Team USA Basketball: Kevin Durant, James Harden and several other NBA all-stars are looking to extend Team USA’s streak of four straight gold medals.
Team USA has long held a steady control of international basketball, winning the last three Olympics and two of the last three FIBA Basketball World Cups.
To run it back and win a fourth straight gold medal in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, Team USA is once more bringing a fully loaded roster. Several superstars including Kevin Durant, James Harden, Damian Lillard and others have committed to playing for team USA.
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What Is Team USA’s Basketball Record? How Dominant Has USA Been In International Competition?
Team USA has been the team to beat since its introduction to international basketball. In 1992, Team USA fielded its first ever international team featuring all-time legends such as Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson.
They absolutely crushed their competition. Team USA wouldn’t lose a single game winning by an average margin of victory of 43.8 points in 8 Olympic games. Since then, USA hasn’t stopped rolling.
They’ve compiled an incredulous 140-11 (note the win number is higher as this only includes Olympic wins, but the 11 losses takes into account FIBA World Cup tournaments too) record in their time playing on the global stage. Between 2006 and 2019, they had a massive 58-game win streak in international tournaments.
The USA basketball has a dramatic lead over every other country in terms of gold medals. The US has taken gold 15 times while second place USSR/Russia has won gold only twice. Simply put, there is nothing to say about Team USA’s dominance except ‘wow’.
This year, they’ll be looking to make it back on top of the basketball world, going for a fourth consecutive gold medal. If they win again, they only add on to how impressive American basketball is compared to the rest of the world.