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4 best Team USA replacements for Kevin Love at Tokyo Olympics

Team USA, Kevin Love replacement

Team USA has had a rocky start to their Olympic journey. First, they lost two exhibition games to teams that had no business beating them. Second, Bradley Beal had to leave the team because of a COVID-19 issue, with Jerami Grant also entering health and safety protocols. Now, Kevin Love won’t be going to Tokyo with Team USA and will need a replacement, as he’s still dealing with his calf injury from earlier this NBA season, per Adrian Wojnarowski.

Team USA will likely want a big man to replace Love, as the team is stacked with guards. However, Team USA will likely take the best players they can get. It’ll be interesting to see who joins Team USA, as there are a plethora of options to choose from.

Although they’ve had a rough start, Team USA is still the favorite to win the gold medal. With Gregg Popovich serving as the head coach, they should be fine. Sometimes it just takes some time for the team to come together and adjust.

Hopefully, the replacement for Kevin Love fits right into the group like a glove. With that said, here are four good options to replace Kevin Love on Team USA.

Trae Young

Trae Young might not be the first option, but he clearly wants to be a part of Team USA. He shared a clip on Twitter expressing how he felt snubbed. We’ll see if that move pays off for him, as he could come in and be a solid replacement for this squad.

Even so, Young is a guard and would be joining a team already stacked in the backcourt. He’s a great player from the perimeter, there is no question about it. Additionally, not many can guard him in the NBA, let alone the Olympics. It’d be fun to watch a backcourt duo with Young and Damian Lillard, as Team USA would light it up from beyond the arc.

Christian Wood

The Houston Rockets big man could be a solid choice to replace Kevin Love. Wood plays a style of basketball that is reminiscent of the Kevin Love of old. He’s a great rebounder and can score from anywhere on the court. Christian Wood would serve as a great backup to Bam Adebayo, who could also play the power forward spot as well.

Wood is garnering interest about joining the team, so there is a real possibility he joins Team USA. With an already strong backcourt, Wood provides consistency at the frontcourt, giving Team USA the presence down low they need to make a run for the gold medal.

Tobias Harris

Another option would be Tobias Harris. The Philadelphia 76ers power forward would be a great addition to Team USA. He’s a great scorer, a solid defender, and a decent rebounder. Harris is also versatile, as he is capable of playing small forward as well.

Tobias Harris would serve as a great rotational addition behind Kevin Durant, who looks to play small and power forward for Team USA (perhaps even some center). He’s not as great at rebounding like Kevin Love, but Harris makes up for it with his scoring and defense.

Julius Randle

Julius Randle was supposedly on the cusp of making this Team USA roster before coming up just short. Many were surprised to see Kevin Love make the roster over Randle. Now that Love is officially leaving Team USA, Randle could be the best replacement to go to Tokyo.

He had a much-improved 2020-21 season and proved to be a player the New York Knicks could count on. Randle is athletic as a big man and would help Team USA spread the floor with his stellar 3-point stroke. Gregg Popovich should highly consider bringing Randle back to the squad.