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Ranking Every USA Olympic Men’s Basketball Team

Of the 17 USA Olympic Men’s Basketball Teams, the 1992 Dream Team remains the gold standard.
Of the 17 USA Olympic Men’s Basketball Teams, the 1992 Dream Team remains the gold standard.

The 2016 United States Olympic Men’s Basketball Team is expected to soar to the gold medal in Rio. Even without LeBron James, Chris Paul, Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook and a handful of other NBA All-Stars who declined an invite, Team USA is by far the best team in the tournament. But where does this Olympic team stack up with previous Team USA squads?

 

Here’s a rankings rundown of the 17 USA men’s basketball teams in Olympic history:

 

25 Greatest Los Angeles Lakers of the Jerry Buss Era

Buss led the Lakers to 10 NBA championships after buying the team in 1979.
<p> Jerry Buss (1933-2013) led the L.A. Lakers to 10 <a href="http://www.athlonsports.com/nba" target="_blank">NBA</a> championships after buying the team in 1979, designing an empire that included Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Jerry West, Shaquille O'Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Pat Riley, Phil Jackson, Chick Hearn, Jack Nicholson, James Worthy, Pau Gasol, Jamaal Wilkes, Jeanie Buss, Mitch Kupchak, Byron Scott, Michael Cooper, Derek Fisher, Robert Horry, A.C. Green, Vlade Divac, Lamar Odom, Nick Van Exel, Kurt Rambis and the Laker Girls.</p>

Dr. Jerry Buss (Jan. 27, 1933 - Feb. 18, 2013) was the greatest owner in NBA history. In fact, the chemist and card player was arguably the best owner in sports history. The day after this year's All-Star Game in Houston, the NBA's brightest star faded away. With Buss's passing, David Stern's Association lost its most accomplished boss, savviest visionary and coolest 80-year-old.

Ranking Every USA Men’s Olympic Basketball Team

Ranking the 16 USA Men’s Basketball Teams in Olympic History.
<p> Ranking the 16 USA Men’s Basketball Teams in Olympic History. Could the 2012 Team USA beat the 1992 Dream Team?</p>

Could the 2012 Team USA beat the 1992 Dream Team? Kobe Bryant thinks so, but Michael Jordan laughs at the idea. First things first, this year’s squad must win the gold medal — and do so in historic style — in order to challenge the throne.

 

Here’s a rankings rundown of the 16 USA men’s basketball teams in Olympic history: