Now that the regular season and the Playoffs are over and done with for NBA fans around the world, it's time to gear up for an entirely new (albeit somewhat familiar) level of competition: the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. While there have been some setbacks in recent months due to the outbreak of the Zika Virus that ultimately led to star players like Stephen Curry and newly crowned NBA Champion LeBron James skipping this year's competition, there is still a full roster of American players looking to bring home the gold in 2016.

Dominance of USA Mens Basketball

After a disappointing finish in the 2004 Olympic Games that saw Team USA come in 3rd place, since then, the program has undergone a personnel and philosophy change, beginning with Jerry Colangelo taking over the program, and Coach K taking the reigns as head coach.

Since the disappointing finish in 2004, Team USA has taken home the gold in both 2008 and 2012, and will surely be looking to do the same again when the Rio Olympics 2016 tip-off.

2016 Roster

Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks):At 32-years-old, Carmelo Anthony is the designated elder statesman of this year's squad, as this will be his 4th consecutive participation as part of USA Basketball. While his playing career in the NBA has been winless in terms of rings and Championships, Melo will be looking for his 3rd consecutive gold medal this year, and that's something that not many players can say.

As a quartet of current, former, and newGolden State Warriors, Harrison Barnes, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green will also be competing.

And, although Barnes is no longer a part of Dub Nation after signing with the Dallas Mavericks, this trio of players has a shot at redemption and a chance to take home the gold after failing to do so in this year's NBA Finals. Along with them will be newly minted Warrior Kevin Durant.

Other members include a pair of Toronto Raptors (DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry), 2016 NBA Champion with the Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving, Chicago Bull Jimmy Butler, Sacramento King DeMarcus Cousins, Indiana Pacer Paul George, and Los Angeles Clipper DeAndre Jordan.

It's safe to say that USA Men's Basketball enters every FIBA and Olympic competition as the odds-on favorite to win it all, and it's likely to be no different this year, however, that's not to say that some upsets cannot happen. Either way, it's going to be a good competition ahead, regardless of who is standing on the podium when it's all said and done.

As the whole world will be watching, whether as a fan, a player, or as part of the coaching staff, the 2016 Rio Olympics will be quite a spectacle all around, as the game of basketball (and sports competition in general) will take the spotlight on the world stage.

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