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Stein: D-Will a "Lock" For London

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 16:  A general view of the action of the London Prepares Series match between Australia and China at the Basketball Arena in the Olympic Park on August 16, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 16: A general view of the action of the London Prepares Series match between Australia and China at the Basketball Arena in the Olympic Park on August 16, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Marc Stein tries his hand at paring the Team USA training camp invite list down to an Olympic roster and thinks Deron Williams is a lock for one of the final 12 who will take to the London Basketball Arena court to defend their country's gold medal.

Stein believes that nine spots are a given: They are Chris Paul, Derrick Rose and Williams at point guard; Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade at shooting guard; Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and LeBron James at forward; Dwight Howard at center. Of course, that could change. Players could get injured or have personal crises.

Rounding out the roster, thinks Stein, will be Blake Griffin, Chris Bosh and Kevin Love, with Tyson Chandler and LaMarcus Aldridge ready to fill in if any of the bigs can't make the trip.