The days of the 1992 Dream Team are log gone, but the United States still remains an overwhelming favorite in Olympic basketball competition. Both the US men’s and women’s teams are 1/10 favorites to win the gold medal in Rio at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. On the men’s side, the roster is far from a finished product. Steph Curry, Chris Paul and Anthony Davis will not be competing in the Olympics (Courtesy AP). Obviously, the Americans have a plethora of depth that no other country can compare with, but the dwindling number of point guard options is a small concern. Curry and Paul are both confirmed out, and John Wall and Mike Conley are both doubtful coming off injuries. Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard are all still in the mix for Jerry Colangelo’s roster, which is expected to be finalized at the end of June. The US has defeated Spain for the gold medal in each of the last two Olympics.

On the women’s side, the American roster is already set. Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings and Diana Taurasi will be serving as tri-captains. Joining them in Rio will be Seimone Augustus, Sylvia Fowles, Tina Charles, Angel McCoughtry, Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen, Elena Delle Donne, Brittney Griner, and Breanna Stewart. Similar to how most of his seasons go at UConn, Geno Auriemma hasn’t lost a game as the head coach of the US women’s national team (23-0). The Americans have won the last five gold medals.

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Jay Richards

Freelance sports writer for a number of local, regional, and national outlets. Owner of a 2014-15 Ohio State National Championship ticket at 75-1. Thank you, Urban Meyer, for funding that vacation to the Bahamas. Proud Penn State graduate and member of the Oakland Raiders' Black Hole.

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