Team USA: Players Who Will Benefit Most from FIBA World Cup

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Aug 20, 2014; New York, NY, USA; United States guard Derrick Rose (6) looks on during the second half of a game against the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 20, 2014; New York, NY, USA; United States guard Derrick Rose (6) looks on during the second half of a game against the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The exhibition games are over. The highly competitive scrimmages have lost their YouTube value.

After months of anticipation, the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball has finally arrived.

As always seems to be the case in international competition, Team USA enters the event as heavy favorites. Despite its home-country advantage and immense talent, not even Spain can unseat the Americans in that regard.

While a gold medal is the only acceptable result, not all players on the Team USA roster are accustomed to this type of pressure. Many are great players, but only a select few possess extensive NBA playoffs or international experience.

The question is, which players will benefit most from their participation at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain?

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