Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony lead Olympic roster

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The U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team includes two returning Olympians — its fewest since 2004 — and no players younger than age 24 for the first time in the Dream Team era.

The 12-man team tasked with winning a third straight gold medal in Rio was widely reported with player commitments in the last month.

USA Basketball confirmed those reports Monday morning.

The team:

Jimmy Butler — Guard
DeMar DeRozan — Guard
Kyrie Irving — Guard
Kyle Lowry — Guard
Klay Thompson — Guard
Carmelo Anthony — Forward (2004, 2008, 2012 Olympian)
Harrison Barnes — Forward
Kevin Durant — Forward (2012 Olympian)
Paul George — Forward
Draymond Green — Forward
DeMarcus Cousins — Center
DeAndre Jordan — Center

Anthony will become the first U.S. man to play in four Olympic basketball tournaments.

In 2008 and 2012, the U.S. returned five players with Olympic experience.

The 2004 U.S. Olympic team had zero with prior Olympic experience. It took bronze in Athens and remains the only U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team with NBA players to lose an Olympic game.

The youngest player on the Rio roster is Barnes at age 24. The youngest players on previous Olympic teams with NBA players:

1992 — Christian Laettner (22)
1996 — Grant Hill (23)
2000 — Vince Carter (23)
2004 — LeBron James (19)
2008 — Dwight Howard (22)
2012 — Anthony Davis (19)

Without NBA superstars such as LeBron James and Stephen Curry, the U.S. could be challenged in Rio more than at the previous two Games.

Spain, the 2008 and 2012 silver medalist, could field a roster that includes Pau and Marc GasolRicky Rubio and Jose Calderon.

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