Kevin Durant has decided not to play for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup, which has impacted the odds for the tournament.
Many odds makers, including Bovada and topbet opened the U.S. team as the favorite -300 to win the tournament. However, upon the decision announced earlier this week that Durant would not play, the odds for the Americans were readjusted and now sit at -260.
With NBA stars on the team, some question how big Durant was for the U.S. squad. Four years ago, Durant averaged over 33 points per game during the final three games for Team USA. The team went on to win gold in 2010 at the FIBA World Championships, which is now called the World Cup.
Durant would have been even more important this time on offense as the team is loaded with guards and not that many scoring big man.
The tournament starts August 30 in Spain and the second favorite is Spain with current odds of 9 to 5. Spain opened with odds of 11 to 5, but that price was shortened after news of Durant opting out surfaced.
The withdrawal of Durant from the Team USA roster did not affect the odds of any of the other teams participating in the tournament.
Bunched up behind the Spaniards are three teams on the topbet and sportsbook.com odds board. Brazil, France and Greece are all listed as the co-third favorites at 25 to 1.
Team USA will not have Paul George on the roster. The Indiana Pacers star suffered a terrible leg injury in one of the team’s scrimmages last week.
Ahead of the U.S. trip to the FIBA World Cup in Spain, a roster of 12 players will be determined.
While Jerry Colangelo the chairman of USA Basketball has not rule out inviting more players, the 15 candidates remaining are James Harden, Stephen Curry, Kenneth Faried, DeMarcus Cousins, Gordon Hayward, DeMar DeRozan , Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, Kyle Korver, Kyrie Irving, Chandler Parsons, Mason Plumlee, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard and Derrick Rose.
This time the U.S. does not have the superstar roster that in the past included LeBron James, Carmello Anthony and Durant. Those players have all decided that rest over the summer was much more important than representing the U.S.
2014 FIBA WORLD CUP ODDS TO WIN
SPAIN 9 to 5
FRANCE 25 to 1
GREECE 25 to 1
BRAZIL 25 to 1
ARGENTINA 30 to 1
LITHUANIA 40 to 1
SERBIA 40 to 1
TURKEY 60 to 1
CROATIA 100 to 1