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2012 London Olympics: James Harden Is On The Bubble To Make Team USA Roster

The Thunder's James Harden is one of five finalist to make it on the Team USA roster

July 6, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Team USA guard James Harden (right) shoots as guard Deron Williams looks on during practice at the UNLV Mendenhall Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
July 6, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Team USA guard James Harden (right) shoots as guard Deron Williams looks on during practice at the UNLV Mendenhall Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

The final announcement for who will make the roster for the United States men's basketball team is to be announced Saturday evening. There are 10 players who appear to be locks for the London squad, and that includes Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The third member of the Thunder squad that has a shot is James Harden. He is one of five players vying for the final two spots. The other players in contention are Anthony Davis, Rudy Gay, Eric Gordon, and Andre Iguodala.

The trio of Gay, Gordon and Iguodala have an advantage over the other Davis and Harden since they were on the 2010 World Championships team that won the gold medal in Turkey.

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo along with head coach Mike Krzyzewski are going to make the final decisions on who gets the final two spots.

Colangelo and Kryzewski commented on the final five:

"You can build a case for each of the contenders, if you will, depending on what you want," Colangelo said. "It's like a menu. If you want another shooter, it's Eric Gordon. You want a scoring guard, it's Harden. You want a defensive specialist, it's Iguodala. If you want another guy with length who can shoot the ball, it's Rudy Gay."

"It will really be a difficult choice," Krzyzewski said. "The guys who fill out the roster all give things that we can use. We just have to figure out what might be a little bit more important than another."

Davis, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and the only big man among the contenders, is nursing an ankle injury that could keep him from being 100 percent healthy for weeks.

"He has qualities that no one else has," Colangelo said. "He's incredibly long, shot-blocking. The question with him is the physicality. Can he withstand the physicality at this moment? That's a question I have. Unfortunately, we're not going to be able to really see him."

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