United States men's national basketball team

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United States United States
2016 United States men's Olympic basketball team
FIBA ranking 1 Steady
Joined FIBA 1934
FIBA zone FIBA Americas
National federation USA Basketball
Coach Gregg Popovich
Olympic Games
Appearances 18
Medals Gold Gold (1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1976, 1984, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2008, 2012, 2016)
Silver Silver (1972)
Bronze Bronze (1988, 2004)
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 17
Medals Gold Gold (1954, 1986, 1994, 2010, 2014)
Silver Silver (1950, 1959, 1982)
Bronze Bronze (1974, 1990, 1998, 2006)
FIBA Americas Championship
Appearances 9
Medals Gold (1992, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2007)
Silver (1989)
Pan American Games
Appearances 17
Medals Gold (1951, 1955, 1959, 1963, 1967, 1975, 1979, 1983)
Silver (1987, 1995, 1999)
Bronze (1991, 2011, 2015)
First international
 United States 2–0 Spain  (forfeit)
Berlin, Germany — August 7, 1936
Biggest win
 United States 156–73 Nigeria 
London, England — August 2, 2012
Biggest defeat
 United States 73–92 Puerto Rico 
Athens, Greece — August 14, 2004

The USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team,[1] commonly known as the United States Men's National Basketball Team, represents the United States in international men's basketball. The USA team is the most successful team in international competition, winning medals in all eighteen Olympic tournaments it has entered, coming away with fifteen golds. Two of its gold medal-winning teams were inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in August 2010 – the 1960 team, which featured six Hall of Famers (4 players, 2 coaches), and the 1992 "Dream Team", featuring 14 Hall of Famers (11 players, 3 coaches).[2] The United States is currently ranked first in the FIBA World Rankings.

United States and Argentina are the only two national teams in the FIBA Americas zone that have won the quadruple crown: FIBA World Championship Gold medal, Olympic Gold Medal, FIBA Americas Championship Gold medal and Pan American Gold Medal.

Traditionally composed of amateur players, a 1989 rule change by FIBA allowed USA Basketball to field teams with professional players. The first such team, known as the "Dream Team", won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, being superior in all matches.[3][4][5]

With the introduction of professionals, the team was able to spark a second run of dominance after capturing only a bronze medal in 1988. A team of professional players competed at the 1994 FIBA World Championship, finishing first. In 1996, 2000, 2008, 2012, and 2016 the USA again captured gold medals at the Olympics.

Facing increased competition, the USA failed to win a medal at the 2002 FIBA World Championship, finishing sixth. The 2004 Summer Olympic team lost three games on its way to a bronze medal, a record that represented more losses in a single year than the country's Olympic teams had suffered in all previous Olympiads combined.

Determined to put an end to these failures, USA Basketball initiated a long-term project aimed at creating better, more cohesive teams. The USA won its first seven games at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan before losing against Greece in the semi-finals, ending the competition with the bronze medal. The USA won gold two years later, though, at the 2008 Summer Olympics with a dominant performance. This success was followed up at the 2010 FIBA World Championship, where despite fielding a roster featuring no players from the 2008 Olympic team, the USA did not lose a single game en route to defeating host Turkey for the gold medal. The USA continued this streak of dominance by going undefeated and capturing gold once more at the 2012 Summer Olympics, 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, and 2016 Summer Olympics.


1936–68: Early dominance

The United States possessed a clear advantage in the early decades of international play (though they were defeated by Argentina in the First FIBA World Championships in 1950). The US men were dominant from the first Olympic tournament to hold basketball, held in Berlin in 1936, going 5–0 to win the gold, and joined by continental neighbors Canada and Mexico on the medal platform. Through the next six tournaments, the United States went undefeated, collecting gold while not losing a single contest in the games held in London, Helsinki, Melbourne, Rome, Tokyo, and Mexico City. Participation in these tournaments were limited to amateurs, but the US teams during this period featured players who would later go on to become superstars in professional basketball, including all-time greats Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, and Jerry Lucas; the latter three competed on the 1960 Rome team often credited as the best U.S. roster until the formation of the 1992 Dream Team.[6]

Alex Groza and Ralph Beard, both briefly NBA stars, made the 1948 squad as Kentucky Wildcats, with 3-time Oklahoma State All-American and 6-time AAU All-American, and Hall of Famer Bob Kurland leading the way. The 1952 team included big man Clyde Lovellette of the University of Kansas, a future Hall of Famer and NBA star, but Kurland once again led the team to victory. The 1956 team was led by San Francisco Dons Bill Russell and K.C. Jones.

The 1960 team included nine future NBA players, including not just Robertson, Lucas and West, but Bob Boozer, Adrian Smith [1966 All Star game MVP], Jay Arnette, Terry Dischinger, Rookie of the Year in 1963, and another Hall of Famer in Walt Bellamy.[7]


Controversy at the 1972 Summer Olympics

The 1972 Olympic men's basketball gold medal game, marking the first ever loss for the USA in Olympic play, is arguably the most controversial in Olympic history. The United States rode their seven consecutive gold medals and 63–0 Olympic record to Munich for the 1972 Summer Olympics. The team won its first eight games in convincing fashion, setting up a final against the Soviet Union.[8]

With three seconds left in the gold medal game, American forward Doug Collins sank two free throws to put the Americans up 50–49. However, the buzzer sounded before Collins' second free throw. Immediately following Collins' free throws, the Soviets inbounded the ball and failed to score. But one official had whistled play to stop with one second remaining after hearing the earlier horn and seeing a disturbance near the scorers table. The Soviets argued that they had requested a timeout before Collins' foul shots. The referees ordered the clock reset to three seconds and the game's final seconds replayed. However, the clock was in the process of being reset when the referees put the ball in play. The horn once again sounded as a length-of-the-court Soviet pass was being released from the inbounding player, the pass missed its mark, and the U.S. again began celebrating.

This time, the Soviets' Alexander Belov and the USA's Kevin Joyce and Jim Forbes went up for the pass, and Belov caught the long pass from Ivan Edeshko near the American basket, sending the two Americans sprawling. Belov then laid the ball in for the winning points as the buzzer sounded. Herbert Mols, Resident Manager of the US team with help from MK Summers, President of the US Olympic Basketball Committee, filed an extensive and detailed appeal, protesting the final game result to a five-man Jury of Appeal, which voted down the protest and awarded the gold medals to the Soviet team. The U.S. players voted unanimously to refuse their silver medals, and at least one team member, Kenny Davis, has directed in his will that his heirs are never to accept the medals, even posthumously.[9]

1976–80: Bounce back and boycott

After the controversial loss in Munich, 1976 saw Dean Smith coach the USA to a 7–0 record and its eighth Olympic gold medal in Montreal. The success at this tournament pushed the USA's all-time Olympic record to an impressive 78–1.

The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan prompted 62 countries, including the United States, to boycott the 1980 Olympics in Moscow.[10]

The 1980 U.S. team, which featured a number of future NBA players, was the youngest American national team ever assembled. This team featured: Mark Aguirre, Rolando Blackman, Sam Bowie, Michael Brooks, Bill Hanzlik, Alton Lister, Rodney McCray, Isiah Thomas, Darnell Valentine, Danny Vranes, Buck Williams and Al Wood.[11] Unable to compete in the Olympics due to the boycott, it instead participated in the "Gold Medal Series", a series of games against NBA all-star teams in various U.S. cities, recording a 5–1 record.[11] It was coached by Dave Gavitt.

1984 Summer Olympics

In response to the American-led boycott of the 1980 games, the Soviet Union led a boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics. The Communist countries of Cuba, East Germany, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Mongolia, Afghanistan, North Korea, Vietnam, Angola, Ethiopia, and Laos boycotted the 1984 Games, held in Los Angeles.[12]

Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, and Chris Mullin, future members of the '92 Dream Team, made their Olympic debuts. Jordan led the team with 17.1 points per game, and Bob Knight coached the team to an 8–0 record and another Olympic gold.

1988 Summer Olympics

A roster that included future NBA all-stars David Robinson, Danny Manning, and Mitch Richmond came up short, winning the bronze medal. The American team lost its only game to the Soviets 82–76, then went on to beat Australia 78–49 in the bronze medal game. Dan Majerle led the team in scoring, averaging 14.1 points per game. This was the last time the American Team consisted of only amateur college stars.


The decade started with a semifinal loss to Yugoslavia in the 1990 FIBA World Championship, followed by another semifinal defeat to Puerto Rico in the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana.

1992 Summer Olympics

In 1989, FIBA, international basketball's governing body, allowed professional NBA players to participate in the Olympics for the first time. Prior to the 1992 Summer Olympics, only European and South American teams were allowed to field professionals in the Olympics.

The team assembled by USA Basketball for the tournament in Barcelona in 1992 was one of the most illustrious collections of talent assembled in the history of international sport. Of the twelve players on the team, ten were named in 1996 among the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, the NBA's official list of the 50 greatest players of the league's first 50 years. Magic Johnson and Larry Bird served as co-captains.[13]

Because of this star line-up, the team's games usually featured opposing teams asking for pregame photos and autographs with their U.S. opponents—their idols. The USA team was so much better than the competition that head coach Chuck Daly did not call a single timeout during the tournament. The 1992 Dream Team won by an average of 43.8 points, an Olympic record, and the closest a team came to challenging the U.S. was Croatia, which was beaten by 32.[14] Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen became the first players to win both NBA championship and Olympic gold medal in the same year, having played for the Chicago Bulls.

Regarding drug-testing the athletes, according to USA Basketball spokesman Craig Miller, "Since 1990, all of our teams have been tested in competition. I believe since around 1988 we have also been subject to out-of-competition testing. We have been 100 percent fully compliant with USADA and WADA."[15]

1994 FIBA World Championship

The United States fielded another team composed of professional players in the 1994 World Championship, held in Toronto, Canada. This was an entirely new roster, as USA Basketball elected to showcase stars who were not present at the 1992 Olympics. Composed primarily of younger NBA players, the team lacked the widespread appeal of its predecessor but nevertheless continued its dominance. Those players were Derrick Coleman, Joe Dumars, Kevin Johnson, Larry Johnson, Shawn Kemp, Dan Majerle, Reggie Miller, Alonzo Mourning, Shaquille O'Neal, Mark Price, Steve Smith and Dominique Wilkins. Coached by Don Nelson of the Golden State Warriors, this team easily captured the gold medal in tournament play, though many fans and critics were pointedly harsh towards what was perceived to be poor sportsmanship (including taunting, obscene gestures, and yelling at referees) by Dream Team II.[16] The team was marketed as "Dream Team II".[17][18]

1996 Summer Olympics

The third team composed of NBA players participated in the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta. The star quality of the team was impressive as it featured five members of the original Dream Team (Barkley, Malone, Pippen, Robinson, and Stockton), plus two other members of the NBA 50 Greatest Players list, Hakeem Olajuwon and Shaquille O'Neal. Lenny Wilkens coached the team.

The Americans won another gold medal with an average margin of victory of 31.8 points per game. They captured the gold medal after defeating Yugoslavia 95–69.[19] With Atlanta being home to the Hawks, these games were the first Olympics to take place in a city with an NBA team since the league started allowing its players to compete in the Olympics.

The team was commonly referred to and marketed as "Dream Team III".[20][21]

1998 FIBA World Championship

The 1998 World Championship in Athens, Greece was different from the previous teams, as none of its players were current members of NBA teams. Because of a labor dispute that led to a lockout, no active NBA players were permitted to compete in the tournament. The 12 NBA players picked before the lockout were Tim Duncan, Tim Hardaway, Vin Baker, Gary Payton, Terrell Brandon, Kevin Garnett, Tom Gugliotta, Grant Hill, Allan Houston, Christian Laettner, Glen Rice, and Chris Webber.[22]

The replacement team was composed largely of players from American colleges, the minor-league Continental Basketball Association, or European pro leagues. The unheralded roster captured a bronze medal, considered a solid achievement given its lack of top-notch talent.[23] The team was nicknamed the "Dirty Dozen" for its work ethic and teamwork. Undrafted free agent Brad Miller became a two-time NBA All-Star. Some of the other team members—including Trajan Langdon, Kiwane Garris, David Wood and Michael Hawkins—had brief spells in the NBA. All went on to have careers in Europe, with Langdon being named to the Euroleague's All-Decade Team for the 2000s.


2000 Summer Olympics

During the late 1990s, international basketball began to gather attention as more and more foreign players became stars in the NBA. Therefore, the 2000 U.S. team had the enormous task of proving that American basketball could remain the best in the world. The new team that was assembled again featured NBA players, but this time few of them were considered to be true superstars, as several elite players elected not to participate.

The U.S. team participated in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia and was coached by Rudy Tomjanovich. It won its first two games by lopsided margins, but faced more difficult competition thereafter. In a preliminary game against Lithuania, the U.S. team won 85–76, marking the first time a team of professional American players failed to win by double digits. Two games later, in a 106–94 victory over France, Vince Carter pulled off one of the most famous dunks in basketball history, jumping over the 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) French center Frédéric Weis on his way to the basket. (The French media would dub Carter's feat le dunk de la mort—"the dunk of death".)

A shock came in the semifinals when the United States defeated Lithuania by the close score of 85–83. Lithuanian star (and future NBA player, first with the Indiana Pacers and later with the Golden State Warriors) Šarūnas Jasikevičius missed a desperation 3 at the buzzer that would have won the game.

The closeness of the semifinal game was so shocking that NBC took the unusual step of showing the gold medal game live rather than on tape delay. (The game started around 2 p.m. Sydney time on Sunday, October 1, which is late Saturday evening in the USA. NBC originally planned to show the game almost 24 hours later during its Sunday prime time broadcast.) The USA won the gold medal against France in a close game, 85–75. Though the US went undefeated on its way to the gold medal, the team began to lose its aura of invincibility for the first time.[24]

2002 FIBA World Championship

The 2002 team competed in the World Championship in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Coached by George Karl, the team finished a surprisingly disappointing sixth in the competition. During the tournament, Argentina defeated the USA in the second preliminary round group stage, thus becoming the first team ever to defeat a USA team composed of NBA players. Yugoslavia knocked out the USA in the quarterfinals, becoming the first team ever to defeat USA team of NBA players in knockout stage. Then Spain repeated the outcome in the 5th place playoff.[25] To a greater degree than in 2000, a number of top NBA players declined to participate, forcing USA Basketball to resort to picking mostly second-tier players. George Karl had a dispute with Paul Pierce, one of the few superstars on the team, which led to Karl benching Pierce, the team's leading scorer, in Team USA's final game. The group has been considered as one of sport's greatest flops, as they failed to produce as previous teams had. The United States lost 3 games in the tournament to countries with current or future NBA stars, like Argentina (led by Manu Ginóbili), Yugoslavia (led by Peja Stojaković and Vlade Divac) and Spain (led by Pau Gasol).

Two NBA superstars, Ray Allen and Jason Kidd, accepted roles to play on the World Championship team, but were unable to play on that team due to injuries. Many other superstars, including Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, and Kevin Garnett, turned down invitations to play in that tournament.

2004 Summer Olympics

The close outcome of 2000 and the humiliating results of 2002 prompted a number of NBA superstars to agree to join the team for the FIBA Americas Championship 2003, which the squad was required to participate in to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics. The team easily cruised to a first-place finish, earning it a spot in Athens, Greece, the following summer.

However, the dominant team that competed in 2003 could not be kept together. Nine of its 12 players elected not to participate in Athens. The new team consisted of some young NBA stars early in their careers, such as Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. Only Richard Jefferson, Tim Duncan and Allen Iverson were part of the 2003 FIBA Americas San Juan gold medal team. The team was coached by Larry Brown.

After struggles in several exhibition matches, the vulnerability of the 2004 team was confirmed when Puerto Rico defeated them 92–73 in the first game of the Olympic tournament in Athens. The 19 point defeat was the most lopsided loss for the USA in the history of international competition.

After winning close games against Greece and Australia, The USA fell to Lithuania, dropping to 2–2 in the Olympic tournament. Even after an 89–53 win over Angola, the Americans entered the knockout rounds in fourth place due to goal average, the lowest seed of their group. The Americans faced undefeated Spain in their quarterfinal game, winning 102–94.

However, the semifinal match saw the team defeated by Argentina 89–81, ending the United States' hold on the gold medal. The USA did rebound to capture the bronze medal by defeating Lithuania.[26] Still, it marked only the third time that an American team failed to win gold (excluding the 1980 Moscow Olympics boycott), and the first time for an American team composed of professionals.


Following the disappointments in 2002 and 2004, USA Basketball appointed Jerry Colangelo to be solely responsible for selecting the team. Colangelo made it clear that he would ask players for a three-year commitment—the 2006 FIBA World Championship and the 2008 Summer Olympics. In the 2006 Worlds, the team was eliminated by Greece in the semifinal, losing the game 101-95. The head coach was Duke University's Mike Krzyzewski, with assistants Jim Boeheim, Mike D'Antoni, and Nate McMillan. While some prominent players, such as Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett, stated that they did not plan to play for the team, superstars Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James publicly announced their commitment for the 2006 Worlds and the ensuing 2008 Olympics. Wade, James and Carmelo Anthony were named captains of the 2006 USA World Championship Team.

2008 Summer Olympics

The USA players standing prior to a game against China in the Beijing Olympics
Oprah Winfrey with the Redeem Team at September 3 taping of season-opening September 8, 2008 Oprah Winfrey Show at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion

The United States dominated Group B in pool play, defeating China, Angola, Greece, world champion Spain, and Germany by an average of 32.2 points. After finishing first in their group, the USA earned the right to play the fourth-place finishers in Group A, Australia. The United States soundly defeated Australia 116–85 in the quarterfinal. Next up for the Americans in the semifinals was the 2004 Olympic gold medalist Argentina, led by Manu Ginóbili – the team that had beaten them in the semifinals four years prior. However, Ginóbili was hobbled by an ankle injury and only played sparing minutes in the first half. Behind Carmelo Anthony's 21 points, the USA defeated Argentina 101–81 to reach the gold medal game.[27]

On August 24, the United States defeated Spain 118–107 to capture the Olympic gold medal with the electrifying spark by team U.S.A. leading scorer Dwyane Wade adding 27 points with 4 3's and 100% shooting inside the line. The victory ended an eight-year drought at major international competitions (Olympics & World Championships) with the first win since 2000.


2010 FIBA World Championship

Due to winning gold at the 2008 Olympics, the USA automatically qualified for the World Championships. The USA had not won the FIBA World Championship since 1994. It was initially believed that there would be only 2–3 spots available with most players returning from the 2008 Olympic team.[28] However, by early July 2010, all ten invited players declined to participate, due to injury, free agency, rest, or personal commitments.[29] Due to the roster being filled with 12 new players and the lack of star power, the team was dubbed the "B Team".[30] Also, the coaches were criticized for selecting too many guards, inexperienced players, and the lack of tall players.

However, the team won all five of its preliminary games, four of those by double digits (the exception being the win against Brazil by 2 points). The success continued in the knockout stage with victories by 55, 10 and 15. In the 2010 FIBA World Championship Final, the USA beat host nation Turkey by 17 points and clinched a berth in the 2012 Olympics.[31] Tournament MVP Kevin Durant broke several Team USA scoring records (most points in a tournament-205, most points in a single game-38, and average points per game-22.8). In addition, Lamar Odom became the first player to win the NBA and FIBA World championships in the same year.

Team USA executive director Jerry Colangelo has said he's open to anyone from the 2010 team to play in future tournaments.[29]

2012 Summer Olympics

The 2012 team practicing in Washington, D.C.

The US team clinched a berth in the 2012 Olympics in London by winning the 2010 World Championship. The Olympic team lost some players to injuries who might have made the team, and appeared to be short on big men. Their roster featured five players returning from the 2008 Olympic team and five others from the 2010 World Championship team.

The US went undefeated but appeared vulnerable at times in winning five exhibition games. They finished the tournament with a perfect 8–0 record, defeating opponents by an average of 32 points while trailing in the fourth quarter only once. The Americans often played with a small lineup that emphasized speed, quickness, and outside shooting. The team set an Olympic single-game record with 156 points scored against Nigeria in the preliminary round. In a rematch of the 2008 finals, Team USA again narrowly defeated Spain to capture the gold.

This was announced as the final Olympic Games for Kobe Bryant.[32] By winning the gold medal, the USA automatically qualified for the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup

The United States had automatically qualified for the World Cup by virtue of the gold medal won by their 2012 Olympic team. The Americans were widely expected to win the World Cup. The roster was filled with two players returning from the 2012 Olympic team, three from the 2010 FIBA Championship Team, and seven other professional NBA players.The 2014 roster featured four players 6 feet 10 inches (2.08 m) or larger, the most of any USA team since Mike Krzyzewski began coaching the team in 2006.The team was also the youngest American team since 1992, when professionals were first allowed on the team; the average player was 24.08 years old, roughly a half-year younger than their 2010 team.

The team advanced to the knockout phase after starting the tournament 5–0 during the group stage. They went undefeated 9–0 in the tournament, winning by an average margin of 33.0 points. The United States was just the third country in World Cup history to repeat as champions. Combined with their 2010 World Championship along with gold by their 2008 and 2012 Olympic teams, they also became the first country in FIBA basketball history to win four consecutive major titles. The United States defeated Serbia in the World Cup Final by 37 points and clinched a berth for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

2016 Summer Olympics


Gold medal Silver medal Bronze medal
Knockout stage Group stage Did not compete

Summer Olympic Games

Summer Olympic Games
Year Pos. Rec. Tournament Head coach Host
1936 1 5–0 Basketball at the 1936 Summer Olympics Jimmy Needles Berlin, Germany
1948 1 8–0 Basketball at the 1948 Summer Olympics Omar Browning London, United Kingdom
1952 1 8–0 Basketball at the 1952 Summer Olympics Warren Womble Helsinki, Finland
1956 1 8–0 Basketball at the 1956 Summer Olympics Nigel Gall Melbourne, Australia
1960 1 8–0 Basketball at the 1960 Summer Olympics Pete Newell Rome, Italy
1964 1 9–0 Basketball at the 1964 Summer Olympics Henry Iba Tokyo, Japan
1968 1 9–0 Basketball at the 1968 Summer Olympics Henry Iba Mexico City, Mexico
1972 2 8–1 Basketball at the 1972 Summer Olympics Henry Iba Munich, Germany
1976 1 7–0 Basketball at the 1976 Summer Olympics Dean Smith Montreal, Canada
1980 Withdrew Basketball at the 1980 Summer Olympics Moscow, Soviet Union
1984 1 8–0 Basketball at the 1984 Summer Olympics Bob Knight Los Angeles, United States
1988 3 7–1 Basketball at the 1988 Summer Olympics John Thompson Seoul, South Korea
1992 1 8–0 Basketball at the 1992 Summer Olympics Chuck Daly Barcelona, Spain
1996 1 8–0 Basketball at the 1996 Summer Olympics Lenny Wilkens Atlanta, United States
2000 1 8–0 Basketball at the 2000 Summer Olympics Rudy Tomjanovich Sydney, Australia
2004 3 5–3 Basketball at the 2004 Summer Olympics Larry Brown Athens, Greece
2008 1 8–0 Basketball at the 2008 Summer Olympics Mike Krzyzewski Beijing, China
2012 1 8–0 Basketball at the 2012 Summer Olympics Mike Krzyzewski London, United Kingdom
2016 1 8–0 Basketball at the 2016 Summer Olympics Mike Krzyzewski Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

FIBA Basketball World Cup

FIBA Basketball World Cup
Year Pos. Rec. Tournament Head coach Host
1950 2nd, silver medalist(s) 5–1 1950 FIBA World Championship Gordon Carpenter Argentina
1954 1st, gold medalist(s) 9–0 1954 FIBA World Championship Warren Womble Brazil
1959 2nd, silver medalist(s) 7–2 1959 FIBA World Championship Charles Bennett Chile
1963 4 6–3 1963 FIBA World Championship Garland F. Pinholster Brazil
1967 4 7–2 1967 FIBA World Championship Hal Fischer Uruguay
1970 5 6–3 1970 FIBA World Championship Hal Fischer Yugoslavia
1974 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 8–1 1974 FIBA World Championship Gene Bartow Puerto Rico
1978 5 6–4 1978 FIBA World Championship Bill Oates Philippines
1982 2nd, silver medalist(s) 7–2 1982 FIBA World Championship Bob Weltlich Colombia
1986 1st, gold medalist(s) 9–1 1986 FIBA World Championship Lute Olson Spain
1990 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6–2 1990 FIBA World Championship Mike Krzyzewski Argentina
1994 1st, gold medalist(s) 8–0 1994 FIBA World Championship Don Nelson Canada
1998 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7–2 1998 FIBA World Championship Rudy Tomjanovich Greece
2002 6 6–3 2002 FIBA World Championship George Karl United States
2006 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 8–1 2006 FIBA World Championship Mike Krzyzewski Japan
2010 1st, gold medalist(s) 9–0 2010 FIBA World Championship Mike Krzyzewski Turkey
2014 1st, gold medalist(s) 9–0 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup Mike Krzyzewski Spain

FIBA Americas Championship

FIBA Americas Championship
Year Pos. Rec. Tournament Head coach Host
1980 1980 Tournament of the Americas Puerto Rico
1984 1984 Tournament of the Americas Brazil
1988 1988 Tournament of the Americas Uruguay
1989 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6–2 1989 Tournament of the Americas Bobby Cremins Mexico
1992 1st, gold medalist(s) 6–0 1992 Tournament of the Americas Chuck Daly United States
1993 1st, gold medalist(s) 6–1 1993 Tournament of the Americas Mike Thibault Puerto Rico
1995 1995 Tournament of the Americas Argentina
1997 1st, gold medalist(s) 8–1 1997 Tournament of the Americas Morris McHone Uruguay
1999 1st, gold medalist(s) 10–0 1999 Tournament of the Americas Larry Brown Puerto Rico
2001 10 0–4 2001 Tournament of the Americas Dan Sparks Argentina
2003 1st, gold medalist(s) 10–0 2003 Tournament of the Americas Larry Brown Puerto Rico
2005 4 4–6 2005 FIBA Americas Championship Morris McHone Dominican Republic
2007 1st, gold medalist(s) 10–0 2007 FIBA Americas Championship Mike Krzyzewski United States
2009 2009 FIBA Americas Championship Puerto Rico
2011 2011 FIBA Americas Championship Argentina
2013 2013 FIBA Americas Championship Venezuela
2015 2015 FIBA Americas Championship Mexico

Pan American Games

Pan American Games
Year Pos. Rec. Tournament Head coach Host
1951 1st, gold medalist(s) 6–0 Basketball at the 1951 Pan American Games John Longfellow Argentina
1955 1st, gold medalist(s) 4–1 Basketball at the 1955 Pan American Games Norman Pilgrim Mexico
1959 1st, gold medalist(s) 6–0 Basketball at the 1959 Pan American Games Fred Schaus United States
1963 1st, gold medalist(s) 6–0 Basketball at the 1963 Pan American Games Garland F. Pinholster Brazil
1967 1st, gold medalist(s) 9–0 Basketball at the 1967 Pan American Games Hal Fischer Canada
1971 7 2–1 Basketball at the 1971 Pan American Games Jim Gudger Colombia
1975 1st, gold medalist(s) 9–0 Basketball at the 1975 Pan American Games Marv Harshman Mexico
1979 1st, gold medalist(s) 9–0 Basketball at the 1979 Pan American Games Bob Knight Puerto Rico
1983 1st, gold medalist(s) 8–0 Basketball at the 1983 Pan American Games Jack Hartman Venezuela
1987 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6–1 Basketball at the 1987 Pan American Games Denny Crum United States
1991 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6–1 Basketball at the 1991 Pan American Games Gene Keady Cuba
1995 2nd, silver medalist(s) 4–3 Basketball at the 1995 Pan American Games Mike Thibault Argentina
1999 2nd, silver medalist(s) 4–1 Basketball at the 1999 Pan American Games Morris McHone Canada
2003 4 2–3 Basketball at the 2003 Pan American Games Tom Izzo Dominican Republic
2007 5 3–2 Basketball at the 2007 Pan American Games Jay Wright Brazil
2011 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3–2 Basketball at the 2011 Pan American Games Nate Tibbetts Mexico
2015 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3–2 Basketball at the 2015 Pan American Games Mark Few Canada

Cumulative performance

Event Rec. Per. 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) T
Summer Olympic Games 138–5 .965 15 1 2 18
FIBA Basketball World Cup 123–27 .820 5 3 4 12
FIBA Americas Championship 60–14 .811 6 1 0 7
Pan American Games 90–17 .841 8 3 3 14
Total 412–63 .867 34 8 9 51


Current roster

The following is the United States roster in the men's basketball tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[33][34][35]

United States men's national basketball team – 2016 Summer Olympics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
G 4 Butler, Jimmy 26 – (1989-09-14)September 14, 1989 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Chicago Bulls United States
F 5 Durant, Kevin 27 – (1988-09-29)September 29, 1988 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) Oklahoma City Thunder United States
C 6 Jordan, DeAndre 28 – (1988-07-21)July 21, 1988 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) Los Angeles Clippers United States
G 7 Lowry, Kyle 30 – (1986-03-25)March 25, 1986 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Toronto Raptors Canada
F 8 Barnes, Harrison 24 – (1992-05-30)May 30, 1992 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) Golden State Warriors United States
G 9 DeRozan, DeMar 26 – (1989-08-07)August 7, 1989 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Toronto Raptors Canada
G 10 Irving, Kyrie 24 – (1992-03-23)March 23, 1992 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Cleveland Cavaliers United States
G 11 Thompson, Klay 26 – (1990-02-08)February 8, 1990 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Golden State Warriors United States
C 12 Cousins, DeMarcus 25 – (1990-08-13)August 13, 1990 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) Sacramento Kings United States
F 13 George, Paul 26 – (1990-05-02)May 2, 1990 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) Indiana Pacers United States
F 14 Green, Draymond 26 – (1990-03-04)March 4, 1990 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Golden State Warriors United States
F 15 Anthony, Carmelo 32 – (1984-05-29)May 29, 1984 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) New York Knicks United States
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
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    on August 6, 2016

Select Team

Players are selected to form the USA Basketball Men's Select Team to scrimmage against the national team.[36][37] The Dream Team in 1992 lost a scrimmage to a select group of college All-Stars, 62–54.[38] In a televised exhibition against the 1996 national team, The New York Times wrote that the Select Team "was outhustling the National Basketball Association stars, outplaying them and nearly outscoring them."[39] The Select Team led by 17 points at halftime before losing 96–90.[39]

2016 USA Basketball Select Team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
SG - Booker, Devin 19 – (1996-10-30)October 30, 1996 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Phoenix Suns United States
SG - Brogdon, Malcolm 23 – (1992-12-11)December 11, 1992 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Milwaukee Bucks United States
SG - Caldwell-Pope, Kentavious 23 – (1993-02-18)February 18, 1993 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Detroit Pistons United States
C - Cauley-Stein, Willie 22 – (1993-08-18)August 18, 1993 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) Sacramento Kings United States
PG - Dunn, Kris 22 – (1994-03-18)March 18, 1994 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Minnesota Timberwolves United States
PF - Gordon, Aaron 20 – (1995-09-10)September 10, 1995 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) Orlando Magic United States
SF - Grant, Jerami 22 – (1994-03-12)March 12, 1994 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) Philadelphia 76ers United States
SG - Harris, Gary 21 – (1994-09-14)September 14, 1994 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Denver Nuggets United States
SG - Hood, Rodney 23 – (1992-10-20)October 20, 1992 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) Utah Jazz United States
SF - Ingram, Brandon 18 – (1997-09-02)September 2, 1997 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) Los Angeles Lakers United States
PF - Johnson, Brice 22 – (1994-06-27)June 27, 1994 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) Los Angeles Clippers United States
SF - Johnson, Stanley 20 – (1996-05-29)May 29, 1996 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Detroit Pistons United States
SG - LaVine, Zach 21 – (1995-03-10)March 10, 1995 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Minnesota Timberwolves United States
SG - McCollum, C. J. 24 – (1991-09-19)September 19, 1991 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Portland Trail Blazers United States
SF - McDermott, Doug 24 – (1992-01-03)January 3, 1992 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) Chicago Bulls United States
PG - Mudiay, Emmanuel 20 – (1996-03-05)March 5, 1996 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Denver Nuggets United States
C - Okafor, Jahlil 20 – (1995-12-15)December 15, 1995 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) Philadelphia 76ers United States
SG - Oladipo, Victor 24 – (1992-05-04)May 4, 1992 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Oklahoma City Thunder United States
PF - Parker, Jabari 21 – (1995-03-15)March 15, 1995 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) Milwaukee Bucks United States
PF - Randle, Julius 21 – (1994-11-29)November 29, 1994 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) Los Angeles Lakers United States
PG - Russell, D'Angelo 20 – (1996-02-23)February 23, 1996 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Los Angeles Lakers United States
PG - Smart, Marcus 22 – (1994-03-06)March 6, 1994 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Boston Celtics United States
C - Turner, Myles 20 – (1996-03-24)March 24, 1996 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) Indiana Pacers United States
SF - Valentine, Denzel 22 – (1993-11-16)November 16, 1993 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Chicago Bulls United States
SF - Winslow, Justise 20 – (1996-03-26)March 26, 1996 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Miami Heat United States
C - Zeller, Cody 23 – (1992-10-05)October 5, 1992 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) Charlotte Hornets United States
Head coaches
  • Club denotes pro club as of July 2016
  • DNP denotes the player withdrew from the Selects

Past rosters

See also


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