2012 Olympics | July 27 - August 12

Picking Team USA for the 2016 Games

Dwight Howard, C, Lakers Text: Chris Mannix, SI.com
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Dwight Howard, C, Lakers

(age in Rio: 30)

With a second straight Olympic gold medal in the books, the United States has re-established its dominance on the international stage. So what will the basketball team look like in Rio in 2016, when players of all ages are expected to continue to be eligible? Let's take a look:

The U.S. finished as the best rebounding team at the Olympics, but its lack of depth in the pivot was a weakness. Teams fearlessly attacked the rim when Tyson Chandler went out of the lineup, underscoring the need for a second rim protector. Howard, who averaged 10.9 points and 5.8 rebounds in Beijing four years ago, is a natural choice. He was unavailable for London because of a back injury.
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