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will harden make the 12 man roster for the 2016 olympics

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by dmorey, Jan 20, 2016.

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will harden make the 12 man 2016 olympic roster

Poll closed Jan 30, 2016.
  1. hell yeah

    71.7%
  2. hell no

    28.3%
  1. dmorey

    dmorey Member

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    its going to be tough
    i dont think dwight will make it

    Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) PF
    LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) SF
    LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs) PF
    Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors) SF
    Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards) SG
    Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls) SG
    Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies) PG
    DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings) C
    Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) PG
    Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans) PF
    DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors) SG
    Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons) C
    Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) SF
    Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets) PF
    Rudy Gay (Sacramento Kings) SF
    Paul George (Indiana Pacers) SF
    Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors) PF
    Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) PF
    James Harden (Houston Rockets) SG
    Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz) SF
    Dwight Howard (Houston Rockets) C
    Andre Iguodala (Golden State Warriors) SF
    Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) PG
    DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers) C
    Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs) SF
    Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers) PF
    Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) PG
    Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors) SG
    John Wall (Washington Wizards) PG
    Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) SG
     
  2. ThatBoyNick

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    I think Hardens game isn't that great for the Olympics.

    He is mostly effective on ball, but there will be much better ball handlers such as Lebron and Curry, Paul on the team. Then on defense he's a liability. Unless they truly plan on running the ball through him (despite better options) I think he'd be a waste and that a player like Thompson who can spot up and defend would be a better choice for the SG position, same with Butler for his defensive abilities and of course PG and Leonard can play SG as well.
     
  3. Aleron

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    he made the team in 2012, he captained the team in 2014, he doesn't struggle with the lighter ball like curry and thompson, it'd be highly unlikely that he's left off
     
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    He was one of the best players last Olympics and in the FIBA Championships. He didn't handle the ball much at all, especially when Kyrie was hogging the ball.

    It was a long time ago. I should say I don't remember Harden handling the ball much.
     
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    They play FIBA ball and they stress balanced scoring and nobody really stood out except for couple of guys mainly big guys as far as I recall.
     
  6. rawool

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    I voted No because I'm currently salty about his current play. :eek:

    But, I think he'll make it.

    Curry, James, Durant, Westbrook, Davis are locks, IMO.
     
  7. iconoclastic

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    His public reputation is still that of a Top 5 player so, unfortunately, yes, he will easily make the roster. He can play positions 1-4, too.
     
  8. malakas

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    Yes he will.
    Didnt rose make it two years ago even though he had been sucking or im remembering wrong? I dont think the criteria is only based on..merit. But imo the ameriacn team must have drummond and cousins by all means.
     
  9. Cashmoney

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    Harden dominated the FIBA World Cup final.
     
  10. rocketsballin

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    of course not, its just the olympics
     
  11. JayGoogle

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    Probably. People are saying they should select Klay for his shooting...but when you have Curry, Irving, Durant, George...etc...I don't think you are even lacking shooting...I mean even Leonard can shoot it now.

    Also, Irving and Curry were ballhogs at the last olympics. Harden was pretty much the selfless team player on that team.
     
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    Other than being a mainstay on the last 2 gold medal squads, it's a poor fit.

    I hope he doesn't go though, no reason for him to risk injury/fatigue. Nothing left to prove at that level.

    Strip club summer is better than a torn ACL summer.
     
  14. J Sizzle

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    Stacked field, but I bet he makes it. If he doesn't, could be good motivation for next year.
     
  15. Moahst

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    Harden will make it and Dwight will make it too. The US Olympic bball team tends to stand by guys who have been important in past success.
     
  16. RasaqBoi

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    If you're a Rockets fan...... You better hope he makes the team. Keeps him in shape and working on his game all summer. Something he probably didn't do as much last offseason.
     
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    This. We need as much Coach K as we can get
     
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    Well that's just wrong. He was one of the most important players during the last Olympics.
     
  19. HR Dept

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    Here's how I'd do it:

    Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Kyrie Irving
    James Harden, Russell Westbrook
    Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard
    LeBron James, Blake Griffin, Draymond Green
    Anthony Davis, LaMarcus Aldridge
     
  20. bulkatron

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    He's still the best 2 guard in the league despite his regression this year. There's no way that he's left off that list.

    My list:

    PG: Curry, Paul, Westbrook
    SG: Harden, Butler
    SF: James, Leonard, PG13
    PF: Durant, Green
    C: Davis, Drummond

    Who's going to be able to match up against that?
     

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