The Americans set their final roster for the 2012 London Olympic Games on Saturday. The players believe this team is stronger than the one that won gold four years ago.
LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, and Deron Williams are back to win a second Olympic gold medal while Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Tyson Chandler and Kevin Love seek their first.
The final three Americans to earn a spot are Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala and James Harden. They beat out Eric Gordon, Rudy Gay and Anthony Davis, who didn't scrimmage because of a sprained ankle.
The players not selected will be alternates who can replace any injured players up to 48 hours before the Olympic Games begin July 27.
"When I think about '08, we were really good then. But like me, LeBron and D-Will, all of us talk about, you've got to think about how much better all of us are now than we were in '08," said Paul to NBC Sports. "All of us as players, we shoot the ball better. Guys are more athletic, guys are more confident. One through 12, no question we're deeper than we were in '08."
Harden and Griffin are the only players to not play on either the 2008 Olympic team or the 2010 world championship team.
Chandler is the only natural center on the team so the Americans will be forced to use other players to back him up. In 2008 Dwight Howard started with Chris Bosh as backup but both players are out this Olympics with injuries.
"I think we have guys on the team that's definitely hungry at this point, especially young guys that want to go out and prove themselves," Anthony told NBC Sports. "They've been showing that over the last couple of days in practice. What we put together in '08, we will never duplicate that again. But this is a new team, this is a new situation and this team wants to form their own identity."