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What’s the Worst Team USA Roster That Could Still Win Gold?

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The United States players celebrate winning the Men's Basketball gold medal game at the London 2012 Olympics Games. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Team USA players celebrate winning the Men’s Basketball gold medal game at 2012’s London Olympics. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)


A number of NBA players have taken themselves out of consideration for this summer’s Olympic men’s basketball team because of the threat of Zika virus in Brazil or simply due to injuries sustained during the season. Big no-shows will include LaMarcus Aldridge, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, James Harden, Chris Paul, John Wall, and Russell Westbrook.

When all’s said and done, this year’s Team USA could be the most inadequate in recent history. But sports site The Ringer has smartly wondered, “What’s the worst starting rotation that could still win gold?” Here’s one possible scenario:

PG: Derrick Rose

SG: Danny Green

SF: Jabari Parker

PF: Aaron Gordon

C: Hassan Whiteside

For the full list, head over to The Ringer.