Representing the U.S.: A rundown of Team USA's roster

Originally Published: June 23, 2008
ESPN.com

Team USA's roster for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

(Sources: usabasketball.com, ESPN.com)

Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets

Age: 24 | Profile
Position: Forward
Birth Date: 05/29/84
Height: 6-8
Weight: 230

2007-08: 25.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg
Honors: 2-time All-Star
NBA seasons: 5
Team USA: 2004, 2006-08
Status: On Olympic team

Named to 2006-08 U.S. senior team program on March 5, 2006.

2008: Since the NBA season ended, he has had a DWI arrest and has heard his name come up in trade rumors. Where will his head be during the Olympic Games?

2007: Started and played in nine of the USA's 10 FIBA Americas Championship games, averaging a team-best 21.2 ppg and 5.2 rpg while shooting 61.3 percent (65-106) from the field. Shot 57.8 percent (26-45) from 3-point range.

2006: As tri-captain of the World Championship team, he led the U.S. to a bronze medal, averaging a team-high 19.9 ppg. Was later named USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year.

2004: Member of the U.S. squad that won the bronze medal at the Olympics in Athens, where he averaged 2.4 ppg and 1.6 rpg.

Carlos Boozer, Utah Jazz

Age: 26 | Profile
Position: Forward
Birth Date: 11/20/81
Height: 6-9
Weight: 258

2007-08: 21.1 ppg, 10.4 apg
Honors: 2-time All-Star
NBA seasons: 5
Team USA: 2004, 2007-08
Status: On Olympic team

Added to U.S. senior team program on May 23, 2007.

2008: The only guy on the team, aside from Jason Kidd, who didn't play in the World Championship in Japan in 2006 or the Tournament of the Americas in 2007.

2004: Member of the U.S. Olympic squad which won the bronze medal in Athens; he averaged 7.6 ppg and 6.1 rpg.

Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors

Age: 24 | Profile
Position: Forward
Birth Date: 03/24/84
Height: 6-10
Weight: 230

2007-08: 22.3 ppg, 8.7 apg
Honors: 3-time All-Star
NBA seasons: 5
Team USA: 2006-08
Status: On Olympic team

Named to 2006-08 U.S. senior team program on March 5, 2006.

2008: Wasn't happy with his lack of playing time in Japan. Will be relied upon more this time, however, since he's the backup center (and perhaps a better clutch-time option) behind Howard.

2007: Scored 13 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in 22 minutes of action for Team White in a 105-104 intrasquad loss to Team Blue on July 22 in Las Vegas.

Withdrew from training camp due to a foot injury.

2006: Member of the World Championship team that won bronze in Japan. He averaged 6.8 points and 4.0 rebounds, while shooting a team-high 65.4 percent from the field.

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 29 | Profile
Position: Guard
Birth Date: 08/23/78
Height: 6-6
Weight: 220

2007-08: 28.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg
Honors: 10-time All-Star
NBA seasons: 12
Team USA: 2006-08
Status: On Olympic team

Named to 2006-08 U.S. senior team program on March 5, 2006.

2008: Thankfully, he doesn't have an open trade request hanging over him as he did last summer. Will he stick to his role as defensive stopper, or will he try to win the gold all by himself if things get tight? That's a key question.

2007: Started in all 10 of the USA's FIBA Americas Championship games. Averaged 15.3 points and a team-leading 1.6 steals per game. Averaged 19.9 minutes a game, while shooting 54.8 percent (51-93) from the field overall, 45.9 percent (17-37) from 3-point, and 87.2 percent (34-39) from the foul line.

2006: Unable to participate due to offseason surgery on his right knee.

Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic

Age: 22 | Profile
Position: Center
Birth Date: 12/08/85
Height: 6-11
Weight: 265

2007-08: 20.7 ppg, 14.2 rpg
Honors: 2-time All-Star
NBA seasons: 4
Team USA: 2006-08
Status: On Olympic team

Named to 2006-08 U.S. senior team program on March 5, 2006.

2008: Will he get into foul trouble? Will be become the target of a Hack-A-Dwight strategy if he's on the floor late in a tight game? Will Coach K run more than 10 low-post offensive plays for him the entire Olympics? All major questions.

2007: Started in nine games and played in all 10 of the USA's FIBA Americas Championship games, averaging 10 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Shot a team-best 81.4 percent (35-43) from the field.

In the gold-medal game against Argentina he recorded 20 points on 7-for-7 shooting from the field and 6-for-8 shooting from the foul line, also added five rebounds and four blocked shots in 18 minutes of action.

2006: Member of the World Championship team that won bronze in Japan. He averaged 7.3 points and 4.7 rebounds, while leading the team in blocked shots with 1.3 per game.

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

Age: 23 | Profile
Position: Forward
Birth Date: 12/30/84
Height: 6-8
Weight: 250

2007-08: 30.0 ppg, 7.9 rpg
Honors: 4-time All-Star
NBA seasons: 5
Team USA: 2004, 2006-08
Status: On Olympic team

Named to 2006-08 U.S. senior team program on March 5, 2006.

2008: If the goal is to become the best player in the world, a third bronze medal will not earn him that distinction. And if the U.S. fails to win, will he be on board for the 2012 Olympics in London?

2007: Started in all 10 of the USA's FIBA Americas Championship games, averaging 18.1 points and a team-leading 4.7 assists per game. Shot 76 percent (73-96) from the field overall, 62.2 percent (23-37) from 3-point range.

2006: Tri-captain of the World Championship team that won the bronze in Japan. He averaged 13.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.6 steals a game.

2004: Member of the U.S. Olympic squad in Athens that took home the bronze medal. He averaged 5.4 ppg.

Jason Kidd, Dallas Mavericks

Age: 35 | Profile
Position: Guard
Birth Date: 03/23/73
Height: 6-4
Weight: 210

2006-07: 10.8 ppg, 10.1 apg
Honors: 8-time All-Star
NBA seasons: 14
Team USA: 1999-2000, 2002-03, 2006-08
Status: On Olympic team

Added to senior team program on May 23, 2007.

2008: Told his teammates last year on the bus ride to the first practice: "I didn't re-up with my perfect record on the line to win anything other than gold." Is his game still crisp enough to keep his unbeaten record with the national team intact?

2007: A veteran of five USA Basketball teams, Kidd started in nine of the USA's 10 FIBA Americas Championship games, averaging 4.6 assists in 15.8 minutes per game.

2003: Helped lead the U.S. to the gold medal and a qualifying berth for the 2004 Olympics at the qualifying tournament in Puerto Rico. He averaged 3.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 5.0 apg as the team's starting point guard.

2002: Withdrew from World Championship training because of an injury.

2000: Tri-captain of the Olympic squad that won the gold medal, averaging 6.0 ppg and 5.3 rpg, along with team-highs of 4.4 apg and 1.1 spg.

Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets

Age: 23 | Profile
Position: Guard
Birth Date: 05/06/85
Height: 6-0
Weight: 175

2007-08: 21.1 ppg, 11.6 apg
Honors: 2006 Rookie of the Year
NBA seasons: 3
Team USA: 2006-08
Status: On Olympic team

Named to the 2006-2008 senior team program on March 5, 2006.

2008: MVP runner-up will back up J-Kidd.

2007: Unable to participate due to left-foot surgery.

2006: Helped the U.S. to the bronze medal at the World Championship in Japan, where he averaged a team-leading 4.9 assists per game.

Tayshaun Prince, Detroit Pistons

Age: 28 | Profile
Position: Forward
Birth Date: 2/28/98
Height: 6-9
Weight: 215

2007-08: 13.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg
Honors: 4-time All-Defensive Second Team
NBA seasons: 6
Team USA: 2007-08
Status: On Olympic team

Added to the U.S. senior team program on May 23, 2007.

2008: He is on the team because of his versatility, especially on the defensive end. Still, barring a collapse by Dwyane Wade, he's more likely to be the 11th or 12th man than a key component.

2007: Player in nine of the USA's 10 FIBA Americas Championship games. Averaged 7.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in 17.8 minutes a game.

Michael Redd, Milwaukee Bucks

Age: 28 | Profile
Position: Guard
Birth Date: 8/24/79
Height: 6-6
Weight: 215

2007-08: 22.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg
Honors: 1-time All-Star
NBA seasons: 7
Team USA: 2006-08
Status: On Olympic team

Named to the 2006-2008 senior team program on March 5, 2006.

2008: Designated zone-buster, and possible sixth man if D-Wade struggles in that role. Represents exactly what the Americans were missing in '04 in Athens.

2006: Did not participate due to his getting married that summer.

Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

Age: 26 | Profile
Position: Guard
Birth Date: 1/17/82
Height: 6-4
Weight: 216

2007-08: 24.6 ppg, 6.9 apg
Honors: 4-time All-Star, 2006 Finals MVP
NBA seasons: 5
Team USA: 2004, 2006-08
Status:On Olympic team

Named to the 2006-2008 senior team program on March 5, 2006.

2008: If he gets to the free-throw line and avoids turnovers, he's a key component. If he throws the ball all over the gym as he did last season in Miami, his only chance for redemption will come from the end of the bench. He's the only player who could realistically be either the sixth man or the 12th man.

2007: He attended the USA's 2007 training camp and the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship but was unable to participate in either after undergoing a pair of successful surgeries on May 15 to repair his dislocated left shoulder and his left patellar tendon.

2006: As team tri-captain, he helped lead the U.S. to a bronze medal at the World Championship. He was the team's second-leading scorer (19.3 ppg).

2004: Member of the U.S. Olympic team that won the bronze medal. He averaged 7.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.4 apg and 2.1 spg.

Deron Williams, Utah Jazz

Age: 24 | Profile
Position: Guard
Birth Date: 6/26/84
Height: 6-3
Weight: 205

2007-08: 18.8 ppg, 10.5 apg
Honors: 2006 All-Rookie First Team
NBA seasons:3
Team USA: 2006-08
Status: On Olympic roster

Added to the U.S. senior team program on May 23, 2007.

2008: There are no weaknesses to his game, but he's squeezed a bit on this roster. Can play either guard position, and could establish himself as a key rotation player.

2007: Played in all 10 of the USA's FIBA Americas Championship games, averaging 4.7 points and 4.6 assists per game.