Watching Team USA play in the Olympics has caused a ton of mixed emotions for American fans. The team has some very big names such as Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard under famed head coach Gregg Popovich, but it is clear this is not the best roster they could have assembled.
Some major names such as LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kawhi Leonard, and James Harden are all missing from Team USA's squad and would have made their national team unbeatable. Watching Team USA struggle in the friendly matches and even lose a game against France (their final opponent for the gold medal) has raised comparisons between this team and the ones from the past.
Kevin Durant is the best player on the team and one of the best Olympians to ever represent Team USA, but he does not have an undefeated record playing for his country. Here are the 11 players with the most incredible records on the international stage. If you want to check the full list, you can find it on HoopsHype.
T 10. Patrick Ewing 21-0
Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing played in the 1984 Olympics but is mainly remembered for his role for the "Dream Team" in 1992. Ewing went an unbelievable 21-0 during those two runs, winning Gold on both occasions.
Ewing holds the record for most blocks in a single game in the Olympics with 6 against Canada (tied with Alonzo Mourning) and is one of the best two-way players to ever represent his country on the biggest international stage of them all.
T 10. Charles Barkley 21-0
One of the best big men to ever play basketball professionally, Barkley was a seamless fit for Team USA. He brought his power, energy, and hunger for dominance for the all-time great USA rosters in the Olympics.
Barkley averaged an excellent 15.4 PPG during the 1992 and 1996 Olympics and his appearances for the "Dream Team" will always be remembered by American fans because few did it better than "Chuck".
T 8. Scottie Pippen 22-0
Scottie Pippen is one of the best winners in NBA history but also one of the best to ever do it on an international stage for Team USA. He just seemed to play at a special level for his country, ranking 10th all-time in points scored.
Pippen averaged 10.6 PPG for Team USA while scoring 170 points. Playing in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics, Pippen had great success by winning Gold both times and continuing his reputation as a winner.
T 8. Chris Mullin 22-0
Chris Mullin is the 7th best scorer for Team USA in history, scoring 196 points over his career. Mullin would hold a very solid 12.3 PPG average with appearances in the 1984 and 1992 Olympics.
His sharpshooting and leadership was the epitome of what Team USA stood for, even when people regarded them as a team of individuals. Mullin is a Hall of Famer for a reason, and his play for his country represented that.
T 8. Karl Malone 22-0
Hall of Famer Karl Malone played in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic teams, ranking 9th all-time in points scored with 171 total points at an average of 10.7 PPG. Malone played with a host of other superstars, so his scoring numbers would clearly take a dip in that regard.
But Malone was undefeated for his country because he was too strong and too skilled for any other power forward he played against. Malone and his patented mid-range jumper gave defenses fits on the international stage and he holds a record shared by Pippen and Mullin.
T 5. Deron Williams 26-0
The streets will never forget Deron Williams, a player who was recognized as the best point guard in the NBA in his prime. Williams was a sensational talent that would have been a Hall of Famer if age and attrition didn't get to him first.
But Williams was one of the best players to ever play for Team USA, bringing an unstoppable offensive game to go with his raw physicality. Williams was stronger and faster than most at his position, and Team USA would often enter the competition with an advantage with the point guard on the floor.
T 5. Steve Smith 26-0
Sharpshooter Steve Smith was as consistent as it gets as a basketball player. He played for some great NBA teams over his career including the Portland Trail Blazers but was perfect whenever he played for Team USA.
Smith had an incredible 26-0 record for Team USA, tying with 3 other NBA stars in that feat. Smith's sharpshooting and defensive ability made him a valuable member of his country alongside the superstars on the roster.
T 5. Kobe Bryant 26-0
The great Kobe Bryant had one of the most incredible closeout games of his career when he led the USA to the gold medal ahead of Spain in 2008. Kobe was clutch as ever, scoring 13 points in the 4th quarter and notching 3 assists as well. Beyond this game, Kobe was a perfect representation for his country.
He never lost for Team USA, bringing his leadership and hard work for everyone to follow. It is even mentioned that Bryant showed up 2 days early to training camp to set the tone for everyone that he would be leaving with Gold in 2008. Bryant had the 4th best record ever for an American player.
3. Tyson Chandler 27-0
The starting center for the most recent gold medal winners, Tyson Chandler brought his defensive prowess and athleticism to a USA team that was filled with scorers. Chandler went an incredible 27-0 with the USA and was always trusted to be the perfect role player.
Chandler had a solid NBA career as an ultimate locker room guy and his passion for playing defense was the reason he played for multiple playoff contenders. With Team USA, Chandler has the 3rd best record of all time.
2. Michael Jordan 30-0
The great Michael Jordan was undefeated in the NBA Finals with the Chicago Bulls and was also undefeated whenever he suited up for his country. With the best player of all time on the team, USA is unsurprisingly unable to be beaten.
Jordan ranks 5th all-time in points scored for Team USA with 256 total points and a 16.0 PPG average. Jordan played in the 1984 and 1992 Olympics, and is the most recognizable star for the "Dream Team".
1. Jason Kidd 46-0
Jason Kidd is one of the greatest leaders in NBA history at the point guard position. He was the man who guided the New Jersey Nets to 2 Finals appearances in the NBA and was able to win a championship at 38 years old.
With Team USA, he has the most incredible record. Kidd went 46-0 playing for his country and was often the starting point guard during his era. Kidd was a stout defender, solid playmaker, and one of the smartest players to have ever played for Team USA.
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