hamstring injury that troubled him during the playoffs.
This will be Durant’s will third Olympics, having won gold in 2012 and 2016. With the NBA set for a shortened offseason, it would have been understandable if Durant prioritized his health and recovery this summer.
Draymond Green was on the 2016 Olympic team with Durant and will be on the same side as his former Golden State Warriors teammate for the first time since KD left for Brooklyn in 2019.
Kevin Love, the most surprising addition to the roster, previously won gold at the 2012 Summer Games. Durant, Green, and Love are the only veterans making the trip to Tokyo.
Team USA Basketball 2021 Roster: The remainder of the names is first-time Olympians. Lillard dropped out of consideration from the 2016 Games and was among the final cuts from the 2014 World Championship roster.
Booker, Bradley Beal, and Jayson Tatum are also set to be first-time Olympians. Beal previously won gold for Team USA during his prep career at the 2009 U16 FIBA Americas and the 2010 U17 World Championship.
Tatum similarly has expertise on the international stage, with golds in the 2014 U17 World Championship and 2015 U19 World Championship.