‘We Should Win’: Zach Lowe Believes Team USA Is the Best Team in the Olympics, but Are They?

Published 07/29/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Group A – United States v Iran – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – July 28, 2021. Kevin Durant of the United States celebrates scoring a three pointer with Draymond Green of the United States REUTERS/Brian Snyder


Team USA comes off a huge win against Iran in their second game of the Olympics. USA won in a dominant fashion with the final score 120-66. They were desperate for a win and finally succeeded in doing so. Team USA will face the Czech Republic next on Saturday.

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Damian Lillard dropped 21 points in USA’s win against Iran. In addition, Devin Booker and Jayson Tatum combined for 30 points as well.

However, this win does not guarantee a path to the Finals. USA needs to win against the Czechs in order to qualify for the quarterfinals.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Group A – France v United States – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – July 25, 2021. Kevin Durant of the United States and Damian Lillard of the United States look dejected after the match with teammates REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Now, with this dominating win, what do the analysts think about it?

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Lowe says USA is the best team

On an episode of The Jump, Zach Lowe backed up USA’s win and said that they should win because they are the best team in the Olympics. He said:

“I am not even going to try and do any of that math stuff about point differential and random choices. Let me simplify it all for you,we got the best team. This is the only time i get to say we, we got the best team, we should win.”

While he did agree that there are competing teams, he still believes Team USA has huge talent gap compared to other teams. With the entire team being NBA players, it is hard to justify that they are not the most talented team in the Olympics.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Group A – United States v Iran – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – July 28, 2021. Jayson Tatum of the United States in action with Mike Rostampour of Iran REUTERS/Brian Snyder

With players like Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard and Draymond Green, USA has a truckload of talent filled in their squad. However, teams have still managed to get the better of them because of their system of basketball. The rules for NBA and International basketball are different, so they will take time to adjust.

However, which other teams will be a challenge for Team USA?

Americans have Competiton

USA is not the only talented roster in the Olympics this year. There are quite a few teams who can give a mean competition to the stacked team of USA.

France is the first name that comes to mind after they crushed USA. With the defensive player of the year, Rudy Gobert, on their side, their defence is well taken care of.

Moreover, they are no less on the offensive end. We saw how Evan Fournier stepped up against USA. They also have Clippers’ Nicolas Batum on their roster.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Group A – France v United States – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – July 25, 2021. Damian Lillard of the United States in action with Rudy Gobert of France REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Australia and Spain are also teams who have proved that they won’t back down. Even without Ben Simmons, the Aussies took a game against USA in their exhibition games. They also have an abundance of NBA players in their roster.

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Spain is the second ranked team in the world right now. Headlined by the Gasol brothers, Spain has 8 players who have graced the NBA court. So, with the recent record of Team USA in mind, they are not the clear best team.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Group C – Japan v Spain – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – July 26, 2021. Pau Gasol of Spain in action with Avi Schafer of Japan Pool via REUTERS/Aris Messinis

Do you think Team USA can win gold this year? Let us know in the comments.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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