Team USA has been the most dominant squad in the history of international basketball. The Dream Team of 1992 was headlined by NBA legends Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird. In more recent years, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant have represented their country. Simply put, only the best of the best have donned the Stars and Stripes.
With the USA Basketball MiniCamp ongoing in Las Vegas, the group is surely going to be a formidable foe and the favorite to win FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019. No single national team can match up to their talent, but maybe a squad filled with the cream of the crop of all-world league superstars can.
Here's a team that can give this year's American contingent a run for its money. Too bad this hypothetical international "dream team" will stay that way.
PG: Ben Simmons, Australia
Simmons is a floor general with impeccable court vision, the ability to get to any spot that he wants to on the floor, and the combination of strength and skill to finish at the rim. All this in a 6'10" body.
He's the perfect point man for this team brimming with top-tier NBA talent. He will set teammates up for easy shots, even more so if he learns to shoot.
SG: Jamal Murray, Canada
Murray is a combo guard who is viewed as the Denver Nuggets' PG of the future. Let's face it, though, he's more of a scorer than a facilitator. He will benefit from all the open looks generated by the playmakers in this imaginary unit.
A career 35.9-percent three-point sniper with an underrated driving game, Murray is offense personified. The spacing he brings to the system is key to unleashing its firepower.
SF: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greece
Hands down the star of this group, "The Greek Freak" could slide over to any position here and no one would object. He has all the talent and tools to play all five spots on the floor.
Antetokounmpo's versatility is evident in his career statistics: 17.2 ppg, 7.5
PF: Nikola Jokic, Serbia
Okay, Jokic is the Nuggets' center, but this will still work for two reasons. First, he is a capable enough shooter to drag his defender away from the paint, as far as
Highly skilled and seemingly with eyes behind his head, "The Joker" will find the open man among everyone moving without the ball or positioning themselves in the right spot, often in a spectacular way.
C: Joel Embiid, Cameroon
When healthy, Embiid may be the most dominant player in the league today, on both sides of the court. He utilizes his size and skill to score on opponents, as well as shut them down.
Spacing may be a bit iffy, with no true shooter from Nuggets teammates Murray and Jokic, but the talent pool is enormous and Embiid is a great player who will obviously benefit this team. Fit be damned.
Goran Dragic, Slovenia
Dragic is a crafty veteran capable of setting up teammates, while also slithering into the lane for the tough finish at the basket. A first-time All-Star last year, "The Dragon" is as good a backup a squad can have.
Luka Doncic, Slovenia
The youngest Euroleague MVP in history, the 19-year-old is a proven player. Doncic can share the court with any player and do more than decent, as an offensive maestro on and off the ball. It will be exciting to see him in the NBA this year.
Joe Ingles, Australia
Ingles is a professional glue guy. He defends at a high level and is one of the deadliest marksmen in the world, with a career 41.6-percent clip from downtown. Ingles is also a willing passer and a solid rebounder. A real jack of all trades, Ingles is a welcome addition to this squad.
Andrew Wiggins, Canada
Wiggins is still tantalizing enough as a prospect and should be included. In a league filled with explosive athletes, he is still head and shoulders above most. If Wiggins can harness his athleticism and use it efficiently both on offense and defense, he will be a great player.
Dario Saric, Croatia
Saric is an all-around player who can effectively man the 3 or 4 spots. He is a taller version of Ingles, in the sense that he is someone who does all the little things, while the stars do their thing.
Al Horford, Dominican Republic
Horford has been a steady force since he entered the league out of Florida in 2007. A star player without star stats, he just has a positive effect on any team that he becomes part of. He will
Rudy Gobert, France
"The Stifle Tower" is a defensive savant. Since thrust into Utah's starting lineup, Gobert has averaged more than two blocks per game. He is more than the numbers, providing his squad an elite security blanket in the middle and altering offensive game plans all by himself.