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Phoenix Suns star ‘Lock’ to start for Team USA

Phoenix Suns star ‘Lock’ to start for Team USA

Phoenix Suns star ‘Lock’ to start for Team USA

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns will see two of their own represent Team USA at the 2024 Paris Olympics: Kevin Durant and Devin Booker in the red, white and blue.

As the rest of the world catches up with the states in terms of talent, Team USA enters this summer as the favorite to take home gold again, and names like Booker/Durant should very well play a role in making that happen.

With a roster that is incredibly talented from top to bottom, there has been a lot of discussion about who will start, what the rotations will look like, etc.

While there is speculation that LeBron James could come off the bench, The Athletic believes Durant is one of three “sure things” to start alongside Steph Curry and Joel Embiid.

“The third sure-fire starter is Kevin Durant, who is 6’2″, a versatile two-way player and the best clutch player in USA Basketball history. No one has given more, and more often, with a gold medal on the line than Durant, who, in four gold medal games (three at the Olympics and one at the FIBA ​​World Cup), is averaging 29.5 points,” wrote Joe Vardon.

“Beyond that, Durant is the most prolific scorer in U.S. men’s history, with 640 total points (Olympics and FIBA).”

Even coach Steve Kerr understands that putting together a lineup will be difficult.

“It’s a great question,” Kerr said.

“My team and I have talked about this quite a bit, it’s a good problem to have, but I think I’m assuming all 12 players on this roster are going to be in the Hall of Fame someday. So how do you pick five of the 12? The idea is to find combinations that work and find two-man lineups that can be effective on both ends. So our big job in Vegas is to find five-man combinations that fit and just ask all 12 guys to fully commit to the goal of winning a gold medal no matter what it looks like, no matter who’s playing.”

Durant and Booker will get back to work starting Saturday, July 6, when Team USA begins training camp in Las Vegas.