Team USA Tournament: 2000 vs. 2004

07.02.08 9 years ago 40 Comments
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This year marks the fifth time USA Basketball has put a team of NBA stars on the court for the Olympics. Since there’s no question that the original ’92 Dream Team is the best unit ever assembled in any sport — not just basketball — the better question is, “Who’s the next-best U.S. squad?” From 1996 to 2000 to 2004 to 2008, we’re pitting the Team USA Olympic rosters against each other in a hypothetical one-and-done tournament. (See ’96 vs. ’08)

We’re going international rules for this tourney, and remember to consider each player as they were at the time (rosters and ages posted after the jump). Our second matchup is 2000 versus 2004, the gold-medal winning team from the Sydney Games against the bronze-medal squad from Athens. Tell us who you think will win in the comments section:

2000 U.S. Olympic Team
Jason Kidd (PG, 27)
Gary Payton (PG, 32)
Vince Carter (SG, 23)
Kevin Garnett (PF, 25)
Alonzo Mourning (C, 30)
Allan Houston (SG, 29)
Vin Baker (PF, 28)
Ray Allen (SG, 25)
Tim Hardaway (PG, 33)
Antonio McDyess (PF, 25)
Shareef Abdur-Rahim (PF, 23)
Steve Smith (SG, 31)
COACH: Rudy Tomjanovich

2004 U.S. Olympic Team
Stephon Marbury (PG, 27)
Allen Iverson (SG, 29)
Richard Jefferson (SF, 24)
Lamar Odom (PF, 24)
Tim Duncan (C, 28)
LeBron James (SG, 19)
Carmelo Anthony (SF, 20)
Dwyane Wade (SG, 22)
Shawn Marion (SF, 26)
Amare Stoudemire (PF, 21)
Carlos Boozer (PF, 22)
Emeka Okafor (C, 21)
COACH: Larry Brown

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