Two of the best players in the world, Stephen Curry and LeBron James, won’t be playing in the Rio 2016 Olympics basketball competition. However, Team USA is still favored to win the gold medal easily with no real challengers in the tournament considered as one of the highlight events in the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Team USA roster includes Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson from the Golden State Warriors and Harrison Barnes (Dallas Mavericks), DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings), DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry from the Toronto Raptors, Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls), Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks), Paul George (Indiana Pacers) and Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers).
Basketball tournament format – Rio 2016
The 12 teams qualified for the Olympics are divided into two groups and all will have a round-robin schedule against the teams in the same group, for a minimum of five games for each country.
The top four teams in each group will qualify to the quarterfinals round, with two each group getting eliminated. The final four makes the semifinals and the last two survivors meet for the gold medal match. Bronze will be fought by the losing semifinalists.
Groups – Olympics Basketball tournament
Team USA is the top favorite but teams like France and Serbia are expected to battle for the top spot in Group A. In the other group, Spain is the favorite with Lithuania and Croatia expected to do well in the tournament.
According to the Olympics official website, a total of 47 players are from the National Basketball Association (NBA). Team USA of course has all 12 with Australia having six and Brazil and France with five NBA players each.
Team USA opens their Olympic campaign against one of Asia’s best teams, China. The other big match-up on opening day, on August 6, is the France vs. Australia group stage battle. Check full schedule of Rio 2016 basketball tournament.
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