If you're going to tell me that players like Andre Igoudala and Deron Williams were two of the 15 most talented US basketball players in 2008 and 2012, OK. They weren't (and I like both players). Those USA teams might have been very talented, but they were not simply the 15 most talented US players. Here were some of the players on the last three Olympic teams. All good players, but they fit within the team more than just being supremely talented. 2008 - Deron Williams, Tayshaun Prince, Michael Redd 2012 - Tyson Chandler, Deron Williams, and Andre Igoudala 2016 - Kyle Lowry, Jimmy Butler, DeAndre Jordan Yes, I know these teams had some mega-stars like LeBron, Kobe, Westbrook, and Anthony Davis. However, the back end of the rosters were not just based on individual talent. So my point still stands. Yes, you have some top players that will be on the field no matter what. Once you have that, you build a team and a system around them that isn't just throwing the next most talented group of players on the field. You select the rest of the roster and style of play to maximize your best talent.