James Harden was added to the Team USA Basketball lost of roster finalists last week. He and Anthony Davis were added because of injuries to players like Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard.
Harden has had a breakout year and great start to the playoffs so it wasn’t a surprise to see his name added to the list. It still seemed like a long shot for Harden to make the team though.
Dwyane Wade has recently said that he isn’t 100 percent sure he will be playing.
“I told them, I said, listen, I’m just going to see how I feel,” Wade said last week. “This is about being healthy — I think, for all of us, going into the summer healthy — and taking it from there.”
Wade said earlier this year that he believed players should be paid for participating in the Olympics but then took back that statement the next day.
Wade and Kobe Bryant were initially the two shooting guards that seemed certain to make the team. If Wade and also Rose are out then those are two guard spots now open for Harden to possibly fill.
There’s a good chance though that three point guards would make the team. Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook all will likely make the final roster. Kobe would be the fourth guard.
If they go with a fifth guard it would likely come down to Harden or Eric Gordon. Gordon was hurt for most of the year so maybe that could play a role in Harden being selected instead.
Team USA could also just keep four guards and probably be all right and concentrate on adding more big men since that is more of a thin spot for the roster.
One thing is for sure though if Harden has a few more games like he did in Game 4 vs. Dallas then Team USA will have a hard time passing on him.