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Team USA Basketball: LeBron James Projects To Be Starting Power Forward

Team USA is talented, but not very big. With the NBA's best big men either too old or too banged up to play in the 2012 Olympics, the only American true center is Tyson Chandler, and as Tom Ziller notes, LeBron James projects to be the team's starting power forward for the entire tournament.

That's why Ziller wrote about Anthony Davis' time for the spotlight being now. The team could actually use him. Davis didn't play at all in that warm up game against Brazil, but one would have to think he'll see critical minutes when the gold is on the line.

This, from Ziller:

Because of Griffin's injury, other than Davis, Kevin Love (who can soak big minutes if he rebounds against international competition like he does in the NBA) is the team's only other true big man. Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant are options at power forward in small line-ups, but neither should be playing center except against the smallest of teams (and certainly not against Spain or Brazil). Chandler is known to get dinged up. Because of all of that, there's a real chance that Davis gets a real chance in London.

Read more on Team USA at the SB Nation Olympics coverage.

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