Is Team USA's B-Team Enough To Win Gold In China?

The FIBA World Cup is currently underway in China and Team USA has experienced their first setback in over a decade. In case you missed it, Team USA Basketball lost for the first time in nearly 13 years.

Team USA fell short in an exciting back-and-forth finish against Team Australia. The Aussies rallied from a 10-point second half deficit. Patty Mills led the way with 30 points. Australia won 98-94. The loss snapped a 78-game winning streak for the Americans. It was the Aussie's first ever win over Team USA.

With Team USA struggling to court its top stars, the Americans may not be guaranteed gold in this tournament. They're still the heavy favorite at -600, but with players like Giannis Antetokounpo leading Greece and Australia already holding a win over them, Team USA will have to earn the gold medal.

When several of the NBA's biggest stars turned down or decommitted from Team USA, it was the team brass that turned down Carmelo Anthony's request to join them. Melo, who still finds himself without a team, is a multiple time Team USA champion and a leader on the court.

Since losing to Australia, USA bounced back with a decisive win over Canada. Up next, they'll have to face the Czech Republic on Sunday, September 1st.

Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown highlight the Team USA roster. Petr Safarcik is the lone NBA representative for the Czech Republic.

Team USA should still run away with gold in China. The -600 odds are as good as it's going to get for a tournament like this. Even though international basketball is growing in talent and player acquisition, there's no basketball like the NBA. The talent is too one-sided, even if Team USA isn't putting out their A-squad.

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