List of Olympic Medalists of Team USA in Basketball

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List of Olympic Medalists of Team USA in Basketball
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James W. Naismith, a teacher at the YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts, invented the sport of basketball in 1891. At the time, Naismith devised 13 rules for the game, out of which 12 were still in play. Furthermore, there used to be an attendant with a ladder to bring the ball after making a hoop, and peach baskets were used then.


Basketball debuted as a medal sport at the 1936 Summer Olympics, while women's basketball was included 40 years later, in 1976. The United States dominated the Olympics until 1972 when they were defeated by the Soviet Union. Though the match was highly controversial, it brought USA’s winning streak to an end.


The Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) was established in June 1932 in Geneva, Switzerland, with the founding members being Italy, Czechoslovakia, Portugal, Argentina, Latvia, Switzerland, Romania, and Greece.


The Year-by-Year List of Olympic Medalists of Team USA in Basketball

Basketball has grown in popularity over the years, and interest in the National Basketball Association (NBA) has spread throughout the globe. As far as the Olympics are concerned, Team USA has a total of 30 medals in the sport, including 25 golds.


The formation of the NBA All-Star team, which was also known as "The Dream Team" by the international press, was made possible at the 1992 Summer Olympics, where they, as expected, completely dominated, winning a gold medal over the men's team.


The year-by-year list of Olympic medalists for Team USA, from 1936, is as follows:


YearEventNameMedal
1936Basketball, MenRalph Bishop, Joe Fortenberry, Carl Knowles, Jack Ragland, Carl Shy, Bill Wheatley, Francis Johnson, Sam Balter, Tex Gibbons, Frank Lubin, Art Mollner, Don Piper, Duane Swanson, Willard SchmidtGold
1948Basketball, MenCliff Barker, Don Barksdale, Ralph Beard, Lew Beck, Vince Boryla, Gordon Carpenter, Alex Groza, Wally Jones, Bob Kurland, Ray Lumpp, R. C. Pitts, Jesse Renick, Jack Robinson, Kenny RollinsGold
1952Basketball, MenCharlie Hoag, Bill Hougland, Dean Kelley, Bob Kenney, Clyde Lovellette, Marc Freiberger, Wayne Glasgow, Frank McCabe, Dan Pippin, Howie Williams, Ron Bontemps, Bob Kurland, Bill Lienhard, John KellerGold
1956Basketball, MenCarl Cain, Bill Hougland, K. C. Jones, Bill Russell, Jim Walsh, Billy Evans, Burdie Haldorson, Ron Tomsic, Dick Boushka, Gib Ford, Bob Jeangerard, Chuck DarlingGold
1960Basketball, MenBurdie Haldorson, Jay Arnette, Walt Bellamy, Bob Boozer, Terry Dischinger, Darrall Imhoff, Allen Kelley, Les Lane, Jerry Lucas, Oscar Robertson, Adrian Smith, Jerry WestGold
1964Basketball, MenJim Barnes, Bill Bradley, Larry Brown, Joe Caldwell, Mel Counts, Dick Davies, Walt Hazzard, Luke Jackson, Pete McCaffrey, Jeff Mullins, Jerry Shipp, George WilsonGold
1968Basketball, MenJohn Clawson, Ken Spain, Jo-Jo White, Mike Barrett, Spencer Haywood, Charlie Scott, Bill Hosket, Cal Fowler, Mike Silliman, Glynn Saulters, Jim King, Don DeeGold
1972Basketball, MenKenny Davis, Doug Collins, Tom Henderson, Mike Bantom, Bobby Jones, Dwight Jones, Jim Forbes, Jim Brewer, Tommy Burleson, Tom McMillen, Kevin Joyce, Ed RatleffSilver
1976Basketball, MenPhil Ford, Steve Sheppard, Adrian Dantley, Walter Davis, Quinn Buckner, Ernie Grunfeld, Kenny Carr, Scott May, Tate Armstrong, Tom LaGarde, Phil Hubbard, Mitch KupchakGold
1976Basketball, WomenCindy Brogdon, Sue Rojcewicz, Ann Meyers, Lucy Harris, Nancy Dunkle, Charlotte Lewis, Nancy Lieberman, Gail Marquis, Trish Roberts, Mary Anne O'Connor, Pat Head, Juliene SimpsonSilver
1984Basketball, MenSteve Alford, Leon Wood, Patrick Ewing, Vern Fleming, Alvin Robertson, Michael Jordan, Joe Kleine, Jon Koncak, Wayman Tisdale, Chris Mullin, Sam Perkins, Jeff TurnerGold
1984Basketball, WomenTeresa Edwards, Lea Henry, Lynette Woodard, Anne Donovan, Cathy Boswell, Cheryl Miller, Janice Lawrence, Cindy Noble, Kim Mulkey, Denise Curry, Pamela McGee, Carol Menken-SchaudtGold
1988Basketball, MenMitch Richmond, Charles E. Smith IV, Charles D. Smith, Bimbo Coles, Jeff Grayer, Willie Anderson, Stacey Augmon, Dan Majerle, Danny Manning, J. R. Reid, David Robinson, Hersey HawkinsBronze
1988Basketball, WomenTeresa Edwards, Kamie Ethridge, Cindy Brown, Anne Donovan, Teresa Weatherspoon, Bridgette Gordon, Vicky Bullett, Andrea Lloyd, Katrina McClain, Jennifer Gillom, Cynthia Cooper, Suzie McConnellGold
1992Basketball, MenCharles Barkley, Larry Bird, Clyde Drexler, Patrick Ewing, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Christian Laettner, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin, Scottie Pippen, David Robinson, John StocktonGold
1992Basketball, WomenVicky Bullett, Daedra Charles, Cynthia Cooper, Clarissa Davis, Medina Dixon, Teresa Edwards, Tammy Jackson, Carolyn Jones, Katrina McClain, Suzie McConnell, Vickie Orr, Teresa WeatherspoonBronze
1996Basketball, MenPenny Hardaway, Charles Barkley, David Robinson, Gary Payton, Grant Hill, Hakeem Olajuwon, John Stockton, Karl Malone, Mitch Richmond, Reggie Miller, Scottie Pippen, Shaquille O'NealGold
1996Basketball, WomenTeresa Edwards, Ruthie Bolton, Sheryl Swoopes, Lisa Leslie, Katrina McClain, Dawn Staley, Jennifer Azzi, Carla McGhee, Katy Steding, Rebecca Lobo, Venus Lacy, Nikki McCrayGold
2000Basketball, MenAllan Houston, Alonzo Mourning, Antonio McDyess, Gary Payton, Jason Kidd, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Steve Smith, Tim Hardaway, Vin Baker, Vince CarterGold
2000Basketball, WomenRuthie Bolton-Holifield, Teresa Edwards, Yolanda Griffith, Lisa Leslie, Nikki McCray, DeLisha Milton-Jones, Katie Smith, Dawn Staley, Sheryl Swoopes, Natalie Williams, Kara Wolters, Chamique Holdsclaw (DNS)Gold
2004Basketball, MenCarmelo Anthony, Carlos Boozer, Tim Duncan, Allen Iverson, LeBron James, Richard Jefferson, Stephon Marbury, Shawn Marion, Lamar Odom, Emeka Okafor, Amar'e Stoudemire, Dwyane Wade Jr.Bronze
2004Basketball, WomenSue Bird, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Yolanda Griffith, Shannon Johnson, Lisa Leslie, Ruth Riley, Katie Smith, Dawn Staley, Sheryl Swoopes, Diana Taurasi, Tina ThompsonGold
2008Basketball, MenCarmelo Anthony, Carlos Boozer, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Jason Kidd, Chris Paul, Tayshaun Prince, Michael Redd, Dwyane Wade Jr., Deron WilliamsGold
2008Basketball, WomenSeimone Augustus, Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings, Sylvia Fowles, Kara Lawson, Lisa Leslie, DeLisha Milton-Jones, Candace Parker, Cappie Pondexter, Katie Smith, Diana Taurasi, Tina ThompsonGold
2012Basketball, MenTyson Chandler, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams, Andre Iguodala, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Love, James Harden, Chris Paul, Anthony Davis, Carmelo AnthonyGold
2012Basketball, WomenLindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus, Sue Bird, Maya Moore, Angel McCoughtry, Asjha Jones, Tamika Catchings, Swin Cash, Diana Taurasi, Sylvia Fowles, Tina Charles, Candace ParkerGold
2016Basketball, MenJimmy Butler, Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan, Kyle Lowry, Harrison Barnes, DeMar DeRozan, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins, Paul George, Draymond Green, Carmelo AnthonyGold
2016Basketball, WomenLindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus, Sue Bird, Maya Moore, Angel McCoughtry, Breanna Stewart, Tamika Catchings, Elena Delle Donne, Diana Taurasi, Sylvia Fowles, Tina Charles, Brittney GrinerGold
2020Basketball, MenKeldon Johnson, Zach LaVine, Damian Lillard, Kevin Durant, Khris Middleton, Jerami Grant, Jayson Tatum, JaVale McGee, Jrue Holiday, Bam Adebayo, Draymond Green, Devin BookerGold
2020Basketball, WomenJewell Loyd, Skylar Diggins-Smith, Sue Bird, Ariel Atkins, Chelsea Gray, A'ja Wilson, Breanna Stewart, Napheesa Collier, Diana Taurasi, Sylvia Fowles, Tina Charles, Brittney GrinerGold



FAQ's On Team USA in Basketball

A. The 2024 Paris Olympics have basketball as one of his 32 sports.

A. The 2024 USA men's basketball Olympics team includes LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Joel Embiid, Jayson Tatum, Kawhi Leonard, Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday, Anthony Davis, Anthony Edwards, Bam Adebayo, and Tyrese Haliburton.

A. The NBA and FIBA have different game times; in the former, each quarter lasts 12 minutes, while in the latter, it lasts 10 minutes. NBA and FIBA 3-point lines are 7.24 and 6.75 meters, respectively.

A. Yes, since the 1992 Olympics, NBA players have taken part in the Olympics.

A. Yes, women have been allowed to play basketball, since 1976.

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