David Stern proposes that Olympic team adopts 23 and under policy


BY GORDON ROBINSON, Feedcrossing.com syndication 

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose would perhaps be the most exciting player on the USA Olympic men’s basketball team if the NBA adopts a rule that would only allow players 23 or younger to participate. Photo by: Auio Visual Junkie / Flickr

On the 20th anniversary of “The Dream Team,” NBA commissioner David Stern has gone on the record to state that maybe Olympic Basketball should adopt a soccer type of system where players on the roster are 23 and under of age.  The idea seems to be a popular one as many NBA team owners have agreed with the concept. It is yet to be decided if FIBA (International Basketball Federation) and the other countries would be up for that model.  It would be an interesting concept and it makes putting a competitive team together a little tougher, so let’s take a look at who some of the candidates would be to make a 23-Under Olympic Team.

Point Guards

  • Derrick Rose (questionable with the knee injury) (Chicago Bulls)
  • Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)
  • Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Caveliers)
  • John Wall (Washington Wizards)
  • Brandon Jennings (Milwaukee Bucks)

Shooting Guards

  • Eric Gordon (New Orleans Hornets)
  • Tyreke Evans (Sacramento Kings)
  • James Harding (Oklahoma City Thunder)
  • Evan Turner (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Bradley Beal (University of Florida)
  • Austin Rivers (Duke)

Forwards

  • Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder)
  • Thaddeus Young (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets)
  • Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers)
  • Anthony Davis (Kentucky)

Centers

  • Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons)
  • DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings)
  • Andre Drummond (UConn)
  • DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers)

If FIBA and the rest of the nations implement this rule, we are still confident the the United States can continue to win gold medals, especially after watching a lot of the young talent that comes from overseas that people expect to make a name for themselves and after being drafted don’t pan out.

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