The Summer Olympics are less than a year away.
Since the origination of the “Dream Team,” the NBA has been a featured staple of this event.
With the games rapidly approaching, the USA has several roster decisions to make.
In a recent conversation between three of ESPN’s top basketball analysts, they discussed the guard position at length.
When asked about who he’d take over Trae Young, Tim Bontemps said, “Steph Curry, Jalen Brunson, Tyrese Haliburton, Jrue Holiday.”
ESPN Tim Bontemps: "…some guys who'll be in the mix for [Olympics]…Steph…Booker…Tatum…Draymond…Bam…JJJ…Mikal Bridges…Anthony Edwards…Jalen Brunson…Steve Kerr absolutely loves him…Donovan Mitchell…Jaylen Brown…Jimmy Butler…KD…off the top of the head—“
— New York Basketball (@NBA_NewYork) August 7, 2023
Brian Windhorst also added that he’d take De’Aaron Fox over Young for this team.
Bontemps described Young as “a small guard who is not physically strong.”
The Olympic games have proven to be a difficult test in basketball.
Despite the USA’s dominance over the past eight Olympics, it hasn’t been easy.
While Young has played extremely well in the NBA, these analysts aren’t sure that he’s up to the task of playing for Team USA.
Young wasn’t invited to Team USA’s FIBA roster, a potential sign of what’s to come when they announce the Olympic roster.
Will he play well enough in the coming months for the team to reconsider his roster spot?
Unfortunately for Young, size isn’t something he can fix.
If he can demonstrate a more physical brand of basketball, the committee might be forced to add him to the roster.
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