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USA Basketball: Inside the Numbers

Posted by Coach Corey on Jul 11, 2008 3:03:10 PM

The team is full of athleticism, creativity, speed and power, but, as with previous iterations of the U.S. Men's Basketball team, they have weaknesses in their defense and perimeter shooting, with only three players considered reliable defenders -- Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and Tayshaun Prince, and only three players considered sharp shooters -- Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant and Michael Redd. If their defense falters, they'll try to outrun and outscore opponents to win games.

 

Team USA by the numbers:

 

1 -- They only have one center: Dwight Howard

 

2 -- Their average height is two meters

 

3 -- There are three MVPs on this team: 2006 NBA Finals MVP Dwyane Wade, 2007-2008 Regular Season MVP Kobe Bryant and 2008 All-Star Game MVP LeBron James

 

5 -- Five players have Olympic experience: Jason Kidd in 2000; Carmelo Anthony, Carlos Boozer, LeBron James and Dwayne Wade in 2004.

 

10 -- There are ten All-Star players in this team. Only Tayshaun Prince and Deron Williams have not been All-Stars

 

26 -- The team's average age is 26, 2.4 years older than the U.S. Men's Basketball team in Athens

 

35 -- Jason Kidd is the eldest player on the team at 35 years old

 

44 -- The U.S. Men's Basketball team is 44-0 with Jason Kidd on the roster, including an 8-0 sweep at the Sydney Olympics

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